New Berlin Eisenhower — led by senior Jenny Weiland — used a 19-2 first quarter to roll past crosstown rival New Berlin West, 52-34, Friday night at Eisenhower.
Weiland was the only player from either team in double figures with 18, as she helped Eisenhower to a 30-12 lead at halftime by scoring as many points as the crosstown Vikings.
She scored six points in the first quarter to help the Lions get off to a fast start and then added six more in second and six more in the third to put on a consistent performance for most of the night.
The Lions’ defense was their offense for most of the night as they stole the ball and used a transition offense, as Weiland had eight points herself on fast break layups.
“We were ready to play and we knew we would bring it because they are our biggest rivals,” Weiland said. “We knew we had to push it and get out of the gate. We had not been starting the best these last couple games, so we knew we had to bring it to them.”
Both coaches agreed that the fast start was the key to the game.
“We were a little sketchy at practice this week,” Ike coach Gary Schmidt said. “But these kids are known to be gamers. We had some fast breaks and hit some key shots. We tried to put the pressure on them so they had to come back rather than us.”
As for Weiland’s play.
“That’s why Winona State recruited her,” Schmidt said. “They said she is always all over the court. She’s a big girl, but people don’t realize that she is as fast as anyone out there. That’s what we love about her, she’s all over the court.”
West coach Cory Scheel talked about that fast start and how his team struggled all night.
“They were more physical, they were more tough and after that first quarter we were shellshocked,” he said. “We weren’t in sync offensively tonight and that hurt us a lot. We didn’t follow our game plan on either end of the floor.
“I don’t care how many times we play Eisenhower, we don’t get into our offense well. They give extreme help defense, which I know they would do and we passed right into them.”
With 3 minutes, 10 seconds left in the third quarter, West’s Claire Radtke hit a 3-pointer to cut the lead to 14 at 34-20. But the Ike rolled off eight points in a row to put the game away.
Jessa Hahn scored a layup, Erin Ganzke hit two free throws and Weiland closed it out with a basket and two free throws for a 42-20 lead going into the fourth quarter.