The Shoreland Lutheran girls basketball team seized control of the Metro Classic Conference on Tuesday night.
Led by 39 points from Chelby Koker and 20 from Lauren Heathcock, the Pacers went on the road and notched a 78-67 win over Greendale Martin Luther in a battle for first place.
It was Shoreland’s second win over Martin Luther this season, including an 80-71 victory at Shoreland on Dec. 11.
With their ninth consecutive win, the Pacers — ranked No. 7 in Division-3 in the latest WisSports.net state coaches poll — improved to 14-1 overall and 9-1 in the Metro Classic. Martin Luther (12-3 overall) fell a game off the pace in the conference at 8-2.
Shoreland led 42-34 at halftime and outscored Martin Luther, which was led by Bonnie Jensen’s 17 points, 36-33 in the second half.
St. Joseph 66, Racine St. Catherine’s 41
The Lancers got back on the winning track with a home victory over the Angels in a Metro Classic Conference game.
St. Joseph snapped a nine-game losing streak while improving to 4-11 overall and 3-7 in conference. St. Catherine’s dropped to 2-14 and 0-10.
The Lancers extended their lead to double digits in the opening half and outscored the Angels 42-29 in the second half.
“Our ladies came out with energy to start the game and built a lead by executing defensively and being aggressive offensively,” St. Joseph coach Jason Coker said. “In the second half, we continued to build on the lead and become more effective on the boards. This helped us finally put two halves of basketball together.”
Katie Matrise hit seven shots from the field and 8-of-12 free throws to lead the Lancers with 23 points. Sarah Ryan and Alexis Mattox chipped in 13 points apiece.
“Katie came out tonight and played a strong game for us,” Coker said. “During the game, we talked about her attacking more and looking to distribute. When she did that in the second half, it helped get some other girls going.”
Racine St. Catherine’s 75, St. Joseph 31
The visiting Angels, ranked No. 4 in Division-3 in the latest WisSports.net state coaches poll, cruised to the Midwest Classic Conference win at Madrigrano Gymnasium.
St. Joseph (3-11, 1-8 Metro Classic) had no player score in double figures and was led by Andrew Alia’s nine points. Matt Schulte and Caden Tolefree scored six apiece.
Jermaine Tomlin led St. Catherine’s (12-4, 8-1) with 17 points.
“This was a very tough game for us, top to bottom,” St. Joseph coach Brandon Morris said. “We just could not get going on either side of the ball. A lot of credit goes to (St. Catherine’s) coach (Nick) Bennett, his coaching staff and most certainly his players.
“This is a game that we will forget about quickly but learn a lot from and prepare for our next game on Friday night. I am confident in our players and how we will all bounce back from this loss.”
Greendale Martin Luther 73, Shoreland Lutheran 52
The Spartans remained undefeated in the Metro Classic Conference with a victory over the visiting Pacers.
“The final score is not indicative of the superb effort by the Pacers boys tonight,” Shoreland coach Paul Strutz said. “The boys battled and battled.”
Martin Luther, the top-ranked Division-3 team in the latest WisSports.net state coaches poll, jumped out to a 15-point halftime lead and outscored Shoreland 32-26 in the second half.
The Pacers fell to 4-9 overall and 1-9 in conference, while the Spartans improved to 13-2 and 9-0.
Sawyer Smith knocked down 7-of-14 shots from the field and led Shoreland with a game-high 17 points. Brandon Freitag added 10 points.
Ryan Scholfield hit 5-of-7 3-points to pace the Spartans’ balanced scoring attack with 15 points.
Scott Koker and Mike Johnson