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Whitewater extends Edgerton's losing streak

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Tim Wester/Special to the Gazette
February 18, 2009
— Call it a slump. Call it hitting a wall.

Whatever it is, Edgerton High’s boys basketball team hasn’t found a remedy.


Whitewater opened up a 45-32 third-quarter lead and held on to push Edgerton’s Rock Valley losing streak to three with a 62-54 victory here Tuesday night.


Miles Hookstead led the way with 16 points, while Tony Bilderback had 14 and Axel Vohs added 13 to help Whitewater (11-7, 9-5) draw to within a half-game of third-place Edgerton (13-4, 9-4) in the North Division.


“This is the part of the season where you got to just keep playing hard,” said Edgerton coach Mark Wanless, whose team had lost only to Whitewater (41-37) in its first 14 games and was No. 7 in the AP Division 2 state ratings. “Whitewater is a team that lost to Evansville twice by two points and had East Troy down until the end, so they’re a good team.”


Meanwhile Whippets coach Hugh Gnatzig was just content to see his team play a complete basketball game.


“We’ve done this before, where we had an 8-to-10-point lead and we take quick shots, but our kids took good shots tonight by the rim,” Gnatzig said. “Anytime you beat Edgerton twice in a season, you’re doing something because they have good athletes over there.”


The Whippets have pretty good athletes as well.


After the Crimson Tide drew to within 36-30 midway through the third period, Whitewater closed out the quarter with a 9-2 spurt, capped by David Shears spinning layup at the buzzer that gave his team its largest lead at 45-32.


Whitewater maintained its double-digit lead for most of the fourth quarter until Bryan Gregory scored five quick points to draw the Crimson Tide within 58-51 with 49 seconds remaining.


Gregory paced Edgerton with 19 points, including nine in the fourth quarter.


Gregory’s fourth-quarter outburst wasn’t enough to stop the Whippets, who made four free throws down the stretch to put the game out of reach.


“They shot 60 percent from ‘three’ in the first half, and it’s hard to climb out of the hole,” Wanless said. “They were able to dictate from the beginning and kept the lead.


The Whippets dictated the first half with three-point shooting. Whitewater drained four first-half three-pointers to open a 28-22 halftime lead.


Hookstead complemented the outside shooting with six inside points in the third to help Whitewater hold its 13-point lead after three quarters. And the Crimson Tide couldn’t recover.


WHITEWATER 62, EDGERTON 54


Edgerton (54)—Ozga, 1-0-3; Eastman, 2-2-7; Perry, 3-1-7; Palet, 3-0-6; B. Gregory, 9-0-19; Dobratz, 3-0-6; Fox, 2-0-6. Totals: 23-3-54.


Whitewater (62)— Vohs, 4-3-13; Hookstead, 7-2-16; Bilderback, 5-2-14; Taylor, 2-4-9; Gabbey, 1-0-2; Shears, 2-3-8. Totals: 21-14-62.


Edgerton 10 12 10 22— 54


Whitewater 12 16 17 17— 62


Three point goals – Edgerton 5 (Ozga, Eastman, B. Gregory, Fox 2), Whitewater 6 (Vohs 2, Bilderback 2, Taylor, Shears). Free throws missed – Edgerton 2, Whitewater 6. Total fouls – Edgerton 17, Whitewater 8.




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