Tyson Skalecki felt it Wednesday night.
The Union Grove High School senior forward scored 15 points in a 19-4 run midway through the first half, all on 3-point baskets, and he finished with a top of 25 points in the Broncos’ 71-47 victory over Wilmot in a Southern Lakes Conference Game at Wilmot.
The game was the last drink of a girls-boys doubles program and the boys followed the Union Grove girls’ lead, who posted a season-high points in an 82-41 SLC win.
Broncos Boys coach Dave Pettit said the win was a team effort but Skalecki was a major factor in the win despite playing about half the game.
With Union Grove (6-2, 2-1 SLC) leading 13-10 with 11:48 left, Skelecki, who had scored four points, started the race innocently enough with a 3 point.
He left the game a minute later and Jack Waters continued the run with a basket to bring the score to 18-10. When Skalecki returned to the game with 8:40 left, the play-off began despite a Wilmot zone defense designed to cover the perimeter.
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Skalecki made two 3s, sandwiched around a basket by Adam Ross, then Skalecki made two more 3s on back-to-back possessions for a 32-14 lead.
Meanwhile, the Broncos’ defense kept the Panthers (1-7, 0-4) scoreless for five minutes during the streak.
“When he hit the first ‘3’ I knew he was feeling it,” Pettit said. “When they got into the zone (2-1-2 or 2-3), the corner was wide open and he buried three in a row.”
The Broncos were leading 42-22 at halftime and Skalecki still wasn’t finished. He scored seven of Union Grove’s first nine points in the second half, including a pair of free throws, to take the lead to 51-24 with 13:46 to go. Three minutes later he was done for the night.
The rest of the Broncos did their part and kept the offense going. All but one of their 11 players have scored at least one basket.
“We played well as a team,” said Pettit. “We opened things up (in the second half) – we moved the ball well and started performing the things I expected us to perform. The 11 players who played brought a ton of energy.
Skalecki scored 9 of 11 from the field and 5 of 6 on 3 points and junior Owen Nowak had 10 points, making his two attempts at 3 points.
“Nowak played well,” said Pettit. “He was 2 for 2 of 3 and it was good to push him forward.”
Union Grove also went 14 of 17 from the free throw line and had 29 rebounds, with 10 players grabbing at least one.
Jackson Ticha led Wilmot with 13 points.
BURLINGTON 50, WALWORTH BIG FOOT 41: Both teams struggled to score in the first half, but the Demons found their reach in the second half and gradually moved closer for a non-conference victory Wednesday in Burlington.
Playing their second game in two days, Burlington (4-2) led 19-16 at halftime, then picked up pace in the second half, edging the Chiefs 14-7 in the first eight minutes of halftime. for a 33-23 lead.
The difference in the game was the free throws. Each team had 16 baskets, five to 3 points, but the Demons managed 13 of 18 free kicks against 4 of 6 for Big Foot.
Second-year guard Connor Roffers led Burlington with 19 points, 6 of 7 on the line. Junior guard JR Lukenbill added 14 points and seven rebounds, and second-year forward Carsen Skiles had nine points (two to 3 points) and six rebounds.
The Chiefs (5-3), who have lost back-to-back games after a five-game winning streak, were led by senior center Tyler Wilson with 14 points. The Demons held senior forward Gus Foster, who entered the game averaging 23.3 points per game, to a season 11 low. His previous low was 12 on December 7 in a win. of 53-47 against Delavan-Darien, another SLC school.
UNION GROVE 82, WILMOT 41: From the score, you wouldn’t guess the Broncos were trailing 12-5 in the opening minutes of this Southern Lakes Conference game Wednesday at Wilmot.
Union Grove dominated the Panthers 32-8 for the remainder of the first half and continued the assault in the second half.
“We came out flat and I think we were too comfortable for this game,” said Broncos coach Rob Domagalski. “It caught our attention and we finished 17th at halftime.”
Union Grove (8-2, 4-0 SLC), ranked ninth in Division 2 in the WBCA / wissports.net coaching poll, spread the wealth in the first half, with senior goaltender Payton Calouette scoring eight points, the senior goalkeeper Emmy Pettit scoring seven and junior forwards Sophia Rampulla and Sydney Ludvigsen adding six each.
