With a crucial game coming up Friday night against Greendale Martin Luther, The Prairie School boys basketball team easily could have been looking ahead. After all, the two teams tied for the Metro Classic Conference championship last season.

Instead, the Hawks made it first things first.

JC Butler led three players in double figures with 28 points as the Hawks rolled to an 82-39 victory over Milwaukee Saint Thomas More in a Metro Classic Conference game in the Johnson Athletic Center in Wind Point.

Prairie took an 11-0 lead 1:50 into the game. The Hawks extended the lead to 20-3 and protected a lead of at least 13 points the rest of the way.

“We challenged our guys to get off to a strong start,” Prairie coach Jason Atanasoff said. “The big thing is, regardless of opponent, we have to come out with the same fire and execution. This was a good first step.”

The Hawks went 34 for 60 (56 percent) from the floor. Leading the way was Butler, a 6-foot-4 senior forward who went 11 for 17 from the floor and added seven steals, five assists and four rebounds. Atanasoff said Butler also had five dunks.

Buddy Ladwig scored 15 of his career-high 19 points in the first half on 5 for 6 shooting. Troy Mikaelian matched those 19 points. And Logan Krekling had four points, four assists and two steals.

“He didn’t necessarily have the stats that show up in the box score, but he really controlled the tempo of the game,” Atanasoff said of Krekling.

Prairie 82, Thomas More 39

THOMAS MORE (1-2)

Valerjano 3 0-1 9, Reinke 1 0-0 2, Conti 1 0-0 2, Williams 3 2-2 8, Monaco 0 1-2 1, Glembin 4 2-2 10, Sranske 2 1-2 5. Totals 15 6-7 39.

PRAIRIE (2-0)

Butler 11 4-4 28, Polzin 0 0-0 0, Stafford 1 0-0 3, Krekling 2 0-0 4, May 2 1-1 5, Osiecki 2 0-0 4, Ladwig 8 0-0 19, Mikaelian 8 1-2 19, Eitel 0 0-0 0. Totals 34 6-7 82.

Halftime—Prairie 48, Thomas More 25. 3-point goals— Ladwig 3, Butler 2, Mikaelian 2, Stafford, Valerjano 3. Total fouls—Thomas More 11, Prairie 12. Rebounds—Prairie 22 (Butler 6).

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BURLINGTON 64, BRADFORD 61 OT: The Demons pulled out a thrilling win over the Red Devils in this nonconference back-and-fourth contest at Kenosha.

“We battled all night and just were able to find a way to close the game out and get a good team win,” said Burlington coach Steve Berezowitz, whose team improved to 2-0.

Nick Klug came up big in regulation when he hit the game tying 3-point shot with 40 seconds left to send it into overtime.

In overtime, the Demons played solid defense, Berezowitz said, and Klug made two free throws with five seconds left to ice the game.

Klug led the way with 17 points and eight rebounds. Brock Halbach added 16 points and eight rebounds.

Burlington 64, Bradford 61, OT

BURLINGTON (2-0)

Tully 5 0-0 11, Safar 2 0-0 5, Klug 5 3-5 17, Webley 4 1-1 9, Runkel 2 0-0 4, Halbach 8 0-2 16, Turzenski 1 0-0 2. Totals 27 4-8 64.

BRADFORD (2-1)

Nelson 11 6-9 31, Parkinson 1 1-1 3, Hurley 1 2-2 5, Bell 2 3-7 7, Borden 2 0-0 5, Glass 2 0-0 4. Totals 19 12-19 61.

Halftime—Bradford 31, Burlington 27. 3-point goals—Nelson 3, Hurley, Borden, Klug 4, Safar, Tully. Total fouls—Burlington 17. Rebounds—Burlington 38 (Klug, Halbach 8), Bradford 27.

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WATERFORD 61, WEST ALLIS HALE 47: Facing a three-point deficit at halftime, the Wolverines rode the hot hand of Will Busch to take control of this nonconference game at Waterford.

Busch scored from the post on four consecutive possessions for Waterford (3-1) early in the second half. He totaled 14 points – all after the half – which left him just behind Wolverines teammate Matt Borchardt’s team-high 15.

“We established an inside presence and moved the ball a lot better around the perimeter,” coach Paul Charapata said.

Waterford 61, West Allis Hale 47

HALE (1-2)

Schultz 3 1-2 9, Martin 6 3-5 17, McCowan 0 0-2 0, Abegglen 2 1-4 5, Tobaska 1 0-1 3, Gallimore 2 0-0 4, Hergert 4 0-3 9. Totals 18 5-17 47.

WATERFORD (3-1)

Schmidt 1 0-0 3, Schimelfenyg 2 0-0 5, LePine 4 0-0 10, Ketterhagen 1 4-4 7, Karpinski 2 0-0 5, Borchardt 6 3-6 15, Busch 6 1-2 14, Kaldor 0 0-0 0, Engel 1 0-0 2. Totals 23 8-12 61.

