Still perfect: Edgerton wins 14th straight

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John Barry
Friday, January 24, 2014

EDGERTON--It has been six years since the boys basketball banner in the Edgerton High gymnasium needed updating.

In 2008, Bryan Gregory led the Crimson Tide to the Rock Valley North title.

If the 2013-14 team continues its stellar play, the banner’s going to need a fresh coat of paint.

Edgerton ran its record to 14-0, including 10-0 in the Rock Valley North, with a 64-56 win over Jefferson on Thursday night.

The Crimson Tide made 26 free throws, 16 of which came in a physical fourth quarter, in extending the record for the best start and longest winning streak in school history.

“We’re 14-0, and I know it sounds silly, but we’re still learning how to win,” Edgerton coach Jason Knott said. “We have to work through things and realize that it’s never going to be easy.

“The good thing about this group is that they don’t hang their heads when they make mistakes, and no matter who I’ve got on the floor, they’re all capable of contributing.”

Edgerton led 38-36 late in the third quarter when a flagrant foul called on Jefferson’s Marcus Ott seemed to motivate the Tide. Jefferson (9-6, 6-4) trailed by two and had the ball, but Edgerton’s Ricky Williams stole the ball from Ott at midcourt and raced in for a layup. Ott tackled Williams from behind and was whistled for a flagrant foul that resulted in two free throws and the ball for Edgerton.

Williams made one of the two free throws and Edgerton went on to score the last seven points of the quarter to take a 43-36 lead.

“That was a hard foul, no doubt it,” Knott said. “But I was really happy with the way our kids handled it, especially Ricky. He kept his composure, and we really finished that quarter strong.”

Jefferson got as close as four late in the game on Ott’s two free throws with 26 seconds left, but Jacob Zeimet hit four free throws in the last 19 seconds to seal the win.

James Fox led a balanced Edgerton attack with 18 points, while Zeimet finished with 16, Brooks Johnson 11 and Adam Converse with 10. Johnson kept the Eagles at bay in the fourth by making 7 of 8 free throws.

Cory Welper had 13 points to lead Jefferson.

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