KellyAnn Sotiros switched to forward last week, and the West Allis Hale girls basketball team reaped the benefits.
Sotiros racked up 16 points and 17 rebounds, plus two assists and a blocked shot, to lead the Huskies past West Allis Central, 71-55, on Jan. 20.
Hale posted its 10th straight victory over its rival in what was also the final Greater Metro Conference meeting between the teams.
"We moved KellyAnn back into a forward position, as she has been so solid down low," coach George Sotiros said. "She clearly was much more comfortable. We comment in practice how incredibly well KellyAnn uses her body and keeps her hands up. We need more players to keep doing that and learn how to move while the ball is in the air."
Zoe Burczyk added 14 points and four assists and Abby Arena 12 points, six rebounds, two assists and one block. Alyssa Cruz collected 6 points, six assists, five rebounds and four steals and Julie Palesse four assists.
For Central, Nikita Conroy put in 24 points and continues her steady climb toward 1,000 for her career, Antoinette Powell 21 points and Teziya Taylor 9 points.
Hale jumped out to a 15-point lead early and was up 38-20 at the half. The Bulldogs never came much closer than 18 points after that.
The Huskies shot 46 percent and totaled 22 assists for the contest.
"I was extremely pleased with our ball movement and sharing of the ball," coach Sotiros said, "but the 21 turnovers were frustrating against their zone."
Hale also topped South Milwaukee, 67-42, on Jan. 17 behind 11 points and three assists by Palesse; 10 points from Lexi Sevedge; 9 points, six rebounds and two blocks from Sotiros; 9 points, five rebounds and three assists by Cruz; 9 points from Burczyk; and four steals by Abi Stevens.
The Huskies moved to 2-5 in the GMC and 9-6 overall.
"We have seven regular-season games left, with five at home," coach Sotiros said. "We were really close in most of our conference games the first go-round, and this second time, we need to get some of these. We've got the talent, but we just need to learn how to finish off conference games."
The Huskies meet Menomonee Falls at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27, at home, and visit Sussex Hamilton at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31.
Central slipped to 2-12 overall and will play at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27, at Brookfield East. The Bulldogs will visit Madison West at 7:30 Saturday, Jan. 28, and take on Brookfield Central at 7:30 Tuesday, Jan. 31, at home.