A 17-2 scoring run in the first half helped boost the Whitnall girls basketball team to a 57-24 romp over Elkhorn on Nov. 22.
The Falcons got off to somewhat of a slow start and were up only 10-8 when they went on their big burst to grab a 27-10 halftime advantage. They then kept adding to it in the second half.
Sierra Grubor led the way with 17 points, and Jaden Kelley added 10 points and four assists to lead a balanced attack.
Abbey Kenaston tallied 7 points and Alexis Navarrette and Abby Franckowiak each 6 points. Kathryn Bay chipped in with three steals and six assists.
The effort did not carry over to the Falcons' next game, a 63-41 loss to Dominican on Nov. 25 in the Brookfield Central Shootout.
"We didn't play well all-around," coach Keith Larson said. "I give Dominican some credit; their (the Knights') quickness caused us problems. They also had 22 second-chance points, so we did not rebound well."
The Falcons also shot poorly, connecting on 13-of-45 from the field. They hit only 11-of-23 at the free-throw line in the first half and got to the line only six times in the second half.
"In many areas," Larson said, "we were our own worst enemy."
Whitnall trailed only 30-22 at the half but was outscored by 14 points in the second half as the Knights pulled away to win.
Kelley totaled 13 points, six rebounds and three steals, Grubor 10 points and Sam Benzinger 6 points. Miranda Bass and Jessica Knackert each pulled down four rebounds, and Knackert added three steals.
The Falcons fell to 2-1 on the season and will begin Woodland Conference action at 7:15 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, at New Berlin West.
They then travel to Greendale at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, for another conference matchup.