Calouette, who is averaging 5.8 points per game, continued his night by adding nine points in the second half and finishing with a career-high 17 points.
“She was behind a lot of good passes from her teammates,” said Domagalski. “She created turnovers (four deflections, two interceptions) and had a good look at the hoop.”
Pettit tied his season and career record with 13 points, including 6 of 9 second-half free throws, and Rampulla and Ludvigsen each finished with 12 points. Rampulla, who made a verbal commitment to UW-Milwaukee, continued his well-rounded season with 11 rebounds, eight assists and four steals.
Wilmot sophomore McKenna Johnson caused trouble for the Broncos early on, Domagalski said, but a change of defense kept her in relative failure, at least in the first half.
“She’s a legitimate player,” Domagalski said. “We didn’t stay in front of her and she took advantage of it. She had just six points in the first half, but she was running downhill and making good decisions.
Johnson finished with 19 points and Jade Klahs added eight.
Union Grove’s 82 points are the most he’s scored in a game since scoring 88 against Waukesha Catholic Memorial in his opener of the 2019-20 season. The last time the Broncos scored at least 80 points against an SLC opponent was on February 10, 2017 in an 82-41 victory over Elkhorn.
STOUGHTON 57, WATERFORD 45: The Wolverines were leading early and were just one point behind at halftime, but they hit a wall midway through the second half in their non-conference loss to Stoughton on Wednesday.
Waterford (4-8) were playing well early on, leading 11-3 before suffering a goal drought, one of many they’ve seen this season. The Wolverines recovered to bring the score to 25-24 at halftime.
The teams played tied in the first half of the second half and were tied at 37-37 with about eight minutes left.
“Then the wheels fell off,” said Waterford coach Dena Brechtl. “We had a streak of three or four turnovers that led to buckets for them. We just ran out of gas.
Junior guard Megan Cornell led the Wolverines with 13 points and added five steals and five rebounds. Senior 5-foot-10 forward Emma Henningfeld had eight points, a team-record 10 rebounds and two blocks, and junior guard Madison Krueger had eight points and five assists.
“We attacked the rim tonight and Megan was more assertive with the ball in hand,” said Brechtl. “Emma must have played big minutes because Stoughton has a 6-1 daughter (Annie Tangemann) and she worked his cock.”
Ava Loftus had 17 points and Maddie Reott had 13 for the Vikings, who had lost three of their previous four games.
WAUKESHA SOUTH 45, BURLINGTON 38: Missed opportunities on the free throw line proved costly for the Demons as they shot just 8 of 20 to the line in a non-conference loss Wednesday in Burlington.
“We played well and took the lead until half-time,” said Burlington coach Kyle Foulke. We controlled the free balls and dominated the boards.
“It completely changed in the second half and it really changed the result”
Anika Preusker had eight points to lead Burlington (4-6), but she was just 2 of 8 on the line. Graelen Kwiatkowski had seven points and Brinley Clapp added six points (6 of 10 from the line) for the Demons.
“We are learning not to lose and to win,” Foulke said.
Karlie Johnson, who averages 10.1 points per game, doubled her production with 21 points, 16 in the second half, to lead the Blackshirts (5-6).
ST. JOSEPH 57, CATHOLIC CENTER 45: The Lady Toppers repeated a familiar first-half pattern on Wednesday, coach David Beebe said in their Metro Classic conference loss to the Lancers in Burlington.
Catholic Central (6-3, 2-3 MCC) trailed 28-13 at halftime, which has happened four times this season. The Lady Toppers are 2-2 in those games.
“We tend to get behind the eight balls early (in games),” Beebe said. “We got in a hole and I think we did a good job closing the gap in the second half.”
Catholic Central, who topped the Lancers 32-29 in the second half, edged down 48-42 before St. Joseph (5-3, 2-2) ended the game 9-3.
Senior guard Maddy Von Rabeneau had 13 points to lead the Lady Toppers, junior center Kayla Loos had 10 points and senior guard Julia Klein and second-year guard Jayden Garratt each had nine. Von Rabenau collected 10 of his points and Garratt collected all his points in the second half.
Jayden Hill scored 21 points, a season-high, seven above his average, along with 13 rebounds and eight steals to lead the Lancers.