Whitnall gets a bad bounce
Whitnall coach Steve Pelkofer saw his team accomplish two of its goals against Greendale.
The Falcons didn’t fall out of contention early as they had a year ago against the hot-shooting Panthers. And, they didn’t let guard Stacy Krueger get wide-open shots.
Greendale bounced No. 4-ranked Whitnall from Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Division 2 post-season play for the second consecutive season. The host Panthers won the regional semifinal Thursday, 58-42, by dominating the third quarter and by getting strong performances from several players, including Krueger.
Krueger, a sweet-shooting junior, hit just three field goals while being hounded all night by a pair of rotating defenders, but drained 11 of 13 free throws and finished with 18 points to lead the unranked Panthers (16-5).
Senior center Cortney Fechtmeyer surprised Whitnall’s defense by hitting several 15-foot jumpers and added 16 points. Sophomore point guard Katie Gallagher had nine points and senior forward Ashley Moore chipped in eight.
“I thought they were going to try to play me pretty tight,” Krueger said. “But I knew that would make it easier for my teammates and they would step up.”
Shannon Richter and Jaime Wallace scored nine points apiece for Whitnall, which finished 19-3.
Greendale is to meet New Berlin Eisenhower at 1 p.m. Saturday at New Berlin West for the regional title.
On Thursday, Greendale led by just 31-23 at halftime but then took control by outscoring Whitnall, 14-0, in the third quarter.
In other regional semifinals:
Wilmot 36, at Lake Geneva Badger 29 Wilmot (19-3) took a seven-point lead into the final quarter and then hit 6 of 8 free throws to hold off its Southern Lakes Conference rival for the third time this season.
The Panthers are to meet another league foe, Westosha Central (17-3), at 2 p.m. Saturday at East Troy. Wilmot and Westosha Central split their two regular-season games and shared the Eastern Division title.
At Westosha Central 54, Waterford 52 Holly Glas and Megan Erdman scored 11 points apiece, and Angela Ross added 10 for Central, which won despite missing the first of bonus free throws six times in the final 2 minutes.
Waterford’s Jessica Price (14 points) missed a 35-foot desperation shot at the buzzer. Michelle Hurley scored 19 points to lead Waterford (14-8).
Waupun 61, at Campbellsport 35 This was no contest as the Warriors led by 18-4 after one quarter. Ericka Malterer scored 25 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, and Carrie Dykstra added 18 points to lead Waupun (18-4).
Waupun is to meet Mayville at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Port Washington.
At Wauwatosa West 49, Grafton 41 West led by just two points entering the final quarter but Mary Deprey scored 7 of her 12 points and Katie Rodgers added 6 of her 7 to help West pull away.
West (9-11) is to meet Brown Deer at 1 p.m. Saturday for the regional title.
Jill Schindhelm led West with 14 points.
At Brown Deer 58, Whitefish Bay 53 Jamie Fruendorfer hit two free throws with less than a minute left to close the scoring and secure the victory for Brown Deer.
Fruendorfer hit 5 of 5 free throws in the final quarter and finished with 23 points. Denita Sublett added 19 points for the Falcons.
Lacey Stone scored 21 points and Elizabeth Havice added 15 for Bay.
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