Halftime—Hale 20, Waterford 17. 3-point goals—Schultz 2, Martin 2, Tobaska, Hergert, LePine 2, Schmidt, Schimelfenyg, Ketterhagen, Karpinski, Busch. Total fouls—Hale 13, Waterford 15.

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FRANKLIN 66, PARK 40: Park, coming off a two-game road trip in Ohio over the weekend, couldn’t get much going in this Southeast Conference game against Franklin at Park.

“I don’t want to make excuses, but that’s what I was thinking,” Park coach Jim Betker said when asked about whether his team was fatigued. “I thought they (the Sabers) were the better team tonight. We didn’t have a lot of rebounds (24) because they didn’t miss a lot of shots. And we didn’t have a lot of offensive rebounds.”

Richie Warren was the only player to finish in double figures for Park (3-1, 0-1 SEC) with 10 points. Ricky Canady added eight points. Nobal Days grabbed a team-high eight rebounds for the Panthers.

The Panthers trailed 35-11 at halftime.

Franklin 66, Park 40

FRANKLIN (2-0)

Decker 2 0-0 6, Martens 4 2-2 10, Alba 9 0-0 22, Klug 3 1-2 8, Capston 1 0-0 2, Wilson 2 0-0 4, Carramy 1 0-0 2, Clark 4 0-0 10. Totals 27 3-5 66.

PARK (3-1)

Kendrick 1 1-2 4, Days 1 0-2 2, Farrell 2 0-0 4, Martin 0 2-2 2, Henderson 0 1-2 1, R. Canady 3 0-0 8, Cary 1 0-0 2, L. Canady 2 0-3 4, Warren 4 0-0 10, Alexander 1 0-0 3. Totals 15 4-11 40.

Halftime—Franklin 35, Park 11. 3-point goals—Alba 4, Decker 2, Clark 2, Klug, R. Canady 2, Warren 2, Alexander, Kendrick. Total fouls—Franklin 8, Park 9. Rebounds—Park 24 (Days 8).

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MARTIN LUTHER 67, CATHOLIC CENTRAL 47: It was a learning experience for the Hilltoppers and coach Kyle Scott was pleased by how it went. While Catholic Central lost by 20 points, they were within eight points at halftime against a team that shared the Metro Classic Conference championship last season.

For Scott, it started with the backcourt of sophomores Bennett Wright and Brandon Pum.

“Our young backcourt played extremely well,” Scott said. “(Martin Luther) pressed us the whole game and they handled it well. They had some turnovers, but we’re letting them learn their way through it.”

Pum and Chaz Miles led the Hilltoppers (0-3, 0-1 MCC) with 11 points each. Frank Koehnke added seven points.

Martin Luther 67, Catholic Central 47

MARTIN LUTHER (3-1)

Carrington 7 1-3 16, Crawley-Reid 1 1-2 3, Jones 2 5-7 10, Mack-Roundtree 2 0-0 5, Pickett 1 0-0 2, Howard 2 0-0 5, Blake 3 1-2 7, King 1 0-0 2, Harrison 3 1-2 7, Campbell 4 0-1 8. Totals 27 9-17 67.

CATHOLIC CENTRAL (0-3)

Doerflinger 0 0-2 0, C. Robinson 2 0-0 4, J. Pum 1 3-4 5, B. Pum 3 4-6 11, Koehnke 3 0-0 7, Shaw 1 0-0 2, M. Robinson 1 0-0 2, Miles 4 3-4 11, Wright 1 2-2 5. Totals 16 12-19 47.

Halftime—Martin Luther 33, Catholic Central 25. 3-point goals—Carrington, Jones, Mack-Roundtree, Howard, Wright, B. Pum, Koehnke. Total fouls—Martin Luther 23, Catholic Central 20. Fouled out—Koehnke. Rebounds—Martin Luther 31 (Blake 7), Catholic Central 22 (Miles 6).

Girls

SHORELAND LUTHERAN 50, HORLICK 42: While the rest of the Rebels’ shooters struggled mightily, Jordann Ellison did her part with 23 points in a nonconference loss at Horlick.

Ellison made 9 of 20 shots, including three 3-pointers. Her teammates, in contrast, combined to go 6 for 36.

“The basket was, like, three sizes of normal for her,” said coach Ambrial Sanders.

Horlick (2-3) held Shoreland standout Chelby Koker to 13-percent shooting. Although Koker led all scorers with 24, most came after the Rebels began to foul late.

Shoreland Lutheran 50, Horlick 42

SHORELAND (4-1)

Koker 2 18-22 24, Pye 0 1-2 1, Koestler 1 3-4 5, Pagel 0 0-2 0, Heathcock 1 6-10 8, Salfer 2 1-2 5, Brug 3 1-2 7. Totals 9 30-44 50.

