Tom "Sky" Skibosh covers the Wauwatosa, Brookfield and New Berlin prep scene for Community Newspapers. If something is going on in local sports, Sky has an opinion about it. If you agree or not with what Sky says, we want to see your comments.
I love this time of the year, although it is a very busy time - especially if you have teams alive in the WIAA post-season ritual. The girls have been underway since Feb. 24, as I saw Tosa West handle Tosa East and Brookfield East beat Racine Park in first round games, advancing to Saturday's regional finals.
The matchups on Saturday weren't real exiting. No. 1 seed Brookfield Central (20-1), who destroyed Brookfield East (9-13) twice by 27 and 22 points, respectively, hosted the Lady Spartans in a 1 p.m. game and Divine Savior Holy Angels (18-3) hosted Tosa West (11-11) that night. I wasn't expecting a lot.
But here is a reason people say everyone starts the post-season with a 0-0 record. Brookfield East came to play and Brookfield Central came to not lose. The Lady Spartans led 39-32 with 7:41 remaining before Central woke up and even then it took a beautiful drive to the basket by sophomore sensation Valerie Rose Agnello to score the winning bucket with 2.4 seconds left to play to give Central the win.
East coach Tara Schmitt had her gang fired up and ready to play, as gritty Kennedy Curtis (14 points), 6-4 Marley Blood (12) and the cat-like Vanessa Brown (12) had the Lady Lancers off balance all game.
But in the end, Agnello, perhaps the top first-year varsity player in the conference, came through once again for the Lady Lancers, as did Joana Bielefeld in her new role as playmaker.
Bielefeld, last year's top player in the conference, has seen all sorts of trick defenses and is not forcing the ball. Instead she is setting up teammates for easy buckets and focuses on winning instead of padding her offensive stats. She is a pleasure to watch as she is an unselfish star player - and usually 'unselfish' and 'star' don't go together now-a-days.
The DSHA game was much uglier than I expected. The Trojans held the talented Dashers to 28 points and shut them out in the final quarter. The problem was Tosa West got blanked in the second and third periods and only scored 3 points in the first period.
Once again the Tosa West offense struggled, getting off only nine shots in the second and third quarters, as the Dasher shut them down for 20:51 seconds.
So DSHA and Brook Central live to face another game. But special kudos to the Lady Spartans, who left it all on the floor in the near-upset of the Lady Lancers.
I wanted to vent a little about something I saw, not once, but twice last week. Two of the biggest games in the GMC were played on Feb. 19 (BC girls at DSHA) and Feb. 26 (Tosa East boys at Marquette). These two games were for all the marbles. Winner wins the conference title. You would think people would be smart enough to figure there might be a large crowd in attendance - especially at DSHA, whose gym is a little bigger than my rec room (believe me, my rec room is nice, not huge).
But no, both nights people were walking around, looking for seats five minutes BEFORE tip-off, with eyes glazed over like, 'Wow, is this place crowded.' Folks, get with it. Expect a crowd at the game of the year in the conference for both the girls and boys. It's that time of the year. Get a clue.
There, got that off my chest. :)
Be a hit and have a ball until next time.