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Sky's the Limit

Tom "Sky" Skibosh covers the Wauwatosa, Brookfield and New Berlin prep scene for Community Newspapers. If something is going on in local sports, Sky has an opinion about it. If you agree or not with what Sky says, we want to see your comments.

And then there were three (blog 1 of 2)

Tosa West girls basketball

I have three prep teams left and they are all in the same sectional, so I like my chances of having a D2 team playing next week.

Here's a look at one of my teams in the top half of Thursday's bracket.

One of my two third-seeded teams are Wauwatosa West. The Trojans are under new first-year coach Ron Gavinski and his top assistant and former player - Ashley Imperiale, who he allows to stand on the sidelines and help run the team while he sits and coaches.

The Trojans finished third in the Black Division (9-8) and are guaranteed a winning season with a 13-11 record. They also won the regional last year, but had a 4-13 league mark and 8-17 overall record. Last week they beat #6 Milwaukee Juneau.Morse-Marshall, 47-25, and then scored the final 8 points on Saturday to beat #2 Wisconsin Lutheran, 48-45, on Jessica Pike's 3-pointer.

The Trojans did the main thing they needed to do this year - beat the teams they were supposed to beat. That is the key to building a program. They struggled against the great teams, but they weren't alone there.

They are built on defense. They are well-coached, execute on offense and they shoot better than last year - and they were terrible shooters last year.

This year they have three seniors and two of them - the Jennas - Lahmann and Engel - are important leaders. Lahmann had two key fourth-quarter baskets in Friday's win and Engel does a good job running the show. I can't say enough about their leadership.

Then there are junior  Latasha Harmon and sophomore Elise Ditscheit. Harmon is the team's top scorer and thrives on having her hands on the ball around the basket. Ditscheit has a motor that doesn't quit and she and Engel helped shut down JMM's point guard Friday night. Gavinski considers Harmon and Ditscheit his two best players.

Pike is a good junior wing who continues to improve. She took a pass from Harmon on Saturday, raced down court and nailed a 3-pointer with 25 seconds left for the win. Didn't think twice about it.

Senior Nyreesha Williams, sophomore Ashley Lindstrom, freshman Abbey Jones, a 5-10 post, who is the 'giant' on this team, and junior Ashley Colebourne also play their part.

They play #1 Whitefish Bay (20-4) at Waukesha North Thursday night. Most people see the Blue Dukes in Saturday's title game - including me.

But the Trojans only lost 48-41 to Bay at home on Jan. 24 and they are a much better team right now. They trailed 24-20, but a 20-9 third quarter cost them a chance to win.

Whatever happens Thursday night at North, Tosa West can be proud of the season they had.

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