Team will take winning record into postseason

By Chris Bennett

Correspondent

The Indians outscored the Wolverines 27-11 in the second half and Mukwonago (10-9) beat Waterford 42-29 Tuesday in a non-conference girls high school basketball game at Waterford.

Torie Loppnow led the Wolverines with 11 points.

Waterford played a non-conference game against The Prairie School in Wind Point Thursday at Prairie, and opens WIAA Division 1 postseason play Feb. 12 at home against Westosha Central.

The Wolverines (10-8, 8-6 SLC) went 2-1 in three games prior to playing Mukwonago. Waterford lost 55-32 Feb. 1 in a Southern Lakes Conference game at Elkhorn and defeated Delavan-Darien 52-43 Jan. 29 in a SLC game at Delavan-Darien High School in Delavan.

Waterford beat Milton 41-32 Jan. 28 in a non-conference game at Waterford.

Coach Dena Brechtl offered a simple explanation for the Wolverines’ setback against the Elks (6-12, 5-9 SLC).

“Our wheels just fell off,” Brechtl said. “We were not aggressive on defense and just got pushed around by their bigger post players.”

Brechtl said Waterford shot 13% from 3-point range and did not remain disciplined in running the zone offense.

“It was a game where everything went wrong, and a game that must be put behind us,” Brechtl said.

Loppnow led the Wolverines with 15 points. Elkhorn’s Anastasia Grochowski scored a game-high 19 points.

Waterford played its third game in as many days against Delavan-Darien (3-12, 3-11 SLC).

“We had a great start, and then started to run out of gas,” Brechtl said. “We had to find a little extra in us to get this job done.”

Brechtl said the Wolverines switched to a zone defense, which helped them pull away from the Comets, and said she was proud of her team for finishing a tough week on a strong note.

The Wolverines led 27-24 at halftime, and outscored the Comets 25-19 in the second half.

Emma Henningfeld’s double-double of 14 points and 12 rebounds led Waterford. Loppnow scored 11 and Megan Cornell added 10.

Milton (1-11) and Waterford played to an 18-18 halftime tie, but the Wolverines outscored the Red Hawks 23-14 in the second half.

“We put together a nice win,” Brechtl said. “We had to fight hard until the end – our execution was not quite where it was against Wilmot on Wednesday. However, we defended well and got the job done.”

Waterford beat Wilmot 61-47 Jan. 27 in a SLC game at Wilmot.

Loppnow’s 15 points led Waterford against Milton. Henningfeld grabbed 14 rebounds.

Brechtl said Waterford is doing a good job finishing games, but must focus on playing more physical and disciplined.