It was a week of mixed results for the Brookfield East girls basketball team, as the Spartans downed West Allis Central on Dec. 13 before having their four-game winning streak snapped in a loss to Menomonee Falls on Dec. 16.
The 1-1 week left Brookfield East at 6-2 overall and 3-1 in the Greater Metro Conference.
"We have definitely had better weeks," Brookfield East coach Michael Goodman said. "I would say a big positive is we do not have a game this week. We can clean some things up and then take some time off for the holidays, recharge the mind and body and get ready for our brutal run coming up."
West Allis Central
Eight different Spartans scored in a 59-38 road win over West Allis Central.
Brookfield East led, 25-17, at halftime and pulled away by outscoring the Bulldogs, 34-21, in the second half. The Spartans shot 38.9 percent (23-for-59) from the field and connected on six 3-pointers but were just 7-for-17 from the free-throw line.
"I think we eventually wore them down and finally realized we could get consistent looks inside," Goodman said. "We were settling in the first half and finishing very poorly. We got our confidence up in the second half with a little run that put us up close to 20, and while that's something I wish would have happened earlier, that's why it's a 36-minute game."
Lizzy Cagle scored 11 points with five rebounds to pace the Spartans. Molly DeValkenaere finished with 10 points, 16 rebounds and three blocks. Emma Ralfs added 9 points and seven rebounds; Nikki Pink scored 8 points; and Adriana Plavsic had 8 points, six rebounds and eight assists.
On a night in which most schools postponed games due to a winter storm, Brookfield East fell, 50-47, to Menomonee Falls.
The Spartans grabbed a 30-25 advantage at halftime but could only muster 11 points in the first 14 minutes of the second half.
"You can't score 11 points in 14 minutes of play," Goodman said. "The two most important things in basketball, scoring and stopping the other team from scoring, we didn't do either. Out of the 50 points we gave up, 38 of them were layups, most of which coming off offensive rebounds. We are not playing very physical on the inside, offensively or defensively."
Brookfield East still had a chance to force overtime, however. Coming out of a timeout with 20 seconds left, a layup pulled the Spartans to within one. Jessica Boerner then hit a pair of free throws for Menomonee Falls to make it 50-47.
The Spartans turned the ball over on their final possession, securing the win for the Indians.
DeValkenaere led the Spartans with 16 points, four rebounds and three blocks. Plavsic scored 11 points, Ralfs added 8 points and Cagle had 5 points and eight rebounds. Brookfield East was just 19-for-54 from the field (35.2 percent) and 3-for-15 on 3-pointers.
"We are still looking for girls who can consistently create their own shots," Goodman said. "Scoring is a part of it, but we are still too inconsistent with our play: turnovers, decision making, mental lapses. We need to work on being more efficient."
Brookfield East will take next week off before returning to action with a nonconference game at Oak Creek on Thursday, Dec. 29.