Greenfield boys basketball
The Hustlin' Hawks appeared to be in trouble on Dec. 4 against New Berlin West, trailing 44-28 early in the fourth quarter.
That's when Ricky Santiago went to work.
The senior guard poured in 25 points in the fourth period and two overtimes to help lift Greenfield to a 71-64 victory. He finished with a game-high 34 points, including 12 of 13 at the free throw line.
After falling behind by 16 in the fourth, the Hawks went to a press, and the tactic worked as Greenfield outscored West 22-6 in the rest of regulation.
The Hawks also hit five 3-point field goals down the stretch, including a pair from Santiago.
Regulation ended at 50-50, and the Hawks held a lead midway through the first overtime. West, though, forced a second extra session with a long 3-pointer at the buzzer. The Hawks then controlled the second overtime.
Sonnie Wilbert added 14 points as Greenfield posted its third Woodland Conference victory of the season.
On Friday, the Hawks led Pius XI 13-8 after one period, but the Popes outscored them 11-2 in the second, then went on to a 48-36 triumph. Wilbert led Greenfield with 10 points and Santiago put in nine.
Greenfield (3-2 in the Woodland and 3-4 overall going into this week) visits Shorewood at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14 and New Berlin Eisenhower at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 18.
Hale boys basketball
After winning their first three games of the season, including a 77-69 triumph over Shorewood on Dec. 4, the Huskies finally met their match on Friday night when they fell to Marquette, 65-50, in the Greater Metro Conference opener.
Still, head coach John Palesse was pleased with their effort.
"I like the way we competed throughout the game," he said. "It was a four-point game at half, and the deficit was seven points with less than three minutes left in the game."
Derrick Waller led Hale with 16 points, while Travis Balcerzak added 12. Nick Sotiros tallied nine points.
Against Shorewood, the Huskies saw a 20-point lead slip to three, but they recovered to secure the victory.
Noel Crabtree finished with 27 points and hit 10 of 12 at the line, while Waller totaled 22 points and Balcerzak 19 points and five assists. Arthur Arena added eight rebounds and four points.
The Huskies (3-1 entering this week) welcome Brookfield East at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14 and visit Wauwatosa East at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 18.
Central boys basketball
Sussex Hamilton handed the Bulldogs their first loss of the season with a 68-55 decision on Friday night.
The Chargers took an early lead before Central rallied within 46-41 at the start of the fourth period but then could not keep the rally going.
"We had some good looks," head coach Dave Mlachnik said, "but couldn't sustain a run at all."
Brandon Key collected 18 points, nine assists and three steals, while Jequan Carson totaled 10 points and Jaquan Martin 10 points and seven rebounds.
The Bulldogs visit Brookfield Central at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14, then welcome Marquette at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 18.
Central girls basketball
Bria Brown collected a game-high 20 points as the Bulldogs posted their first victory of the season with a 36-23 triumph over Milwaukee Hamilton on Dec. 4.
"Bria had a very nice game for us offensively and defensively," head coach Dena Smith said. "Ashley Alvarado did a super job on defense."
Gabby Coto-Valentin tallied eight points and Rachel Sura six points.
Things did not go as well in the next game as Central lost, 64-10, to Sussex Hamilton on Friday. Sura led with four points.
The Bulldogs (1-3 going into this week) host Brookfield Central at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13, then visit Divine Savior Holy Angels at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 18.
The Falcons dropped Greenfield, 49-21, in a Woodland Conference dual meet on Dec. 5.
Posting pins for Whitnall were Anthony Senthavisauk at 113 pounds, Dylan Kellner at 132, Nick Monte at 145 and Ryan Olson at 152.
Whitnall next competes at the E.H. Stech Invitational at West Allis Central this weekend.
The Hustlin' Hawks captured third place in the Marquette Invitational on Saturday with 127 points.
Winning championships were Tom Friedbacher at 152 pounds and Turner Panich at 170 pounds.
Taking third were Tyler Dorfner (160) and Brandon Tolbert (220) and finishing fourth were Victor Castro (138) and Dawda Royal (182).
The Hawks lost a 49-21 Woodland Conference dual to Whitnall on Dec. 5 despite victories from Castro (pin in 3 minutes, 32 seconds), Dorfner (14-10), Alex Morton (forfeit) and Matt Braatz (forfeit).
Hale girls basketball
Powerful Divine Savior Holy Angels proved too much for the Huskies in a 67-32 loss on Friday night.
"I thought we made some major steps forward in our progression," head coach George Sotiros said. "It was the first game all year that I thought the players gave their hardest effort from the start through the finish."
Sarah Mueller led with nine points and pulled down six rebounds, while Rachel Seefeldt totaled seven points. Courtney Westhause had four points and three rebounds, Kara Placzek six rebounds and Delaney Mielke two assists and one board.
The Huskies also lost to Shorewood, 65-50, on Dec. 5 despite 11 points each from Seefeldt and Mueller and eight points by Rachel Milani.
Hale (1-4 overall entering this week) visits Brookfield East at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14 and welcomes Wauwatosa East at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 18.
Greenfield girls basketball
This season, the Hustlin' Hawks have some obstacles to overcome.
"Our team is very young with limited experience at the varsity level," head coach Rob Graetz said. "The girls are starting to figure things out and adjust to the speed of the game, but it's still going to take some time. We are also limited in size as well."
The Hawks lost to Pius XI, 61-21, on Friday and to New Berlin West, 55-33, on Dec. 4. Against West, Dana Schwab scored seven points and Madison Kohl six points.
Greenfield, which was 1-4 going into this week, welcomes Shorewood at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14 and New Berlin Eisenhower at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 18.
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