One night the offense was exceptional, the other evening the defense.
It all added up to another good week at the office for the Southeast Conference-leading Oak Creek girls basketball team, as the Knights routed Racine Case, 85-60, on Jan. 10 and overpowered Kenosha Indian Trail, 64-31, on Jan. 13.
"This was a functional week," said coach Steve Hluchnik. "Against Case, I don't think we could have done much better offensively. That was a good win because I was impressed with their athleticism. They were really a better team than I thought they were, but I didn't think we played well defensively. We can't go around giving up 60 points to anybody. But against Indian Trail, I thought we did a very nice job on both ends of the court."
The two wins improved the Knights to 6-0 in Southeast Conference play and 10-3 overall.
They face an interesting weekend coming up, as they will host Kenosha Bradford at 7:15 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20, and then will turn around and visit a dangerous Kenosha Tremper team (5-1 in league play) at 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21.
Hluchnik said Tremper has had an up-and-down season, and that's what scares him about the Trojans.
"They're an enigma because they can look really, really good at times," he said.
In the interim, Oak Creek will try to remain steady.
The Knights did just that against Indian Trail, as they stifled the Hawks in the first half, taking a 33-12 lead before cruising to the victory. Maddie Gard led the way with 14 points, while point guard Haley Zylka had 13 points, two assists and four steals and Lea Finn 7 points. Katie West added four rebounds, three assists and four steals.
"I thought we did a very nice job of moving the ball around," Hluchnik said. "The last couple of games, we've had six or seven kids score 6 or more points. The kids are really sharing the credit. We've also had about 10 kids getting double-digit minutes, too. I think that's the way we're going to roll the rest of the way. It'll keep everyone fresh and everyone on their toes trying to perform well."
Against Case, the Knights rolled out to a 41-29 first-half lead on the Eagles and then steadily pulled away in the second half. The ball-sharing was an effective tool in a big way this game, as Finn led the way with 20 points, Maddie Gard had 17 and Zylka, Kassandra Bartek, Katie Gard and West all had 8 apiece. Zylka was also impressive with 11 assists, while Jessica McIntosh had six, and the Knights had 27 assists as a team.
As Hluchnnik said, it was a good workmanlike week.
"We're pleased with the way it's going," he said. "No complaints on this end."