Finishing the game on a 29-10 run, the Whitnall girls basketball team posted a much-needed 53-43 victory over Cudahy on Dec. 13.
The Falcons trailed 33-24 with 12 minutes, 30 seconds left in the contest but used a 12-3 burst to tie the game at 36-36 with 8:17 remaining. The lead then changed hands several times before Whitnall tallied the final 11 points of the game.
The victory broke a three-game losing streak for the Falcons and lifted them to 1-3 in the conference and 4-4 overall.
"This is one we needed," coach Keith Larson said. "In the second half, we really played well. Hopefully, we turned a corner here."
After overcoming the 9-point deficit, the Falcons fell behind again at 41-40 with 4:48 left. Jaden Kelley scored in transition to put Whitnall up 42-41, but Cudahy regained the lead.
Kelley, who finished with 22 points, nailed a 3-point field goal to give the Falcons a 45-43 advantage; then Whitnall closed it out with 8 straight points. Sierra Grubor scored on a basket off a steal and then hit two free throws to finish a 23-point night, and Jessica Knackert and Kelley both followed with two free throws.
The Falcons netted 14 of 17 from the line to come back from some shaky outings there in the past couple of games.
Grubor and Kelley combined for 30 of Whitnall's 37 second-half points, including 23 in the final 12 minutes.
Knackert finished with four rebounds, nine assists and four steals, and Miranda Bass pulled down six rebounds.
The Falcons also played solid defense on Cudahy standout and William and Mary college recruit Bailey Eichner, who totaled 14 points.
Whitnall's game against South Milwaukee on Dec. 16 was postponed by the snowstorm. The Falcons took on Brown Deer on Dec. 20 and will meet West Bend East at 7:15 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 29, at home.