HALE GIRLS BASKETBALL
The Huskies dropped their season opener 54-46 to Kenosha Tremper on Nov. 27 but head coach George Sotiros was encouraged by what he saw in the game.
"To say that the culture has changed in the Hale girls program is undeniable," Sotiros said. "We played strong and up-tempo throughout the game and cut the lead to two with less than three minutes to go, but could not convert several chances."
That forced Hale to play the foul and free throw game, which simply served to make the final score a bit misleading, Sotiros said.
Sarah Mueller led the Huskies with 13 points, including seven free throws, despite battling foul trouble the whole way.
Jaime Supple tallied 11 points, shooting 5-of-8 from the floor, and led the Huskies with seven rebounds.
Sam Schuh put in seven points, along with four assists and four steals, while Katie Swofford collected five assists.
As a team, Hale put nine players in the scorebook, went to the free throw line 30 times and forced 27 turnovers. The Huskies also totaled 13 assists and 14 steals.
Sotiros also praised Delaney Mielke for her play on both sides of the court.
"So often, coaches say it is more important who finishes games than starts games, and Delaney in this game was a perfect example of that," the coach continued. "There was no one I wanted on the floor more than Delaney in the second half."
Sotiros said the Huskies need to work on finishing scoring opportunities and making more free throws.
Hale met St. Thomas More on Dec. 3 and will visit Milwaukee Lutheran at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9. The Greater Metro Conference opener is Dec. 13 at home against Divine Savior Holy Angels.
WHITNALL BOYS BASKETBALL
Before the season, St. Francis was regarded as a possible darkhorse in the Woodland Conference East Division.
The Falcons found out first-hand that the Mariners are no patsy this season when they fell 73-61 on Nov. 26.
Nate Schaefer continued his splendid start to the season with a game-high 32 points, while Mitch Brault added 19 points. Only five players scored for the Falcons, however.
St. Francis, which later improved to 3-0 with a victory over St. Thomas More on Friday night, was led by Chase Nowak with 26 points and Adam Korpela with 20.
The Mariners are now within one victory of their total last season, when they finished 4-19.
On Nov. 26, St. Francis outscored the Falcons 16-8 in the third to go up 46-32, then held on during a wild fourth period in which the teams combined for 56 points.
Whitnall later fell to Milwaukee Riverside 65-59 on Friday morning at Wisconsin Lutheran College as part of the Fresh Coast Tournament.
Schaefer put in a team-high 22 points to boost his season total to an even 100. Kevion Taylor added 11 points with a trio of 3-point goals and Tre Borland chipped in nine points.
Whitnall trailed 30-25 at the half but was outscored 20-9 in the third quarter to fall behind 50-34. The Falcons came back with a furious fourth-period rally but fell short.
They met rival Greenfield on Dec. 3 and will host Cudahy at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6. They will then welcome Shorewood at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10.
WHITNALL GIRLS BASKETBALL
The early part of the season is proving to be a bit of a struggle for the Falcons.
They fell to Oostburg 52-24 on Friday afternoon at the Brookfield Central Shootout and lost their opener to Waukesha South 56-38 on Nov. 26.
Whitnall faced a big challenge in Oostburg, which went 21-5 last season and is rated fourth in Division 3 for this campaign.
The Flying Dutchmen return sisters Maranda and Maria Huibregtse, who both earned all-conference honors in 2012-13.
Maranda got Oostburg off to a good start with 12 first-quarter points, and the Falcons could not find the hoop, hitting just 1 of 10 shots and falling behind 19-2 after the period.
Things never got much better for Whitnall, which was down 28-6 at the half and 42-14 after three periods.
Freshman Sierra Grubor provided some spark with six points in the third period, including two baskets off steals.
Oostburg, though, kept firing away from outside and finished with eight 3-point goals, with two by each of the Huibregtse sisters.
Liz Thon paced Whitnall with seven points, while Grubor added six points and Krista Stribling and Candace Pollock each four points.
Grubor was named the player of the game for Whitnall. The tournament has a tradition of giving that honor to players from both teams for each contest.
Against Waukesha South in the earlier game, Ann Marie Bay tallied 14 points and Kendall Stribling nine points.
Whitnall took on Greenfield on Dec. 3 and will visit Cudahy at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6. The Falcons will then travel to Shorewood at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10 as part of a string of three straight away games in the Woodland Conference.
CENTRAL GIRLS BASKETBALL
The Bulldogs opened their season with a 46-37 loss to Grafton on Friday night.
Grafton features Amanda Hunt, one of the better players in the North Shore Conference, and is expected to be strong again this season.
Central visits Westosha Central at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6 and welcomes Milwaukee Pulaski at 7 p.m. Dec. 10 in two more non-conference games.
The Greater Metro Conference opener is Dec. 13 at Brookfield East.
HALE BOYS BASKETBALL
The Huskies continue their non-conference schedule with a game at South Division at 4:15 p.m. Dec. 6.
Hale will meet South as part of the Terry Porter Classic Tournament.
The Huskies then welcome Grafton at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10. The Black Hawks lost their opener to Wauwatosa West last week.
The Greater Metro Conference slate begins on Dec. 13 at Marquette.
GREENFIELD GIRLS BASKETBALL
The Hustlin' Hawks, having started the season on Dec. 3 at Whitnall, will welcome Oconomowoc at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5.
Greenfield then visits New Berlin West at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6 and hosts Pius XI at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10.
— Compiled by John Rech
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