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The Falcons evened their season record at 1-1 with an impressive 81-38 win over St. Francis.
It was a bit of revenge for the Falcons, as the Mariners had knocked them out of the state playoffs a year ago.
"It was a good example of our new philosophy this year,"said coach Scott Laurent. "We're using a lot of pressure defense and attacking offense. The kids are still learning the system, but every week they're improving."
The Falcons do need a boost because the start of the Woodland Conference schedule will be brutal. Tey will host powerful Pewaukee at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, and then visit defending D2 state champion New Berlin Eisenhower on Tuesday, Dec. 6.
Against St. Francis, the Falcons took a 31-20 lead at the half and then sank the Mariners with a 50-18 effort in the second half.
"I think we really got to them in the second half," Laurent said. "We were able to score a lot of points off of turnovers. Got some very easy baskets."
Brown Deer was short-handed this game as they were down two players due to personal reasons. Freshman guard Mattie Schimenz had 25 points to lead the way, while Michaela Drake and Jonisia Nash had 13 apiece and Kimberlyn Ford 10.
Laurent's end goal is to go about nine or 10 deep this season and substitute players every three or four minutes
"I think we have enough quality players to get that done," he said. He added that team leaders Brianna Key and Breona Strong are doing a great job so far.
The Greyhounds used a strong start to the season to earn another WIAA state playoff berth while finishing up with a 5-5 record.
Their season recently ended with a WIAA D2 Level 1 playoff loss to Germantown.
"We ran into some tough competition in the second half of the season of the season; that's the way it goes sometimes," said coach Chad Hofmann. "We had some better chances early, and we did take advantage of them, but the guys at the end were a little better than us.
"The fact that in just our third year back in the Woodland Conference that we were able to compete for an Eastern Division title (which was won by Greenfield) proves we can go up against anyone."
The Greyhounds would up averaging 17.6 points per game and were led by senior quarterback Joe Friedman (865 passing yards and eight TDs and 309 rushing yards and two TDs) and by senior running back Grant Brown (469 yards rushing and seven TDs in just six games).
Sophomore receiver Aaron Eimers had four TD receptions.
On defense, senior defensive end Kendrick McGahee (46 total tackles including 13 for loss) had a stellar year in earning all-conference and WFCA All-Region honors. The Messmer student also turned in a 4.0 GPA in his first quarter of study. "Just a quality kid," Hofmann said.
He paired up with junior Eli Rivera on the other end to form the heart of the Messwood defense. Rivera finished with 58 total tackles, including 18 TFLs.
Brown missed the first few games for academic reasons but bounced back in a big way becoming the Greyhounds best defensive back.
Hofmann is optimistic for next year too.
"We'll continue to get better," he said. "we'll stress the weight room and look to grow the numbers. Keep an eye on us."
Seniors include Lael Thompson, Friedman, Mateo Lipscomb, Henry Peters, Brown, Ben Grabowski, McGahee, Will Lamphere, Domick Fazio and Malcom Kannady.
The final 1-8 record was not what new coach Al Moroder wanted, but there are strong steps being taken in changing the attitude for the Knights, he said.
"We're changing habits and behavior and talking seriously about becoming successful in all aspects," he said. "Successful in the classroom, the hallways and on the field. How they act as young men."
Nicolet ended its season with a 49-13 loss to Port Washington on Oct. 14.
The Knights won their first game against Waukesha South to end a long losing streak and then dotted its schedule with close calls, including defeats to Shorewood/Messmer (21-14), Grafton (25-22) and Milwaukee Lutheran (30-20).
The combined freshmen/sophomore team recorded a near .500 record, which Moroder also saw as a positive.
He was pleased with team leaders such as Dakari Williams, Jack Hansen, JaRon Williams Jr. and Cameron Cooper.
"The seniors were great leaders, especially in the face of adversity," Moroder said. "They talked about being great in everything we do. The kids overall showed grit and desire to be something more than what they were."
Seniors include both Williams, Keno Scott, TJ Miller, Hansen, Bishop Pope, Jordan Taylor, Jacob Schulman, Clarron Hall and Cooper.
"We've got a solid corps of returnees," Moroder said. "We're excited about the future. We got great support from the community and the students at all the games, and that will really help us moving forward."
WHITEFISH BAY BOYS BASKETBALL
Coming off a 16-10 WIAA D2 sectional final season, the Blue Dukes will open their season at home Friday, Dec. 2 against North Shore Conference favorite Cedarburg.
Leaders on the team this season will be senior guard David Thompson (21 ppg.), junior guard Cade Garcia (7.7 ppg.), senior forward Xavier Johnson (6.2) and senior center Chris Caspari (4.4).
WHITEFISH BAY GIRLS BASKETBALL
The Blue Dukes saw their season record fall to 1-1 with a 49-34 loss to state-ranked Brookfield Central on Nov. 22.
They will have two North Shore Conference games this week, including at Cedarburg on Friday, Dec. 2.
Bay fell behind Central, 26-11, at the break and had a hard time recovering.
Ellie Clements led the way with 17.