HALE-CENTRAL BOYS BASKETBALL
A tough regular season ended on a strong note for the Huskies as they rallied from 17 points down to stun the Bulldogs, 62-56, in overtime on Feb. 23.
"Michael Johnson and Ryan Haertel each got hot, Brandon Barr hit a couple of clutch shots and we played with more energy defensively and rebounded much better," Hale coach John Palesse said. "It was awesome to see our kids celebrate on the floor and in the lockerroom."
Central coach Dave Mlachnik had another view.
"We stopped pushing the ball and stopped attacking," he said, "and Hale hit some shots. This will be a good learning experience for us, that the other teams won't quit, especially in the playoffs."
Haertel paced Hale with 24 points, including six 3-point field goals, and Johnson added 13 points with five rebounds and five assists and Barr 11 points and four rebounds. Jordan Breznik and Jevon Taylor each pulled down five rebounds and Michael Schmidt and Emerald Martin each chipped in with three assists.
Kurt Mlachnik led Central with 15 points, plus three rebounds and three assists. Noah Semb-Lovejoy had 9 points, Montae Blakely 6 points and six rebounds and Jose Cruz 6 points.
The Huskies lost to Sussex Hamilton, 53-48, in a makeup game on Feb. 21. Haertel scored 17 points and pulled down four rebounds, Schmidt tallied 8 points, Johnson 7 points, four rebounds and three assists, Barr 6 points and four assists and Breznik five rebounds.
Hale (2-12 in the Greater Metro Conference and 4-18 overall) took on Milwaukee King in first-round WIAA Division 1 playoff action on Feb. 28 and a victory would send the Huskies against top seed Brookfield Central at 7 p.m. Friday, March 3, at Brookfield.
Central (5-9, 11-11) plays at Franklin at 7 p.m. Friday in its tournament opener.
CENTRAL GIRLS BASKETBALL
Nikita Conroy scored 35 points to pace the Bulldogs to a 70-26 triumph over Milwaukee Hamilton in a first-round WIAA Division 1 playoff game on Feb. 21.
Antoinette Powell added 17 points and Daisia Whigum-Rogers 14 points for Central, which was up 39-9 at halftime.
The Bulldogs fell to top seed Milwaukee King, 74-37, in a regional semifinal on Feb. 24 to end their season at 4-20.
GREENFIELD BOYS BASKETBALL
Despite 23 points from Rayvon Bartlett Jr., the Hustlin' Hawks fell to Wauwatosa West, 72-67, in their regular-season finale on Feb. 22.
Manny McDonald and Jared Davis each added 9 points and Donnie Reasby and Eric Malone 8 apiece for Greenfield, which finished 10-6 in the Woodland Conference and 13-9 overall.
The Hawks begin WIAA Division 1 tournament play at 7 p.m. Friday, March 3, at Milwaukee Hamilton.
WEST ALLIS GYMNASTICS
The West Allis-Divine Savior Holy Angels co-op team finished seventh in a WIAA Division 1 sectional on Feb. 23 with 122.3 points.
Kate Schumacher placed 14th in the all-around with 32.55 points, followed by Marlea Mastropolo 15th with 31.475 points and Kennedy Ory 18th at 30.125.
Schumacher was 20th in vaulting (8.325), 19th on uneven parallel bars (7.95), 29th on the balance beam (8.0) and 24th in floor exercise (8.275). Mastropolo came in 27th in vaulting (8.05), 14th on the beam (8.775) and 22nd in floor (8.3).
Ory was 28th in vaulting (8.025), 30th on beam (7.7) and 28th in floor (7.725) for the squad, which did not qualify anyone for the state meet.