Shooting from the field told the tale for the Whitnall girls basketball team in two games last week.
The Falcons hit 47 percent from the floor in a 77-64 victory over Milwaukee Lutheran on Jan. 12 but only 30 percent in a 60-38 loss to South Milwaukee on Jan. 15 in Woodland Conference action.
'We didn't play all that badly (against the Rockets),' coach Keith Larson said. 'We didn't make shots, and they did. You need to put the ball in the basket. We are not making good decisions at times.'
The split left the Falcons at 2-6 in the Woodland and 8-6 overall. The earlier triumph over Lutheran made them 6-0 in nonconference games this season.
Whitnall was within 18-14 midway through the first half against South Milwaukee, but the Rockets went on a 10-2 run to open a 28-16 halftime advantage.
The second half was more of the same, Larson said, with the Falcons unable to get their shooting going and also struggling on the boards, with a 41-28 deficit.
Sierra Grubor scored 15 points for Whitnall, with Jaden Kelley adding 8 points.
The Falcons racked up some nice statistics in the game against Lutheran on Jan. 12. They hauled in 34 rebounds, led by Kelley with eight and Kendall Stribling seven, and made 13 steals, paced by Jessie Knackert and Grubor, each with four.
They also were the beneficiaries of 50 free throws, hitting 30 on the evening.
Grubor scored a game-high 24 points, Kelley 21 points, Stribling 11, Madeline Pelkofer 9 and Knackert 8 before leaving the game with a broken nose.
Whitnall plays at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, against New Berlin West at home. The game is being played one day earlier than usual due to the Zelinski Duals wrestling meet at Whitnall this weekend.
The Falcons take on New Berlin Eisenhower at 7:30 Tuesday, Jan. 26, on the road.