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Monroe rolls again

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Chris Etheridge
February 22, 2008
— Monroe’s Mitch Tordoff knows the best way to put an opponent in your rear-view mirror.

Just start draining three-pointers early in the game.


Led by Tordoff’s five three-pointers in the first eight minutes, Monroe High School’s boys basketball team cruised to a 71-27 win over Evansville in a WIAA Division 2 regional semifinal game here Thursday night.


“I think we’ve been lacking an offensive firepower this season,” the senior guard said. “I guess it just came out in this game.”


As a result of their 14 three-point goals, the third-ranked defending state champions (20-2) rolled over one Rock Valley Conference co-champion and will take on the other, eighth-rated Edgerton (20-2), in a regional title game at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Verona. The winner advances to the Sun Prairie Sectional.


Monroe took the lead over Evansville (17-5) with a Tordoff three-pointer just 19 seconds into the game and never looked back. By the end of the first quarter, it was 24-4.


“When (Tordoff) is shooting well, he gives the rest of the team confidence and gives us an extra step,” said senior forward Tony Cates. “After two losses, we were kind of down. We were trying to get back into it. We came out and played well tonight.”


And the three-point shooting was infectious for the Cheesemakers. Brett Stangel had two in the first quarter, and Mitch McArdle and Bryan Tardoff each had one in the second.


Bryan Tordoff capped the first half with a buzzer-beater from the corner while being double-teamed to send Monroe into the locker room with a 39-7 lead.


Mitch Tordoff finished with 19 points, all but three of which came in the first quarter. Cates had 11 points.


“I think it’s safe to say that they are the most disciplined team I have ever seen,” said Evansville coach Chris Wagner, whose team had a 12-game winning streak broken. “Every kid is where they need to be. Every kid is in position offensively and defensively.


“That’s why they’re the Division 2 state champs. They came out here and they play at home relaxed and comfortable.”


While the Cheesemakers’ offense was on a roll, their defense held Evansville guard Matt McElroy to just six points two days after he exploded for a career-high 33 against Mount Horeb. Senior Tommy Kremer led the Blue Devils with eight points, all in the second half.


MONROE 71, EVANSVILLE 27


Evansville (27)—Kremer, 3-0-8; Keister, 2-0-4; Nieman, 1-1-3; McElroy, 1-4-6; Moseley, 1-0-2; Johnson, 1-0-2; Diedrich, 1-0-2. Totals:


9-4-27.


Monroe (71)—Rast, 1-0-3; Sampson, 3-0-7; B. Tordoff, 1-3-6; M. Tordoff, 7-0-19; McArdle, 1-0-3; Barta, 0-2-2; Hart, 1-0-3; Stangel,


2-2-8; Gross, 1-0-3; Turek, 1-0-2; Geiger, 1-0-2; Grinnell, 1-0-3; Cates, 5-1-11. Totals: 25-6-71.


Evansville 4 3 8 12—27


Monroe 24 15 15 18—71


Three-point goals—Evansville 2 (Kremer 2), Monroe 14 (M. Tordoff 5, Stangel 2, McArdle, B. Tordoff, Sampson, Rast, Hart, Gross, Grinnell). Free throws missed—Evansville 5, Monroe 5. Total fouls—Evansille 14, Monroe 10.



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