With showdowns with Pewaukee and New Berlin Eisenhower looming, there are games the New Berlin West girls basketball team can ill afford to slip up in if it hopes to close out the Woodland West title.
Two of those games were last week, and the Vikings took care of business. New Berlin West ran its winning streak to 16 games and improved to 18-1 overall and 13-0 in the Woodland West with a 63-38 victory over Shorewood on Jan. 31 and a 65-30 win over Greenfield on Feb. 3.
New Berlin West entered this week leading the Woodland West by two games over New Berlin Eisenhower with three conference games remaining.
"We took care of what we needed to against Shorewood and Greenfield this last week," New Berlin West coach Collin Thompson said. "Our defense played really well, which allowed our offense to be successful.
"Both games we got out to good leads with our defensive pressure and ability to knock down shots and get to the rim for scoring opportunities. The girls are playing very well with each other, and the team chemistry and senior leadership is why we have been successful."
The Vikings easily handled Shorewood, shooting 47.2 percent from the field and hitting 9 of 18 shots from beyond the arc for a 25-point win over the Greyhounds.
Junior guard Alyssa Nelson hit four of those 3-pointers and made 7 of 11 field-goal attempts to lead New Berlin West with 18 points.
Senior guard Ewelina Schlomann scored 14 points with six rebounds and three assists; senior forward Lily Adkison had 11 points; and senior forward Morgan Henrichs filled the stat sheet with 8 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and three steals.
It was more of the same for New Berlin West against Greenfield, as the Vikings quickly buried the Hustlin' Hawks and led, 34-13, at halftime in an eventual 35-point victory.
Schlomann capped a strong week by going 8-for-8 from the field to finish with a game-high 16 points. Nelson recorded a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds; Adkison scored 11 points; senior guard Skylar Berens had 6 points, six rebounds and six assists; junior forward Maddie Fritz had 6 points; and junior guard Keelyn Berens pulled down seven rebounds.
"Ewelina had a very good week," Thompson said. "Confidence in her shot has come back, with her knocking down some jumpers early against Shorewood. Once that happened, the rest of her game opened up with the ability to get to the rim or cut without the ball finding openings from her teammates."
New Berlin West was scheduled to play at Pewaukee (16-3, 10-3 Woodland West) on Feb. 7, which occurred after print deadline. A win over the Pirates, which are ranked No. 5 in Division 2, would lock up at least a share of the Woodland West for West. The Vikings will travel to Wauwatosa West (7-12, 4-9) for a 7:15 p.m. tipoff Friday, Feb. 10.