The talent-laden Prairie School boys basketball team had not been playing quite at a level coach Jason Atanasoff was hoping for recently.

It was quite a different story Tuesday night.

Behind 25 points by Troy Mikaelian and 22 by JC Butler, the Hawks rolled to a 69-50 victory in a Metro Classic Conference showdown against Dominican at Whitefish Bay.

Dominican (8-1, 3-1 MCC) is ranked third in Division 2 in this week’s Associated Press state poll, while Prairie (8-3, 5-1 MCC) is tied for seventh in Division 4.

“We’ve been struggling, not necessarily because we lost a couple; we just weren’t playing how I’d like to see us the past few games,” said Atanasoff, whose Hawks lost two straight in a Christmas tournament. “People panic, but this is a process and our players understand that. Our three losses are to three ranked teams with one loss.”

Prairie gave Dominican its first loss of the the season, pulling away by outscoring the Knights 35-21 in the second half.

Mikaelian played one of his finest games of the season, going 10 for 14 from the floor including 5 for 7 from 3-point range. Butler grabbed a team-high eight rebounds, and Logan Krekling went 4 for 5 from the floor with five assists and four rebounds.

Prairie 69, Whitefish Bay Dominican 50

PRAIRIE (8-4)

Butler 7 5-5 22, Stafford 0 0-0 0, Krekling 4 0-1 9, Kamm 0 0-0 0, May 0 0-0 0, Osiecki 2 0-0 4, Ladwig 2 4-5 9, Hoyt 0 0-0 0, Mikaelian 10 0-0 25. Totals 25 9-11 69.

DOMINICAN (8-1)

Holland 1 0-0 2, Scruggs 4 0-0 10, Jones 4 2-2 11, Stewart 4 0-0 8, Kirk 2 0-0 4, Jelacis 5 3-4 13, Austin 0 2-2 2. Totals 20 7-8 50.

Halftime—Prairie 34, Dominican 29. 3-point goals—Butler 3, Krekling, Ladwig, Mikaelian 5, Scruggs 2, Jones. Total fouls—Prairie 14, Dominican 15. Rebounds—Prairie 30 (Butler 8).

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ST. CATHERINE’S 72, SHORELAND LUTHERAN 37: Freshman guard Tyrese Hunter hit four 3-pointers on the way to a game-high 22 points in the Angels’ Metro Classic Conference victory at St. Catherine’s.

Quinn Cafferty added 16 for the Angels (8-2, 4-1 MCC), who are ranked seventh among Division 3 teams in the AP poll. Isaiah Dodd made nine assists.

“He passed the ball terrific tonight,” coach Nick Bennett said.

As a team, St. Catherine’s had 16 steals.

St. Catherine's 72, Shoreland Lutheran 37

SHORELAND LUTHERAN (4-6)

Koker 2 0-0 5, Koestler 1 0-0 2, Tindall 3 0-1 8, Garcia 2 2-2 6, Wordell 2 1-2 6, Edmundson 1 0-1 2, Giese 1 0-2 3, Freitag 1 2-2 5. Totals 13 5-10 37.

ST. CATHERINE'S (8-2)

Sabala 1 0-0 2, Cafferty 8 0-0 16, Lambert 1 1-2 3, McGee 3 0-0 7, Dodd 5 0-0 10, J. Barker 0 0-0 0, Hunter 8 2-3 22, Tomlin 1 0-1 2, Naidl 0 0-0 0, Trice 0 0-0 0, Stephens 2 0-0 5, Jackson 0 2-2 2, Herrington 1 0-0 2, K. Barker 0 1-2 1. Totals 30 6-10 72.

Halftime—St. Catherine's 41, Shoreland Lutheran 15. 3-point goals—Tindall 2, Koker, Wordell, Giese, Freitag. Hunter 4, McGee, Stephens. Total fouls—Shoreland Lutheran 13, St. Catherine's 16. Rebounds—St. Catherine's 36 (Cafferty, McGee, Tomlin 4).

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FRANKLIN 85, HORLICK 78 (OT): Martavion Bell’s only basket pulled the Rebels even with 10.5 seconds left in regulation, but the state-ranked Sabers dominated the overtime period in this Southeast Conference matchup at Horlick.

Bell came off the bench to replace Marcus Caldwell, who fouled out in the final minute of regulation after scoring a team-best 27 points for the Rebels (5-6, 2-4 SEC). Horlick led by 12 at one point of the first half and entered the break up 39-37.

“Our guys gave an effort to be proud of,” coach Jason Treutelaar said. “They left it all on the court tonight.”

Horlick’s Marquise Milton made 11 of 15 free throws to finish with 19 points, just missing a potential game-winning 35-footer at the buzzer. Max Alba had 32 for Franklin (11-1, 5-1 SEC), ranked No. 7 among Division 1 schools in the AP poll.

