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The Hamilton boys basketball team beat Badger, 64-49, on Dec. 20.

Jordan Smith led the way with 18 points and three steals. Tyler Ellingson scored 11 points and made three 3-pointers. Shamar Newman and Ryan Filo added 7 points each for HHS.

Then against Racine Horlick on Dec. 22, Hamilton lost, 61-53. Filo scored 16 points and pulled down 11 rebounds. Filo also made all six of his free-throw attempts.

"I thought Ryan Filo kind of busted out a little bit this week," Hamilton coach Andy Cerroni said. "He had a really good game against Badger. He scored a little bit and got to the free-throw line, and he was rebounding. (Against Horlick) he kind of exploded for us a little bit. That was his best outpouring of points that he had since he started playing."

Ellingson scored 12 points, and Lucas Finnessy contributed 10 points.

Hamilton committed 21 turnovers in the Horlick game and allowed 27 points in the paint.

"(The points in the paint) were freebies for them," Cerroni said. "A couple of them were breakaways. We just have to get better as a basketball team. We've got to get better with our decision making."

The HHS junior varsity team beat Badger, 84-30, on Dec. 20. Carson Smith scored a team-high 21 points. Drew Anders came off the bench to score 8 points, and Zack Lawrence added 7 points.

Then Hamilton defeated Horlick in overtime on Dec. 22. Smith had 18 points, and Zach Herbert finished with 11 points and seven rebounds.

Girls split

HHS lost to Franklin, 42-30, on Dec. 20 but responded with a 39-24 win over Kenosha Tremper on Dec. 22.

Against Franklin, Hamilton trailed at the half, 21-12, but scored 9 straight points to open the second half to tie it at 21.

"We couldn't make a shot after that," Hamilton coach Bill Scasny said. "They hit their free throws down the stretch, and we had to foul."

Taylor Fuerstenberg led with 9 points, and Kristin Thompson scored 8 points. Both Thompson and Jordan Fierst had 11 rebounds each.

Hamilton went to the free-throw line just four times (converted three) and went 12-for-65 (19 percent) from the floor.

"Neither team was shooting the ball well," Scasny said. "It was just one of those games where we just couldn't put the ball in the basket. It wasn't that we couldn't get shots. We were getting them. We just could not put it in."

Against Tremper, Eliana Selin led with 11 points. Macy Williams added 8 points.

"We were down, 11-0, in the first five minutes," Scasny said. "From that point on, we decided to play some basketball. Defensively they were just outstanding. It was probably our best defensive effort all year."

Taylor Laboy, Fierst and Thompson all had nine rebounds each. Williams chipped in five rebounds for the Chargers.

The junior varsity girls took down Franklin on Dec. 20, 58-30. Ana Rhude, a freshman, led Hamilton with 14 points. Lynsey Power and Kenzie Kolesari scored 6 points each.

Against Tremper on Dec. 22, the Chargers rolled, 69-19. In what was the team's best performance of the year, Hamilton shutdown Tremper with solid defense. The offense also excelled by shooting 60 percent from the floor.

Rhude had 11. Elizabeth Behrndt, Cean Faulstich and Taylor Hibicke added 10 points each. Through nine games, Hamilton averages 55 points per game and surrenders just 30.

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