After an impressive start to the season on Friday in the Brookfield Central Thanksgiving Day Tournament, the Lancers went back to their old ways the next day.
Central whipped Oshkosh West, 63-39, on Friday to open the season and then came out flat and lost, 40-36, to Waukesha West on Saturday.
"We've been talking a lot about energy and enthusiasm and those type of things," a disappointed Central coach Dan Wandrey said Saturday afternoon. "We didn't have that. I don't know if 'flat' is the right word. It was an ugly first half, but we were able to scrap through it.
"They missed a lot of shots and some of it was our defense. But we just didn't stop them from doing what they wanted to do. As a coach I'm expected to (come up with a way) to stop them, but they didn't. That was tough."
Central led 16-15 at intermission, as both teams couldn't find the basket. But in the third quarter, only the Lancers continued to struggle, as West's Lizzy Connors scored 10 of her team's 12 points while Central's offense consisted of point guard Mary DeChant's 3-pointer.
Jasmine Lewis and Lydia Rodhe scored six and five points, respectively, as a 17-13 fourth quarter kept the score respectable.
Connors finished with 15 points and Dani Rohdes had 12, while Lewis (11) and Rohde (10) led Central.
"Not having Lydia on the floor (foul trouble) for a while there hurts us," Wandrey said. "She never got into a rhythm.
"I give them credit, but you don't have to be a rocket scientist to figure out who they were going to go to (Connors). They were able to do that and we weren't able.
"We tried to do something, but just couldn't execute it. With all the kids we play, they are returning players, and that's not acceptable."
Whipped up against Oshkosh
The Lancers were a different team in the opener, a 24-point win over the Wildcats. Sarah Fotsch, who struggled on Saturday, led the Lancers with 16 points, while Lewis and Rohde had 11 each.
Central led 29-17 at intermission and then rolled to a 20-7 third quarter behind eight points apiece from Fotsch and DeChant.
Wandrey was especially pleased with DeChant's play.
"Mary was great. She's so fast, putting pressure on the defense, trying to get the ball away. She's great in transition and she got to the rim a few times. She made a couple of 3s and she ran things well."
He was also pleased with his team's energy, something that was lacking on Saturday.
"I was very pleased. I didn't know what to expect," he said. "We played with a high level of intensity and energy. I thought we shared the ball incredibly well.
"The kids keep talking about how much they like each other and how they get along and I joke with them that doesn't put 10 points on the board. The way they played Friday, it was a by-product of that chemistry."
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