Oak Creek girls basketball team win second straight Southeast Conference title

Knights improve to 13-0 in league play

Feb. 18, 2014

A share of the Oak Creek girls basketball team's second straight Southeast Conference title was clinched Feb. 14 with a somewhat less-than-impressive, 51-39, win over Racine Park.

That led Knights coach Steve Hluchnik to have a little conversation with his team the next day.

"We've been doing a little bit of that lately, playing down to the level of competition," he said. "We had a big meeting on Wednesday and we talked some things through."

And then the Knights went out and claimed the Southeast Conference title outright with an impressive 62-27 rout of Kenosha Bradford on Friday.

"We played very well in that game," he said. "We took care of that team the way we should have."

With the two wins, the Knights improved to 13-0 in league play and 18-2 overall. They will close out Southeast play Friday with their senior night game against Racine Case. Among the things they will be celebrating is senior post Tamya Sims' breaking of the coveted 1,000-point barrier, which she did in the win over Bradford.

She will go into the Case game with 1,009 points.

The WIAA seeding meetings also are this weekend, and the Knights are expected to earn the top seed in their half of the WIAA West Allis Central sectional. They will close out the regular season Feb. 25 with a visit to powerful non-conference foe Brookfield Central.

"It's crunch time; it's when you want to be playing well," Hluchnik said.

Oak Creek did against Bradford, as it took a 14-9 first-quarter lead and then rapidly expanded that to 34-15 at the half. The Knights never looked back after that.

Katie Finn led the Knights in scoring with 13; Sims had 12, Stephanie Kostowicz 11 and Jenna Santi 9.

The moment was made more special when new Oak Creek Athletic Director Scott Holler paid a congratulatory visit to the team.

"It's a nice achievement, repeating," Hluchnik said, "especially with everyone giving us their best shot."

He said that point guard Santi has been playing well lately and has really taken to her role as floor leader.

Oak Creek took the first-quarter lead, 17-8, over Park but then could never quite put away the pesky Panthers, just settling for the OK win.

Sims had a big game with 22 points as Kostowicz had 18.

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