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East Troy runs past Brodhead

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Mike Johnson
March 16, 2012
— There may not be a more daunting opponent to play short-handed than the East Troy High girls basketball team.

The Trojans’ relentless up-and-down style leaves most teams at full strength a step slow.


And with their best player, Carly Mohns, severely limited with an injury, the Cardinals couldn’t keep up with the Trojans.


East Troy (23-2) jumped out to a commanding 21-10 first-quarter lead and never looked back en route to a decisive


58-37 victory over Brodhead (21-4) in a WIAA Division 3 sectional semifinal here Thursday evening.


Rachel Atchison led the Trojans’ high-flying onslaught with 17 points, while Alicia Oleson and Andrea Olsen added 14 and 11, respectively, to propel East Troy into the sectional championship against Richland Center (22-3) on Saturday at Waunakee High School.


The Hornets, who play a similar up tempo style as the Trojans, defeated Adams-Friendship in the other half of the sectional.


“Both teams may both put up 100,” Cardinals’ coach Brad Pickett said. “East Troy and Richland Center are clearly the best two teams in the sectional.


East Troy will certainly need to play with the same aggression that it had against the Cardinals.


“We’re best when we run,” East Troy coach Jeff Brown said. “I thought Alicia (Oleson) did a wonderful job getting our break going, and I thought Rachel (Atchison) and some other kids did a great job filling the lane.”


The Trojans’ trademark fast break ignited a 15-4 first-quarter run that pushed them ahead, 21-10. Atchison led the attack with seven points, including a three-pointer to set the tone.


“We were jogging, and they (the Trojans) were sprinting,” Pickett said. “If we sprint, then maybe things would be a bit more difficult for them.”


Oleson continued to make it difficult for the Cardinals in the second quarter. The junior point guard’s six second-quarter points helped East Troy build a 31-13 halftime lead.


“I thought Alicia (Oleson) and Andrea (Olsen) really picked us up,” Brown said. “There are a lot of people on our team that can score in double figures when we need them. But we did it more tonight with defense more than offense, which is a good sign for us.”


The Cardinals did all they could to slow the pace in the second half. Taylor Douglas tallied 10 of her team-high 12 points in the second half.


“In the half court, we played pretty darn good, I thought,” Pickett said. “But it comes back to our transition, and they were able to extend that lead to 20, which is hard to come back from.”


The Cardinals, who never drew closer than 16 in the fourth quarter, managed to cap its season on a high note when Mohns, a 6-foot-1 sophomore who suffered a leg injury that put her out of action in mid-February, briefly entered the game and scored a layup in the final 10 seconds.


But it was too little too late for Brodhead.


EAST TROY 58, BRODHEAD 37

East Troy (58)—Gaspervich, 1-6-8; Oleson, 6-2-14; Atchison, 7-0-17; Olsen, 2-7-11; Riemer, 2-2-6; Balcerowski, 1-0-2. Totals: 19-17-58.


Brodhead (37)—Mohns, 1-0-2; Douglas, 4-4-12; Heller, 2-4-9; Pickel, 2-1-6; Ahrens, 0-1-1; Duffield, 2-1-6; Hicks, 0-1-1. Totals: 11-12-37.


East Troy 21 10 14 13—58


Brodhead 10 3 15 9—37


Three point goals—East Troy 3 (Atchison 3), Brodhead 3 (Heller, Pickel, Duffield). Free throws missed—East Troy 7, Brodhead 11. Total fouls—East Troy 16, Brodhead 16.



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