The West Allis Central boys basketball team's December swoon carried into January with a pair of league losses to two of the Greater Metro Conference's elite teams.
J.P. Tokoto, one of the nation's top sophomores, scored a game-high 21 points to carry conference leader Menomonee Falls to a 66-35 win at Central on Friday.
The Indians led by just two points, 29-27, at halftime, but shut out the Bulldogs, 16-0, in the third quarter and posted a 21-8 advantage in the fourth.
Anthony Harris led Central with 11 points.
Three nights earlier against perennial power Wauwatosa East, the host Red Raiders held the Bulldogs (7-5, 2-2) to just 14 first-half points en route to a 45-37 victory.
The Falcons (3-3) could not hand the New Berlin co-op (4-0) its first loss of the season and dipped to .500 themselves with a 36-24 home loss Jan. 6.
Matt Price's 5-4 win over Adam Ruiz at 140 and Stefan Glidry's 10-4 victory over Nels Rieth gave Whitnall a 6-3 lead, but New Berlin won the next six matches and never looked back.
At 103 pounds, Whitnall's Kameron Borgeois pulled out a narrow, 2-1 win over Hlu Vang and Demetrious Wall followed with a 1-minute pin of Heng Vang at 112. Later, Whitnall's Evan Olson beat Nick Devroy, 3-0, at 125.
West Allis Central girls basketball
The Bulldogs dominated two struggling league foes to remain perfect in the GMC.
Central jumped out to a 17-6 first-quarter lead at Menomonee Falls and held on for a 39-25 win Friday to improve to 7-2 overall, 5-0 league.
Janie Myles had 10 points for the Bulldogs, who also beat visiting Wauwatosa East, 46-35, Jan. 5.
This time Myles had a game-high 18 and Lauren Hibbard had 17 as the Red Raiders had no answer for Central's inside game.
The Bulldogs play host to two-time defending league champion Brookfield Central at 7:30 p.m. Friday. The Lancers (5-4, 4-0) are also unbeaten in league action.
Patrick Bruyette, Greenfield's 215-pounder, went 5-0 with four pins to help the Hawks take third in the Travis Wichlacz Duals in West Bend on Saturday.
Bruyette, who improved to 15-1, turned in his most impressive win in a match that did not end in a pin. The Greenfield senior picked up a 6-5 decision over Steve Sizer of West Bend West, who entered the match 18-1.
Greenfield's Steve Fisher, Kevin Vazquez and Tyler Flink finished 4-1 at the tournament, where Greenfield went 3-2.
The Hawks' conference winning streak reached three straight with a 57-15 blowout of visiting Cudahy/St. Francis on Jan. 6.
Carmello Caputa got the pin party started with a fall of Ken Ewert in 53 seconds at 189 pounds. Two matches later, Greenfield's Andrew Patrick needed just 18 seconds to dispose of Jeremy Christiansen at 103.
Also picking up pins for the victors were Bruyette (215), Fisher (125), Taylor Wirtz (130), Andrew Krueger (140) and Vazquez (145).
West Allis Hale wrestling
Two Huskies won their brackets and four others were runners-up as Hale took second in its own nine-team Huskie Invite on Saturday.
Hale's Scott Hancox improved to 15-1 by going 2-0 after a first-round bye at 125 pounds. In the title match, Hancox scored a major decision over Whitefish Bay's Andrew Reidy.
Zach Seefeld picked up consecutive pins after his first round bye at 189, downing Waukesha West's Nick Wall in 47 seconds in the semifinals and Milwaukee Riverside's Shondell Stiff in 1:27 in the finals. Seefeld improved to 19-4.
The Huskies' Andy Moyle (119), Micho Gruichich (135), Ty Bauer (145) and Jeremy Shimetz (215) lost their second-place matches. Bauer's was the closest, a 5-2 decision to Cedarburg's Cody Sigler.
Lucas Semrau (112) and Jack Allen (152) were third for Hale; Kevin Schmidt (171) was fourth.
The PantherHawks measured up nicely with the state's best once again, this time posting four top-three swims en route to ninth place at the 19-team Marquette Invitational at Waukesha South on Saturday.
Jack Lennertz picked up the team's lone win, a victory in the 100 butterfly in 51.47 seconds. He was also third in the 50 free in 22.14.
Matt Jungers swam second in the 200 individual medley (1:58.27) and Mike Lucchesi was third in the 200 free (1:46.22).
Greenfield boys basketball
A superb defensive effort and the two-headed scoring attack of Alec Molter and Jason Mermolia led the Hawks to a 49-25 win at Cudahy on Friday.
Molter tallied 23 points and Mermolia 13 for the Hawks (4-7, 3-5), who topped a season best in points allowed by 18. Greenfield's previous-best defensive performance came in a 47-35 loss to South Milwaukee in December.
Defense and offensive balance was lacking Jan. 5 as Molter scored 16 points but no other Hawk had more than seven in a 65-37 to visiting Pewaukee on Jan. 5.
The Hawks also dropped a nonconference game, 52-25, at Waukesha North on Saturday. No Greenfield player scored more than eight points.
Whitnall girls basketball
The Falcons handed St. Francis its second loss of the season Jan. 5, but were unable to do the same three nights later against Woodland Blue-leading Pewaukee.
Amy Ford had 12 points and Kalina Al-Mohareb 11 as Whitnall (4-6, 4-4) outscored host St. Francis, 20-10, in the fourth quarter to pull out a 48-43 road win.
All of Ford's points came on 3-pointers. As a team, the Falcons hit seven shots from beyond the arc.
The second half was not as kind to the Falcons in a 51-38 loss at Pewaukee on Friday. Whitnall trailed, 21-19, at halftime before the Pirates pulled away.
Ford finished with a team-high 10 points. Three Pewaukee players had 10 or more, led by Emily Wirth's 13, as the Pirates improved to 9-1.
Playing without Rachel Serio, who suffered two broken ribs the night before, the Falcons could not get any consistency going and lost, 58-40, to visiting Lomira on Saturday despite Donaldson's 15 points and Alyssa Moffatt's 11.
Nate Ratkowski placed fourth in the 100 freestyle in 53.78 and Curtis Wigington sixth in the 100 breast in 1:10.84 to highlight the Falcons' seventh-place effort at the 11-team South Milwaukee Rocket Invitational on Saturday.
Greenfield girls basketball
The Hawks were overwhelmed by pair of recent Woodland Blue Division foes.
Cudahy's Taylor Gradinjan led all players with 17 points in her team's 64-29 win over the host Hawks (1-8, 1-7) on Friday, and Emily Wirth and Natalie Wood had 13 points apiece in host Pewaukee's 72-19 victory Jan. 5.
West Allis Hale girls basketball
Jennifer Wellnitz turned in a rare double-digit point total for the Huskies, but it was not enough as Hale lost at Wauwatosa East, 48-36, Friday to fall to 0-10 overall, 0-5 conference.
Wellnitz had 11 points, just the fourth time this season a Huskie has scored more than 10. Wellnitz has three of those efforts.
Hale also lost, 62-22, to visiting Divine Savior Holy Angels on Jan. 5.
West Allis Hale boys basketball
Steven Kopet's season high 16 points highlighted another tough week for the Huskies, who dropped to 0-10, 0-5 conference with a pair of league losses.
Kopet's effort came in a 65-37 loss to visiting Wauwatosa East on Friday, but it was not enough to offset Dan Sayles' 15 and Darrell Bowie's 11 for the Red Raiders.
Marquette had no problems handling Hale three days earlier. Quienten Calloway led all players with 20 points and John Kopriva had 18 as the host school won, 76-36.
- David Cotey
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