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Even without one of its top players, the West Allis Hale girls basketball team found a way past St. Thomas More, 57-44, on Nov. 22.

Abby Arena, who tallied a game-high 13 points and was among the leaders in rebounds, steals and blocked shots in the Huskies' first game, was out ill last week.

KellyAnn Sotiros picked up some of the slack with a double-double of 10 points and 11 rebounds, plus four assists, three steals and one blocked shot, with just one turnover.

Zoe Burczyk tallied 14 points, including four 3-point field goals, with three assists and two steals and Alyssa Cruz 11 points with a trio of 3-point shots, plus a team-high six assists, four rebounds and two steals.

"Zoe is doing a fantastic job of being patient with her shot selection and is hitting big shot after big shot," coach George Sotiros said. "Cruz saw the floor incredibly well and dished the ball well."

Ashley Levack added 8 points with five rebounds and three blocks, and Julie Palesse and Abi Stevens each 6 points for the Huskies, who improved to 2-0. Palesse left the game with a knee injury late in the first half.

Hale forced 18 turnovers, including 12 steals, for the contest. By contrast, the Huskies only had 11 turnovers, only one in the first 16 1/2 minutes.

The Huskies were up 35-18 at the half and maintained at least a 12-point lead throughout the second half.

"I was really impressed with how we shared the ball and showed great patience for most of the game," coach Sotiros said. "For us to see improvement in all areas bodes well."

The Huskies will take on rival West Allis Central at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, at the Central Fieldhouse, then play at Hartford at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6.

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