Some good signs came out of the Whitnall girls basketball team's season-opening overtime victory over Waukesha North on Nov. 18.
"This was encouraging," coach Keith Larson said. "We did some good things. I liked our composure at the end of regulation and the overtime. There are certainly some things we can be better at, both on offense and defense, but for a first game, I'm glad to get the 'W.'"
Sierra Grubor led the Falcons with 23 points, connecting on 15 of 18 free throws, including 4-of-6 in overtime.
"She played a nice steady game," Larson said of his senior standout.
Kathryn Bay added nine points and Jaden Kelley and Sam Benzinger each eight points. Point guard Jessie Knackert added five assists.
"She distributed the ball and takes care of the ball, things that don't show up in the box score," the coach said of Knackert. "She is also strong defensively."
Whitnall jumped ahead 5-0 in the opening minutes but trailed 23-20 at the half. The Falcons assumed a five-point lead late in regulation before North tied it with a pair of free throws with three seconds remaining.
The Falcons cashed in at the free-throw line in the extra session, with Grubor hitting four and Bay 3-of-4. Whitnall took the early lead and then forced North to foul repeatedly. The Falcons finished with 27-of-39 at the line.
Whitnall met Elkhorn on Nov. 22 and will play in the Brookfield Central Shootout, taking on Dominican at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 25.
The Falcons then take on West Allis Hale at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29, in West Allis.