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Edgerton, Evansville, Monroe win tourney openers

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February 19, 2008

Edgerton High boys basketball team got a glimpse at the new Rock Valley, and the first look wasn’t bad for this year’s co-champions.


The eighth-ranked Crimson Tide led all the way after the first quarter Tuesday night, then made seven of eight free throws in the last 78 seconds to seal a 53-50 victory over visiting McFarland in a WIAA Division 2 regional opener.


The Spartans, who will join the conference next school year, made four three-point goals in the fourth quarter to keep the heat on Edgerton before falling in their only game against a Rock Valley opponent this season.


While McFarland’s last season as a Badger Conference member ended at 6-15, second-seeded Edgerton climbed to 19-2 and advanced to a regional semifinal game at home Thursday against third-seeded Dodgeville (15-5).


Dodgeville sent a message to the Crimson Tide by walloping Brodhead, 82-41, Tuesday night in a tournament opener against a team that dropped a 40-38 shocker on Edgerton two weeks ago.


Typical of its title season, Edgerton made the free throws when it mattered most against McFarland. The Tide led 40-30 with 6:43 remaining, then repeatedly answered from the line after the Spartans promptly retaliated with three-point goals by Aaron Dixon and Drew Swank to pull within 40-36.


Travis Towns hit two free throws to give Edgerton a 48-44 lead with 1:13 remaining. Derek Carrier added two more from the line to make 50-44 with 58.4 seconds left.


Marques Eversoll’s three-pointer pulled McFarland within 50-47 with 48.2 seconds remaining, but Bryan Gregory’s two free throws for made it 52-47 five seconds later. It was 52-50 after Eversoll connected again from the beyond arc, but Gregory added the finishing touch by making the second of two free throws with 20.4 seconds left.


Gregory, the Rock Valley scoring champion, finished with 17 points, followed by Carrier with 14. Swank led McFarland with 16, and Lucas Schmidt had 12.


EDGERTON 53, McFARLAND 50


McFarland (50)—Eversoll, 3-0-9; Swank, 5-5-16; Dixon, 1-0-3; Deer, 3-0-6; Schaefer, 1-0-2; Heller, 0-2-2; Schmitz, 5-1-12. Totals: 18-9-50.


Edgerton (53)—Mitchell, 2-1-5; Laskowski, 2-0-4; Eastman, 3-0-6; Carrier, 5-4-14; Towns, 1-4-7; Gregory, 7-3-17. Totals: 20-12-53.


McFarland 14 14 0 22—50


Edgerton 15 15 6 17—53


Three-point goals—McFarland 5 (Eversoll 3, Swank, Dixon), Edgerton 1 (Towns). Free throws missed—McFarland 2, Edgerton 4. Total fouls—McFarland 19, Edgerton 15.


Evansville 54, Mount Horeb 35—Matt McMcElroy led the charge with 33 points as Rock Valley co-champion Evansville (17-4) pulled away from visiting Mount Horeb (8-13) in a Division 2 regional opener.


The Blue Devils earned a shot at Monroe’s third-ranked defending Division 2 state champions (19-2) in a semifinal game Thursday at Monroe. The winner plays Edgerton (19-2) or Dodgeville (15-5) on Saturday at Verona for the regional title and a berth in the Sun Prairie Sectional.


McElroy scored 10 points in a 16-7 second quarter that gave Evansville a 29-18 halftime lead over Mount Horeb. He also dealt the decisive blow after a Mount Horeb technical foul with 5:13 left in the game.


With four straight free throws and a basket on the ensuing possession, McElroy extended Evansville’s 41-31 to 47-31. After that, the Vikings never threatened.


McElroy finished with 11 field goals, including a three-pointer, and 10 free throws. Tommy Kremer added 13 points the Blue Devils, and Brandon Halverson led Mount Horeb with 21.


EVANSVILLE 54, MOUNT HOREB 35


Mount Horeb (35)—Krantz, 2-1-5; Halverson, 7-5-21; Mueller, 1-0-2; Trainor, 1-0-3; Holum, 1-2-4. Totals: 12-8-35.


Evansville (54)—Deininger, 0-1-1; Amato, 1-0-2; Kremer, 5-2-13; Keister, 1-0-2; Nieman, 1-0-2; McElroy, 11-10-33; Diedrich, 0-1-1. Totals: 19-14-54.


Mount Horeb 11 7 8 9—35


Evansville 13 16 9 16—54


Three-point goals—Mount Horeb 3 (Halverson 2, Trainor), Evansville 2 (Kremer, McElroy). Free throws missed—Mount Horeb 20, Evansville 15.


Monroe 53, Platteville 28—Monroe’s third-ranked defending Division 2 state champions (19-2) began their bid for a repeat by dominating the visiting Hillmen (7-14) in the regional quarterfinals.


The top-seeded Cheesemakers rolled to a 33-12 halftime lead. Mitch Tordoff sank five of his six three-point goals in the first half to lead the surge.


Monroe hosts Rock Valley co-champion and No. 4 seed Evansville (17-4) in Thursday’s semifinals.


MONROE 53, PLATTEVILLE 28


Platteville (28)—Pluemer, 1-0-2; Henderson, 2-0-4; Kingeter, 2-0-5; Wagner, 2-0-4; Lenz, 4-1-9; Jenks, 1-0-2; Steinhoff, 1-0-2. totals: 13-1-3-28.


Monroe (53)—Sampson, 1-0-3; B. Tordoff, 2-0-6; M. Tordoff, 6-0-18; McArdle, 1-0-3; Barta, 0-2-2; Stangel, 1-0-2; Gross, 1-1-4; Turek, 1-0-2; Grinnell, 2-1-6; Cates, 1-2-4; Sellnow, 1-1-3. Totals: 17-7-12-53.


Platteville 8 4 3 13—28


Monroe 18 15 12 8—53


Three-point goals—Platteville 1 (Kingeter), Monroe 12 (Sampson, B. Tordoff 2, M. Tordoff 6, McArdle, Gross, Grinnell). Free throws missed.. total fouls—Platteville 13, Monroe 13.


Dodgeville 82, Brodhead 41—The third-seeded Dodgers (15-5) doubled up the Cardinals and got a game-high 21 points from Eric Vandynhoven to earn a regional semifinal berth Thursday at Edgerton.


The Dodgers also got 16 points from Bryan Rundhaug and 11 from Tyrone Reynolds. Dodgeville scored 67 points in the final three quarters.


Nobody scored in double figures for Brodhead (8-13).


DODGEVILLE 82, BRODHEAD 41


Brodhead (41)—Cole, 2-1-5; Klein, 0-2-2; Miller, 1-3-5; Swain, 3-0-7; Covert, 1-0-2; Pierson, 2-2-6; Wallace, 3-0-8; Panoske, 2-0-4; Jacobson, 1-0-2. Totals: 15-8-41.


Dodgeville (82)—Thomas, 3-2-9; Baldus, 1-1-3; Reynolds, 5-1-11; Hulbert, 1-0-2; Runkle, 1-0-3; K. Vandynhoven, 1-0-2; Pratt, 2-0-4; E. Vandynhoven, 10-1-21; Rundhaug, 6-0-16; Litchfield, 4-0-8; Sullivan, 1-0-3. Totals: 35-5-82.


Brodhead 12 7 12 10—41


Dodgeville 15 20 22 25—81


Three-point goals—Brodhead 3 (Wallace 2, Swain), Dodgeville 7 (Rundhaug 4, Sullivan, Runkle, Thomas). Free throws missed—Brodhead 4, Dodgeville 5. Total fouls—Brodhead 11, Dodgeville 11.




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