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Brodhead keeps title season rolling

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February 27, 2008

Brodhead High’s big second quarter kept the Cardinals’ championship season alive in WIAA girls basketball Tuesday night.


The Cardinals made all 10 of their free throws in a 22-12 second period that carried them to a 30-16 halftime lead, and they held on for a 56-51 victory over McFarland in a Division 2 regional opener.


Brodhead (15-5), which shared the Rock Valley title with Orfordville Parkview, advanced to a regional semifinal game Thursday at Dodgeville (14-7). The winner battles Monroe (16-5) or Mount Horeb (11-10-) on Saturday at Verona for a berth in the Janesville Craig Sectional.


McFarland (6-15) bounced back from its 14-point halftime deficit with a 20-9 advantage in the second quarter to pull within 39-36. Kristen Ruchti scored nine of her game-high 23 points in the final period to keep Brodhead on top.


Ruchti made 11 of 12 free throws, including her last 11. She was 5-for-5 at the line in the fourth quarter.


Dana Lewis added 10 points for Brodhead, while Julia Thorson led McFarland with 13.


BRODHEAD 56, McFARLAND 51


McFarland (51)—Eversoll, 1-3-5; Blaser, 1-0-2; Rust, 3-2-8; Alsmo, 1-2-4; Steinhofer, 5-0-13; Thorson, 6-3-15; Walker, 1-2-4. Totals: 18-12-51.


Brodhead (56)—Wymer, 2-1-5; Ruchti, 6-11-23; Mielke, 2-4-8; Harding, 2-3-7; Hoeper, 1-0-3; Lewis, 3-4-10. Totals: 16-23-56.


McFarland 4 12 20 15—51


Brodhead 8 22 9 17—56


Three-point goals—McFarland 3 (Steinhofer 3), Brodhead 1 (Hoeper). Free throws missed—McFarland 4, Brodhead 9. Total fouls—McFarland 27, Brodhead 14.


Monroe 65, Edgerton 40—The Cheesemakers (16-5) rolled behind a 20-2 run that carried from the first quarter through the second for a 32-13 lead in a Division 2 regional opener.


Ashley Hermanson scored 14 of her game-high 18 points in the first half, while teammate Emily Rufenacht scored 14 for the game. Meggie Schmidt and Traci Wileman scored 11 points each for Edgerton (5-16).


Monroe hosts Mount Horeb (11-10) in Thursday’s regional semifinals.


MONROE 65, EDGERTON 40


Edgerton (40)—McCall, 1-0-2; Schmidt, 4-2-11; Bingham, 3-1-7; Wileman, 4-0-11; Cox, 4-1-9; Totals: 16-4-40.


Monroe (65)—Sutter, 3-5-11; Ubert, 1-0-2; Rackow, 1-0-2; Rufenacht, 5=-2-15; Kaiser, 1-0-3; Kennison, 3-2-8; Bidlingmaier, 2-0-4; Sellnow, 1-0-2; Hermanson 9-0-18; toatls> 26-9-65.


Edgerton 11 9 10 10—40


Monroe 21 13 15 16—65


Three-point goals—Edgerton 4 (Schmidt, Wileman 3), Monroe 4 *(Rufniock 3, Kaiser),. Free throws missed—Edgerton 1, Monroe 6. Fouled out—Bingham.


Mount Horeb 63, Evansville 35—Mount Horeb (11-10) gained a 20-10 advantage in the third quarter for a 45-23 lead over Evansville (10-11) in a Division 2 regional opener.


Courtney Murray scored 17 points for the Vikings, while Jorden Johnson added 15 and Olivia Colonero had 10 points.


Hailey McIntyre scored 15 points for the Blue Devils.


Mount Horeb plays at Monroe (16-5) in Thursday’s regional semifinals.


MOUNT HOREB 63, EVANSVILLE 35


Evansville (35)—Porter, 0-1-1; Petterson, 0-2-2; McIntyre, 5-5-15; Reese, 2-0-4; Kopp. 3-3-9; Klitzman, 1-2-4. Totals: 11-13-35.


