The season has not been all what it's cracked up to be for the seniors of the Menomonee Falls girls basketball team in what has been an uneven winter at best.
But the Indians hit a high point on Jan. 21, as first-year coach Derek Woelffer said the team turned in a special effort in overpowering longtime area power Brookfield Central, 53-42, in a Greater Metro Conference game.
"It's a great win for the program," he said, "because I know these seniors have never beaten Central before. We know Central is short some players (because of injury), but this is still a very big win. We needed this one to believe, needed this one to put us over the top.
"Our defense was definitely clicking on all cylinders tonight."
The victory improved Falls to 4-4 in GMC play and 7-8 overall. They have a challenging but workable week, as they hosted DSHA on Tuesday, Jan. 24, and then will visit West Allis Hale on Friday, Jan. 27. They lost by four to DSHA the first time around and beat Hale by 13.
Falls started the week with two wins in a row and three in its last four.
"We've talked about about being good consistently," Woelffer said. "We just have to continue following the game plan. It's all mental. Just keep doing our best."
They did do that against Central, as senior co-captain and guard Marissa Igunbor had a career night with 19 points, five rebounds, six assists and three steals.
"She just did so many things well that night," Woelffer said. "She was an absolute leader for all 36 minutes. She made the tough shot, she made the right decision, she made the good pass. She really got other people involved."
That was helpful in the first half against the Lancers, as after a bit of push-pull for the first 12 minutes or so, Falls made a late surge and earned a 29-21 advantage at the break.
Then the Indians turned to their defense in the second half to hold onto the lead.
"We were defending with everything we got," Woelffer said. "With the way we're defending right now, we have a chance every game. We're breaking down film, and we're just missing one assignment here or there. No systematic breakdowns. We're just doing well defensively all around.
He said the lead never dropped below eight late in the game.
Igunbor got help from Jessica Boerner and Karly Volz with 10 each, while Madison Grzesiak and Alyssa Marks tossed in 6 each.
"We were very patient in our offense," Woelffer said. "We've learned that if we remain patient, other teams will eventually break down. And then we continue to guard."