Oregon’s winning streak came to a screeching halt on Wednesday.
The Panthers showed a bit of holiday break rust as the Oregon girls basketball team fell to Waukesha West 58-36 at the DeForest Holiday Tournament on Wednesday, Dec. 29, at DeForest High School.
The loss snapped a five-game winning streak for Oregon.
“We have a lot of growth to do,” Oregon head coach Adam Wamsley said. “We had a long break after the Edgewood game. We were missing some pieces. It’s just trying to learn from our mistakes…We just didn’t execute tonight.”
The Panthers (7-5) lost their second game of the DeForest Holiday Tournament, falling to Hartford 63-56 on Thursday, Dec. 30.
Waukesha West 58, Oregon 36
During the Panthers’ win streak, Oregon was winning by an average score of 16.8 points per game.
But on Wednesday the Panthers were plagued by turnovers, turning in their lowest score of the season.
“I think we need to go back to fundamentals,” said senior guard Lily Eisele, who finished with 11 points. “Once we feed off each other we play really well.”
Waukesha West scored the first nine points of the game and eventually took a 13-4 lead with just under 12 minutes to play in the first half. A 3-pointer from sophomore forward McKenna Carroll, followed by a steal and layup cut the deficit quickly to 13-9.
Waukesha West called a timeout to stop the spurt and went on a 12-4 run to extend its lead to 25-13 with 3 minutes, 11 seconds in the first half, forcing a Panther timeout.
West took a 28-16 lead into the locker room.
Oregon made a few runs in the second half, but was never able to get the game within single digits.
“We didn’t get many second chance points and the shots weren’t falling,” Wamsley said. “West did a really good job of rebounding. We were going too fast. We had tons of travels, tons of turnovers…We clean up those little things and it's definitely a different game.”
Sophomore guard Sam Schmitt finished with a team-high 14 points.
Senior guard Emily Mortenson had been on a roll of late, but was held out of Wednesday’s game.
In her previous two contests, Mortenson was averaging 17 points, 2.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.5 assists. That was after Mortenson — who was on a minutes restriction early in the season — had just a total of six points the first three games of the year.
“Coming off Edgewood we were coming off such a high,” Eisele said. “To lose such a valuable player like Emily was very detrimental for us. She’s a great shooter.”
Freshman Olivia Neis added three points and Wamsley felt like the 5-foot-8 forward made her presence felt on the court with her defense and energy.
“Every time we put her in the game she seems to get after it,” Wamsley said. “She makes deflections, steals, rebounds well. She did it against Edgewood, did it again tonight. We need more of that out of everybody.”
Hartford 63, Oregon 56
Mortenson returned from her one-game absence to finish with a team-high 15 points. Eisele and Schmitt also both were in double digits with 11 points each.
Oregon trailed 35-29 at halftime.
Hartford guard Makena Christian — who holds a few Division 1 offers as a freshman — finished with a game-high 31 points.