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JOHN N. BARRY
February 22, 2008
— Bring on the Cheesemakers.

Edgerton High’s boys basketball team is ready to nibble.


Bryan Gregory scored 21 points, including 17 in the second half, to lead the Crimson Tide to a 57-46 win over Dodgeville in a WIAA Division 2 regional semifinal game Thursday night.


Eighth-ranked Edgerton (20-2) plays the defending state champion and third-ranked Cheesemakers (20-2) in a regional final showdown at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Verona. The winner advances to the Sun Prairie Sectional.


“We will approach Saturday’s game the same way we do any other,” Edgerton coach Mark Wanless said. “The key is to stay focused. Our kids know the caliber of team we’ll be playing.”


In winning 20 games for the second time in the last five years, Edgerton was forced to rally from behind against the Dodgers (16-6). The Crimson Tide managed only two points in a cold-shooting first quarter and eventually fell behind 15-2 with 7:13 left in the first half.


Tide senior Travis Towns kept the Dodgers from pulling away as he hit back-to-back three-point baskets to cut the deficit to 15-8. Edgerton ended the half with a 4-0 run, capped off by Derek Carrier’s basket with four seconds left that clipped the lead to 22-17.


Despite a 1-for-8 shooting performance in the first quarter and only 17 first-half points, the Tide was within striking distance at the half.


“The key was holding them to only 10 points that first quarter,” Wanless said. “Even though we only got two, our defense kept us in the game, and then Travis hit those two big threes early in the second quarter.


“For as poorly as we shot the ball in the first half (7-for-22), we didn’t have to make any major adjustments at half because I felt like our shots would start falling. We just made a couple of wrinkles at half.”


The biggest wrinkle was getting the all-everything Gregory the ball. The 6-foot-4 junior had limited touches the first half and only four points, but he exploded in the second half.


The Dodgers had no answer for Gregory down low—especially in the fourth quarter. He had 11 in the fourth, including baskets on three straight possessions that gave the Tide a 46-39 lead with 3:15 to play. Edgerton held off the Dodgers from there with five free throws down the stretch.


Gregory said there was no yelling or screaming at halftime, despite the team’s sluggish first half.


“I don’t think it came down to just getting me more touches,” Gregory said. “We just did a better job the second half as a team of moving the ball and getting open. And it always helps when the shots start falling.


“Once they (the Dodgers) got in foul trouble, that really opened things up underneath for me and my teammates did a great job of getting me the ball.”


Towns finished with four three-pointers and 13 points, while the senior Carrier added 10.


Dodgeville leading scorer Bryan Rundhaug, who had over 80 three-point baskets during the year, was held to 10 points. Holden Pratt led the Dodgers with 14 points before fouling out.


EDGERTON 57, DODGEVILLE 46


Dodgeville (46)—Pratt, 7-0-14; Van Dyn Hoven, 3-0-6; Reynolds, 4-1-9; Rundhaug, 3-2-10; Thomas, 3-0-7. Totals: 20-3-46.


Edgerton (57)—Laskowski, 0-6-6; Carrier, 5-0-10; Towns, 4-1-13; Gregory, 10-1-21; Mitchell, 2-2-6; Eastman, 0-1-1. Totals: 21-11-57.


Dodgeville 10 12 9 15—46


Edgerton 2 15 16 24—57


Three-point goals—Dodgeville 3 (Rundhaug 2, Thomas), Edgerton 4 (Towns 4). Free throws missed—Dodgeville 4, Edgerton 6. Total fouls—Dodgeville 16, Edgerton 12. Fouled out—Pratt, Van Dyn Hoven.



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