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Mihalko's record-setting night gets Franklin girls out of their doldrums

Win over Indian Trails features four records

Dec. 22, 2012

Franklin - Senior forward Cassidy Mihalko was not a ball hog as she rolled her way to a spectacular school-record 37 points in an 86-33 rout of Southeast rival Kenosha Indian Trail on Dec. 18.

In fact, she was remarkably efficient, hitting 18 of 20 shots from the field and displaying a skill thought heretofore long dead, but very much alive in her hands.

"It was just a phenomenal game, a great job by her," Sabers coach Tony Kathrens said. "She has an inside and an outside game. She had something like four steals that she turned into lay-ups and a medium-range jumper that was all but unstoppable."

Kathrens said that's a shot that's now almost non-existent in the girls' game.

"But it just helps her be such a threat," he continued. "She can just do so much. With her length (5-11) and long, long arms, we call her 'Gumby' or 'The long arm of the law'. And oh yes, that was a badly needed win."

Mihalko's line, in just 18:53 of action, included four assists, five rebounds and six steals. She also hit only one free throw attempt and had only two turnovers. Further, the Sabers were up 84-24 at the end of three quarters, with Mihalko only two points from the mark.

Kathrens let her in for just a minute of the fourth. She cashed the record-setting bucket and let the subs take over. That bucket proved to be the only score of the quarter for Franklin as the Sabers improved to 3-1 in Southeast play and 4-2 overall. They remain in a three-way tie for second in league play.

Record breaker

"It was really cool, the girls on the bench know how close Cassidy was getting in the third quarter, so they were jumping up at her every basket," said Kathrens. "They were really getting into it."

The record that Mihalko broke was 36 points set by both the late Christine Rathke in 1996-97 and tied by Taylor Atkinson in 2009-10.

"I remember Taylor's game," Kathrens said. "It was against Racine Case and they put everyone on her and threw everything but the kitchen sink at her and she still kept scoring. She was unstoppable that night. A little like Cassidy was tonight."

Mihalko also broke the school record for most field goals in a game 15, which was set by Debbie Brust 25 years ago.

Two team records were also set in the game and they included most field goals in a game, 38, which broke a mark set 27 years ago, and most assists in a game, 24, a record that had been set 11 years ago.

Freshman Carly Graverson continued to impress with 13 points while Jenny Eickhorst had 12.

"Remember that name (Graverson)," said Kathrens. "I think she's going to be something special."

A total of nine Sabers scored in the contest.

"This was a great win to get well after the Oak Creek debacle (of the previous week)," Kathrens said. "We got our fastbreak going and really put the pedal to the metal. The break got in motion and we finally utilized our dribble. We sort of froze against Oak Creek, but here we were able to drive and kick and get some open looks."

Franklin will now host the fifth annual Christine Rathke Memorial Tournament Thursday through Saturday (see box below).

The Rathke is coming up

Eight-team tourney is tougher than ever

Thursday quarterfinals: Middleton vs. Racine Case at Noon; Milwaukee King vs. Waunakee at 1:45 p.m.; Arrowhead vs. Nicolet at 3:30 p.m.; Franklin vs. Oshkosh Lourdes 5:15 p.m.

Friday schedule: Consolation games at noon and 1:45 p.m., respectively; championship semifinals at 3:30 and 5:15 p.m., respectively.

Saturday schedule: Seventh place game at 10 a.m.; fifth place game at 11:45 a.m.; third place game at 1:30 p.m.; championship game at 3:15 p.m.

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