By Rich Palzewic
GREEN BAY – The streak is finally over.
The Green Bay East girls’ basketball team saw its consecutive-losses streak end at 83 games with a 52-16 victory over Green Bay West Jan. 30.
The Red Devils’ last win before Saturday occurred Jan. 26, 2017, against Menasha.
“West is always our biggest rivalry of the season,” said East head coach Dwight Hancock. “We talked about playing our game. It was difficult not having many fans there (because of COVID-19), but the team and I are happy we’re getting the opportunity to play.”
With West ahead 4-2 halfway through the first half, the Red Devils went on a 20-0 run to essentially put the game away.
Nia Weathersby, a 6-foot-1 post player, scored 12 points during the surge and led all scorers with 28 points overall.
“Nia has been working lots with her post moves,” Hancock said. “Her hard work is paying off.”
After the Wildcats scored the first five points of the second half to cut the deficit to 22-10, East scored the next 17 points to increase the lead to 39-10.
Mercedes Castro added nine points for the Red Devils, while Jasmine Schroeder, Lorendy Renovato and Stephanie Dyzbalys each had five.
Ashaunte Williams led West with six points.
Hancock said the streak has weighed on the minds of his players.
“They’ve mentioned the streak,” he said. “They wanted to get a win for the seniors, but right now, we’re in a building process. We’re working on skills rather than working on a bunch of plays at practice. These girls work hard. It’s a misconception when people think we don’t work hard when we don’t win many games.”