Menomonee Falls girls basketball
The Indians closed out their regular season on a three-game winning streak as they routed Brookfield East, 49-27, on March 1.
With the win, Falls finished up at 18-4 overall, and tied for second in the Greater Metro Conference with DSHA at 11-3. The Indians host Hartford (15-7) in a WIAA regional semifinal at 7 p.m. Friday with the winner likely to visit the top sectional seed Arrowhead in a regional final at 7 p.m. Saturday.
'We were a jump shot or any other little play away from a conference title (which was won by Sussex Hamilton),' Falls coach Craig Amundson said. 'There are so many little things that occur throughout the season that it's no one's fault really.
'That season's over and this one is set to start.'
Falls roared out to a 34-9 halftime lead against East (0-14, 3-19) and never looked back, as 10 different players scored including Alex Poole with 13 points and Haley Precia and Mikayla Robertson with six each.
'I thought we played extremely well in the first half,' Amundson said. 'Our transition game was just excellent. … This was nice. Everyone played again. There have only been two games where that hasn't happened this season.'
Germantown girls basketball
The Warhawks narrowly missed out on planning queen-maker in the North Shore Conference race, as defending state champion Nicolet erased an eight-point first half Germantown lead and rallied to earn a share of the NSC title with a 46-38 decision March 1.
The Knights, who have struggled a bit down the stretch, won their second game in a row and finished off the regular season at 12-2 in North Shore play (19-3 overall), good for a tie for the title with Grafton and Whitefish Bay, both of which won easily last Thursday too. Germantown finished the regular season at 6-8 and 8-14, respectively.
'It's big winning conference,' Nicolet coach Corey Wolf said. 'It's one of our major goals and they went out and did it. And I tell you, I like winning streaks. I don't care how we do it, or how short they are.
'We just had to figure out a way to get it done tonight and we did.'
The Knights had gone a long ways toward figuring it out when Fair went out at the 7:19 mark of the fourth quarter. They had fought back from a 22-17 halftime deficit at the hands of the tenacious Warhawks with a decidedly more intense attitude in the third period.
'The magic speech?' Wolf. 'Work harder.'
And the Knights did. They outscored the Warhawks, 14-3, through the first 5:30 of the third session as Fair had nine points in the period while junior forward Lanoira Duhart added six (10 points on the night for her).
The advantage was 36-29 going into the final session.
Germantown's Taylor Higginbotham (team high 13 points) scored on a steal to cut the deficit to 38-33 with 5:35 to go.
It was still 40-35 with 3:54 remaining, but Germantown then went on a three-minute drought which killed the Warhawks' chances.
Germantown coach Matt Stuve was disappointed that his team missed out on a choice opportunity at playing spoiler.
'When we took care of the ball and got good shots, we were OK (the first half),' he said. 'We just made some poor decisions and they got too many fast breaks (the second half). When we treated the ball like gold, we were fine. It was just when we treated it like sewage that we ran into a problem.
'It was still a good effort, the kids played hard.'
The Warhawks took on Waukesha North in a WIAA regional quarterfinal on Tuesday. If they won, they advanced to a WIAA regional semifinal at top-seeded Arrowhead at 7 p.m. Friday.
Menomonee Falls/Germantown gymnastics
Junior Lizzy Gilbert finished 26th on the balance beam with a score of 6.9 on Friday in the WIAA State Individual Meet in Wisconsin Rapids as the Indians completed their season.
Gilbert was the only Falls/Germantown representative at state. Sammie Olson of team champion Franklin and Molly Benavides of Burlington tied for the event title with matching 9.333 marks.
The Indians closed the team portion of the season well at sectionals the previous week. They had only one senior on the varsity unit, Bria Maltby of Falls. They will be heavily senior-dominated next year as the team included five juniors.
- Steven L. Tietz