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New Berlin West girls basketball beats Falcons, Packers

Dec. 15, 2013

Two of the contenders for the girls basketball Woodland Conference West Division title will battle on Friday at New Berlin West, as the Vikings (6-0, 4-0) host the Pewaukee Pirates (5-0, 4-0).

Going into this week, the Vikings had won their first six games, while the Pirates began the year 5-0. Pewaukee is led by talented sophomore forward Abby Gerrits (15 point average), while West is a balanced squad.

"What we saw this summer and fall has stayed true," coach Jef Radtke said. "We have no stars, but tremendous depth.

"We have no D1 scouts sitting in the stands, but we are deep. I play 11 and had 13 of 14 score in two of our games. Nine girls have averaged a quarter a game. Not too many teams can say that."

Good defense

The Vikings defeated Cudahy, 53-29, on Friday at home to finish the week 2-0. They did not allow the Packers to score more than nine points in any quarter.

On the other end, the offense kicked in and and used a 20-5 second period to take a 34-14 lead into halftime. West focused on defense in the second half, outscoring the Packers 19-15.

Nine Vikings got on the scoreboard, topped by sophomore guard and leading scorer (9.0 points average) Sarah Meleski and her 13 points.

Junior forward Rachel Novotny had eight points while junior guard Jenna Nelson and junior guard Ali Boldt had seven points each and sophomore forward Lizzie Liska chipped in with six.

Falcons clipped

The Vikings beat the Falcons on the road, 56-34, to begin the week on Dec. 10.

After trialing, 5-3, in the first quarter, the Vikings cut lose and outscored the Falcons, 53-29, the rest of the way.

A 22-10 second period lead to a 25-15 lead at intermission and then the Vikings outscored Brown Deer, 31-19, in the second half to win going away.

"Our defense stayed strong and moved more," Radtke said. "And Lizzie Liska and Jenna Nelson gave us a nice lift in the second quarter."

West had 13 players score, led by Novotny with 11. Nelson, Meleski and Boldt each added six.

After hosting Pewaukee on Dec. 20, West takes a break until hosting New Berlin Eisenhower on Jan. 7.

"We're pleased we are off to a good start," Radtke said. "Our goal is to get better every day. We have some real tests coming up down."

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