Stacy Skemp can see that her team is believing in itself.

When her Milton Red Hawks girls basketball team was down double digits in the second half at perennial Badger South Conference title-contender Stoughton on Tuesday, they never backed down.

Milton chipped away at the deficit, got a free throw from Carley Albrecht to send the game to overtime and won, 62-61, on junior Chloe Buescher’s inside bucket with 3.5 seconds left in overtime.

The Red Hawks are 4-0 overall and 3-0 and tied atop the Badger South with third-ranked Monroe. Stoughton, which was ranked seventh in the latest coaches poll released Tuesday, fell to 4-1 and 2-1.

“We’ve had some of these girls since we started coaching here, and they’re buying in,” Skemp said. “Everyone is comfortable with their role. Chloe has been leading us in scoring, with other players stepping up, and we’re having a lot of fun.

“All of those things together make it a lot easier.”

Nothing came easy Tuesday. The Red Hawks found themselves in a physical battle. If they were stunned by that style early, though, they didn’t show it late.

Milton consistently found Buescher inside, and she scored a game-high 19 points. Her work opened up shots for Abbie Campion (12 points) and Kailey Harbort (10).

After going back-and-forth down the stretch in regulation, Albrecht, who had seven points, sent the game to OT from the line.

“Our full-court press, we didn’t get a ton of steals from it, but it caused Stoughton to play a little bit faster than maybe they wanted to,” Skemp said. “Then the girls came in and knocked down free throws. They kept their composure.”

Buescher’s bucket in the final seconds gave Milton the lead for good. Stoughton went the length of the court in 3.5 seconds, but its buzzer-beater didn’t fall.

Milton hosts Oregon in a Badger South game Saturday night.

MILTON 62, STOUGHTON 61 (OT)

Milton (62)—Mack-Honold 1-0-2, Martin 2-4-8, Albrecht 2-2-7, Buescher 7-5/7-19, Harbort 4-2-10, Hanke 1-2-4, A. Campion 5-0-12. Totals 22-15/21-62.

Stoughton (61)—Frick 1-0-2, Bach 4-0-10, Kissling 4-1-9, Nelson 3-2-8, Trieloff 1-2-4, Halverson 3-1-7, Baker 7-1-15, Ashworth 2-0-6. Totals: 21/4-7/10-61

Milton 24 33 5—62

Stoughton 29 28 4—61

Three-point goals—M 3 (Albrecht, A. Campion 2), S 4 (Bock 2, Ashworth 2). Free throws missed—M 6, S 3. Total fouls—M 13, S 19. Fouled out—A. Campion

Nonconference

East Troy 59, Parkview 44—Seven different East Troy players made at least one 3-pointer in a nonconference win.

MacKenzie Lindow led the Trojans with 11 points.

EAST TROY 59, PARKVIEW 44

East Troy (59)—Rice 2-5-10, Moker 2-0-5, Verbeten 3-1-8, Lindow 4-2-11, Lomen 4-2-12, K. Moker 1-0-3, Seurek 1-0-2, Detley 2-1-6, Gulig 1-0-2. Totals: 20-11-59.

Parkview (44)—Hackett 1-0-2, Olson 0-2-2, Burrell 2-2-6, Hudson 3-3-9, Baars 2-5-9, Mumm 6-4-16. Totals: 14-16-44.

East Troy 29 30—59

Parkview 20 24—44

Three-point goals—East Troy 8 (Lomen 2, Rice/G. Moker/Verbeten/Lindow/K. Moker/Betley 1), Parkview 0. Free throws missed—East Troy 19, Parkview 20. Fouls—East Troy 26, Parkview 18.

Bradford 55, Delavan-Darien 36—Only three players scored for the Comets in a nonconference home game.

Jaida Speth had 19 points and Kailea Timmerman had 15 for the Comets, who fell to 1-2.

BRADFORD 55, DELAVAN-DARIEN 36

Bradford (55)—Snyder, 1-0-2; Strelow, 8-0-21; Scalzo, 7-0-19; King, 2-0-4; Miller, 3-1-7; Lesavich, 1-0-2. Totals: 22-4-55.

Delavan-Darien (36)—Timmerman, 5-5-15; Jai. Speth, 5-7-19; Gonzalez, 1-0-2. Totals: 11-12-36.

Kenosha Bradford 29 26—55

Delavan-Darien 17 19—36

Three-point goals—Bradford 7 (Strelow 2, Scalzo 5). Delavan-Darien 2 (Jai. Speth 2). Free throws missed—Bradford 4, Delavan-Darien 7. Total fouls—Bradford 19, Delavan-Darien 8.

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