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Girls basketball: Second half surge lifts Germantown past Falls

By Thomas J. McKillen

A 10-point run by the Germantown girls basketball team at the midway point of the second half lifted the Warhawks to a 75-61 win over Menomonee Falls Feb. 9.

The teams entered the game at opposite ends of the North Shore Conference standings, as Germantown was third while Menomonee Falls was eighth. Menomonee Falls kept the game in reach for most the early evening, as the teams traded the lead throughout the first half. A jump shot by Jessica Boram of Menomonee Falls gave the Indians a 29-27 lead at 2:31 before halftime. Germantown answered by scoring six of the next eight points to take a 33-31 lead at halftime.

Germantown extended its lead to 37-31 at the 17:25 mark of the second half on a layup by Natalie McNeal, but Menomonee Falls answered with a three-point basket by Sam Kruk and a basket by Megan Jackson. Menomonee Falls stayed within five points and trailed 52-51 after Kruk converted a free throw with 9:27 remaining.

Kate Richmond answered with a three-point basket at the 7:45 mark to start the 10-point run. Germantown kept a lead above eight points the rest of the way. Natalie McNeal led Menomonee Falls with 32 points while Jackson led Menomonee Falls with 18 points

Afterward, Germantown had an 11-4 record in conference and 14-7 overall mark while Menomonee Falls had a 3-11 conference record and a 5-15 overall mark.

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