The Blue Knight girls saw their season come to an end with a 64-57 loss to host St. Thomas More on Feb. 26 at home in the second round of the WIAA tournament.
The Blue Knights expected a fast-paced, aggressive game that would be a battle until the last minute; that's exactly what happened. St. Thomas More held a 2-point lead at the half.
The Blue Knights led with 5 minutes remaining in the game, but were not able to hold the lead. Ashley Balistreriled the team in scoring, with 19 points, followed by Anika Washburnand Erika Schlagenhauf, both with 11 points. Schlagenhauf and Jennie Novakled the team with eight crucial rebounds each.
Although the team's season ended in a disappointing loss, they finished the season with an 18-5 record and their first conference championship since 1997.
— Erika Schlagenhauf,
The Brookfield Academy boys crushed two Midwest Classic opponents to end the regular season, defeating Hope Christian, 96-51, on Feb. 23, and Christian Heritage, 115-83, on Feb. 23, both on the road.
The victories gave the Blue Knights an 18-4 overall record and a 15-0 mark in winning the conference title again.
In the win over Hope Christian, BA led 51-20 at halftime. Ryan Clareyscored 29 points with four 3-pointers, while Joe Lemonfinished with 22 points and Aaron Goeckswith 14. The Blue Knights had 12 players score.
BA was 14-for-21 from the free-throw line with seven 3-pointers.
In the win over Christian Heritage, BA led 66-44 at halftime and then added a 49-39 second-half performance. The 115 points were the most in the school's history.
Clarey had 36 points, with five 3s, while Lemon added 23 points with three 3s. Goecks added 17 points with three 3s, and Colten Bonkhad 16 points.
The Blue Knights finished with 13 3-pointers and were 24-for-31 (.774) from the charity stripe.
Second-seeded Brookfield Academy begins the playoffs at 7 p.m. Friday, March 4, against the winner of the seventh-seeded Martin Luther/10th-seeded Kenosha Reuther game. A win on Friday would lead them to game on Saturday.
— Patrick Clarey,