Mount Horeb (63)—Voigt, 2-0-6; McGinn, 1-0-2; Reed, 1-0-3; Colonero, 5-0-10; Morrow, 3-1-7; Lamberty, 1-1-3; Murray, 6-2-17; Johnson, 6-3-15. Totals: 25-7-63.


Evansville 3 10 10 12—35


Mount Horeb 14 11 20 18—63


Three-point goals—Mount Horeb 6 (Murray 3, Reed, Voigt 2). Free throws missed—Evansville 13, Mount Horeb 5. Total fouls—Evansville 12, Mount Horeb 22.


Edgewood 49, Fort Atkinson 47—Maggie Wood scored four of Madison Edgewood’s six points in an overtime as the Crusaders (15-6) outlasted Fort Atkinson (6-15) in a Division 2 regional opener


Wood sank a three-point basket with 1:20 remaining to put Edgewood up 48-45. Fort’s Morgan Wendlandt answered with a basket to make it to 48-47 with 20 seconds left. Wood made one of two free throws in the closing seconds to complete the scoring.


Wood finished with 17 points. Fort’s Ralissa Nelson had a game-high 24 points. Wendlandt added 12.


Edgewood plays at Lake Mills (17-4) in Thursday’s regional semifinals. The winner battles Columbus (20-0) or Lakeside Lutheran (9-11) on Saturday at Watertown for a berth in the Janesville Craig Sectional.


EDGEWOOD 49, FORT ATKINSON 47 (OT)


Fort Atkinson (47)—Wendlandt, 5-1-12; Bare, 0-3-3; Boos, 0-2-2; Truman, 2-0-4; Lenz, 1-0-2; Nelson, 8-6-24. Totals: 16-12-47.


Edgewood (49)—Widder, 1-0-3; Gifford, 5-1-11; McGinnis, 1-1-3; Palm, 0-2-2; Harms, 1-0-2; Wood, 6-3-17; Lake, 4-3-11. Totals: 18-10-49


Fort Atkinson 15 4 13 11 4—47


Madison Edgewood 9 15 11 8 6—49


Three-point goals—Fort Atkinson 3 (Wendlandt, Nelson 2), Edgewood 3 (Widder, Wood 2). Free throws missed—Fort Atkinson 2, Edgewood 14. Total fouls—Fort Atkinson 17, Edgewood 16. fouled out—Lenz, Lake.


Lakeside 54, Jefferson 48—A pair of three-point plays in the fourth quarter paved the way for the Warriors’ victory over the Eagles in a Division 2 regional opener at Jefferson.


Jefferson (10-11) led 37-36 after three quarters, but Lakeside rallied with an 18-11 advantage in the final period. Amanda Lorenz and Jennifer Draeger each had a three-point play to spark Lakeside.


Alex Anthon scored 15 points for Lakeside. Jessica Splittgerber led Jefferson with 16.


Lakeside Lutheran (9-11) plays at Columbus (20-0) in Thursday’s regional semifinals.


LAKESIDE 54, JEFFERSON 48


Lakeside (54)—Allister, 2-0-5; Shiels, 1-4-6; Ridgeman, 0-2-2; Denzer, 0-2-2; Draeger, 2-3-7; Lorenz, 3-3-9; Bartsch, 0-1-1; Luisier, 2-1-5; Finger, 1-0-2; Anthon, 6-3-15. Totals: 17-19-54.


Jefferson (48)—Kinsman, 5-2-13; Frank, 4-4-12; Jes. Splittgerber, 6-2-16; Chmielewski, 2-1-5; Jac. Splittgerber, 1-0-2. Totals: 18-9-48.


Lakeside Lutheran 10 15 11 18—54


Jefferson 10 14 13 11—48


Three-point goals—Lakeside 1 (Allister), Jefferson 3 (Kinsman, Jes Splittgerber). Free thros missed—Lakeside 11, Jefferson 7. Total fouls—Lakeside 15, Jefferson 23. Fouled out—Jes. Splittgerber.



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