Berlin ends memorable season for Falcons

Late rally comes up just short for Falls squad in regional final
by Steve Ottman Falls News Correspondent


SHEBOYGAN FALLS HIGH SCHOOL girls basketball fans (top photo) cheer on their team, during a WIAA Division 3 regional playoff action at Sheboygan Falls last week. The Falcons defeated Columbus 43-41 in a regional semifi nal contest on Friday, March 1, before falling to Berlin 57- 53 in a regional final playoff contest at Sheboygan Falls on Saturday, March 2. At right, Anna Mathieu (11) of Sheboygan Falls tries to work past a pair of Columbus defenders, during Friday’s regional semifinal game. 
Falls Newsphotos by Steve Ottman SHEBOYGAN FALLS HIGH SCHOOL girls basketball fans (top photo) cheer on their team, during a WIAA Division 3 regional playoff action at Sheboygan Falls last week. The Falcons defeated Columbus 43-41 in a regional semifi nal contest on Friday, March 1, before falling to Berlin 57- 53 in a regional final playoff contest at Sheboygan Falls on Saturday, March 2. At right, Anna Mathieu (11) of Sheboygan Falls tries to work past a pair of Columbus defenders, during Friday’s regional semifinal game. Falls Newsphotos by Steve Ottman The No. 3 seeded Berlin girls basketball team built a 23-13 lead in the first quarter and held off a furious fourth quarter rally by No. 2 seed Sheboygan Falls to secure a 57-53 win in a WIAA Division 3 regional final playoff game Saturday, March 2.

With the victory, Berlin (19- 6 overall) advances to play No. 1 seeded Oostburg on Thursday, March 7, at West Bend. Falls finished its season 20-4 overall.

“Our girls came out and set the pace,” said Indians’ head coach Joel Johansen. “Falls made some huge adjustments in the second half and limited our scoring.”

The Indians came out red hot on offense in the first quarter, taking early control of the contest, while darting out to a 15-5 lead.

Berlin’s 6-1 center Callie Walker scored eight of the first 11 points for Berlin and a 3-pointer from Maddie Koster put the Falcons in a huge hole.

Falls senior Staci Hasler dropped in two 3-point shots to close the score to 23-13.

Walker continued to give the Falcons trouble in the low post by scoring the first four points of the second quarter to send the Indians lead to 27-13.
shots by Walker. However, that 3-pointer stopped our momentum in the fourth quarter.” Hamilton said that he was proud of how the team fought back. Falls was undefeated at home this season until this loss. “This was a great group of girls,” remarked Hamilton. “I’m going to miss these seniors. They really wanted this and almost pulled it out,” Hasler finished with 22 points and five assists to lead the Falcons in scoring. Schwobe totaled nine points and 10 rebounds, while Fenner also grabbed 10 boards. Walker led the Indians with 22 points and Koster had 16. shots by Walker. However, that 3-pointer stopped our momentum in the fourth quarter.” Hamilton said that he was proud of how the team fought back. Falls was undefeated at home this season until this loss. “This was a great group of girls,” remarked Hamilton. “I’m going to miss these seniors. They really wanted this and almost pulled it out,” Hasler finished with 22 points and five assists to lead the Falcons in scoring. Schwobe totaled nine points and 10 rebounds, while Fenner also grabbed 10 boards. Walker led the Indians with 22 points and Koster had 16.

Falcons’ senior Anna Mathieu then drilled a 3-point shot and freshman Erika Van Engen added three points to cut the Berlin lead to 27-21 with 1:01 left in the first half.

Walker added another four points to push the Berlin lead back to 31-21. In response, Hasler made two free throws to make it 31-23 at halftime.

The Falcons made some adjustments in the second half that willed them back into the contest.

Falcons’ freshman Kim Schwobe and Hasler combined for five points to cut the lead to 33-28 early in the third quarter.

Then Hasler made an aggressive lay-up and a Mathieu’s jumper made the score 35-32.

Berlin’s Laura Trochinski then scored four straight points as Berlin took a 39-34 lead. Late in the third quarter, Falls freshman Becky Raeder drained a jumper to make it 39-36.

The Falls offense came alive with a 10-5 fourth quarter run that tied the game twice as they fought to keep their playoff hopes alive.

Schwobe pounded back an offensive board and Mathieu and senior Nicole Fenner hit back-tobacks 3-pointers, as Falls tied the score at 44-44 for the first time in the game with 6:21 left in the fourth.

Again Schwobe answered a Berlin basket with a lay-up to make it 46-46 with 4:36 remaining.

However, Berlin refused to give in as Koster nailed a big 3-pointer and Trochinski added four points to run the lead back to 53-48 with 1:39 left.

Hasler then made 3-of-4 free throws to cut the Berlin lead to 53- 51 at 1:04.

With time running out, the Indians converted on 3-of-4 free throws to cling to 56-53 lead with 25.2 seconds to go.

After a timeout, Falls missed a 3-pointer with 1.6 seconds left.

“We made adjustments that helped us fight back in the second half,” said Falcons’ head coach Leroy Hamilton, as he tried to shake off the tough loss that ended a great season for the Lady Falcons. “We were able to stop the low post

BERLIN 57

SHEBOYGAN FALLS 53

Score by Quarters
Berlin………………..23 8 10 16-57
Sheboygan Falls…...13 10 13 17-53

Berlin scoring: Julie Silloway 5, Callie Walker 22, Maddie Koster 16, Laura Trochinski 15.

Sheboygan Falls scoring: Nicole Fenner 5, Anna Mathieu 8, Staci Hasler 22, Kimberly Schwobe 9, Becky Raeder 2, Erika Van Engen 7.

Three-point goals: Berlin - Silloway, Koster 2. Sheboygan Falls - Hasler 2, Mathieu 2, Fenner.

Statistics: Berlin - Field goals 18- 35 (51 percent), free throws 18-23 (78 percent), rebounds 28, turnovers 12. Sheboygan Falls - Field goals 19-56 (34 percent), free throws 10-17 (59 percent), rebounds 36, turnovers 9.


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