Oak Creek girls basketball team dominates two Southeast Conference teams

Knights still undefeated in league play and remain in first place

Jan. 21, 2014

The hangover from the Jan. 11 loss to top-ranked Kimberly for the Oak Creek girls basketball team is long in the past as the Knights got well with easy wins over Southeast Conference opponents Racine Case (70-44) and Kenosha Bradford (63-16) last week.

Now, the fourth-ranked powerhouse (11-2 overall, 7-0 in Southeast play) is heading into the stretch run with some big tests.

They took on Pius XI, the top-ranked team in the Division 2 polls on Tuesday (see Oak CreekNOW.com for details), and not far down the road on Jan. 31 is a rematch with Southeast rival Franklin (9-3).

"We talk about things," said coach Steve Hluchnik, "especially about not playing to the other team's level and staying crisp, because we know if we don't do that, there are some consequences that we really don't want."

And Hluchnik was pleased with how crisp the team was last week.

He was particularly satisfied with the win over Case, which he said is young but very talented and will be a thorn in everyone's side in the next year or two.

The Knights bolted out to a 24-13 first-quarter lead and then held a 40-19 advantage at the half.

Sims paces Knights

Senior center Tamya Sims had another strong effort with 22 points while senior frontline teammates Katie Finn and Stephanie Kostowicz had 15 points apiece.

Finn had three 3-pointers, while as a team, the Knights were an impressive 16 of 19 from the foul line.

"Offensively we were very crisp," Hluchnik said. "We shared the ball well and we found the open person.

"We talk about what is a good shot for a certain person and what isn't.

"There's not one single answer for everyone. We know that it's a trial and error thing."

He was pleased with Finn's effort, saying "she was on fire."

"She's been looking a little more confident every time out, even in practice," Hluchnik said. "I think this may have been our best overall game.

"I don't know if we've found the light, but our practices have been much better."

Dominating all facets

The Bradford game on Jan. 14 was strictly no-contest, as the Knights held a 23-4 lead after the first quarter and made it a 41-6 rout at the break.

The nice thing about this game, Hluchnik pointed out, was that 11 players scored for Oak Creek.

Kostowicz had 16 points, Finn 13 and Sims 12.

Hluchnik likes the look and feel of his team right now.

"We'll set it up and hopefully have it all figured out by March," Hluchnik said.

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