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From below any acceptable standard to maybe the best effort of the season.

That's how things varied this weekend for the Southeast Conference-leading girls basketball team from Oak Creek.

They took care of business with a 61-29 rout of Kenosha Bradford on Jan. 20, but then in a quick turnaround at dangerous Kenosha Tremper on Jan. 21, the Knights rode the roller coaster, recovering from a poor first half to roll past the Trojans and remain unbeaten in league play with a 61-44 decision.

"The kids didn't follow the scouting report (in the first half)," said coach Steve Hluchnik. "In that case, sometimes a good butt-chewing helps out."

The two wins helped the Knights run their current winning streak to six games as they improved to 8-0 in Southeast Conference play and 12-3 overall. They took on Racine Park on Jan. 24 and then will head over to archrival Franklin (7-1 in league) for the opener of the girl-boy doubleheader at 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27.

Oak Creek beat Franklin, 56-36, back on Dec. 13.

"It's a big week for us, a big rivalry game," Hluchnik said. "We've had a good stretch. We haven't played down to anyone, and we haven't let ourselves get complacent."

Hluchnik called the first half against Tremper "some of the worst ball we've played all year," as the Knights nursed a 24-21 advantage into the break. Hluchnik said the team had 12 turnovers in the first 18 minutes.

But after the lecture Hluchnik spoke of, the Knights turned it around and outscored the Trojans, 37-23, in the second half to pull away. The defense was so good, Tremper scored only 6 points through the first 14 minutes of the second half.

A total of nine players scored, led by Katie Gard with 13 points and Lea Finn with 12. Maddie Gard added 9 and Corrine Kurz eight. Katie West had 10 rebounds, Haley Zylka seven assists, Jenna Dankert five assists and Abby Lownik three assists.

"The Gard sisters just bring us a lot of energy," Hluchnik said. "They're really good athletes."

Oak Creek had no issues with Bradford, taking a 35-16 lead at the half. Finn led the way with 17 points, while Kassandra Bartek had 10 and West, Maddie Gard and Dankert 6 apiece. West added six rebounds, Dankert had four steals and Zylka five assists.

"We really didn't have any problems," Hluchnik said.

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