In the first-round of the Battle of Brookfield, Brookfield Central ran away with both games, the boys winning, 53-34, and the girls, 38-18, at Central.
The girls got off to a fast start, running up a 14-3 advantage after the first quarter, as Sarah Fotsch scored six points and Lydia Rohde added four. The Spartans' defense then held Central to seven second-quarter points, but the Lancers kept East off the scoreboard completely and led 21-3 at intermission.
Both teams battled the rest of the way, with the Lancers holding a slim 17-15 edge in the second half.
Mariah Miller's six points were the best the Spartans could muster, while Central was led by sophomore Emma Barker with 10 and Fotsch and Mary DeChant with eight points each.
When asked about coaching his first crosstown rivalry game, East coach Mike Goodman had an interesting perspective.
"We're not used to playing at 6 p.m.," he said. "But as the people started trickling into the gym for the boys game, I could start to feel it. We would have liked to have kept it a little closer."
Halfcourt defense fails
Goodman felt his team handled the transition game well, but he was disappointed with his halfcourt defense because his team didn't step in and take a charge.
"It was the same as (Sussex) Hamilton," he said. "We have to work on the pressure defense and not let it take us out of our game. We were afraid to shoot, like we did against Hamilton and our shot total got cut in half."
The Spartans did have some nice shots, but they weren't able to convert.
"I will never fault them for not working hard," Goodman said. "Or their intensity. They didn't get some to fall early and then it piles on a little bit. But props to my girls, they didn't let it spiral out of control. That 18-point lead stayed 15-18 in the second half. They battled toe-to-toe with them. We do that the first half, now it comes down to the wire."
East is now 2-5 overall, but 2-2 in Greater Metro Conference play.
"I'm ecstatic with our players," Goodman said about his young squad. "Coming into a program that was struggling, that fact that we already have a couple wins; and I'm not just looking at win totals. That fact that we were down by 18 and at least made a game of it and fight to the end.
"Young girls have to learn to play with a lead, learn to play with a deficit. We want to be playing our best ball in January."
On the other side, Central coach Dan Wandrey was pleased with the play of DeChant and Rohde when it came to pushing the ball up the court.
"We tell them, 'Play basketball,' 'get a 2-on-2, a 3-on-1,' " he said. "We got up and down at the beginning. Even in the halfcourt, we were crisp. But we got sloppy in the second half.
"We are a very unselfish team. They are passing up good looks for great looks."
The Lancers girls are now 3-0 in league play and 6-1 overall.
Goodman leads boys to win
Central sank 17-for-18 from the free throw line, and coach Mark Adams' new weapon - Elijah Goodman - scored 20 points and pulled down 21 rebounds to spark the Lancers to a 53-34 victory.
"Every time I see someone ready to shoot, I go to the basket," the soft-spoken Goodman said. "Everyone focuses on Riley (LaChance) and when he drives and shoots, I cut to the basket and no one notices me."
Adams is pleased with his new standout.
"He was pretty pumped up," Adams said. "He got named the Journal (Sentinel) Player of the Week today and he was pretty excited about that. He has gone from nobody really knowing about him to totally being on the map. He's 20 pounds lighter and that's like a completely different person.
"The last time we had a guy who took up space like that was Joe Thomas (of the Cleveland Browns) and Steve Johnson did it too."
The game was close for one half, as Central took a 17-10 lead after one period, only to see the Spartans rally back to cut the advantage to 26-22 at intermission. The Lancers couldn't stop East guard Ryan McBride, who scored eight points in the first quarter and five in the second to lead all scorers with 13 at halftime. Goodman had 10 for Central and Riley LaChance had six.
Central then pulled a way with a 10-4 third quarter as McBride scored all four of East's points, while Goodman and Brad Newman had four each to lead the Lancers.
Central made an adjustment in the 1-3-1 zone going out further and took away the Spartans' outside game.
"They do a nice job in the 1-3-1," East coach Matt Malett said. "It caused us to be on our heels a little bit. Their length is tough. Every loss is very disappointing. We just haven't put together 32 minutes. We show flashes."
Then in the final quarter, Caleb Mortag and Goodman with six points each and LaChance with five did all the Lancers scoring Brian Smith had five for East.
In the end only three players scored for the Spartans - McBride (20), Smith (nine) and Jake Wiesmueller (five). LaChance had 13 and Mortag 10 to back up Goodman's big night.
Central is now 3-0 in conference player and 5-1 overall, while East fell to 0-3 and 3-5 overall.
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