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After getting off to a solid start to the season, the Racine Case girls basketball team is looking to regain their early-season magic going into the playoffs. Currently, the Eagles sit at 12-11 on the season and will go into the playoffs this week with a fifth-place finish in the Southeast Conference. 

“We got off to a great start to start the season, and it seems like we have gone downhill lately,” head coach Wally Booker said. “Part of that is my fault too because the work ethic in practice hasn’t been good at all lately. Sometimes kids think that they can show up and play this game, and sometimes it doesn’t work like that.”

Neveah Watson leads the Eagles in scoring as she averages 19 points per game. She has scored 365 points for Case this season including her game-high of 30 points against Tremper on Feb. 4. Case also has two other main scoring threats with Mariah Espinoza averaging 12 points per game and Sydni Hill averaging eight points per game. 

“We need them three to show up every ball game,” Booker said of his big three scorers. “They have been averaging double figures, but sometimes it seems like they are nonexistent when we play a better team. The bottom line is that all three of them have to play hard and bring it every single ball game.”

With Oak Creek, Franklin and Kenosha Bradford all finishing with 17-7 overall records and Racine Case sitting behind them with a fifth-place finish, Booker wants to see his team use the conference schedule as a major help during the postseason. The Eagles start off the WIAA tournament with a regional road matchup with Milwaukee Reagan on Feb. 25. 

 “Playing against these teams can’t but help us,” Booker said. “We just have to get better and that is all there is to it.”

Case High School

J. I. Case High School is located at 7345 Washington Ave. in Racine. The school serves approximately 2,100 students in grades 9-12. The school’s mission, from their website, is “to provide a positive environment and instruction of the highest quality to ensure that all students have the opportunity to acquire the knowledge, skills, and attributes they will need to become productive citizens of the world.”

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