In a game between two rivals sharing a border and a conference, it was the Greenfield girls basketball team (8-14) that came out on top in a nail-biting 42-41 over neighboring Greendale (3-20).
The Panthers made it interesting by dominating the fourth quarter, finally finding their stride and scoring 21 of those points -- including a trio of 3-pointers from Alyssa Brunelli and another from Brooke Robinette.
“I told them that I wanted them to be more aggressive on the ball,” said Greendale coach Andy Schroeder. “They put themselves in a position to win.”
The Panthers held possession of the ball in the dying seconds of the game and had the opportunity to score a winning layup as the clock ran out, but a misfired pass allowed Greenfield to hang on for the win. The outcome was much closer than Hawks coach Rob Graetz would have liked.
“We tried to slow things down, and it messed up our rhythm," Graetz said. "It was close.”
Prior to the fourth, a close call seemed out of the question, as Greenfield held a 34-20 lead after the first three quarters.
Greendale’s Taylor DeLong hit 1 of 2 free throws to account for the only point of the game's first three minutes, but a steal and breakaway basket by Katie Narloch kicked off a 10-0 run for Greenfield, and the Hawks held a 10-1 lead after that first quarter.
A basket by Greenfield's Amber Polachek made it 12-1 before Greendale scored a pair of baskets, but the Greenfield lead was 22-12 at halftime.
Robinette scored the opening basket of the second half for Greendale before another 9-0 Hawks run. Alexandra Sokol convereted on the second of two old fashioned 3-point plays to make it 31-15 at one point.
Greenfield controlled the ball at the end of the third, and with just a few seconds left on the clock, Polachek threw a last ditch three-point shot that banked off the backboard and in.
“I put it up there and hoped it would go in,” she said. “I was amazed; I couldn’t believe it went in.”
Greendale certainly made it interesting down the stretch, but Greenfield swept all three contests between the teams this year. The Hawks advanced to the second round of the WIAA Division 2 playoffs and will meet top-seeded Cudahy on Friday.
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