With a showdown with its rival looming, there was no letdown for the New Berlin West girls basketball team.
The state-ranked Vikings took care of business against Greendale and Wauwatosa West, downing the Panthers, 57-32, on Jan. 4 and the Trojans, 51-36, on Jan. 6 to move to 10-1 overall and stay unbeaten in the Woodland West at 7-0.
"We played well against both Greendale and Tosa West this past week," New Berlin West coach Collin Thompson said. "We were able to get out to early leads in both games by knocking down shots early."
New Berlin West took a 30-11 lead over Greendale into halftime and didn't let up in a 25-point victory.
The Vikings, ranked No. 6 in the Division 2 coaches poll, connected on nine 3-pointers against the Panthers, with junior guard Alyssa Nelson drilling five. New Berlin West shot 46.7 (21-of-45) and 52.9 percent (9-for-17) from beyond the arc.
Nelson hit 6 of 7 shots to lead the Vikings with 17 points. Maddie Fritz scored 12 points with five rebounds, Lily Adkison added 7 points and Morgan Henrichs scored 6 points and grabbed six rebounds.
New Berlin West again grabbed a big halftime lead against Wauwatosa West, going into the break with a 31-15 advantage. Tosa West outscored the Vikings, 21-20, in the second half, but it wasn't enough for the Trojans to pull the upset.
"We were able to sustain the pressure that Tosa West applied in their 1-3-1 zone and half-court traps and slow the game down," Thompson said. "We didn’t allow their pressure to get to us early on, which allowed us to knock down open shots and get scores attacking the rim.
"Overall, it was a good start to the second half of the season, as we prepare for another big week playing Waukesha North on Tuesday, and Eisenhower on Friday."
Nelson led the Vikings with 14 points, and Fritz added 12 points. Ewelina Schlomann scored 7 points, and Henrichs finished with 6 points.
New Berlin West was scheduled to host Waukesha North on Tuesday, Jan. 10. The Vikings will face rival New Berlin Eisenhower in a battle of unbeaten teams in the Woodland West at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13.