You could hear the howls of joy coming from the Brown Deer girls basketball team's locker room from Lake Michigan on the east all the way to Sussex on the west following the Falcons' 42-34 Woodland Conference victory over Greendale on Feb. 3.
It marked the first league win for the Falcons since a 42-41 decision over South Milwaukee on Jan. 6, 2015 — a skid of 38 losses in a row.
For the underclassmen-dominated team, it was a major breakthrough, coach Scott Laurent said.
"Lots of whooping and hollering," Laurent said. "I was just so proud of these girls. We had actually looked forward to this game because we thought we could win it, but we were down 10 with about eight minutes to go. But then we really turned it around, outscoring them, 20-2, the rest of the way.
"We were able to get a few baskets, and then we were able to put on some full-court pressure. That led to some turnovers and some easy transition baskets."
The victory distanced the 80-38 loss to Tosa West on Jan. 31, as the Falcons improved to 1-12 in Woodland play and 4-14 overall. They took on Whitnall on Feb. 7 and then will host Woodland East-leading Cudahy on Friday, Feb. 10.
What made the win even better was that it came on the Falcons' senior night and allowed seniors Brianna Key and Deasia Allen to celebrate with the youthful core of the team, including freshmen leading scorers Mattie Schimenz and Jonisia Nash.
The band was even there, too.
"It was just a great moment for those two," said Laurent of the two seniors.
Laurent said the youthful team showed great maturity in this victory. Greendale was up, 21-17, at the half and then, as noted, stretched the lead out before the Falcons flipped the switch.
"In the second half, the girls played well beyond their years," he said. "(Jonisia) Nash had a tremendous second half, and Mattie (Schimenz) hit all her free throws."
Schminz hit 10 of 12 free throws for the game en route to a game-high 14 points, while Nash had 13, Breona Strong 7 and Michaela Drake 6. Overall, Brown Deer was 16-of-23 from the line as opposed to 10-of-20 for the Panthers.
"This was a great team effort," Laurent said. "I really like that the girls are still showing focus (at this point in the season). They're playing with great composure and heart."