The Hamilton girls basketball team got the best of Divine Savior Holy Angels for the first time since 2013. The Chargers beat the Dashers, 54-50, on Dec. 2.
With the game tied in the last minute of regulation, Hamilton broke the stalemate with a basket. DSHA missed a shot on the ensuing possession, and Jordan Fierst snagged the rebound. Since HHS was in the double bonus, Fierst went to the line and sunk both free throws to put the game out of reach.
"We've got to keep working on things always, but it was a good win for us," Hamilton coach Bill Scasny said. "It's something for us to build off of, too. It was the first conference game, we got a win and we have people chasing us instead of us chasing them."
Macy Williams scored a game-high 18 points, and Eliana Selin contributed 13. Kristin Thompson added 11 points, and Ellie Sumiec scored 8.
Against Wauwatosa West on Nov. 29, Hamilton won, 64-50. The Chargers limited their outside attempts and converted more shots closer to the basket.
"They were pressing us a lot, trapping us," Scasny said. "We were moving the ball and getting the ball inside. We took a lot more shots in the paint."
Fierst recorded a double-double of 13 points and 13 rebounds.
"She has a nose for the ball," Scasny said. "She just goes and get them. It's important for us to have someone like that you can count on to almost get you 10, 11, 12 rebounds a game. She's not your prototypical post you see nowadays. She's 5-9, and she does a good job of positioning. She works hard. I give her a lot of credit."
Thompson pulled down eight rebounds in the game and scored 6 points. Williams scored 12 points, had four boards and two steals. Taylor Fuerstenberg compiled 9 points, five assists, five rebounds and two steals.
Scasny hopes HHS will improve its ball security after committing 29 turnovers.
Jackie Zeman scored 6 points and registered seven rebounds.
"Jackie Zeman did a nice job coming off the bench in the first half," Scasny said. "She played really well. We were in foul trouble. She ate up a lot of minutes and did a great job."
After losing its opening game of the season, Hamilton has won three in a row.
"Their work ethic is getting better in practice," Scasny said. "We had a real good practice on Thursday before the DS game. If we can stay motivated and stay focused, I think we can keep improving."