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OAK CREEK GIRLS BASKETBALL

The competition could have been stiffer, but the Knights still got a lot out of the two wins they recorded in their holiday tournament on Dec. 28 and 29.

They downed Milwaukee Washington, 82-14, on Dec. 28 and Milwaukee Riverside, 81-46, on Dec. 29.

'Riverside seemed like a better team at the start of the season and another team dropped out and so we added Milwaukee Washington,' said coach Steve Hluchnik. 'We were glad they came. And there were still a lot of positives coming out of this.'

The Knights improved to 7-2 overall and ran their winning streak to six games. They are 3-0 in Southeast Conference action and visited Racine Park on Tuesday, Jan. 5. They will turn around and head down to Racine Horlick at 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 8.

And as noted, Hluchnik said there is still much to work on. The Knights started the Washington game with one for 17 shooting from the field. They led 4-2 at the 12-minute mark, then bolted to a 48-4 halftime advantage.

'We (the Washington coach and himself) agreed to put on a running clock the entire second half,' said Hluchnik.

A total of 11 players scored for Oak Creek as Hailey Erdmanwas an impressive five of eight from 3-point range en route to a 21-point effort. She hit eight of 11 shots all told. Kassandra Bartekhad nine points and Lea Finneight. Hailey Zylkahad seven assists and four steals while Katie Settingsgaardhad five steals and Jessica McIntosh came up with four assists.

In the Riverside game, it was 38-14 at the break as Erdman again led the way with 17 points, while Bartek had 13, Madison Hart10 and Nicky Widenskiand Kara Gilmeisternine apiece.

FRANKLIN GIRLS BASKETBALL

The 13-point first half lead had been erased and replaced by a five-point deficit and fouls were decimating the ranks of the Franklin girls basketball team in the semifinals of its own Rathke Memorial Tournament against Germantown on Dec. 29.

A repeat of last year's semifinal loss to the Warhawks was very much in the offing for the Sabers, but senior guard Abby Schauerand her friends were not going to let that happen.

A few moments after the Warhawks' Olivia Verdin cashed a post shot to make it 63-61 Germantown with 43 seconds left, Schauer roared down the length of the floor for a tieing lay-up.

A few moments after a Germantown miss, Schauer hit one of two free throws to give the Sabers the lead for good at 64-63 with 19 seconds left.

The Warhawks then missed two shots underneath, including one by unstoppable junior guard Kenzie Schmitz who finished with a game-high 32 points.

Franklin senior guard Madison Schell then hit two free throws to make it 66-63 with three seconds left.

After two Warhawks time-outs, Schmitz got off a desperation heave from behind the key that was off the mark. With that, the Sabers were headed to Dec. 30 Rathke championship game against Kenosha St. Joseph's., which they wound up winning (see separate story).

It was a long-time coming said Schauer, who led the Sabers with 19 points.

'It seemed like we just never win the games that are really close or against teams that we're not supposed to beat,' said Schauer. 'I think we finally turned a corner. I think this team has really come together.'

The victory paved the way for the Sabers' first tourney title in the Rathke since 2012 (see separate story).

Carly Graversonadded 13 points for Franklin while Sarah Neumannand Madison Schellhad 12 apiece. Graverson and Schell drained three 3-pointers apiece.

GREENDALE BOYS BASKETBALL

Clay Kujawacollected 25 points and 10 rebounds and was named the game's most valuable player as the Panthers beat Whitefish Bay, 75-68, on Dec. 30 in the Wisconsin Basketball Yearbook Shootout.

'He was more assertive in this game and had more touches,' coach Ryan Johnsen said.

David Pulizosadded 17 points, eight rebounds and nine assists; Nate Thomson13 points and six assists and Vlado Zrnic13 points as the Panthers improved to 7-2.

'We played with more confidence,' Johnsen said. 'We had better ball movement and didn't force shots. This was a good, solid win.'

GREENDALE GIRLS BASKETBALL

The Panthers dropped a 62-20 game to unbeaten Grafton on Dec. 30.

Sara Redlinscored 8 points and Gina Summerfeld6 for Greendale, which slipped to 2-8 on the season.

-- Compiled by Steven L. Tietz and John Rech