FRANKLIN GIRLS BASKETBALL
The Sabers ended the regular season on a fine note, upsetting previously unbeaten East Troy on the road, 67-52, in their regular season finale Feb. 18.
With the victory, Franklin enters the postseason at 18-4. The Sabers are the second seed in the WIAA Division 1 West Allis Central sectional and will host Racine Horlick in a regional semifinal at 7 p.m. Friday. If they win, they will host the winner of Greenfield-Racine Park in a regional final Saturday.
If Franklin wins the regional, they will likely earn a third game this season with archrival and Southeast Conference champ Oak Creek in a March 7 sectional semifinal at Greenfield.
Against East Troy, the Sabers trailed 28-27 at the half but held a 45-41 lead after the third quarter and blew it open with a 22-11 fourth-quarter effort.
Three players scored in double figures for the Sabers as Cassidy Mihalko scored 23 points, Jenny Eickhorst 16 and Morgan McCuen 12, while Nala Mudd added eight.
OAK CREEK GIRLS BASKETBALL
After downing non-conference rival Brookfield Central, 53-39, Feb. 19, the Knights, ranked second in the state by the Associated Press, take a 21-game winning streak into tournament play
The Southeast Conference champions (21-1) entered the WIAA West Allis Central Division 1 sectional as the top seed and awaited the winner of West Allis Central and Milwaukee Hamilton in a 7 p.m. regional semifinal Friday.
If they won, they would host a regional final game at 7 p.m. Saturday against the winner of West Allis Hale and Racine Case.
The victory over Central put the Knights in a good frame of mind, as they had a 34-21 advantage at the half and a 48-26 advantage after three quarters.
Stephanie Kostowicz had 13 points to lead the Knights while Katie Finn had 11, Hannah Settingsgaard 10 and Tamya Sims and Morgan Kokta with eight apiece.
Oak Creek hit nine 3-pointers in the game, three from Settingsgaard.
FRANKLIN BOYS BASKETBALL
The Sabers' season came to a disappointing end with a 47-39 WIAA regional semifinal defeat against Southeast rival Racine Horlick Friday.
"We were playing with a lot of confidence at the end of the first quarter," said coach Tim Hogan, "and actually ended it on a 6-1 run (Franklin was up 12-11), but then we hit a lull. We missed lay-ups, we didn't get stops that we needed. They were able to get a lead (28-21 at the half) and then we were never able to get it inside four again."
The loss ended Franklin's season at 10-13, while Horlick went on to fall to Southeast champ Racine Case in a regional final Saturday.
In the loss to Horlick, the Sabers were led by Chad Kanugh with 19 points while Evan Kruczynski had eight.
"We just didn't shoot well," Hogan said. "We had chances. We'd get deflections, but we'd never quite be able to get to the loose ball."
OAK CREEK WRESTLING
Freshman Andrew McIntosh gained valuable experience for the Knights, when he went 0-2 in the 106-pound class in last week's WIAA State Individual Tournament in Madison.
McIntosh (23-16) lost to eventual class champion Nolan Shea of Milton on a technical fall in his first-round bout Feb. 21 and then came back the next day and fell on a tough 2-0 decision to Arrowhead's Aidan Yde.
Both Anthony Senthavisouk and Zach Barnhart lost their only matches at last week's WIAA Division 1 State Individual Meet.
Senthavisouk, a sophomore, was edged 9-7 by Yde of Hartland Arrowhead in his opener at 106 pounds and did not get a wrestleback, so he finished the season at 46-6.
Senior Barnhart (43-10) lost a 4-2 decision to Jackson Bailey of Beaver Dam in his first match at 170 pounds and also was not given a wrestleback.
Barnhart and Zach Price are the lone seniors on this season's roster.
WHITNALL GIRLS BASKETBALL
The Falcons closed the regular season with seven straight victories after routing St. Francis, 79-55, on Feb. 20.
Rachael Shulta and Ashley Markowiak led the scoring with 22 points each, while Candace Pollock totaled 13 points and Lizzy Menden and Emily Yahnke each six points.
Markowiak also tallied five rebounds and three steals, Menden seven rebounds and seven assists and Jackie Gruszka five rebounds and five assists.
Whitnall finished 12-6 in the Woodland Conference East Division, one game behind South Milwaukee (13-5), and 15-7 overall.
The Falcons met Milwaukee Ronald Reagan in a WIAA Division 1 regional game on Tuesday. If they won, they would travel to South Milwaukee for a 7 p.m. contest Friday. They split two games with the Rockets this season.
GREENDALE GIRLS BASKETBALL
The Panthers saw their regular season end on an 18-game losing streak with a 49-40 defeat at the hands of South Milwaukee on Feb. 20.
Taite Kurzka tallied 11 points, while Emily Perszyk added 10 points and Taylor DeLong eight points for the Panthers, who stayed close to the Woodland Conference Eastern Division champions for most of the game.
Greendale went 3-14 in the Woodland and 3-19 overall. The Panthers met Cudahy in a first-round WIAA Division 2 playoff game on Tuesday. If they won, they would play at 7 p.m. Friday at Pewaukee.
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