Edgerton boys leave Parkview behind
The Edgerton High junior was at it again Friday night.
Gregory erupted for 15 points in a 30-10 fourth quarter and finished with 27 as he led the Crimson Tide past Orfordville Parkview, 64-37, in a pivotal Rock Valley boys basketball game.
Edgerton, ranked third in the state in Division 2, improved to 13-1 overall and 8-1 as the conference leader. The loss dropped Parkview out of a second-place tie as the Vikings fell to 10-4 and 7-3, while Edgerton remained a half-game ahead of Evansville (11-4, 8-2).
With the Crimson Tide leading by seven after three quarters, Gregory proved in the fourth why college recruiters are keeping a close eye on the 6-foot-4 forward. He scored 13 of his team’s first 16 points in the quarter as Edgerton quickly pushed the lead from seven to 15.
Gregory’s three-point play with 4:31 to go gave the Tide a 48-33 lead. Travis Towns made two free throws with 3:11 left to cap off a 19-6 run.
Edgerton switched to a four-corner offense early in the fourth, and the change opened up the middle for Gregory. The Vikings had no help on Gregory down low, and he made them pay.
“My teammates did a great job of getting me the ball, and I got some good looks at the basket,” Gregory said of the fourth-quarter outburst.
“I think they (the Vikings) were in a little bit of foul trouble in the fourth, and that allowed us to spread the floor and make them chase us.”
Neither team got much going offensively the first half. The Crimson Tide led 23-18 at half, thanks to Aaron Laskowski’s three-pointer at the buzzer.
Parkview was only 8-for-24 on field-goal attempts in the first half, but stayed in contention with the help of solid work on defense.
Alex Mumm, who led the Vikings with 22 points, had eight in the third as Parkview got as close as two at 29-27 on Nick Melton’s free throw with 2:39 left. The Crimson Tide responded with a 5-0 run to end the third and never looked back.
“As soon as Edgerton went to the four corners with seven minutes left in the game, we had to start denying everything,” Parkview coach Paul Saevre said. “That allowed Gregory to get free on us, and we couldn’t get there in time to help out.
“Coach (Mark) Wanless does such a good job preparing his kids that they really ran that four-corner spread to perfection.
“We fought so hard to get back within two in the third quarter, but we just couldn’t hit any big shots when we needed to.”
Towns finished with 12 points for the Tide, and Derek Carrier added 11.
Mumm was the only player in double figures for the Vikings, and was one of only four players to score.
EDGERTON 64, PARKVIEW 37
Edgerton (64)—Laskowski, 3-0-7; Carrier, 5-1-11; Towns, 3-6-12; Gregory, 12-3-27; Mitchell, 1-1-3; Eastman, 1-0-2; Palet, 1-0-2. Totals: 26-11-64.
Parkview (37)—Melton, 0-5-5; Mumm, 11-0-22; Piper, 1-0-2; Wichser, 3-2-8. Totals: 15-7-37.
Edgerton 8 15 11 30—64
Orfordville Parkview 6 12 9 10—37
Three-point goals—Edgerton 1 (Laskowski). Free throws missed—Edgerton 4, Parkview 7. Total fouls—Edgerton 16, Parkview 14.
Junior varsity—Edgerton 56, Parkview 37.