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Whitnall girls rallied after slow season start

Greenfield junior Tuyet Nguyen (11) drives to the basket on a breakaway layup as Brown Deer defenders Ashley Jefferson (20), left, and Kendall Laurent (14) give chase in action this season. The Hawks improved from four victories the previous season to nine.

Greenfield junior Tuyet Nguyen (11) drives to the basket on a breakaway layup as Brown Deer defenders Ashley Jefferson (20), left, and Kendall Laurent (14) give chase in action this season. The Hawks improved from four victories the previous season to nine. Photo By Michael McLoone

March 25, 2014

After losing their first six games of the 2013-14 season, the Whitnall girls basketball team bounced back nicely.

The Falcons won seven of 10 contests down the stretch, including four in a row, before dropping a 45-43 decision to Cudahy in a WIAA Division 2 regional championship game.

They wound up 10-14 overall and 8-10 in the Woodland Conference.

Whitnall was led by senior forward Ann Marie Bay, who averaged 12.5 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.2 steals this season in making first-team all-Woodland.

Bay, who missed almost all of last season after anterior cruciate ligament surgery, was also selected as an alternate to the Division 2 South All-Star Team.

Candace Pollock, a senior guard, was next in scoring at eight points per contest. Freshman guard Sierra Grubor scored 6.9 points per game and senior post Krista Stribling 6.5 per game.

Pollock made the second all-Woodland team and Stribling was chosen as an all-academic player.

Whitnall loses seniors Stribling, Bay, Pollock, Kaitlyn Kenaston, Mary Gaggioli and Emily Yahnke.

Greenfield

The Hustlin' Hawks made some nice strides this season, compiling a 9-14 overall record and going 8-10 in the Woodland.

One season ago, Greenfield finished just 4-19 overall and 3-15 in the conference.

Dana Schwab led the Hawks with 9.8 points per game, followed by Mallory Kleczka at 8.9 and Angela Deubig at 7.4 per outing.

The Hawks will lose only two seniors, Lauren Bullock and Sara Kassel.

West Allis Hale

The Huskies went 6-17 this season, including 2-12 in the Greater Metro Conference.

Their leader was sophomore guard Sam Schuh at 11.3 points per game, and Schuh also paced the squad in assists (48), steals (61) and blocked shots (19). She earned high honorable mention on the all-GMC squad.

Senior center Sarah Mueller topped the Huskies in rebounding with 5.8 per contest and was given honorable mention on the GMC team.

Mueller and fellow seniors Cortney Wery, Delaney Mielke and Kara Placzek all earned scholar-athlete honors in the conference.

Head coach George Sotiros said his team made improvements, especially in playing more aggressively. Hale was second in the state in free throw attempts (499) and made free throws (305).

"The players have gained in confidence, learned to deal with pride and humility, gained mental toughness and have shown great integrity," Sotiros said.

Hale loses seniors Mueller, Wery, Mielke, Placzak and Adalia Sexton.

West Allis Central

The Bulldogs struggled, winning just two games this season.

Freshman guard Nikita Conroy provided some highlights, as she led the team with 10.9 points per game. Junior forward Tyana Turkvan finished at 7.3 points per outing and junior forward Bria Brown at seven points per contest.

Sophomore forward Mary Martens earned honorable mention on the all-GMC team, while senior guard Selena Perez and senior forward Rachel Sura each were GMC scholar-athletes.

Graduates will be Perez, Sura, Mikayla Nelson, Megan Turner and Alexis Bautista.

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