HORLICK (2-3)

Hanstedt 0 0-0 0, M. White 0 0-0 0, D. White 0 1-2 1, D. Zimmerman 1 1-1 3, Ellison 9 2-4 23, Cannon 2 0-0 4, Pitrof 1 2-2 4, Cartagena 1 2-5 5, Schmidt 0 0-0 0, Corona 1 0-2 2, Sollman 0 0-0 0, T. Zimmerman 0 0-0 0. Totals 15 8-16 42.

Halftime—Shoreland Lutheran 23, Horlick 19. 3-point goals—Koker 2, Ellison 3, Cartagena. Total fouls—Shoreland Lutheran 15, Horlick 29. Fouled out—M. White, Pitrof. Rebounds—Shoreland Lutheran 31 (Heathcock 9), Horlick 34 (Pitrof 8).

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SAINT THOMAS MORE 52, PRAIRIE 22: It was a tough night all around for the Lady Hawks as they fell to the Cavaliers in this Metro Classic Conference game in Milwaukee.

The Lady Hawks (1-3, 1-2) only scored eight baskets and were held to five points in the first half.

“We struggled tonight. We got good looks to score, but we just could not hit,” Prairie coach Alan Mills said.

Abby Decker and Quinn Shannon led the Lady Hawks with seven points apiece.

Thomas More 52, Prairie 22

PRAIRIE (1-3)

Baran 0 0-0 0, Palmen 2 0-2 4, Thompson 0 0-0 0, Kolanowski 0 0-0 0, Decker 1 2-4 7, Larson 1 2-4 4, Shannon 3 1-4 7. Totals 8 5-14 22.

THOMAS MORE (2-1)

T. Kirby 4 0-0 11, Gordon 3 1-3 7, L. Kirby 1 1-4 4, Adams 0 1-4 1, Clarey 2 0-0 4, Hoffmann 2 0-0 4, Flayter 4 0-2 10, Dolata 3 3-6 9, Nehmey 1 0-1 2. Totals 20 8-24 52.

Halftime—Thomas More 28, Prairie 5. 3-point goals—Flayter 2, L. Kirby, T. Kirby, Decker. Total fouls—Prairie 19, Thomas More 15.

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MARTIN LUTHER 34, CATHOLIC CENTRAL 13: The Lady Toppers hung with Martin Luther in the first half before losing this Metro Classic Conference game at Greendale.

Catholic Central (1-4, 0-3 MCC) trailed 12-11 at halftime and, as coach Joe Spierenburg said, “We executed our game plan pretty well in the first half. We controlled the clock, but things just got away from us in the second half.”

Mikelle Miles led Catholic Central with six points and Elizabeth Klein added five.

Martin Luther improved to 2-3 overall and 1-1 in the MCC.

Martin Luther 34, Catholic Central 13

CATH. CENTRAL (1-4)

El. Klein 2 1-1 5, Nevin 0 0-0 0, Sassano 0 0-1 0, Swanson 1 0-1 2, Goethal 0 0-0 0, Em. Klein 0 0-0 0, Sheehan 0 0-0 0, Phillips 0 0-1 0, Miles 1 4-4 6. Totals 4 5-8 13.

MARTIN LUTHER (2-3)

Crist 2 0-0 6, Kadolph 1 2-2 4, Kallas 3 0-0 6, Jensen 1 3-6, Wendt 1 0-0 3, Burris 1 2-2 4, Odell 3 0-0 6. Totals 12 7-10 35.

Halftime—Martin Luther 5, Catholic Central 2. 3-point goals—Crist 2, Jensen, Wendt. Total fouls—Catholic Central 8, Martin Luther 14. Rebounds—Catholic Central 23 (Em. Klein 7).

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UNION GROVE CHRISTIAN 52, EARLY VIEW CHRISTIAN 22: The Lady Cougars opened their season with an easy victory in an Indian Trails Conference Gold Division game at Union Grove.

Union Grove Christian’s Angela Steele outscored Early View (1-2) on her own with 28 points, and Katie Emond had a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds.

Union Grove Christian 52, Early View Christian 22

EARLY VIEW (1-2)

Jones 6 0-0 17, Reed 2 0-0 5, Johnson 0 0-0 0, Snow 0 0-0 0, Smith 0 0-0 0. Totals 8 0-0 22.

UG CHRISTIAN (1-0)

E. Bechman 0 0-0 0, Cochran 2 4-10 8, Emond 8 0-0 16, Riley 0 0-0 0, Brown 0 0-0 0, K. Bechman 0 0-0 0, Steele 13 0-0 28. Totals 23 4-10 52.

Halftime—UG Christian 22, Early View 14. 3-point baskets—Jones 5, Reed, Steele 2. Total fouls—Early View 11, UG Christian 6. Rebounds—UG Christian 34 (Emond 11).

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