It was déjà vu all over again as the Brookfield Central girls basketball completed a season sweep over host Menomonee Falls on Friday night, besting the host Indians, 54-48, to keep pace with Divine Savior Holy Angels for second place in the Greater Metro Conference.
It took more a fight for the Lancers this time, but again, it was junior guard Lydia Rohde who led the way with a game-high 18 points. Rohde was a near-perfect 15-of-16 from the charity stripe. Rohde also scored 21 points in the 51-42 win over Falls on Dec. 7.
"Rohde stepped up and made all those free throws," Brookfield Central coach Dan Wandrey said. "They did a good job of pushing her and taking her away. Everybody kind of pulled together with big defensive plays and offensively."
After a fairly dominant performance in December, the Lancers trailed the Indians most of Friday night. After Falls took an early 11-9 lead, the Lancers trailed until late in the fourth when a pair of Rohde free throws helped regain a 50-48 lead.
The Indians led by as many as 11 and were ahead 39-29 after three quarters. Then, Central junior forward Nicole Hinz came up big for the Lancers. Hinz connected from downtown to pull the Lancers within three at 39-36. The shot seemed to change the momentum for the Lancers.
"They're tough," Wandrey said "They pounded us inside. Their defense really rattled us. I'm really proud of our kids. They stuck with it, fought through it and made some great hustle plays. It wasn't pretty for a while and then the fourth quarter was great (25-9)."
Later in the fourth with her team down 48-44, Hinz went went 1-of-2 from the line but teammate Jasmine Lewis grabbed the rebound on the second shot. Lewis missed a put-back, but Hinz grabbed it for a reload of her own. She was fouled and made the bonus to tie the game at 48. Central's bench erupted, and the Indians would not score again.
"Nicole's a great shooter," Wandrey said. "She passes up shots, and we ask her to shoot all the time. To not have the fear, step up and shoot like that in a big game; it shows a lot of guts on her part. We have a couple of really good players, and we talk all the time about how other kids have to step up and makes plays, and they did that."
After Rohde gave the Lancers the lead with 16 seconds left, Indians' senior guard Mikayla Robertson was called for a carrying violation while driving to the basket. The Indians were forced to foul, and Rohde and Hinz closed out the night with four consecutive made free throws. The Lancers scored almost half of their points from the line in a 25-of-34 showing, compared to the Indians 16-of-24 showing.
Robertson had a team-high 15 points, while senior center Erin Crownover also reached double figures with 12. For Central, Hinz finished with 13 and senior forward Sarah Fotsch had 12.
Central improved to 10-4 overall and 6-1 in the Greater Metro, while the Indians dropped to 9-7 and 4-4.
"Gets a little easier doesn't it?" Wandrey said with a grin. "I haven't thought much about that, but we'll have our hands full."
Divine Savior Holy Angels
The Dashers (14-2, 7-1) used a big second half to beat the Lancers, 51-38, Tuesday at DSHA, dropping Central's record to 6-2, third place in conference play with a 10-5 overall record.
The Lancers only trailed 22-21 in a low-scoring first half, but then the Dashers outscored Central, 29-17, in the second half. The Lancers trailed, 10-9, after one quarter and then both squads exchanged baskets, 12-12, in the second quarter.
But a 17-12 third quarter and a 12-5 final period did the Lancers in.
DSHA sensational sophomore Arike Ogunbowale led all scorers with 20 points. Sarah Fotsch led Central with 17 points and Emma Brauer had 11. Lancers top scorer Lydia Rohde scored two points.
Dashers made 7-for-11 from the free-throw line while Central was 1-for-2.
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