Perszk's late three-pointer propels Greendale girls basketball team to thrilling win
Panthers defeat Brown Deer in double overtime contest
Emily Perszyk came through when the Greendale girls basketball team needed it most.
With just seconds left in the first overtime of a Woodland Conference game on Friday night, the Panthers trailed Brown Deer by three points.
Greendale ran an inbounds play for Perszyk, and she responded with a 3-point field goal from about three feet behind the arc to send the game into a second extra session.
In the second overtime, Perszyk, Taite Kurzka and Megan Shaughnessy combined to hit 11 of 14 free throws to give Greendale a 68-62 victory.
The Panthers also routed St. Francis 78-16 on Dec. 3 and came into this week at 2-0 in the Woodland Conference West Division and 2-1 overall.
The game against Brown Deer went back and forth the whole way. It was tied at 22-22 at the half and the Panthers held a slim 35-33 edge after three quarters.
Greendale moved ahead early in the fourth but the Falcons came back to tie it at 46-46. Perszyk's 3-pointer enabled the Panthers to tie the game again at 57-57 after the first overtime.
Perszyk finished with a game-high 26 points, while Kurzka added 17 points and Ellen Davis 11 points. Perszyk also totaled 12 rebounds, while Maggie Bowen pulled down eight and Kurzka seven boards.
Natalie Burton, Perszyk and Kurzka each tallied two steals for the game.
"The girls showed how mentally tough they are in this game," head coach Julie Hahm said. "They withstood every run that Brown Deer had and battled back. They executed well down the stretch with Emily and Taite stepping up to make big plays.
"The girls handled Brown Deer's press well and showed how much better they have become with ball-handling. It was good to see Ellen showing that she can handle the ball pressure at the varsity level."
Davis and Perszyk each tallied 16 points in the blowout over St. Francis, with Shaughnessy adding 13 points and Kurzka 11 points.
Greendale jumped ahead 28-6 after one period as Perszyk and Davis combined for 24 points. Burton added eight points in the second period as the Panthers went up 48-11.
Greendale welcomes Shorewood at 7:30 p.m. this Friday and New Berlin West at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
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