At the Brookfield Central Thanksgiving Shootout on Nov. 26 against Rolling Meadows of Illinois, the Mukwonago girls basketball team won, 54-49. MHS led at the half, 32-28, and used its precise free-throw shooting to seal the victory.
Mukwonago shot 20 for 25 from the free-throw line (80 percent). Through two games, MHS averaged 77.5 percent from the charity stripe.
"Free throws is one aspect that we have really focused in on at practice, and it's really paid off so far," Mukwonago coach Rick Kolinske said. "The girls are shooting them at a very high percentage, and I believe this was the difference in our game yesterday. Many of our free throws yesterday did come down the stretch and it allowed us to come out of the game with a win."
Angie Cera hit all seven of her free throws. Both Natalie Andersen and Nikki Huber went 4 for 6 from the line.
Grace Beyer, who hit two 3-point shots, led MHS with 14 points. Andersen went 2 for 3 from beyond the arc.
"Natalie did an outstanding job on their post player," Kolinske said. "I know she was held scoreless in the first half. Natalie had 12 points and nine rebounds."
Cera contributed 9 points, five rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block. Huber had 8 points, seven rebounds, four assists and one steal. Dru Henning added 7 points, seven rebounds and a steal.
"We want to continue to work hard and get better each and every day," Kolinske said. "I know It's early in the season, but this team has really impressed me so far."