January 23, 2021 – It was a duel between two of the best girls’ basketball teams in Wisconsin as the 17-6 Kettle Moraine Lutheran Chargers took on the 19-1 Germantown Warhawks (records courtesy maxpreps.com).
Just like a heavyweight boxing bout the two teams traded baskets throughout most of the first half, with the Chargers either in control or keeping the game close until the final few minutes of the period, when the Warhawks went on a brief run to take a 37-31 lead into halftime.
The story of the second half was definitely the steals the Warhawks generated, turning Chargers’ turnovers into quick baskets to build a sizeable double-digit lead halfway through the period. The Warhawks also were able to go 16 of 22 (72.7%) from the free-throw line in the game versus the Chargers 9 for 15 (60%) in the free-throw department.
The Warhawks would win the game by a final score of 73-52.
The standout star of the game was Germantown sophomore Kamorea Arnold who finished with 29 points and was instrumental in at least half a dozen steals. Arnold came into tonight’s contest ranked 12th in the state in points per game with 22.4 (stats courtesy of wissports.net).
Despite the high level of play Arnold remained humble, saying “it feels really good that my coach trusts me and allows me to have that leadership role as a sophomore, and be a great leader for team as a whole.” Arnold also said she remains ever focused on “school, basketball, and the next game, the other stuff (individual accolades) doesn’t matter, as I try to get my team to state.” Arnold said while she doesn’t have a plan for college academically, she does plan on playing college basketball and dreams of reaching the WNBA someday.
For the Chargers, seniors Emma Thistle and Haley Ott were the leading scorers with 13 and 11 points respectively.
Germantown will next host conference foe West Allis Hale on Friday, January 29 at 7 p.m. Kettle Moraine Lutheran will travel to face Berlin in its next game on Tuesday, January 26 at 7:15 pm.