Franklin 85, Horlick 78

FRANKLIN (11-1)

Segebrecht 1 0-0 3, Decker 1 3-3 5, Martins 4 0-0 8, Vonderwall 3 3-5 9, Alba 12 8-9 32, Klug 3 3-4 9, Capstran 2 0-2 4, Wilson 0 0-1 0, Clark 2 4-4 9, Narrai 2 2-2 6. Totals 30 23 30 85.

HORLICK (5-6)

Beadles 2 2-2 6, Garcia 4 1-2 12, Seay 3 0-2 6, Milton 3 11-15 19, Tyler 1 0-0 2, Caldwell 8 8-9 27, Bell 1 0-0 3, Chapman 1 0-0 3. Totals 23 22-30 78.

Halftime—Horlick 39, Franklin 37. 3-point goals—Garcia 3, Milton 2, Caldwell 3, Bell, Chapman. Total fouls—Franklin 17, Horlick 20. Fouled out—Beadles, Caldwell, Martins.

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WATERFORD 74, DELAVAN-DARIEN 55: Will Busch scored 16 of his 18 points in the second half at Delavan, and Waterford got its first Southern Lakes Conference victory of the season.

Richie LePine led the Wolverines (4-7, 1-4 SLC) with 19 points. He helped fuel the second-half rally by scoring 14 points, including two 3-pointers.

Matt Borchardt added 16 points for Waterford, which trailed 28-27 at the half but outscored the Comets (1-10, 0-6 SLC) 47-27 in the second half.

Free-throw shooting proved to be a key. Waterford was 13 for 17 from the line, while Delavan-Darien was just 17 for 28.

Waterford 74, Delavan-Darien 55

WATERFORD (4-7)

Schmidt 2 3-4 8, Schimelfenyg 0 3-4 3, LePine 7 2-3 19, Szeklinski 0 0-0 0, Ketterhagen 1 0-0 2, Hancock 1 0-0 2, Karpinski 1 0-0 3, Borchardt 8 0-0 16, Busch 7 4-5 18, Kaldor 0 0-0 0, Engel 1 1-1 3, Stiewe 0 0-0 0. Totals 28 13-17 74.

DELAVAN-DARIEN (1-10)

Rios 1 2-3 4, Grabow 4 8-10 16, Wichman 5 0-0 13, Williams 1 2-8 4, Morales 2 0-0 4, Crull 4 5-7 14. Totals 17 17-28 55.

Halftime—Delavan-Darien 28, Waterford 27. 3-point goals—Schmidt, LePine 3, Karpinski, Wichman 3, Crull. Total fouls—Waterford 18, Delavan-Darien 19.

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ELKHORN 56, UNION GROVE 42: The Broncos (7-4, 4-1 SLC) shot just 38 percent from the field at Elkhorn and suffered their first conference loss.

“Their defense was tough, and we just did not hit our open looks when we had them,” Union Grove coach Dave Pettit said.

The Broncos swept the Elks last year, winning all three games, but did not come out and match their energy this time, Pettit added.

Jack Pettit led the way with 12 points for the Broncos, while Riley Hale chipped in 11.

Elkhorn 56, Union Grove 42

UNION GROVE (7-4)

Pettit 5 2-5 12, Hale 4 2-6 11, Clark 2 0-0 4, Gamble 2 0-0 6, Long 0 0-0 0, Nelson 0 0-0 0, Hansel 1 1-2 3, Rampulla 2 1-2 5, Cramer 0 0-0 0. Totals 16 7-17 42.

ELKHORN (7-3)

Larson 7 2-2 20, L. Ummen 2 3-4 9, Davey 3 0-0 6, McDavid 1 2-4 4, V. Ummer 1 3-4 6, Hergott 0 1-2 1, Brown 3 3-4 10. Totals 17 14-20 56.

Halftime—Elkhorn 24, Union Grove 19. 3-point goals— Larson 4, L. Ummer 2, V. Ummer, Brown, Gamble 2, Hale. Total fouls—Union Grove 14, Elkhorn 15.

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WESTOSHA CENTRAL 58, BURLINGTON 25: The Demons were limited to nine field goals in an SLC loss at Paddock Lake.

Brock Halbach led Burlington (6-4, 4-2 SLC) with six points, while Ben McDermit added five. Westosha Central is 9-1 overall and 5-0 in the SLC.

Westosha Central 58, Burlington 25

BURLINGTON (6-4)

Tully 1 0-0 2, McDermit 2 0-0 5, Weithaus 0 1-2 1, Safar 1 1-1 3, Pesick 2 0-0 4, Webley 1 0-0 2 Runlal 1 0-0 2, Halbach 2 2-2 6. Totals 10 4-5 25.

WESTOSHA CENTRAL (9-1)

Simmons 8 0-0 18, Zachary 8 1-2 17, Gilliland 2 0-0 6, Michelau 1 0-0 2, Fredrick 2 0-0 5, Greco 1 0-0 2, Anderson 2 0-0 4, Brinkman 4 0-0 8. Totals 28 1-2 58.

Halftime—Westosha Central 20, Burlington 10. 3-point goals—McDermit, Simmons 2, Gilliland 2, Fredrick. Total fouls—Burlington 4, Westosha Central 2.

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