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Kevion Taylor continued his fine all-around play to help the Falcons stay afloat without star Tyler Herro.
Taylor tallied 29 points, hitting 12-of-19 from the floor, to go with eight rebounds and two assists in Whitnall's tough 51-48 victory over Wauwatosa West on Feb. 3.
Taylor has turned up his game since Herro went out with a knee injury several weeks ago. Herro played against Pewaukee but missed the Falcons' last three contests, including a 54-48 loss to Pius XI on Jan. 31.
Whitnall kept its Woodland Conference East Division lead at 10-1, ahead of Brown Deer (9-3), and those two teams clashed on Feb. 7.
The Falcons meet Greenfield at 7:15 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10, at Greenfield in the second half of a girls-boys doubleheader.
The Falcons were also without Dan Alexopoulos (ankle injury) against Tosa West, but Taylor picked up the slack, scoring 20 of his team's 29 second-half points. That included a three-point play on a runner that put Whitnall up by 3 with a minute left and two free throws in the final seconds to seal the game.
Joey Tilley had 8 points and two assists against West and Jonah Bzdawka 6 points and two assists.
In the loss to Pius, Taylor totaled 18 points, 10 rebounds and three steals; Tilley 16 points; and Will Kegel five assists.
GREENFIELD BOYS BASKETBALL
Jared Davis collected 19 points and 10 rebounds and tipped in the game-winning shot with 7 seconds remaining in a 63-61 victory over New Berlin West on Feb. 3.
Davis' tip-in broke a 61-61 tie, and the Hustlin' Hawks got a defensive stop to improve to 7-5 in the Woodland Conference and 10-7 overall.
Rayvon Bartlett Jr. tallied a season-high 27 points with four 3-point field goals, and Donnie Reasby added 8 points and played tough defense, coach Kyle Johnsen said.
The Hawks were up, 36-17, at the half and then held off a big West rally that made the game tight.
"We were able to jump out with our press," Johnsen said, "but again, we had to worry about finishing the game."
Greenfield was routed by New Berlin Eisenhower, 79-40, on Jan. 31, with Bartlett scoring 14 points and Reasby and Davis 9 apiece.
CENTRAL GIRLS BASKETBALL
Nikita Conroy poured in 31 points, and Antoinette Powell added 17 points to lead the Bulldogs to a 60-51 victory over Madison West on Feb. 1, their third triumph of the season.
Conroy connected on six 3-point field goals and 5 of 6 free throws, and Powell hit 6-of-6 at the line for Central.
The Bulldogs played competitively but fell, 60-50, to Divine Savior Holy Angels on Feb. 3. Powell scored 22 points and Conroy 20.
Central also lost to Brookfield Central, 75-61, in Greater Metro Conference action on Jan. 31.
HALE GIRLS BASKETBALL
A strong comeback fell just short in a double-overtime 75-67 loss to Greater Metro Conference leader Sussex Hamilton on Jan. 31.
Hale trailed by 9 points with 1 minute, 30 seconds left in regulation, but a pair of 3-point field goals by Zoe Burczyk and another from Lexi Sevedge, plus a putback by KellyAnn Sotiros, tied the game.
In the first overtime, Hale was up by 3 with 26 seconds left but missed two free throws, allowing the Chargers to force another extra session with a contested 3-point shot. Hamilton then took control in the second overtime.
Sotiros totaled 16 points and 11 rebounds; Abby Arena 12 points, six rebounds and three steals; Burczyk 12 points and four rebounds; Abi Stevens 9 points, five assists and 11 rebounds; and Julie Palesse 7 points and three assists.
Hale then dropped a 54-45 game to Brookfield Central on Feb. 3. Burczyk and Stevens each scored 15 points, Arena had 6 points and 11 boards and Alyssa Cruz eight assists.
WHITNALL BOYS SWIMMING, DIVING
David Haun came in second in diving with 325.5 points at the Woodland Conference Meet on Feb. 4.
Stefan Rausch took third with 297.85 points and Jacob Nape sixth with 248.15 points for Whitnall, which was fourth with 241 points in the nine-team meet.
Ben Bell finished fourth in the 100-yard freestyle (51.94 seconds) and fifth in the 50 freestyle (23.58), and Haun took sixth in the 100 backstroke (1:05.5).
The 400 freestyle relay of David Gonzales, Trevor Thiemer, Isaiah Haun and Bell secured fifth (3:41.33); the 200 medley unit of Isaiah Haun, Gonzales, Alex Salmon and Bell finished sixth (1:54.23); and the 200 freestyle group of Salmon, Thiemer, David Haun and Matthew Bass snared seventh (1:46.45).
Gonzales captured seventh in the 50 freestyle (24.76), and eighth places went to Salmon in the 100 butterfly (1:05.07) and Isaiah Haun in the 500 freestyle (5:28.45).
HALE BOYS BASKETBALL
The efforts were good, but the losing streak continued for the Huskies with defeats of 67-57 to Sussex Hamilton on Jan. 31 and 79-60 to Brookfield Central on Feb. 3.
Ryan Haertel totaled 25 points against Hamilton; Michael Johnson 8 points and four assists; and Brandon Barr 8 points with five steals and four rebounds for Hale.
"I was pleased with our effort and fight until the end," coach John Palesse said.
Palesse felt the same way about the loss to Central, in which Haertel collected 20 points and six assists; Collin Basgall 13 points and four rebounds; and Johnson 9 points and six rebounds.
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Sierra Grubor collected 30 points, six rebounds, three assists and three steals and Jaden Kelley 26 points, but that was not enough in an 85-77 loss to Wauwatosa West on Feb. 3.
"That was a track meet, and that's just the way Tosa West plays," coach Keith Larson said. "They (the Trojans) hit 12 3-point shots, six in each half."
Jessie Knackert added 6 points, seven assists and two steals and Sam Benzinger 6 points and two steals.
Whitnall also lost to Pius XI, 56-48, on Jan. 31, being outscored, 21-6, at the free-throw line. Grubor had 16 points and six rebounds, Kelley 8 points, Knackert 7 points and Helen Smasal 6 points.
GREENFIELD GIRLS BASKETBALL
The powerful New Berlin teams were too strong for the Hustlin' Hawks, who lost to New Berlin West, 65-30, on Feb. 3 and New Berlin Eisenhower, 65-27, on Jan. 31.
Ratka Karac scored 16 points against the Lions and Olivia Faleta 10 against the Vikings.