Oshkosh West head coach Jason Fahrney hopes its the kind of win that can spark a strong finish and a productive postseason.
The Wildcats got contributions from throughout its lineup and used some impressive free-throw shooting in the fourth quarter to hold off visiting Kaukauna for a 58-55 victory in a Fox Valley Association boys basketball game on Tuesday night.
"I'm really proud of the kids. We got a lot of contributions from a lot of different people in a lot of different ways tonight," Fahrney said. "Our guys are really playing hard and sometimes it takes a game like this to get over that hump. Hopefully we can ride the momentum down the stretch and into the tournament."
The Wildcats were able to collect the win because of a steady stream of free throws down the stretch.
West went 11-of-15 from the line in the fourth quarter, including a 9-of-11 performance by Jake Guenther to get to the win.
The Wildcats also turned in a strong defensive effort against the high-scoring Ghosts, limiting Kaukauna to just 19 points in the middle two quarters as they built a 41-36 lead entering the fourth quarter.
"I thought our defense was very good," Fahrney said. "We did a nice job on their 3-point shooters. They have a couple of kids who can really shoot it and we did a nice job on them."
Guenther led a balanced attack for the Wildcats with 17 points and finished 12-of-16 from the free-throw line.
Jordan Kollman added a season-high 12 points, while Blake Derickson finished with 10.
Riley VanderWyst poured in a game-high 23 to lead Kaukauna.
Kaukauna 17 9 10 19 -- 55
Oshkosh West 13 15 13 17 -- 58
Kaukauna: VandeWettering 2, VanderWyst 23, Nytes 9, Schalow 5, Rabas 3, Stevens 10, Belling 3. 3-pointers: 5 (VanderWyst 3, Schalow, Stevens). FTs: 18-23. Total fouls: 16.
Oshkosh West: Stanek 5, Boeder 4, Kollman 12, Johnson 3, Derickson 10, Rodgers 7, Guenther 17. 3-pointers: 5 (Stanek, Kollman, Johnson, Rodgers, Guenther). FTs: 17-24. Total fouls: 12.