Everything was working for Brookfield East girls basketball coach Michael Goodman on Feb. 26, as the Spartans crushed Milwaukee Hamilton, 82-18, in the WIAA regional semifinal.
Offense, defense and everyone got to play so the Spartans would rest for regional finals the next night.
East led 51-12 at halftime as the Spartans forced the Wildcats into 51 turnovers. In the second half, East had a 31-6 advantage, as they pulled the starters with 12 minutes left to play.
The Spartans shot .414 (36-for-87) from the field but really struggled from the free-throw line, hitting only 9-for-24 (.375). Despite the 82 points, the Spartans only had one 3-point shot.
Junior Jen Wandt hit 10 of 19 from the field for a career-best 21 points. She grabbed six rebounds, five steals and four assists. Sophomore forward Molly DeValkenaere scored 12 points, three rebounds and two steals.
Senior forward Mariah Miller scored 11 points, with seven steals, six rebounds and four assists. Senior guard Angela Pichler finished with 10 points, a team-high seven rebounds, five steals and four assists.
Sophomore Lizzy Cagle had 8 points, and Adriana Plavsic added 7, while five players had between 1 and 4 points.
East (16-7) won six of seven games with the victory. The Wildcats finished with a 7-16 record with the loss.
Lancers 54, Bulldogs 32
The Lancers rolled to a 54-32 win over West Allis Central in a WIAA regional semifinal game on Feb. 26 at Brookfield Central.
The win wasn't surprising as the Lancers (18-5) defeated the Bulldogs (4-20) twice in Greater Metro Conference play already — 55-34 on Dec. 17 in West Allis and 57-41 on Feb. 2 at home. That's an average winning margin of almost 20 points a game.
Brookfield Central, which led by as much as 20 points in the first half, settled for a 27-12 first-half lead. The teams exchanged baskets in the second half, with the Lancers coming out on top, 25-22.
Junior forward Claire Haynes had 14 points and 12 rebounds, while senior forward Rachel Kolb had 12 points, including two 3-pointers. Freshman Maddy Brauer continues to play well with 9 points. Nikita Conroy had 22 of the Bulldogs' 32 points, including two of their four 3-pointers.
The Lancers were 5-of-7 from the free-throw line, while the Bulldogs were 6-for-11.