The Brookfield Central girls basketball team studied tape, practiced and prepared for its Division 1 sectional semifinal Thursday night against Divine Savior Holy Angels. Maybe the Lancers were too prepared.
It would go a long way in explaining their discombobulated play out of the gate and offensive drought that resulted in 1 point over the final seven minutes of the first half. Even when Central finally turned things around and made it a game, the Lancers couldn't stop DSHA post Taylor Drost and ultimately saw their season come to an end with a 59-49 overtime loss at Marquette University High School.
"I think were just over-thinking it a little bit," Central coach Mallory Leibl said. "I didn't really think we executed the stuff we had worked on all week in practice ... but Taylor, she makes everyone around her better. That's hard to stop."
The Lancers were anemic in the first half, hitting just 6 of 29 shots and missing all six attempts from 3-point range. Still, they managed to take a 12-6 lead when senior forward Megan Olson connected with 8:41 left in the half.
It would be their last field goal before the break.
The Dashers (20-5) snapped into action from there, ripping off 12 unanswered points before junior guard Caroline Busch stopped the bleeding with a free throw. But DSHA answered with Rachel Heinrich's second 3-pointer of the half, sparking a 6-0 run that made it an 11-point game at halftime.
"That really hurt us," Leibl said. "You're not going to win many games when you can only score 1 point in 6 minutes."
Still, Central was far from done.
Junior forward Claire Haynes led the Lancers' comeback in the second half, scoring 15 of her team-leading 19 points, and tied the game twice in the final 4 minutes.
She scored 7 alone in a 13-5 spurt that made it a 46-46 game with 2:21 left.
DSHA missed two shots, and Central got the ball back with 23 seconds left, but the Lancers couldn't get a shot off and moved to overtime, where the Lancers went 0-for-6 while the Dashers got 8 more from Drost, who finished with 29 and went 7-for-9 from the line to close it out.
"If we were going to do it, I think it had to happen in regulation," Leibl said. "We started to play more to not lose the game and just couldn't get over the hump."
The loss was Central's third this season and sixth in a row overall to DSHA, which also ended the Lancers' postseason run in 2014-15.