Teamwork came to the forefront for the Greenfield girls basketball team in a big 61-47 triumph over Shorewood on Dec. 20.
"Coming into this season, the coaches knew the potential of the players we had," coach Rob Graetz said. "As a team, our focus is just that, team. It doesn't matter who has a big night or if we are able to scratch out a victory with a number of girls scoring from 10 to 12. It's the process of figuring out what will work that night."
That balance was displayed in the triumph over three-time Woodland Conference East Division champion Shorewood last week. Top scorer Emma Graetz had an off night with just 3 points, but Sophia Valero tallied 22 points; Ratka Karac notched a double-double with 17 points and 14 rebounds; and Morgan Lesieur added 12 points and played a strong defensive game.
The Hustlin' Hawks, who improved to 2-3 in the Woodland and 3-4 overall, jumped ahead by a 30-20 count at halftime and then held off the Greyhounds in the second half.
The victory was Greenfield's second straight and continued a string of solid performances, including a 55-52 loss to unbeaten Pewaukee and a competitive game against powerful Pius XI.
On Dec. 16, the Hawks had defeated South Milwaukee, 57-50, with Graetz totaling 19 points on 8-of-12 shooting from the floor and Valero chipping in with 15 points. Lesieur and Haley Hoedel combined on defense to shut down the Rockets' top scorer.
The Hawks did sustain a setback late in the Shorewood game when Valero was injured.
"We may not have her for the next four or five games," coach Graetz said, "but I know we have others who are ready and eager to help fill her role while she's out."
Greenfield played in the West Allis Hale Tournament, which began on Dec. 28 and concluded on Dec. 29. The Hawks next play at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 3, at Racine Park and then continue Woodland action at 7:15 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6, at Whitnall.