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Sierra Grubor and the Falcons continued their recent surges in a 61-41 victory over South Milwaukee on Jan. 20.
Grubor collected 26 points, raising her season average to an even 20 points, plus three assists and three steals, as Whitnall won its seventh straight game.
The Falcons improved to 5-3 in the Woodland Conference and remained in first place in the East Division, a half-game ahead of Shorewood (5-4) and 1½ games up on Greenfield and Cudahy (4-5).
Whitnall took on Cudahy on Jan. 24 and will switch over to the West Division to face Pewaukee at 7:15 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27, on the road. The Falcons then meet Pius XI at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31, at home.
Grubor continued her sizzling stretch, during which she has scored at least 30 points a couple of times and topped the 1,000-point career mark.
"She is in a different zone," Whitnall coach Keith Larson said. "She is scoring inside and outside, and what's interesting is that she has made a lot of free throws but did not even shoot one (against South Milwaukee)."
Helen Smasal added 11 points and six rebounds; Jaden Kelley 8 points and four rebounds; and Jessie Knackert 7 points and four assists.
Grubor scored 19 first-half points to help her team build a 35-16 lead; then the Falcons coasted to the victory.
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Kevion Taylor and Joey Tilley continued to hold the fort for the Falcons, who are still without injured star Tyler Herro.
Taylor totaled 24 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists, and Tilley tallied 19 points for the Falcons in a 68-40 romp over South Milwaukee on Jan. 20.
"Taylor just took charge," coach Steve Kujawa said, "and Tilley is now starting but has been a real force for us all season."
Whitnall improved to 2-0 since Herro was injured and 7-0 in the Woodland Conference, two games ahead of Brown Deer (6-2).
The Falcons meet Pewaukee at 7:15 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27, at home and then take on North Shore Conference leader Cedarburg at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, at Brookfield Central as part of the Luke Homan Showcase. Whitnall then visits Pius XI at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31.
Kujawa said the Rockets started with a triangle-and-two defense, but when the defender on Taylor picked up two quick fouls, they abandoned that and went with a 2-3 zone. The Falcons were able to work the ball inside, and they also had some fastbreak points off 13 turnovers.
Whitnall, which also received 10 points from Dan Alexopoulos, finished with 19 assists.
"We did an outstanding job of distributing the ball," Kujawa said.
The Hustlin' Hawks collected 121 points for sixth place in the Sheboygan North Invitational on Jan. 21.
Isiah Culp posted the highest finish with second place at 106 pounds, going 3-1 on the day. Michael Reyes was third at 113 pounds, and fourth places went to Alex Schroeter (120), Kevin Pollack (152) and Deven Guibord (220).
Nate Schroeter came in fifth at 132, Mateo Arteaga sixth at 145 and Grant Stanioch seventh at 126 pounds.
Random Lake won the 23-team meet with 200½ points.
Behind 5-0 efforts from Dustin Diebitz at 182 pounds, Jeff LeFlore at 195 and Edwin Jimenez Perez at 120, the Bulldogs came in seventh in the Zelinski Duals at Whitnall on Jan. 21.
Also posting winning records on the day were Jake Schultz (170) and Darrius Adkins (220).
Central opened with a 39-33 victory over Merrill and then lost to Waunakee, 48-24, to fall out of the championship bracket. The Bulldogs fell to Mukwonago, 46-24; beat Kenosha Bradford, 39-38; and lost to Beaver Dam, 55-19, to close out the tournament.
The Bulldogs routed Brookfield Central, 60-9, on Jan. 19 in a Greater Metro Conference dual meet. Winners were Zachary Meyer at 145 (pin in 1 minute, 29 seconds), Devan Kotas at 152 (8-5), Diebitz at 182 (pin in 45 seconds), LeFlore at 195 (6-1), Adkins at 220 (pin in 3:55), Prentiss Johnson at heavyweight (forfeit), Hailey Lenz at 106 (pin in 5:24), Jake Sweeney at 113 (forfeit), Anthony Powell at 120 ((forfeit), Richard Talsky at 126 (pin in 54 seconds) and Devin Dietrich at 132 (pin in 4:21).
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Sophia Valero led the way with 19 points in a 61-36 triumph over Brown Deer on Jan. 20.
Olivia Faleta added 10 points and Emma Graetz and Nikole Weston 9 apiece for Greenfield, which improved to 4-5 in the Woodland Conference and 6-8 overall.
The Hawks play at 7:15 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27, at Greendale and then take on New Berlin Eisenhower at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31, at home.
The Huskies tied for second with a 3-2 mark in dual meets at the Wauwatosa West Invitational on Jan. 21.
Hale beat Manitowoc, 60-24; Wauwatosa combined, 33-27; and Portage, 55-21, and lost to Wisconsin Lutheran, 42-34, and Badger, 40-33.
The Huskies topped Marquette, 44-25, in a Greater Metro Conference dual meet on Jan. 19 behind pins from Alex Oling (126 pounds), Brandon Baltz (132), Marshall Rushton (138), Jaymion Martinez (152), Peyton Mocco (160), Dylan Allen (182) and Dalton Wetley (heavyweight).
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Brown Deer got the better of the Hustlin' Hawks once again with a 91-66 victory on Jan. 20.
"They (the Falcons) match up well with us," coach Kyle Johnsen said. "We gave up 15 offensive rebounds and missed 12 layups. That's 24 points off the board; we make those, it is a completely different game. We played hard, but we can't give up those easy things."
Eric Malone scored 19 points, Jared Davis 13 points, Rayvon Bartlett Jr. 12 points and Manny McDonald 9 for the Hawks, who fell to 4-4 in the Woodland Conference and 7-6 overall with their second loss to the Falcons this season.
Greenfield will take on Greendale at 7:15 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27, with Kyle Johnsen matching up against brother Ryan, the coach of the Panthers. The Hawks will then visit New Berlin Eisenhower at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31.