So far, so good for the Pewaukee girls basketball team. Playing their third straight road game Tuesday night, the Pirates went into Waukesha West and scored a come from behind 51-41 over the Wolverines.
That 10-point win might not seem all that significant, but considering PHS fell behind by a 9-0 score in the game's opening minutes, the Pirates came back with a vengeance.
"I think one of the big keys to the game was the fact that when we fell behind 9-0, our girls didn't panic," said Pewaukee coach Todd Hansen. "It was an early-season road game against a very successful program, and that's not how you want to start. But we finally settled down and did a lot of good things. But keeping our composure early was a big key for us."
After that slow start, Pewaukee only trailed at halftime by an 18-16 margin.
Once the second half started, the Pirates took charge. They grabbed their first lead of the game just three minutes into the second half and never trailed again. For most of the game's last 9 minutes, Pewaukee maintained an 8 to 10-point lead.
MacKenzie Schill led PHS with 17 points, five steals and three assists.
Schill got plenty of help. Her sister Lauren, a freshman, added 9 points, and senior Zoe Bierce added 8 points and eight rebounds. Freshman Vivianne Jende had her best game with 8 points.
However, a big difference maker for Pewaukee turned out to be junior Jinda Guidinger. While she scored 6 points, her play on defense was a big reason why the Pirates won the game.
Guidinger drew the assignment of guarding West senior Calli Delsman, who came into the game averaging 20 points per game. Guidinger played every minute of the game and held Delsman to just three baskets. She finished with 15 tallies.
"Jinda did a great job on Delsman," Hansen said. "She not only held her to three baskets but caused some turnovers and took some charges. It was her best game of the season."
Junior Lauren Benkowski made a huge 3-pointer when Pewaukee surged in the second half for her only points of the game.
Pewaukee, now 3-0, will play at Brown Deer Friday night in the first game of the Woodland Conference season.