Wauwatosa West boys basketball
Wauwatosa West's boys basketball team dropped a pair of games to teams ranked in the Division 2 state coaches poll last week, falling to 10th-ranked Pius XI and fourth-ranked Pewaukee.
An early deficit was too much for Tosa West to overcome in a 61-54 loss to Pius XI on Feb. 15. The Trojans then lost 72-65 to Pewaukee on Feb. 17 to drop to 11-10 overall and 7-8 in the Woodland West.
Pius XI jumped out to a 26-8 lead and led 30-17 at halftime. Tosa West shot just 7 for 25 (28 percent) in the first half and missed all eight of its 3-point tries.
The Trojans began to play with more offensive flow in the second half, as they went 14 for 30 from the field but still couldn't knock down shots from beyond the arc, finishing 3 for 20 from distance.
"We didn't have enough urgency and purpose in the first half," Tosa West interim coach Pat McCabe said. "It was a pretty choppy half. I thought we came together more in the second half and had more purpose in what we were doing, but it was an uphill battle at that point."
Pius XI held a 43-26 advantage with 12:17 remaining before the Trojans went on a 16-6 run to pull to within 49-42 on a 3-pointer with Noah Katula and a fastbreak layup by Javaree Jackson with 4:35 left.
The Popes quickly took control of the game back, as Zach Zavada scored 5 straight points to make it 54-42 with 3:40 remaining. Tosa West did not get within7 points the rest of the way despite the Popes going just 4 for 7 from the foul line over the final 2 minutes.
"I love the resilency," McCabe said. "Some of the things we talked about at halftime were put into play in the second half. We liked the way they battled and competed in the second half, but we lost too many battles in the first half."
Senior forward Tyrone Powell led Tosa West with 13 points. Senior forward Alou Dillon finished with 9 points and eight rebounds, and senior guard Paris Howell added 6 points.
The Trojans battled the Pirates on Feb. 17 but could not get over the top in a back-and-forth affair. Pewaukee led at halftime, 30-27, and was able to hold off Tosa West throughout the second half.
Senior guard LaRon Perine hit three 3-pointers and finished with 15 points. Senior guard Seveon James connected on four triples and had 14 points, Powell had 13 points and eight rebounds, Katula added 10 points and sophomore guard Marquiss Childs added seven rebounds and six assists.
Tosa West received the No. 4 seed in its half of the WIAA Division 2 Brown Deer sectional. After a first-round bye, the Trojans will host the winner of fifth-seeded Wauwatosa East or 12th-seeded Milwaukee School of the Arts at 7 p.m. Friday, March 3.
The Trojans were slated to close the regular season against Greenfield on Wednesday, Feb. 22.
Wauwatosa West girls basketball
Wauwatosa West's girls basketball team ended the regular season with a 75-56 loss to state-ranked Pewaukee on Feb. 14.
The Trojans hung with the Pirates, ranked No. 3 in the latest Division 2 coaches poll, trailing 42-37 at halftime. Pewaukee pulled away in the second half, outscoring Tosa West after the break, 33-19.
Senior guard Cheri'a Adams finished with 9 points, six rebounds and three assists. Sophomore guard Irene Phillips scored 9 points, senior guard Libby Fassbender had 8 points and six rebounds, senior forward Dasia Davis 8 points and junior forward Emily Wagy 7 points and four blocked shots.
Tosa West shot 17 for 46 (36.9 percent) from the field and made 6 of 22 (27.3 percent) from beyond the arc.
The Trojans finished the season at 8-14 overall and 5-11 in the Woodland West under first-year coach Gordan Nikolic, doubling last season's win total.
Tosa West is the No. 6 seed in its half of the WIAA Division 2 Brown Deer sectional and will host No. 11-seed Messmer (4-18 overall, 3-9 Midwest Classic) at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21. With a win, Tosa West would play at No. 3-seed Whitefish Bay (13-8, 8-5 North Shore) on Friday, Feb. 24.
Brookfield Glacier girls hockey
The Brookfield Glacier girls hockey season came to an end with a 7-2 loss to Appleton United in a WIAA regional on Feb. 16.
Third-seeded Appleton scored 9 seconds into the game and tallied six first-period goals to jump all over sixth-seeded Brookfield.
Ellen Hill and Hadley Malcolmson had goals for Brookfield, which finished its season at 8-15-0.