Brookfield East boys basketball
Brookfield East's boys basketball team split a pair of games last week, falling 54-53 to West Allis Central on Feb. 7 before collecting a 57-49 win over Marquette on Feb. 10.
The Spartans were on the wrong end of a game-winning shot on Feb. 7, as Jacob Fierst hit a 3-pointer with three seconds remaining in overtime to give West Allis Central the win.
Brookfield East got off to a strong start, limiting the Bulldogs to 16 first-half points to lead 25-16 at the break. But West Allis Central stormed back to force overtime by outscoring the Spartans, 29-20, in the second half.
Trailing 53-51, West Allis Central's Kurt Mlachnik brought the ball down the floor, dribbled to the right side and hit a trailing Fierst at the top of the key for a go-ahead 3-pointer with 3 seconds remaining.
"I thought we did a great job of defending West Allis Central in the first half," Brookfield East coach Joe Rux said. "For the most part, we did the same in the second half. The difference between the two halves were the points scored in transition off our turnovers in the half court. We created high-percentage opportunities for their offense by making poor decisions, and they took advantage of them."
Junior forward Patrick Cartier led the Spartans with 21 points, and senior guard Jake Graf scored 20 points. The duo combined to go 17 for 22 from the free-throw line, as Brookfield East outscored West Allis Central by 14 points at the foul line.
The Spartans led 17-14 at halftime against Marquette before the game opened up in the second half. Again, Brookfield East held a huge advantage at the free-throw line, as it shot 17 for 23, and Marquette was 4 for 9.
"We really played great defense in the first half but didn't capitalize on the opportunities we had on offense," Rux said. "I thought our guard play made the difference in the second half. Our guards knocked down big shots from the perimeter, and we were able to create some separation on the scoreboard. From that point, it was all about defending and valuing the remaining possessions.
"Defensively, we have been making strides all year. I think our pressure was outstanding, and the ability to limit post touches while continuing to apply pressure on their guards made things difficult for them. We also did a nice job of limiting their second chance points, which is always a concern against any team with their size.
Cartier poured in 20 points in the win over the Hilltoppers, helping the Spartans sweep the season series from Marquette for the first time since 2004-05. Sophomore guard Thomas Francken added 10 points, and freshman Sam McGath scored nine points.
Brookfield Central boys basketball
A late 3-pointer by sophomore guard Cole Nau gave Brookfield Central the lead for good in a 62-58 win over Marquette on Feb. 7. The win gave the Lancers their first season sweep of the Hilltoppers since 2013-14.
Brookfield Central built a 34-27 lead at halftime but trailed late before Nau drilled a triple to put the Lancers in front at 58-57 with 1:25 remaining. Sophomore guard Gage Malensek hit a pair of free throws with 22 seconds left to make it 60-57, and the Lancers then closed out the game on the defensive end.
Junior guard Andres Peralta-Werns led Brookfield Central with 21 points, six rebounds and four steals on 8 of 13 shooting.
Malensek finished with 19 points and five assists, Nau added 12 points and three assists, senior guard Sam Rohde had 6 points, and senior forward Chris Post pulled down eight rebounds.
After clinching the Greater Metro Conference title with a 64-54 win over Sussex Hamilton on Feb. 10, Brookfield Central completed a 3-0 week with a 74-57 win over Oshkosh West in a nonconference game Feb. 11.
The Lancers jumped out to leads of 13-0, 19-2 and 24-4 before taking a 42-18 advantage into halftime.
Malensek scored 25 points on 11 of 15 shooting and Peralta-Werns went 6 for 11 from the field and 3 of 6 from beyond the arc to finish with 19 points. Nau added 13 points and Rohde scored 11 points.
Brookfield girls gymnastics
Brookfield's girls gymnastics team continued its strong season a 142.15-138.83 victory over Nicolet on Feb. 8 followed by a second-place finish at the Nordy Invitational on Feb. 11 at Mukwonago High School.
The win over Nicolet lifted Brookfield to 7-0 in North Shore Conference dual meets.
Caitlin Locante won the all-around against Nicolet with a score of 36.875. Lexi Romero was second in the all-around with a 36.55, and Lexi Penney was third with a 35.875.
Brookfield swept the event titles, with Penney winning the balance beam with a score of 9.35, Locante was first on the floor with a 9.6 and on the bars at 9.175 and Romero won the vault with a 9.35. Locante also was second on the beam (9.25) and third on the vault (8.85), Romero was second on the bars (8.9) and third on the beam (9.0) and floor (9.3).
With a score of 142.35, Brookfield took second place at the Nordy Invitational. Kenosha United won the eight-team meet with a 145.1.
Locante was third in the all-around with a 37.15, Romero was fourth with a 36.8 and Penney was fifth with a 34.55.
Romero and Locante tied for first place on the floor with a 9.55. Locante also tied for first place on the beam with a 9.4, placed fifth on the vault with a 9.1 and was sixth on the bars with a 9.1. Romero was fourth on the vault with a 9.15, fourth on a beam with a 9.2 and seventh on the bars with an 8.9. Penny took fifth on the floor with a 9.325 and eighth on the vault with an 8.6.
Brookfield Stars boys hockey
The Stars closed the regular season with a pair of losses, falling 5-3 to Madison Memorial on Feb. 10 and 4-3 to Germantown on Feb. 11.
After falling behind 2-0 to Madison Memorial, Brookfield received second-period goals from Ethan Rentmeester, Gabe Lehnerer and Eric Sinson to take a 3-2 lead into the final period. But the Spartans tied the game early in the third, took the lead with 7:03 left and iced things with a late empty net goal.
Sinson, Joey Schindler, Grady Gibson, Nathan Rozman, Dylan Widmer and Lehnerer had assists.
Sinson scored to tie Germantown at 1-1, but the Ice Bears scored two goals late in the first period to take a 3-1 lead. A goal by Michael Chavez cut it to 3-2, but Germantown found the back of the net 36 seconds into the third period. Sinson cut it t 4-3 with 51 seconds left but Brookfield couldn't equalize.
Rentmeester, Rozman and Lehnerer collected assists against Germantown.
Seeded seventh in its sectional, Brookfield was scheduled to open the WIAA playoffs against 10th-seeded Fond du Lac on Feb. 14. With a win, the Stars would avance to face second-seeded Homestead at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 18 at Ozaukee Ice Center.