Inconsistency plagued the Whitnall girls basketball team, which alternated winning and losing streaks all during the 2015-16 season.
'We had a 4-0 start; then we lost three in a row and won three in a row,' coach Keith Larson said. 'It was like that all year. We would play some decent games; then it would turn a bit. The good thing is we always bounced back. With some teams, a four-game losing streak can easily turn into six or seven.'
The primary source of the ups and downs was shooting. The Falcons had some games where they were connecting on their shots but many others where they were ice cold from the floor, Larson said.
Their leader was junior wing Sierra Grubor, who averaged 14.8 points to place second in the Woodland Conference East Division behind only Jada Stackhouse of Shorewood.
Grubor also averaged 4.3 rebounds, 2.6 steals and 2.2 assists in earning a unanimous selection to the all-division first team for the second straight season.
Senior post Kendall Stribling made the all-division second team, and senior post Madeline Pelkofer and junior post Jaden Kelley each earned honorable-mention all-division. Kelley averaged 8.8 points and Stribling 7.4.
The Falcons will lose seniors Stribling, Pelkofer, Ana Haning, Jenna Jones and Kaitlyn Burakowski but will build next season around Grubor, Kelley and some other players with extensive varsity experience.
'We will turn the page and look forward,' Larson said. 'We are excited about our new group. We have a good nucleus of young players.'
The Panthers began the season with just nine players on the varsity roster, and injuries whittled that number to as few as six for some early games.
With just one reserve, some of the girls had to play almost all of the 36 minutes, or more if overtime was necessary. Ironically enough, the short-handed Panthers had to go into an extra session in back-to-back games in December and managed a split, beating Wauwatosa West.
The numbers problem eased as the season progressed, but Greendale still had problems staying with the top teams in the strong Woodland Conference, winding up 4-12 in the league and 5-19 overall.
Sophomore forward Annie Pulizos led the way, averaging 12 points overall, including 14.4 in the conference, and 5.5 rebounds. She was on the all-West Division second team.
Senior forward Kayla Kubiak tallied 7.7 points per game and senior guard Carley Wilson 7.2 per outing.
The Panthers bid farewell to Kubiak and Wilson, along with guards Ellen Davis and Sara Redlin.