The Woodland Conference West Division leading Lions defeated East leader Brown Deer, 63-61, in a thriller on Dec. 17 at Eisenhower for their seventh straight win to open the season.
The Lions trailed 17-9 after one period, battled back to 25-23 at halftime and 51-49 after three periods. Ike's defense then took over in the final quarter (14-10) and the Lions came out on top.
Eisenhower guard Reed Timmer was unstoppable, tossing in 32 points, which included four 3-pointers and 8-of-9 from the free throw line. Brett Uelner added 14 points and Vince Gabrielson had six.
Devante Jackson, the Falcons (6-3, 5-2) outstanding 6-foot-9 inch post, had 22 points, six more than his average, while Zach Braun and Lewrenzo Byers (15.0) were held to 10 each and Jerry Luckett (11.8) had eight, scoring only one basket.
Look out people, the Eisenhower girls are getting their act together.
The Lions won two games last week and won their third straight game to bring their record to 3-3, 3-2 in the rugged Woodland Conference West Division.
The Lions handed Brown Deer a 30-point loss on the road Dec. 17, rolling to a 47-17. They continued to turn up the defensive pressure and whipped Greendale, 54-25, on Friday also on the road.
Against the Falcons, they had big first (13-2), second (9-4) and third quarters (15-2) to run the Falcons (1-5, 0-5) out of their own house, as coach Gary Schmidt's defense did a great job. They led 22-6 at halftime an 32-15 after three quarters.
Six Lions scored, topped by Chelsea Brackmann's 15 points. Sydney Cheung added nine points and Jessa Hahn eight.
Brackmann scored 20 points as 10 Lions scored in Friday's rout of Greendale (3-4, 3-3). But defense was the name of the game again as the Lions held the Panthers to 3, 11, 7 and 4 fours in each quarter.
Eisenhower led 14-3 after one and 31-14 at halftime. After a close third period (8-7), the Lions exploded again in the fourth quarter (15-4) to put the game away.
Sammy Kozlowski and Hahn backed up Brackmann on the scoreboard with eight points each.
WEST GIRLS BASKETBALL
The running Vikes jumped off to a 13-5 first period advantage and went into halftime with 23-12 lead Dec. 17 at Greendale to open the week. West had a 29-24 advantage in the second half and rolled to a 52-36 win their seventh straight to begin the year.
Coach Jef Radtke played several girls and nine scored, topped off by Sarah Meleski's 13, Anne Radtke's nine and Rachel Novotny's nine.
"We got solid play by Anne Radtke, Nicole Holstein and Ali Boldt," Radtke said.
New Berlin's co-op defeated South Milwaukee on Dec. 18 at home, 117-68.
The Marlins had 10 winners, including three relays.
The200-yard medley relay in 1 minute, 53.83 behind Taylor Petrauski, Zach Solie, Alex Weiss and Sam Nigbur, the 200 freestyle (1:41.56) behind Nigbor, Zach Stolenburg, Devin Hetzel and Amin Phakhruddin and the 400 free (3:40.47) of Solie, Weiss, Stoltenburg and Petrauski.
The individual winners included Petrauski, the only double winner in the 200 free (2:01.27) and the 100 backstroke (57.16). Stoltenburg took first in 1-meter diving with 180 points.
Weiss in the 200 individual medley (30.71), Nigbur in the 50 free (24.90), Solie in the 100 free (53.82) and Joey Corstvet in the 100 breaststroke (1:17.43).
The Marlins were short-handed Saturday and took sixth place at the Beloit Memorial Invitational.
"We had a depleted squad with three individuals scratched due to illness including captain Jackson Wannamaker," Walden said. It was a college-style meet with a few different events."
Solie took first-place in the 100 free (49.64) and 50 Free (22.41) and Petrauski took second in the 100 backstroke (55.98) and 200 back (2:01.59).
The Warriors claimed eight matches and downed Kettle Moraine 44-28 in a Classic 8 Conference dual meet on Dec. 19.
Winners were Grant Balconi at 182 pounds (pin in 2 minutes, 18 seconds), Connor Price at 195 (13-3 major decision), Marty Alivo at 220 (pin in 3:39), Vinny Nazario at 126 (16-7), Austin Quartullo at 132 (pin in 1:18), Cameron Rygiewicz at 138 (pin in 1:08), Alex Ciepluch at 145 (pin in 3:47) and Nick Elert at 152 (pin in 2:32).
The Warriors improved to 3-0 in Classic 8 Conference dual meets.
Muskego competed in the prestigious E.H. Stech Invitational at West Allis Central last weekend, but that tournament was completed after deadline for this edition.
MUSKEGO GIRLS BASKETBALL
The offense picked up a bit but the Warriors remained winless with two losses last week.
They fell to Catholic Memorial 56-51 on Friday and Waukesha North 62-53 on Dec. 17 to slip to 0-4 in the Classic 8 Conference and 0-6 overall.
Against the Crusaders, Dani Abella scored 10 points and Emily Schulte and Sammy Schneiker nine apiece.
Schulte tallied 11 points, Abella and Schneiker 10 each and Vicki Jansen eight for Muskego against North. A three-point second quarter hurt the Warriors.
WEST BOYS BASKETBALL
The Vikings lost two games last week and extended their losing streak to four games, while dropping to 2-5 in the Woodland West Division and 2-7 overall.
The Vikings lost to Greendale (6-2, 5-2) to begin the week and then Pewaukee (6-3, 4-2) to end it, as they played two of the five teams in the division that are over .500.
West led an excellent Greendale team (6-1, 5-1) at halftime, 27-25, on Dec. 17 at home, only to see their chances at an upset go out the window when the Panthers tore them up with a 21-4 third period to take a 46-31 into the final quarter.
Panther star Jordan Perez scored 27 points to spark the 63-44 win while David Pulizos added 15 points.
West's Chamika Wijenayanke scored 13 points, including four-for-four from the free-throw line, and Scott Reichel added 10.
Then on Friday, the Vikings were doubled up in the first quarter (16-8) and trailed, 33-20, intermission. The second half wasn't any better, as the Pirates outscored them, 35-14.
Steven McGowan and Ryan Stepanovich each scored 12 to lead Pewaukee as 10 Pirates scored. Nine Vikings scored, but the best they came up with was Wijenayankeand Tim Rink with six points each.
The Vikings play West Allis Hale and Messmer in the New Berlin Classic on Friday at 5:45 p.m. and Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
NEW BERLIN WRESTLING
The local wrestlers dropped a 51-10 dual meet to powerful Pewaukee on Dec. 18.
Alex Rodriguez won a major decision (15-4) at 195 pounds and Emilio Gutierrez at 220 earned a 4-2 sudden victory in three overtimes.
"Pewaukee showed why they are one of the toughest teams in the conference," coach Patrick Detmer said. "They push the pace and got us out of position. Emilio Gutierrez ground out a good win at 220 and Alex Rodriguez showed improvement on his feet."
— Compiled by Tom 'Sky' Skibosh
and John Rech
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