The Union Grove High School boys basketball was up to the challenge.

Using a tough defense, Union Grove defeated Elkhorn 59-43 in a key Southern Lakes Conference game on Tuesday night at Union Grove.

Union Grove (15-4, 11-1 SLC) entered the game in first place in the conference standings, while Elkhorn was in third place.

The Broncos avenged their 56-42 loss to Elkhorn on Jan. 9.

Defense was key: The Broncos held the Elks to just 20 points in the first half and stayed tenacious the rest of the way.

“We played great defense tonight and that really carried us to the win,” Union Grove coach Dave Pettit said.

The Broncos also got a balanced scoring attack with three players scoring in double figures.

Riley Hale led the way with 15 points, 11 rebounds and four assists. Dave Pettit called Hale’s performance his best of the season. Jack Pettit added 12 points and Luke Nelson contributed 10 for the Broncos.

Union Grove 59, Elkhorn 43

ELKHORN (13-7)

Garcia 1 0-0 3, Larson 4 0-2 8, L. Umnus 2 2-2 8, Davey 1 0-0 2, McDonald 2 0-0 4, V. Umnus 4 3-4 13, Heigott 1 1-2 3, Brown 1 0-0 2. Totals 16 6-10 43.

UNION GROVE (15-4)

Pettit 4 4-6 12, Hale 4 4-4 15, Gamble 0 0-0 0, Ross 3 0-2 6, Long 0 0-0 0, Nelson 3 4-6 10, Nasel 3 0-0 7, Cramer 1 0-0 2, Rampulla 2 2-6 6. Totals 20 15-26 59.

Halftime—Union Grove 27, Elkhorn 20. 3-point goals— Hale 3, Hansel, Garcia, L. Umnus 2, V. Umnus 2. Total fouls—Elkhorn 19, Union Grove 14. Rebounds—Elkhorn 24, Union Grove 41 (Hale 11).

*****

WESTOSHA CENTRAL 65, BURLINGTON 51: The Demons’ recent struggles continued in this Southern Lakes Conference matchup at Burlington as they lost for the sixth time in their last seven games.

Grant Tully led Burlington (9-10, 6-6 SLC) with 12 points. Sean Safar and Nick Webley each added nine. Brock Halbach grabbed team-high 10 rebounds.

Westosha Central improved to 16-3 overall and 10-2 in the SLC.

Westosha Central 65, Burlington 51

WESTOSHA CENTRAL (16-3)

Simmons 3 3-6 9, Zackery 6 4-5 17, Michelan 1 0-0 2, Frederick 3 4-7 10, Anderson 4 3-7 12, Brinkman 6 3-3 9. Totals 23 17-28 65.

BURLINGTON (9-10)

Tully 4 3-3 12, McDermity 2 0-0 6, Safar 3 1-2 9, Krause 2 0-0 5, Webley 2 5-5 9, Runkel 1 0-0 2, Turzenski 0 2-2 2, Halbach 2 0-0 4, Ohm 1 0-0 2. Totals 17 11-12 51.

Halftime—Westosha Central 22, Burlington 19. 3-point goals—Zackery, Anderson, Tully, McDermit 2, Safar 2, Krause. Rebounds—Burlington 27 (Halbach 10).

*****

WATERFORD 78, DELAVAN-DARIEN 56: Will Busch had 17 points and five other Wolverines scored at least eight points in Waterford’s Southern Lakes Conference victory at Waterford.

The Wolverines (7-12, 3-9 SLC) led 38-23 at halftime, with Matt Borchardt scoring nine points and Busch scoring eight.

Borchardt had 11 points for Waterford, which made 10 3-point baskets. Paul Schmidt and Richie LePine had nine each, and Mike Schimelfenyg and Willie Ketterhagen had eight each.

Reese Crull had 23 points for the Comets (2-17, 0-12), 14 in the second half.

Waterford 78, Delavan-Darien 56

DELAVAN-DARIEN (2-17)

Rios 4 1-2 9, Greenwald 2 0-0 4, Reusch 1 0-0 3, Grabow 1 0-0 2, Gengler 0 0-0 0, Hetzel 0 0-0 0, Wichman 1 0-0 2, Williams 6 1-2 13, Crull 9 5-7 23. Totals 24 7-11 56.

WATERFORD (6-13)

Schmidt 4 0-0 9, Schimelfenyg 3 0-0 8, LePine 4 0-0 9, Szeklinski 0 0-0 0, Ketterhagen 3 0-0 8, Hancock 0 0-0 0, Karpinski 1 0-0 3, Borchardt 5 0-0 11, Busch 7 2-4 17, Kaldor 3 0-0 6, Engel 0 0-0 0, Stiewe 2 0-0 4. Totals 33 2-4 78.

Halftime—Waterford 38, Delavan-Darien 23. 3-point goals—Reusch, Schmidt, Schimelfenyg 2, LePine, Szeklinski, Ketterhagen 2, Karpinski. Total fouls—Delavan-Darien 4, Waterford 9.

*****

PARK 77, TREMPER 58: The Panthers started a four-game stretch on the right foot as they defeated the Trojans in this Southeast Conference game at Kenosha Tremper.

Larry Canady led Park (15-3, 8-3 SEC) with 28 points while Rance Kendrick added 12.

The Panthers, ranked eighth among Division 1 teams in this week’s Associated Press state poll, jumped out to a 25-5 lead and were ahead 41-20 at halftime.

“We jumped on them early tonight and really established ourselves,” Park coach Jim Betker said.

Betker, mindful of Park having to play four games this week, used 12 players.

