GERMANTOWN BOYS BASKETBALL
Still struggling to find their way against better opponents, especially on the defensive end, the Warhawks lost their fourth game in five tries to nonconference opponent Marquette, 70-62, in Germantown's one-day hoops festival at the Al McGuire Center on Jan. 16.
'It's been a tough couple of weeks,' said coach Mark Adams in what is becoming an understatement. 'We lost three in a row, then played a little more like what we're supposed to against Port (a 81-45 win on Jan. 15). ...The challenge is now to do it when the stage is a little bigger, but the last time we played really good defense was against Grafton (on Dec. 15).
'You'd like to think that they (the players) see it (defense) working, but I guess they have to see things on their own, because we're not doing it consistently on the bigger stage against the bigger teams and we're paying for it.'
The Warhawks (8-4 overall) are in exam week right now. They come out of the session at 5-1 in North Shore play, one game behind Cedarburg. They will host Milwaukee Lutheran (4-1, 8-3) at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22 in another difficult game. The Red Knights were just stunned by Nicolet, 73-64, on Jan. 15.
Against Marquette, Germantown had a three-point lead at the half (32-29) and a five-point lead midway through the second half.
'We were talking about getting back-to-back stops, making them pay (in the second half),' said Adams. 'We wanted to build on the lead but then they get a two and a three and the score is tied. Then they take the lead and then put it away with free throws.'
The Greater Metro leading Hilltoppers hit 14 of 23 shots in the second half.
Germantown was led by forward Max Keefewith 25 points, which included 17 in the second half while Kyle Clow had 12, Juwan McCloud 12 and Conner Edmondseight.
The Warhawks went up 48-16 at the half against Port. Keefe again led the way with 22 points as Clow had 13, McCloud 12 and Brad Czarnecki 10. Keefe had four of Germantown's nine 3-point shots.
MENOMONEE FALLS GIRLS BASKETBALL
The Indians gave it a good effort but couldn't quite come up with the victory against rival Sussex Hamilton, in a 60-49 defeat on Jan. 15.
Falls had opened the week with a 50-24 Greater Metro Conference victory over West Allis Central on Jan. 12.
The split left the Indians at 1-6 in GMC play and 4-9 overall.
Against Hamilton, the Indians kept the game close at the half down only 29-26, but could not make a sufficient push in the second session. Marissa Igunborled the way with 20 points, six rebounds and three assists, while Madison Grzesiakhad 11 points and five rebounds. Alyssa Markshad six points and nine rebounds.
A total of 11 different players scored for the Indians in the win over Central as Jessica Boernerand Marks had eight points apiece and Sarah Jaworskiseven. Boerner had 11 rebounds, Jaworski nine and Marks and Grezesiak eight apiece while Igunbor had four assists.
MENOMONEE FALLS WRESTLING
The Indians keep moving in the right direction as behind seven pins, they routed Greater Metro Conference rival Marquette, 63-18, on Jan. 14.
Falls, which will be at the Homestead Highlander Invite at 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22, improved to 4-1 in GMC duals with the victory with only a match at arch-rival Sussex Hamilton on Jan. 28 left on the docket.
Earning the pins for the Indians against Marquette were Tyler Gillat 106 pounds, Austin Lasanskeat 120, Eric Wunsch at 126, Jon Thomasat 160, Curtis Flannickat 170, Brandon Schafer at 195, and Nate Fuitenat 220.
MENOMONEE FALLS/GERMANTOWN/HAMILTON BOYS SWIM
The Indians turned in a competitive effort in falling to Muskego, 108-77, in a Greater Metro/Classic 8 Conference dual meet on Jan. 14.
They will visit Waukesha North in another league dual at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, and then will host their own Indian Invite at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 23 in the Falls pool. Bay Port, Janesville Craig, Madison Edgewood, Madison West, Sheboygan South, Watertown and Waukesha West are scheduled to participate.
Against Muskego, Shawn Brownwas a double winner, taking the 50-yard freestyle (22.87) as well as the 100 butterfly (54.4). Other wins for the Indians came from Siddhant Jainin the 100-yard backstroke (1:02.1), Turner Vellein diving (201.1 points), and from the 200 free relay team of Brown, Dayne Gramoll, Josh Ebnerand Keegan Donlen (1:35.62).
Seconds went to the 200 medley relay team of Jain, Grant Adams, Josh Woodsand Nick Omer(1:50.46); Conner Cameronin the 100 backstroke (1:02.42); the 400 free relay team of Brown, Ebner, Jain and Donlen (3:36.52) and to Andrew Godfrey in diving (179.55).
ICE BEARS HOCKEY
The Ice Bears co-op had another couple of rough outings last week, falling to the WSN Storm, 7-5, in a North Shore Conference game on Jan. 12 and then falling to nonconference foe, the Greendale southside co-op, 5-2, on Jan. 16.
The two losses left them at 3-16 overall.
Greendale took a 3-0 lead and never looked back as Joshua Rusniak (Hunter Leonhardand Erik Haverassists) and Leonhard (Rusniak) both scored goals.
No details were available from the WSN loss. It is semester exam week and the only game for the team will be on Friday, Jan. 22 at 8:30 p.m. at the Kettle Moraine Ice Center against Cedarburg.