Edgerton shines on new basketball floor

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John Barry
Saturday, December 7, 2013

EDGERTON--Edgerton High’s boys basketball team christened the new gym floor with a victory Friday night.

Jacob Zeimet and Brennan Deegan scored 15 points each to lead the Crimson Tide to a 64-48 Rock Valley North win over Whitewater.

Playing on the newly installed floor for the first time, Edgerton used a 9-0 run in the second quarter to remain unbeaten on the season.

“We’ve got some things to work on, because right now we’re kind of living on the edge,” Edgerton coach Jason Knott said. “It starts with finding a balance. We want to get out and run, but we can’t do that until we secure the ball.

“But the effort is there. I told the guys I can live with the majority of mistakes we’re making because they’re correctable.”

Edgerton (5-0, 3-0) led by six after the first quarter but pushed the lead to 22-9 early in the second thanks to the 9-0 run. James Fox hit a 3 to start it, and Brooks Johnson capped it off with a basket with 5:21 left in the half.

Whitewater (1-3, 1-2) got within four on Josh Nast’s 3-pointer with 3:18 left in the half, but an 11-3 Edgerton run to close out the half made it 33-21 at the break. The Whippets got no closer than nine the second half.

“Our kids played hard against a pretty good team tonight,” Whitewater coach Dan Gnatzig said. “But that spurt they had in the second quarter, and the fact that we missed more than 50 percent of our free throws (8-18) made it tough to come back.

“When we ran our offense, at times, we looked like we belonged. But their defense also made it very hard on us. They’re a very good, battle-tested varsity team.”

Deegan had six points in the third quarter as Edgerton’s lead stayed in double digits.

The Crimson Tide pushed the lead to 15 early in the fourth and kept the Whippets at bay by making nine free throws in the last two minutes.

James Fox came off the bench to score 11 points for Edgerton, while Adam Converse finished with 10.

Nast was the only Whitewater player in double figures, finishing with 13 points.

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