Rohde, Lancers beat East in regional semifinals
Central to meet Riverside at 5 p.m. Saturday
Lydia Rohde scored a season-high 26 points and sparked Brookfield Central to a 61-44 victory over Brookfield East on Friday in a WIAA regional semfiinal game at Central on Friday.
The Lancers will now travel to top-seeded Milwaukee Riverside on Saturday for a 5 p.m. game.
Central jumped off to a 24-10 first-quarter lead, as Rohde scored 14 of the Lancers points, including two free throws to open the game when East was called for a technical foul for not wearing the right color of uniform.
Nicole Hinz followed with back-to-back 3-pointers, Rohde stole the ball and scored, then followed with a jumper and a foul. She connected on a free throw for a 13-0 lead. Central increased the margin to 17-1 before Laura Kennedy banked in a 3-pointer for East's first basket at the 2 minute, 22 second mark of the quarter.
"It meant a lot to us to get off to that fast start," Rohde said afterward. "We need that momentum to get off to that good start. Usually when we start off strong, we finish strong."
After a 24-10 first period, both teams offense disappeared as Central held a 7-2 second quarter advantage to take a 31-12 lead into halftime. East actually outscored the Lancers, 32-30, in the second half, but it was too little too late.
The Spartans did cut the lead to 14 points at 33-19 with 6:03 in the third period, but Rohde hit two free throws, sophomore Emma Brauer scored on a drive, a steal and a jumper and Hinz drained a 3-pointer to finish an 11-0 run for a 44-19 lead.
Rohde (26) and Hinz (12) led the offense with three and four 3s, respectively, and Sarah Fotsch had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds, while limiting the point total from East freshman Mariah Miller (11). Angela Pichler led the way with 15 points for East, and Emily Utic added 11.
"I think we're playing really well," Rohde said. "We have good chemistry."
Central coach Dan Wandrey was happy with his defense.
"They didn't get anything easy," he said. "Our defense is what we try and hang our hat on. Emma Brauer did a nice job on Pichler. Sarah did a great job on Miller.
Wandrey then talked about his team's mind set.
"It's a mature group, they are ready for the things at hand. They have good team chemistry and you can see that. They would get a little run and then we would answer that."
It was the third time the crosstown rivals met this season, but Central was the heavy favorite.
"It's hard for us," Fotsch said. "You don't want to go into a game feeling comfortable. With the playoff atmosphere, we had a couple more fans here, we could pump ourselves up. Any of these games could be the last time we play."
East coach Mike Goodman talked about the slow start.
"That's been the case all year, a slow start in the first quarter. We usually out score the teams in the third and fourth quarter. But in the first and second quarters we're outscored by 100 points.
"When we give up more than 50 points, we're like 0-16."
Central is now 16-7, while East finished 7-16.
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