The last time the Deerfield girls basketball program won a Trailways South Conference title many of the players on this year’s team still had their baby teeth.

It’s been eight long years but following a 60-52 win Feb. 11 over visiting Palmyra-Eagle, the Lady Demons have earned at least a share of the league championship.

Two days later they clinched the title outright with a 61-28 walloping of Williams Bay.

“It is special,” said Deerfield head coach Don Schindler. “Everybody had something to do with this championship.”

After building a 15-point lead early in the first half and taking a 30-17 lead into the halftime break, the Demons (14-5 overall, 10-0 Trailways South) saw the Panthers (9-9, 8-2) rally.

A three-point play by sophomore guard Kyler Koutsky and then a Koutsky 3-pointer pulled P-E within seven.

The Demons pushed the lead back to double digits as freshman Moli Haak scored inside before junior Hailey Eickhoff made 1-of-2 free throws making it 38-28.

But P-E simply wouldn’t go away. Another Koutsky’s three-point cut the hosts’ lead to 38-32 with 9:15 remaining.

“We knew Palmyra was going to give us a punch in the mouth, I think they got some confidence with their style of basketball where when they get it they just throw it up,” said Schindler.

But what ultimately sealed the game were two rebound putbacks by Eickhoff, one following a miss by Haak and the other a rebound and follow off a Steffi Siewert miss giving Deerfield a 54-41 lead with 2:16 remaining.

“That’s awesome,” said Schindler. “Hailey’s been with the program since she was a freshman and has just ground it out. I couldn’t be happier for her.”

“They did have an answer, give credit to them. They’re a good team and I wish them luck the rest of the way,” P-E coach Andrew Tranel said.

The Demons made 7-of-10 free throws down the stretch to seal the victory and conference championship share.

“This time of the year is exciting. That gym was electric and that kind of atmosphere tonight is what high school basketball is all about,” added Tranel.

Siewert scored a game and career-high 22 to lead the Demons, who also got 15 points from Haak and 11 from Eickhoff.

Koutsky led P-E with 20.

DEERFIELD 60, PALMYRA-EAGLE 52

Palmyra-Eagle 17 35 — 52

Deerfield 30 30 — 60

Palmyra-Eagle (fg ft-fta pts) — Fredrick 0 1-4 1, Czeshinski 5 3-6 14, Steinbach 3 4-4 13, Koutsk 7 4-4 20, Kysely 1 0-0 2, Ma. Nettesheim 0 2-4 2. Totals — 16 14-22 52.

Deerfield — Winger 1 0-0 3, Eickhoff 5 1-5 11, Ezzell 1 2-2 4, Siewert 7 8-10 22, Brattlie 1 0-0 3, Haak 7 1-5 15, Rucks 1 0-0 2. Totals — 23 12-22 60.

3-point goals — PE 6 (Steinbach 3, Koutsky 2, Czeshinski 1) DEER 2 (Winger 1, Brattle 1). Total fouls — PE 21, DEER 20. Fouled out — PE Fredrick, Czeshinski.

DEERFIELD 61

WILLIAMS BAY 28

Deerfield clinched the Trailways South title outright with a 61-28 victory over visiting Williams Bay on Feb. 13.

The Demons scored more points in the first half (33) than the Bulldogs scored all game (28).

Jayden Winger and Steffi Siewert each scored 12 points to lead the way, while Haak added 11.

Haak also led the team with eight rebounds and one block and Siewert had a team-leading five assists and three steals.

DEERFIELD 61

WILLIAMS BAY 28

Williams Bay 15 13 — 28

Deerfield 33 28 — 61

Williams Bay — No information.

Deerfield — Winger 5 0-0 12, Eickhoff 1 0-0 2, Bush 0 0-1 0, Ezzell 2 2-2 6, Siewert 4 3-4 12, Brattlie 3 0-0 9, Haak 3 5-6 11, Fischer 2 3-3 7, Rucks 1 0-0 2. Totals — 21 13-16 61.

3-point goals — D 3 (Brattlie 3).

DEERFIELD 32

ABUNDANT LIFE 27

In a defensive battle Deerfield held off visiting Madison Abundant Life last Friday to finish a perfect 12-0 in Trailway South play.

The game was tied at 14 at halftime, but the Demons outscored the Challengers 18-13 in the second half.

Haak was the lone Demon in double figures with 11.

DEERFIELD 32

ABUNDANT LIFE 27

Abundant Life 14 13 — 27

Deerfield 14 18 — 32

Abundant Life (fg ft-fta pts) — Ganser 1 0-1 2, Mae. Bakke 2 1-2 5, Mar. Bakke 3 0-5 6, Schmiesing 0 2-4 2, Iwuagwu 4 3-6 12. Totals — 10-6-18 27.

Deerfield — Winger 1 0-0 2, Eickhoff 2 0-0 4, Ezzell 0 3-4 3, Siewert 3 2-2 8, Brattlie 1 1-4 4, Haak 3 5-7 11, Fischer 0 0-2 0. Totals — 10 11-19 32.

3-point goals — MAL 1 (Iwuagwu 1), D 1 (Brattlie 1). Total fouls — MAL 17, D 15.

WIAA

SEEDING

Deerfield (16-5) received a No. 4 seed and will play the winner of No. 5 Horicon and No. 12 Johnson Creek in a WIAA Division 4 semifinal game on Friday, Feb. 28.

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