“Our depth really helped us tonight, which is what we need with this long stretch of games ahead of us,” Betker said.

Park 77, Tremper 58

PARK (15-3)

Kendrick 5 1-1 12, J. Bustamante 0 1-4 1, Longoria 4 0-0 8, Days 2 1-1 5, Gamble 2 0-0 4, Farrell 1 0-1 2, Henderson 1 2-2 4, K. Bustamante 1 0-0 2, R. Canady 1 0-0 2, L. Canady 12 2-4 28, Carey 1 0-0 2, Warren 2 0-0 4. Totals 32 9-15 77.

TREMPER (7-11)

Vasquez 4 0-0 10, Jensen 1 1-2 3, Guarascia 8 1-2 18, Polk 0 2-2 2, Hoffman 2 0-2 4, Coleman 0 1-2 1, Studrawa 1 2-3 4, Gross 6 0-0 16. Totals 22 7-13 58.

Halftime—Park 41, Tremper 20. 3-point goals— L. Canady 2, Kendrick, Carey, Vasquez 2, Guarascia, Gross 4. Total fouls—Park 10, Tremper 11. Rebounds—Park 34 (Days 10).

*****

ST. CATHERINE’S 86, KENOSHA ST. JOSEPH 37: St. Joseph wanted to test the Angels’ long-range shooting and paid the price in a Metro Classic Conference game at Kenosha.

St. Joseph (5-14, 3-10) came out in a 2-3 zone and it was effective for a short time. But then the Angels got hot and stayed hot the rest of the way as they improved their MCC record to 11-3 and overall mark to 15-4.

“It was one of those nights where the rim looked big for us,’’ St. Catherine’s coach Nick Bennett said. “We shot the ball really well.’’

The Angels, who led 48-21 at halftime, had a balanced scoring attack that featured four players scoring in double figures. Azarien Stephens and Tyrese Hunter led the Angels with 23 points apiece.

St. Catherine’s, which is ranked ninth among Division 3 schools in the Associated Press state poll, also got 12 points from Quinn Cafferty and 11 points from Elijah Lambert.

Bryan Leconte led St. Joseph with seven points.

St. Catherine's 86, St. Joseph 37

ST. CATHERINE'S (15-4)

Cafferty 5 2-7 12, Lambert 3 5-5 11, McGee 1 0-0 2, Barker 1 0-0 3, Hunter 8 2-2 23, Tomlin 2 0-0 5, Naidl 0 0-0 0, Trice 0 0-0 0, Tempesta 0 0-0 0, Stephens 7 5-5 23, Jackson 1 2-2 4, Herrington 1 0-0 2, Barker 0 1-2 1. Totals 29 17-23 86.

ST. JOSEPH (5-14)

Gessert 2 0-0 4, Connelly 0 0-0 0, Knight 2 0-0 6, Berry 2 0-0 4, Chen 1 0-2 2, Fender 1 0-0 3, Aschenbrenner 1 1-2 3, Jones 2 1-2 6, Charon 1 0-0 2, LeConte 3 0-0 7, Michel 0 0-0 0. Totals 15 2-6 37.

Halftime—St. Catherine's 48, St. Joseph 21. 3-point goals—Barker, Hunter 5, Tomlin, Stephens 4. Total fouls—St. Catherine's 13, St. Joseph 17. Rebounds—St. Catherine's 31 (Cafferty 5, Lambert 5, McGee 5). 

*****

RACINE LUTHERAN 75, CATHOLIC CENTRAL 57: The Crusaders broke open a close game in the second half and won a Metro Classic Conference game on Senior Night at Catholic Central in Burlington.

Lutheran (7-12, 4-10 MCC) led 37-27 at halftime, but the Hilltoppers (4-16, 2-13) rallied and took a small lead before the veteran Crusaders pulled away.

“We played well in the first half and I was happy the way our seniors got us started,” Catholic Central coach Kyle Scott said. “Brandon Pum gave us a lift and had some big shots.”

Pum, a sophomore, had all eight of his points in the first 18 minutes.

Ryan Hoover and Brett Ogden did the offensive damage for Lutheran, scoring 24 and 21 points, respectively. They combined to shoot 14 for 20 from the field and Ogden went 4 for 5 from 3-point range.

Senior Frank Koehnke had 22 points (9 for 11 from the field) to lead the Hilltoppers, who have four junior and seven sophomores on their roster. Senior Chad Zirbel also had eight points and eight rebounds.

Racine Lutheran 75, Catholic Central 57

LUTHERAN (7-12)

Woodward 0 1-2 1, Kraus 1 0-0 2, Wilks 2 2-2 7, Wilson 0 2-4 2, Tenner 2 3-4 7, Zawicki 0 0-0 0, Wagner 3 2-5 8, Ogden 7 3-4 21, Hoover 7 8-10 24, Bradies 1 0-0 3. Totals 23 21-31 75.

CATHOLIC CENTRAL (4-16)

Robinson 0 0-0 0, Rieck 3 0-0 6, J. Pum 2 0-0 5, B. Pum 3 0-0 8, Koehnke 9 2-2 22, Zirbel 2 4-5 8, Miles 0 1-2 1, Heiligenthal 1 0-0 3, Wright 2 0-0 4. Totals 22 7-9 57.

Halftime—Lutheran 37, Catholic Central 27. 3-point goals—J. Pum, B. Pum 2, Koehnke 2, Heiligenthal. Total fouls—Lutheran 12, Catholic Central 26. Fouled out—Koehnke. Rebounds—Lutheran 16 (Wagner 4), Catholic Central 30 (Zirbel 8).

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