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Germantown boys basketball team too much for Falls, 87-44

Dec. 16, 2012 12:03 a.m. | The unbeaten and number one-ranked Germantown boys basketball team was having a difficult time fending off winless, but feisty border rival Menomonee Falls Saturday night through about a quarter-and-a-half.

But then the Warhawks broke open a 23-15 game with a second stanza closing 19-2 outburst that gave them a 42-17 lead and ended any residual drama, as the 7-0 Warhawks rolled past the 0-6 Indians, 87-44.

"We can get these good outcomes," said Germantown coach Steve Showalter, "when we put on runs like that. When we capitalize on forcing turnovers and score six, eight, 10-12 points in a row we can make life easier on ourselves. When we don't, we struggle."

The victory was the defending WIAA state champions' 35th win in a row.

Indian coach Dan Leffel said he was very happy with his team's effort up to the momnent that the Germantown run started.

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Germantown girls basketball team outlasts rival Falls, 85-81

Dec. 15, 2012 10:56 p.m. | The play for Germantown with 41 seconds left in the heated, messy and exciting border battle Saturday night between the Warhawk girls basketball team and their counterparts from Menomonee Falls was supposed to go this way.....

Or maybe not.

"There wasn't really a set play," said Germantown coach Matt Stuve of his team's attacking and pressing style. "We sort of run on the idea that if you have an open shot, shoot it. We actually didn't call a set play all night. We only have about four of them and the girls have probably forgotten them anyway (laughs)."

So that's how the ball wound up in the hands of senior forward Megan (Maggie) Johnston who calmly drained the Warhawks' 11th and last three-pointer of the night from the right wing to give Germantown the lead for good at 82-81.

Germantown forced four more misses out of their friends from across Country Line Road in the remaining seconds and wound up draining three of four free throws in that same time span as it eased away with a wild 85-81 victory.

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Ogunbowale and DSHA too much for Falls girls' basketball team, 54-40

Dec. 14, 2012 10:24 p.m. | DSHA sophomore all-state guard Arike Ogunbowale can score, everyone knows that and opposing teams try to defend against her array of shots any way they can.

But how do you defend against something as dazzling as what she did at the 3:52 mark of the third quarter against host Menomonee Falls Friday with the Dashers nursing a six-point lead over the short-handed Indians?

It turns out few could.

Because Ogunbowale at that point simply crossed mid-court and whipped a precise over-the-shoulder pass to teammate Shaylan Reardon under the basket for an easily converted lay-up and an eight-point lead.

It was plays like that that allowed the 7-1 Dashers to keep Falls at arm's-length throughout the second half of an important, 54-40 Greater Metro Conference basketball victory.

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Germantown, Hamilton the top-ranked teams in NOW's Roundball Rankings

Dec. 12, 2012 11:59 a.m. | The defending Division 1 state champion Germantown boys basketball team has won 32 games in a row and finds itself atop the MyCommunityNOW/Lake Country Roundball Rankings.

The Hamilton Chargers are the top-ranked girls team and are coming off a 64-10 victory over West Allis Central in the Greater Metro Conference opener.

In addition to the top five boys and girls teams in the area, Roundball Rankings includes a player of the week, poll, area scoring leaders and more.

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