CENTRAL BOYS BASKETBALL
Brookfield Central clobbered West Allis Hale, 73-34, on Feb. 14 and finished tied for first with Sussex Hamilton, which needed two overtimes to beat Marquette, 59-55.
Central's defense held the Huskies under 10 points each quarter (eight, eight, nine and nine), leading 21-8 after one quarter, 36-16 at intermission and 59-25 going into the final quarter.
The Lancers struggled from the free throw line, hitting only 16-for-28 for a .571 percentage.
Riley LaChance had 23 points, including 4-for-7 from the free throw line, and Brad Newman added 10. Peter Mattiacci had seven points as 11 Lancers got on the scoreboard.
The third-seeded Lancers (19-3) will now host sixth-seeded Milwaukee Riverside (7-13) at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22.
The Tigers are led by Ra Vonn Posey, James Bateman, Nick Cobbins and Elijah Briggs, who all average between 9.2 and 9.7 points per game.
Central has won nine games in a row going back to Jan. 15.
A win over Riverside, would set up the Lancers to meet the winner of the second-seeded Milwaukee King/seventh-seeded Brookfield East game Feb. 23.
EAST GIRLS BASKETBALL
The Spartans dropped a non-conference game at Whitefish Bay, 50-42, as costly turnovers in the fourth quarter cost them what might have been an impressive win.
The Blue Dukes are 13-8, in second place in the respected North Shore Conference (9-4).
The Spartans were down by nine at halftime, but rallied to go up by five going into the fourth.
"A couple costly turnovers in the fourth quarter did us in," coach Mike Goodman said.
Angela Pichler led the Spartans with 13 points while Emily Utic and Mariah Miller had eight each and Miller also pulled down 15 rebounds.
The Spartans are now 7-14 overall and 6-7 in the Greater Metro Conference, good enough for fifth place. They close out the regular season at Menomonee Falls (12-9, 7-6) at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21.The Spartans will face a familiar team on March 1 when they travel to Brookfield Central to take on the Lancers for the third time. East will be hoping maybe the third time's the charm.
The Lancers beat them twice, 38-18, on Dec. 18 at Central and 64-42 at East on Feb. 5.
"Being a crosstown rival makes it more exciting," Goodman said. "I knew we would get the five. I had a feeling about it. There were some strong teams in this bracket."
So for Goodman and the Spartans it's back to the drawing board.
"We have two weeks to prepare, so we have to dig in our repertoire and try to find something that maybe will surprise them."
Goodman feels the pressure is on the Lancers.
"It's easier on our side," he said. "They're expected to win. All the pressure is on them."
BARRACUDAS BOYS SWIMMING
The Brookfield Barracudas finished 13th as a team but didn't earn any medals at Saturday's WIAA State Boys Swimming & Diving meet at the University of Wisconsin's Natatorium.
The WIAA awards medals only to the top six finishes and the Barracudas' top finish was seventh place twice.
Junior Brian Borden took seventh in the 200-yard individual medley in 1 minute, 56.77 seconds as did the 200 freestyle relay (1:27.95) behind Borden, senior Joe Bauer, junior Dean Zheng and senior Mitch Douglas.
The 400 free relay finished ninth (3:15.25) behind Douglas, Zheng, Bauer and Borden.
The four other individual performances and their finishes follow.
Borden finished 11th in the 100 breast stroke (1:00.07) and Douglas was 13th in the 50 free (21.94).
Bauer placed 17th in the 100 free (48.91) and 18th in the 50 free (22.33).
"Saturday's meet played out like a Shakespearean performance filled with elation, anger and, of course, tears," Barracudas coach William Twitchell said. "Brian Borden's IM was his best time by over two seconds, but he wanted more.
"Joe and Mitch in the 50, with their times from sectionals, put Brookfield East back on the map as a swimming powerhouse by having two of the top eight times in state. Our relays were in a position to put an exclamation point on our season."
But the Barracudas' inexperience did them in.
"Unfortunately, in a sport dominated by individuals who have practiced 300 to 500 times per year for over a decade, we had a team composed of guys who have had fewer days in the pool than hairs on Friar Tuck's head."
Brookfield scored 64 team points. Madison Memorial scored 316 points to easily win the state title, well ahead of second place Madison West (206).
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