Lancer girls edge Riverside, 42-37, to win regional championship
Central to meet DSHA in sectional for third time this year
There will be a new state champion in Division 1 girls basketball.
Brookfield Central started fast in the first and third quarters and went on to defeat Milwaukee Riverside, 42-37, Saturday night at home to win the WIAA regional championship.
The Lancers (20-4) now face Divine Savior Holy Angels (20-4) Thursday at 7 p.m. at Brookfield East. Central beat Greater Metro Conference Champion DSHA twice, the Dashers' only conference losses.
Central jumped off to a 12-4 first quarter lead behind senior guard Lydia Rohde, who scored 5 points. The Tigers then started pressing the Lancers in the second quarter and exploded on 9-0 run on the way to a 21-5 period and a 25-17 halftime lead.
But the Lancers came out in the third quarter, adjusted to the press and held the Tigers to one basket while scoring 12 points to take a 29-27 lead going into the fourth quarter.
Abby Miller opened the second half draining a huge 3-pointer and then put in a rebound basket. Caroline Busch scored a basket, Rohde hit on a fastbreak and Busch buried a 3 with 10 seconds left in the quarter.
Seniors come through
After Riverside took a 31-29 lead on baskets by Brionna Simond and Amani Wilborn, Aleno Moro scored on an inbound pass from Miller, Nicole Hinz scored off a beautiful pass from Miller, Moro put in a rebound basket and then sank 1-of-2 free throws for a 36-31 lead.
Wilborn added 1-of-2 free throws, and then Rohde put the game away after coach Dan Wandrey called a time out with the score 36-32.
Riverside gambled and tried to steal the inbound pass, leaving Rohde wide open on the right side. She took one step and sank a jumper with 1:05 left to play, and after a Riverside miss, she was fouled and sank two free throws for a 40-32 lead.
Rohde had 13 points, Hinz 9 and Moro 7 while Wilborn (12) and Alona Johnson (10) led the Tigers.
Central hit 10-of-15 free throws and the Tigers struggled, sinking only 1-of-6 free shots.
Riverside finished 14-10 coming off last year's WIAA Division 1 state championship.
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