By David Paulsen


When a team plays a tough non-conference schedule, they hope it will produce a better team over time. That is certainly the hopes of Burlington High School head girls basketball coach Gordon Nikolic.

The latest very strong non-conference foe for the Demon girls was Muskego, who handed Burlington a 72-35 loss Thursday. With the win, Muskego improved to 5-1.

“We’ve played a lot of good teams this year,” Nikolic said. “I think Muskego’s the best we’ve faced. They are eight or nine deep.”

The inexperienced Demon squad was no match for Muskego, which jumped out to a 24-5 lead after one quarter. That lead ballooned to 51-18 at the half and 70-23 after three quarters.

“Muskego showed up and we didn’t,” Nikolic said.

Nikolic noted his girls get lots of shots, but “we can’t seem to get the ball in the basket.”

The team played better late in this game as the girls outscored Muskego 12-2 in the final quarter.

“We made shots,” Nikolic said concerning the fourth quarter.

In fact, the Demons made four three-points in that period. They had only three threes in the first three quarters combined, one in each quarter. Burlington had a mere 10 field goals in the entire game, with seven of those coming from three-point range.

The remaining points came from the foul line, where the girls were eight for 15.