Like a Rocket: Girls’ Basketball Team is 14-3, and Surging to the Postseason

Elaina Rivera at Friday’s game, a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel photo. See more here.

The South Milwaukee girls’ basketball team is on fire, and making a strong run toward the WIAA postseason.

The Rockets moved to 14-3 after beating Greenfield Friday, two days after knocking off state-ranked Milwaukee Washington on the road. They were ranked No. 20 in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel area poll this week, but are sure to move up.

The Rockets sit atop the Woodland Conference East standings at 9-0, just ahead of 9-1 Cudahy. The two play in a huge rivalry game at 5:45 p.m. on Friday at the Sullivan Gymnasium — mark your calendars.

South Milwaukee, coached by Jim Grassl, is led by sharpshooting senior guard Julia Meyers, who is averaging 15.5 points per game. She and Kayla Tierney (11.8 points) have each made 48 threes, and Tierney is shooting 42.9 percent from the 3-point line. Elaina Rivera is averaging eight points per game.

Araia Breedlove averages 6.7 rebounds per game, Hailey Johnson 5.7. Tierney and Rivera are averaging 1.9 assists per game. Rivera and Tierney both have 29 steals on the season. More details here.

I’ve seen several of their recent games, and the girls are really fun to watch, with a full-court pressing style and a host of three-point shooters (they have made 124 threes in just 17 games). More importantly, they play as a team, with a deep rotation that includes five freshmen who get regular minutes — which bodes well for the seasons ahead.

But the future is now for this team, with WIAA Division 2 postseason play starting on Feb. 19. Call it February Madness, and I can’t wait.

Let’s get behind this team, South Milwaukee. See you Friday!

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