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Edgerton, Evansville set for rematch in regional semifinals

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Gazette Staff
March 4, 2009

Edgerton and Evansville will be going head-to-head again Thursday night in high school boys basketball.


But it took a wild escape act Tuesday night for the Crimson Tide to make it.


Bryan Gregory hit a free throw to tie the game and two more with 1:22 left to give the Edgerton an 49-47 lead as the host Crimson Tide held on for a 52-49 victory over rampaging Platteville in a WIAA Division 2 regional opener.


In surviving Platteville’s onslaught of 10 three-point goals, including seven in the second half, Edgerton (15-6) qualified for a semifinal game at Evansville. That takes the Crimson Tide back to where it gained a 49-44, down-to-wire win in a regular-season finale last Friday.


Evansville advanced to the regional semifinals with a 59-34 blowout of Dodgeville.


Thursday’s winner advances to a regional title game against Monroe (14-7) or Brodhead (14-7) at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Verona. That winner qualifies for the Sun Prairie Sectional.


Platteville (13-8) trailed 26-14 at halftime against Edgerton and was down 38-18 after Gregory made two free throws with 4:59 left in the third quarter. The Hillmen then closed the quarter with three-point goals by Lucas Ware and Kyle Fatzinger to pull within 39-25.


The blistering comeback continued with five three-point goals in the fourth quarter—two by Fatzinger and one each by Ware, Sean Pluemer and Adam Lange. That brought the Hillmen within 44-43, and they took a 45-44 lead on a basket off a steal before Gregory rescued the Crimson Tide.


But even then, the Hillmen weren’t finished. They had three more three-point shots, the last with less than two seconds left, but couldn’t connect a final time.


Ware led the Hillmen with 14 points, and Fatzinger added 12, all on four three-point goals.


Gregory led Edgerton with 25 points. Danny Ozga drilled four three-pointers to finish with 12 for the Tide.


EDGERTON 52, PLATTEVILLE 49


Platteville (49)—Lentz, 1-0-3; L. Ware, 5-3-14; Fatzinger, 4-0-12; Lange, 1-0-3; Pluemer, 3-0-9; Steinhoff, 2-4-8. Totals: 16-7-49.


Edgerton (52)—Ozga, 4-0-12; A. Gregory, 0-1-1; Eastman, 1-1-4; Dobratz, 1-3-5; Palet, 2-1-5; B. Gregory, 9-7-25. Totals: 17-13-52.


Platteville 10 4 11 24—49


Edgerton 10 16 13 13—52


Three-point goals—Platteville 10 (Fatzinger 4, Pluemer 3, Lentz, L. Ware, Lange), Edgerton 5 (Ozga 4, Eastman). Free throws missed—Platteville 7, Edgerton 10. Total fouls—Platteville 22, Edgerton 15. Fouled out—L. Ware, Steinhoff.


n Evansville 59, Dodgeville 34—Evansville scored early and often in a Division 2 regional quarterfinal win over the visiting Dodgers (8-13).


That gave the second-seeded Blue Devils (15-6) a chance to avenge two regular-season losses when they host third-seeded Edgerton (15-6) in a semifinal game Thursday night.


Casey Moseley and Eric Nieman each scored six points for Evansville (15-6) in 19-7 first quarter that put the Blue Devils in control for good. Brian Lunde made all six of his free throws in a 17-6 second quarter as Evansville went up by 23.


Jesse Deininger and Moseley led Evansville with 12 points apiece, and Nieman finished with 10. Tyrone Reynolds led Dodgeville with 10 points.



EVANSVILLE 59, DODGEVILLE 34


Dodgeville (34)—Baker, 1-0-2; Hulbert, 2-0-5; Runkle, 2-0-4; Vandynhoven, 2-0-4; Reynolds, 4-2-10; Litchfield, 2-5-9. Totals: 13-7-34.


Evansville (59)—Deininger, 5-0-12; Lunde, 0-6-6; McDonough, 0-1-1; Keister, 4-1-9; Koch, 1-0-2; Nieman, 5-0-10; Erickson, 1-2-5; Moseley, 6-0-12; T. Johnson, 1-0-2. Totals: 23-10-59


Dodgeville 7 6 13 8—34


Evansville 19 17 11 12—59


Three-point goals—Dodgeville 1 (Hulbert), Evansville 3 (Deininger 2, Erickson 1). Free throws missed—Dodgeville 8, Evansville 6. Total fouls—Dodgeville 16, Evansville 15


n Brodhead 56, McFarland 53—Jake Cole hit seven of 11 free throws and scored 12 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter to keep the Cardinals ahead in a Division 2 regional opener against the visiting Spartans.


With 1.8 seconds left and a three-point lead, Brodhead tipped and stole the inbounds pass to seal the win and a trip to Monroe for a semifinal game Thursday night.


J.J. Panoske led the Cardinals (14-7) with 24 points. Lucas Schmitz paced McFarland (11-10) with 26 points, while teammate Keenan Deer added 10.



BRODHEAD 56, McFARLAND 53


McFarland (53)—Eversoll, 2-2-7; T. Wedel, 3-2-8; Dixon, 1-0-2; Deer, 5-0-10; Schmitz, 9-8-26. Totals: 20-12-53.


Brodhead (56)—Miller, 3-1-7; Cole, 4-7-16; Wallace, 2-0-5; Jacobson, 2-0-4; Panoske, 10-2-24. Totals: 21-10-56.


McFarland 7 12 14 20—53


Brodhead 15 7 11 23—56


Three-point goals—McFarland 1 (Eversoll), Brodhead 4 Cole 1, Wallace 1, Panoske 2). Free throws missed—McFarland 1, Brodhead 7. Total fouls—McFarland 20, Brodhead 15. Fouled out—Schmitz, Jacobson.


n Monroe 49, Mount Horeb 43—Mitch McArdle scored 14 points to lift Badger South co-champion Monroe past visiting Mount Horeb (4-17) in a Division 2 regional quarterfinal game.


The Cheesemakers (14-7) host to Brodhead in a semifinal game Thursday.


MONROE 49, MOUNT HOREB 43


Mount Horeb (43)—Martin, 6; Johnson, 6; Koval, 5; Christian, 2; Fredrick 12, Webber 12. Totals: 17-1-43.


Monroe (49)—Barrett, 8; Sampson, 7; Grinnell, 6; B. Tordoff, 6; M. Tordoff, 4; Frint, 2; Rast, 2; McArdle, 14. Totals: 19-6-49.


Mount Horeb 7 7 12 17—43


Monroe 11 11 18 9—49


Three-point goals—Mount Horeb 8 (Martin 2, Johnson 2, Koval, Fredrick 3), Monroe 5 (Sampson, B. Tordoff, M. Tordoff, McArdle 2). Free throws missed—Mount Horeb 1, Monroe 4. Total fouls—Mount Horeb 10, Monroe 7.



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