Brookfield Central's Rohde does in Menomonee Falls for a second time
Indian girls fall to 4-4 in league play
Menomonee Falls - It was déjà vu for the Indians as Brookfield Central's girls basketball completed a season sweep, besting their hosts 54-48 to keep pace with Divine Savior Holy Angels for second place in the Greater Metro Conference.
It was more of a fight for the Lancers this time, but again, it was junior guard Lydia Rohde who led the way with a game-high 18 points. Rohde had a near perfect 15-of-16 from the charity stripe. Rohde also scored 21 points in the 51-42 win over Falls on Dec. 7.
"Rohde stepped up and made all those free throws," Brookfield Central coach Dan Wandrey said. "They did a good job of pushing her and taking her away. Everybody kind of pulled together with big defensive plays and offensively."
Central improved to 10-4 overall and 6-1 in the Greater Metro, while the Indians dropped to 9-7 and 4-4. Falls took on Brookfield Central on Tuesday and will visit DSHA on Friday (7:30 p.m.).
After a fairly dominant performance in December, the Lancers trailed the Indians most of the way last Friday night. After Falls took an early 11-9 lead, the Lancers trailed until late in the fourth when a pair of Rohde free throws helped regain a 50-48 lead.
The Indians led by as many as 11 and were ahead 39-29 after three quarters. Then, Central junior forward Nicole Hinz came up big for the Lancers. Hinz connected from downtown to pull the Lancers within three at 39-36. The shot seemed to change the momentum for the Lancers.
"They're tough," Wandrey said. "They pounded us inside. Their defense really rattled us. I'm really proud of our kids. They stuck with it, fought through it and made some great hustle plays. It wasn't pretty for a while and then the fourth quarter was great (25-9)."
Later in the fourth with her team down 48-44, Hinz went 1-of-2 from the line as teammate Jasmine Lewis grabbed the rebound on the second shot. Lewis missed a put-back, but Hinz grabbed it for a reload of her own. She was fouled and made the bonus to tie the game at 48. Central's bench erupted, and the Indians would not score again.
"Nicole's a great shooter," Wandrey said. "She passes up shots, and we ask her to shoot all the time. To not have the fear, step up and shoot like that in a big game, it shows a lot of guts on her part."
After Rohde gave the Lancers the lead with 16 seconds left, Indians' senior guard Mikayla Robertson was called for a carrying violation while driving to the basket. The Indians were forced to foul, and Rohde and Hinz closed out the night with four consecutively made free throws. The Lancers scored almost half of their points from the line in a 25-of-34 showing, compared to the Indians' 16-of-24 effort.
Robertson had a team-high 15 points for Falls, while senior center Erin Crownover also reached double figures with 12. For Central, Hinz finished with 13 and senior forward Sarah Fotsch had 12.
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