Add two more wins to the lengthy run of success put together by the New Berlin West girls basketball team.
The Vikings easily dispatched Milwaukee Bay View, 67-38, in a nonconference game on Jan. 17 and routed Woodland Conference foe Greendale, 56-29, on Jan. 20 to run their winning streak to 12 games.
New Berlin West entered the week ranked No. 4 in the Division 2 coaches poll at 14-1 overall and 9-0 in the Woodland West. With New Berlin Eisenhower's loss to Pewaukee on Jan. 21, the Vikings hold a two-game lead over the Lions and Pius XI with seven games to play.
"Our defense set the tone early in both games, which allowed us to get into some offensive rhythm as the first halves went on," New Berlin West coach Collin Thompson said. "We had a good week of practice, and we are preparing for every game one step at a time.
"All in all, we had a good week and preparing for another two big games this week. We are in the mindset of not looking past the next opponent and being the best team we can be, every game."
The Vikings held Greendale to just 10 points in the first half to lead by 18 at the break at 28-10. Greendale could only muster 19 points in the second half, as New Berlin West pulled away for a 56-29 victory.
"The Greendale kids played hard, but we were able to get out in transition from our defensive stops, which lead to some scores in transition, and didn’t allow them to set their defense," Thompson said.
Morgan Henrichs led the Vikings with 13 points. Alyssa Nelson added 12 points, Lily Adkison scored 10 points, Maddie Fritz finished with 7 points and Lauren Kunz chipped in with 6 points.
The Vikings began the week with a 67-38 nonconference road win over Milwaukee Bay View on Jan. 17.
New Berlin West jumped out to a 31-13 lead at halftime and cruised from there, shooting 55.3 percent (26 for 47) and connecting on 7 of 15 3-point tries.
"We passed the ball well in both games," Thompson said. "Bay View applied a ton of pressure with their physical style of play, but we answered that by being strong with the ball, making the extra pass, which lead to high percentage shots and good looks.
Alyssa Nelson led the Vikings with 21 points on 8-of-15 shooting, hitting 4 of 7 attempts from beyond the arc. Morgan Henrichs finished with 7 points, eight rebounds and four assists, and Keelyn Berens, Ruwandi Wijenayake and Maddie Fritz each added 6 points.
New Berlin West was scheduled to play at Pius XI (9-5 overall, 7-2 Woodland) in a crucial Woodland West game on Jan. 24. The Vikings will play at South Milwaukee (5-9, 3-5) at 7:15 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27.
"We are expecting everyone’s best for every game, so we have prepared that way in practice," Thompson said. "We are looking forward to another challenge with Pius. They are good, year in and year out, and they have gotten some of their mojo back. It will be a very tough game playing at their place on Tuesday."