EAST TROY — It was a meeting of WIAA Division 3 girls basketball powers defined Monday not by their biggest stars, but their shooting stars.
And Rachel Atchison’s meteoric rise-and-fire jumper from the right corner late in the fourth quarter was the play that put an exclamation point on the evening for her Trojans.
The senior guard not only hit the 3-pointer with Rachel Heller’s hand on the dimples of the basketball, but she added the free throw to finish a four-point play. It capped a stunning second half for third-ranked East Troy in a 63-49 win over No. 2 Brodhead in a Rock Valley Conference crossover game.
“I was open and I thought ‘What the heck?’ I was hot over there (from the left corner) so why not shoot again?” said Atchison, who had five of her team’s 11 3-pointers and a game-high 19 points. “But if I hadn’t made the free throw, I’d have been bummed.”
Brodhead (18-1) took a 21-20 halftime lead despite playing without foul-plagued 6-foot-2 junior Carly Mohns much of the time. East Troy (19-0) found the same good fortune when senior point guard Breanna Gaspervich went to the bench with her fourth foul with 6 minutes, 14 seconds left in the third quarter, with Atchison hitting two 3s to start a 14-2 run that turned a 27-26 deficit into a 40-29 lead.
“You have got give East Troy some credit — they were making some shots down the stretch,” Brodhead coach Brad Pickett said. “We were all over Atchison there in the corner and she still made it.”
East Troy, which beat Brodhead in a sectional semifinal last year en route to its first state berth, was moved to a different sectional this year. If the two meet again, it would be for the state championship.
“I’ll play them, the Bucks ... anybody, if we make the state finals,” East Troy coach Jeff Brown said.