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Sports Shorts: March 6

West Allis Central forward Bria Brown (left) drives the lane and is tied up by Wauwatosa East forward Maya Walls in action from earlier this season. The Bulldogs finished their regular season last week.

West Allis Central forward Bria Brown (left) drives the lane and is tied up by Wauwatosa East forward Maya Walls in action from earlier this season. The Bulldogs finished their regular season last week. Photo By Michael McLoone

March 4, 2014

CENTRAL, HALE BOYS BASKETBALL

A solid defense led the way for the Bulldogs as they downed the Huskies 53-37 in a WIAA Division 1 regional semifinal game on Friday night.

Central held Hale to single digits in each of the first three periods, including just two points in the second quarter, in which the Bulldogs only managed two themselves for a 20-11 halftime advantage.

Jaquan Martin led Central with 14 points and Jerome Cummings put in 12 points. For Hale, Jason Palesse tallied nine points and Nate Walker seven.

"Central is simply better than us," Hale head coach John Palesse said. "They (the Bulldogs) once again were more aggressive and took a lead that we couldn't overcome. Their defense is real good and when they play with that kind of energy, they are hard to score against."

The Huskies finish 7-16 overall.

"The last game of the year is always tough, because you know how hard the guys have worked and you appreciate the team you have become," coach Palesse said. "Losing any tournament game is tougher than any other due to the finality of the game."

WHITNALL WRESTLING

Junior Nick Monty lost his only match at the WIAA Division 1 State Individual Tournament last week in Madison.

Monty, who finished 37-8, dropped a 6-2 decision to Bailey Whipple of Menasha (28-9) on Feb. 27. Since Whipple lost his next match, Monty did not get a wrestleback and his season ended.

The Falcons put together a strong season, taking third place in both the Woodland Conference and WIAA regional meets as well as winning the Whitewater Invitational and placing fifth in the E.H. Stech Invitational at West Allis Central.

WEST ALLIS GYMNASTICS

Injuries limited the local team in a WIAA Division 1 sectional on Saturday, as West Allis finished seventh with 126.275 points.

Sophomore Sydnee Tomczak was still out with an ankle injury.

"I did expect her to go to state this year," head coach Amanda Kohnke said. "Luckily, I have two more years with her and will hopefully take her to state."

Junior Haley Gagliano, who had her own injury concerns with a back problem, posted a strong 8.4 points in floor exercise.

Also, freshman Marlea Mastropolo performed well at the sectional, and the coach added, "We are excited to see what she will develop into in the next three years."

No one qualified for this week's state meet, so the season is now over.

"These injuries were a little bump in the road, but there is always next year," Kohnke said.

GREENFIELD BOYS BASKETBALL

The season ended for the Hustlin' Hawks with a 57-47 overtime loss to Oak Creek in a WIAA Division 1 regional game on Feb. 25.

Greenfield was up 40-35 with just 15 seconds left in regulation but the Knights tallied five straight points, including a long 3-point field goal from Alex Medenwaldt at the buzzer.

Oak Creek then outscored the Hawks 17-7 in the extra session.

The loss was especially difficult for the Hawks since they led all the way until Medenwaldt's shot.

"I've seen those kinds of games on TV where a team leads right until the end and then loses," head coach Jack Miller said, "but I've never been involved in one where you lead for 31 minutes and 59 seconds, and then it happens to you."

Josh Czerwinski led Greenfield (8-15) with 14 points, while Marcus Myers tallied 11 and Jeremy Swider eight points.

GREENFIELD GIRLS BASKETBALL

A nice comeback regular season was wrapped up with a 59-52 victory over rival Greendale on Feb. 26.

The Hustlin' Hawks went 8-10 in the Woodland Conference and 9-13 overall, just one year after posting a 4-19 season.

Dana Schwab collected a game-high 23 points, while Tuyet Nguyen scored nine points and Angela Deubig eight points for Greenfield, which hit six 3-point field goals.

The game was tied at 25-25 at the half, and the Hawks were up 39-37 after three quarters. They pulled away a bit in the fourth.

Greenfield begins WIAA Division 1 regional action at 7 p.m. March 7 at Racine Case. The winner will likely visit top seed Oak Creek at 7 p.m. March 8 in a regional title game.

HALE GIRLS BASKETBALL

The Huskies finished Greater Metro Conference play with a 61-52 loss to Wauwatosa East on Feb. 27.

Sarah Mueller totaled 11 points and two assists, Sam Schuh 11 points and three blocked shots and Skylar Fox nine points and nine rebounds for the Huskies, who hit 15 of 21 at the free throw line.

The contest was even at 30-30 at the half, but the Red Raiders built a slight lead in the second half.

The lead changed hands several times in the fourth period, and the Huskies could not convert on several opportunities for the lead.

"We had good shots down low in the paint as well as some fast-break opportunities that we did not convert," head coach George Sotiros said.

East then hit free throws in the final minute to pull away a bit.

Hale posted a 2-12 record in the GMC and was 6-16 overall. The Huskies visit Racine Park at 7 p.m. March 7 in a WIAA Division 1 regional game. The winner plays either Racine Horlick or Franklin at 7 p.m. March 8 at a site to be determined for a regional title.

WHITNALL GIRLS BASKETBALL

The Falcons completed the regular season with victories of 48-38 over Brown Deer on Feb. 26 and 56-15 over St. Francis on Feb. 27.

Krista Stribling and Candace Pollock each scored 12 points and Kendall Stribling added eight points against Brown Deer.

Ann Marie Bay and Sierra Grubor each scored 10 points in the rout of St. Francis. The Falcons held the Mariners to single digits in each period.

Whitnall wound up 8-10 in the Woodland Conference and 9-13 overall. The Falcons, who won six of nine down the stretch, begin WIAA Division 2 regional play at 7 p.m. March 7 at home against South Milwaukee.

The winner will likely go to Cudahy to take on the Packers at 7 p.m. March 8 for a regional crown.

CENTRAL GIRLS BASKETBALL

The Bulldogs fell to Brookfield Central 64-29 on Feb. 27 as Nikita Conroy scored 15 points and Tyana Turkvan 10 points.

They lost to Nicolet 54-34 on Feb. 24 despite 15 points from Conroy and eight by Megan Turner.

Central opened WIAA Division 1 regional action on March 4 against Milwaukee Hamilton. If the Bulldogs won, they would visit top seed Oak Creek at 7 p.m. March 7 in a regional semifinal game.

— Compiled by John Rech

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