CENTRAL BOYS BASKETBALL
Brookfield Central trailed West Allis Central, last year's defending Greater Metro Conference champions, 27-26, at intermission on Friday, before taking over the second half and coasting to a 61-48 victory.
The Lancers outscored the Bulldogs, 35-21, as both the offense and defense turned it up a notch. They led going into the final quarter, 42-38, and then outscored West Allis Central, 19-10, in the fourth period.
Riley LaChance poured in 25 points, which included three 3-pointers, and led all scorers. Elijah Goodman added 13 points and Caleb Mortag added nine. Jerome Cummings (13), Ron Turkvan (11) and Jequan Carson (11) led the Bulldogs.
CENTRAL GIRLS BASKETBALL
The Lancers, who are 3-4 in their last seven games, came up with an impressive defensive effort against West Allis Central and rolled to a 39-16 victory on Friday at home.
Coach Dan Wandrey's squad shut down the Bulldogs, holding them to four, three, six and three points in each quarter. Brookfield's 17 first-quarter total was all the Lancers needed to win the game. Which was a good thing, because they could only score seven points and one point themselves in the second and third periods, before closing with a 14-3 fourth quarter.
Mary DeChant nailed three treys for nine points, while Nicole Hinz had nine points to share the team lead.
The Brookfield Central/East girls co-cop team finished last at West Allis Hale on Jan. 30, but the JV girls won their match.
The varsity lost 123.125-110.2 as the squad played short-handed.
Leading the way for Brookfield was Kelsey Linsmeier, who placed first on the floor (9.05), second on the beam (8.475), third on the bars (7.05), third on the vault (8.2) and second on the all-around (32.775).
"Kelsey had a great night placing top three in all events and posting her first nine of the season, which was very exciting," Brookfield coach Erin Kokta said. "We are a little beat up right now with some injuries.
"One of our top varsity girls, Katie Krugel, was unable to compete two events because of a pulled hip flexor she is recovering from. Her all-around presence was definitely missed."
Brookfield's JV beat Hale, 104.65-95.45, led by Elena Fayle, who was first on floor (7.5) and vault (8.25), second on bars (5.9) and first all-around (27.8).
Kayleigh Webber was third on floor (7.2) and second on all-around (24.1) and Ashley Schwaegler second on floor (7.3).
"The JV team did amazing," Kokta said. "There were a ton of PRs (personal records) and for the second meet in a row they swept the top three spots on floor.
"Elena Fayle was a standout taking home three first places and one second-place honor."
CENTRAL SKI TEAM
The Brookfield Central ski team ran into three of the top-ranked teams in the state Jan. 31 in a five-team slalom event at Little Switzerland.
The Arrowhead boys and girls each edged out Oconomowoc and Kettle Moraine for first place in what could likely be a preview of the battle for the state championship.
The Lancers boys battled past West Bend for a fourth-place finish to keep their hopes of qualifying for the state meet alive. Ben Peterson was the top individual finisher for the boys.
The girls' hopes of an upset were lost to two disqualifying crashes. April Fehr turned in the top individual performance for the girls.
STAR BOYS HOCKEY
The Brookfield Stars beat Sauk Prairie, 4-0, Friday at Eble Ice Arena, their third win in four games against higher-ranked teams.
The Stars scored two goals in each of the first two periods to take over the game quickly.
The individual standout of the game was Riley Keays, who registered a hat trick for the Stars.
He scored the first goal of the game with assists from John Rymaszewski and Robby Fosdick and then Mason Kollakowsky scored the second goal with an assist from Nate Gentile.
Keays opened the second-period scoring on a pass from Rymaszewski and then closed out the scoring with his third goal, as Fosidick and Rymaszewski once again earned assists.
Coach Matt Shapiro praised the play of Keays and Rymaszewski.
"Riley had a big night and he and Johnny really move the puck well together," he said. "When those two guys are clicking up front we definitely have the ability to put some points on the board."
The win was impressive because Sauk Prairie (11-10-1) was recently crowned Badger North Conference Champion. Brookfield/Catholic Memorial is 7-14, finishing fourth in the Classic 8 Conference.
"Our guys have been playing better hockey lately and we're glad the hard work is paying off," Shapiro said. "We know we could have played stronger in some areas of the game tonight but we played well enough to win.
"We still need to play more physical and do a better job of coverage in our defensive zone. We're doing a better job in the transition game and creating more scoring opportunities for ourselves. We have two big games coming up next week and hopefully our boys are up for the challenge."
Brookfield hosts Waukesha on Feb. 8 and Ashwaubenon on Feb. 9.
Brookfield received the No. 8 seed in Section 8 and will host Germantown on Feb. 12 in Brookfield in the first round of playoffs.
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