When a team is without a player the caliber of Whitnall's Tyler Herro, it helps to have guys like Kevion Taylor and Joey Tilley around.
Herro, the Falcons' all-state guard and University of Wisconsin recruit, missed the Jan. 13 contest with Shorewood with an injury, and his status was unknown coming into this week.
"I don't know his status at this point," Whitnall coach Steve Kujawa said. "We will know more in the upcoming week, and right now I'm just calling it 'day to day.' The rest will be determined by his doctor."
Kujawa said early reports that Herro had a torn meniscus and would be out several weeks were premature.
He knew most of last week that Herro was going to be out for the Shorewood game, but Taylor and Tilley, along with others, came through to lift the Falcons to an 83-47 triumph that kept them unbeaten in Woodland Conference action.
Taylor put together a fine all-around game with 31 points, six assists, five rebounds and four steals, and Tilley chipped in with 21 points for Whitnall.
"We knew we needed to get Kevion the ball, whether it be on the high post or low post, and he did the job," Kujawa said. "Tilley may come off the bench, but he has been a go-to guy for us all season."
The coach said his team prepared last week for possible box-and-one or triangle-and-two defenses against Taylor and Tilley, but he said the Greyhounds chose not to use them.
Whitnall had 10 players score, with Arthur Thut adding 8 points and Daniel Wolff 4 points, among others.
"That's what they have to do without Tyler," the coach said.
The Falcons rolled to a 41-19 halftime lead and then kept control in the second half to move to 6-0 in the Woodland Conference East Division, ahead of Brown Deer (5-2) and Greenfield (4-3). They have already beaten both of those teams this season.
Whitnall improved to 8-2 overall and will play at 7:15 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20, at South Milwaukee. The Falcons will then take on Cudahy at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24, at home, hoping to repeat a 71-61 victory earlier this season.
The school also announced the Dec. 16 home game with South Milwaukee, which was postponed by a snowstorm, will take place at 7:15 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20.
"We will see what happens with Tyler," Kujawa said. "We will just try to keep pace with everyone else (in the division) and take care of our own business."