Thursday, February 28, 2013

Crusader Girls make it out of First Round

from today's Waukesha Freeman -

Reward for victory is date with top-seeded Eisenhower
CMH 59
Kenosha Indian Trail 42
By Christine Gustafson
Freeman Correspondent

WAUKESHA — On to Round 2.

The eighth-seeded Catholic Memorial High School girls basketball team, after having the game postponed a day because of inclement weather, was ready.

Hosting ninth-seeded Kenosha Indian Trail on Wednesday, the Crusaders made a breakaway in the second quarter and went on to a 59-42 victory in a WIAA Division 2 regional quarterfinal game CMH (5-18) will face top-seeded New Berlin Eisenhower on Friday.

“Ultimately, playoffs are where it is, and from the beginning of the season until now, it’s great to get a playoff win,” Catholic Memorial lone senior Courtney Farley said. “It’s exciting to get to go play Eisenhower. They’re a good team, and it will be a good experience.”
After a tightly played first quarter, CMH found its rhythm and outscored the Hawks 18-9 in the second quarter, taking a 29-19 halftime lead. “In the first half I thought we did OK, and I could see that we were going to have a good night,” Catholic Memorial coach Ron Guess said. “In the second half, we wanted to do more of the same, just do it better. A lot of the stuff we worked on all year came together tonight.”

The Crusaders stretched their lead to 18 points with 2:33 left in the third quarter as Farley sank two free throws to close out a 10-2 CMH run. She had seven points in the game.

“Courtney has been a leader,” Guess said. “She’s an incredibly responsible player and a good player. If I ever needed anything, I’d go to Courtney. We have a lot of young kids, and they all look at her with total respect.”

Catholic Memorial extended its lead, going into the fourth quarter with a 45-26 cushion.

“We wanted to come out strong and make it to the next game. Kenosha was a really good team, and it took our best game to beat them,” Farley said. “We played really well and made the extra pass when it was needed, which we haven’t really been doing..”

The closest Indian Trail got in the fourth quarter was 13 points.

“It was good to play a team that was more even with us,” Guess said. “They had some weapons out there that we had to concentrate on, especially (freshman Madie Kaelber). She’s a shooter. If you give her an inch, she’s going to put it down.”

Kaelber led all scorers with 18 points. Junior Bridget Farley led the Crusaders with 16 points, and freshman Dena Dryer contributed 10.

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