The Oak Creek girls basketball team is riding a wave of momentum, as the Knights continued their dominance of the Southeast Conference race with road-based routs of Racine Park (64-22) and Racine Horlick (64-26) last week.
The twin victories give the Knights a 5-0 league record and a 9-2 overall mark. Oak Creek has also won eight games in a row.
'We're just taking it day by day, trying to get better and better,' said coach Steve Hluchnik. 'The older kids are doing what they're supposed to be doing, and the younger kids started getting things figured out about the time of the holiday break.'
The Knights looked to keep their momentum with two more league tilts this week, as they hosted Racine Case on Tuesday, Jan. 12, and then will visit Kenosha Indian Trail at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 15.
'Getting better is what we're all about,' Hluchnik said, 'because we know we have a couple of interesting games coming up.'
The games last week were not as interesting as the Knights took a 39-1 lead on Park on Jan. 5 and then never looked back. A total of 10 different people scored led by Katie West with 14, while Hailey Erdman chipped in with 12 and Hannah Ciesielczyk had eight.
Erdman had five assists and two steals, while Lea Finn came up with eight assists. West added four steals and two assists, while Jessica McIntosh had four blocks and three steals. Madison Hart came up with three assists and two steals.
On Jan. 8, Horlick was able to keep the game close for about six minutes, according to Hluchnik, before Oak Creek roared out to a 33-11 halftime lead.
Sophomore Kassandra Bartek continued her early-season surge with a game-high 15 points and six rebounds, while Finn and Hart had 13 points apiece. McIntosh had five assists, and Katie Settingsgaard and Erdman came up with three assists apiece.
In short, it was just another night at the office, one that Hluchnik liked but one he also wanted the Knights not to take for granted.
'We're moving the ball well and getting a lot of people involved,' he said. 'We're also good on the defensive end, too, right now. But we still have room for improvement. We talk about not getting complacent everyday. They know we're not going to let that happen.'