Monroe squeezes out victory over Brodhead
Brodhead High’s boys basketball team had the first word and a lot to say after that, but Monroe had the final answer Thursday night.
J.J. Panoske and Nick Jacobson quickly established their inside game with visiting Brodhead’s first 11 points, and it was a battle to the finish before Monroe pulled out a 57-55 victory in a WIAA Division 2 regional semifinal thriller.
Mitch Tordoff finished off a 26-point night with a backbreaking final four as the Cheesemakers (15-7) advanced to a regional title game against Edgerton (16-6) at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Verona. That winner plays Wisconsin Dells (18-4) or River Valley (19-2) next Thursday at Waunakee in the semifinals of the Sun Prairie Sectional.
The regional final will be a rematch of last year, when Monroe earned a hard-fought, 54-46 win over Edgerton on the same court and eventually gained a second straight trip to the state tournament.
This time, Badger South co-champion Monroe had a hard-fought win over Rock Valley South co-champion Brodhead (14-8). The Cardinals were up 14-12 after the first quarter, and Monroe led 30-27 at halftime. Brodhead grabbed a 36-35 lead midway through the third period, and it was 36-36 at the end of the quarter.
Panoske, Jacob Cole and Micah Wallace hit three-point goals for the Cardinals in the fourth quarter, and they surged to a 48-43 lead with 4:21 remaining. Bryan Tordoff followed with a three-point goal for Monroe, and the Cheesemakers scored off back-to-back steals for a 50-48 lead with 3:31 remaining.
Wallace hit a three-point goal to give Brodhead its last lead at 53-52 with two minutes to go. Mitch Tordoff scored the next four points, and the Cardinals couldn’t come back in the final minute.
Bryan Tordoff backed up Mitch with 20, giving them all but 11 of Monroe’s points and all seven of the Cheesemakers’ three-point goals.
Panoske, a 6-8 sophomore, and Jacobson finished with 16 and 15 points, respectively, to pace Brodhead, which had eight three-point goals.
MONROE 57, BRODHEAD 55
Brodhead (55)—Cole, 9; M. Wallace, 6; Miller, 4; Peterson, 3; Priske, 2; Panoske, 16; Jacobson, 15. Totals: 21-5-55.
Monroe (57)—McArdle, 7; M. Tordoff, 26; B. Tordoff, 20; Barrett, 2; Frint, 2. Totals: 23-4-57.
Brodhead 14 13 9 19—55
Monroe 12 18 6 21—57
Three-point goals—Brodhead (Panoske 3, Cole 2, M. Wallace 2, Peterson), Monroe 7 (M. Tordoff 4, B. Tordoff 3). Free throws missed—Brodhead 4, Monroe 7. Total fouls—Brodhead 17, Monroe 14. Fouled out—Monroe Barrett.
n East Troy 69, Delavan-Darien 63—East Troy jumped to a 17-point halftime lead and went on a Division 2 regional semifinal win over Delavan-Darien.
Rock Valley North champion East Troy (17-5) plays top-seeded Waukesha Memorial (15-6) at 7 p.m. Saturday at Wilmot for the regional title. The winner faces Madison Edgewood (18-4) or Lakeside Lutheran (19-3) next Thursday at Janesville Parker in the semifinals of the Sun Prairie Sectional.
East Troy jumped on the Comets (11-11) with 27 points in the first quarter and led 40-23 at halftime.
Delavan-Darien was within nine after three quarters, but freshman Myles Olsen made 10 free throws in the fourth to keep the Comets at bay.
Olsen led all scorers with 16 points, while teammate Mitch Windle added 12.
Jarrett Fowlkes, Tyler Butke and Aaron Logterman each scored 13 to lead Delavan-Darien.
EAST TROY 69, DELAVAN-DARIEN 63
Delavan-Darien (63)—Armato, 1-1-3; Scott, 4-2-11; Ja. Fowlkes, 4-2-13; Cesarz, 2-3-7; Je. Fowlkes, 1-0-3; Butke, 6-1-13; Logterman, 6-1-13. Totals: 24-10-63.
East Troy (69)—Douglas, 5-0-14; Beckwith, 2-1-5; Bouwman, 5-0-11; Condon, 4-3-11; Windle, 6-0-12; Olsen, 1-14-16. Totals: 23-18-69.
Delavan-Darien 18 5 18 22—63
East Troy 27 13 10 19—69
Three-point goals—Delavan-Darien 5 (Ja. Fowlkes 3, Je. Fowlkes, Scott), East Troy 5 (Douglas 4, Bouwman). Free throws missed—Delava-Darien 2, East Troy 5. Total fouls—Delavan-Darien 21, East Troy 13. Fouled out—Ja. Fowlkes.
n Lakeside 77, Lake Mills 63—Justin Eternick saw to it that Lakeside Lutheran (19-3) didn’t lose to local rival Lake Mills (13-9) for the third time this season.
Eternick, a 6-2 senior, scored 16 of his season-high 30 points in a 27-11 second quarter that put the Warriors in control of a WIAA Division 2 regional semifinal game.
In avenging 75-62 and 77-68 losses to the L-Cats (13-8), the Warriors advanced to a regional title game against Madison Edgewood (17-4) at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Watertown. The winner plays East Troy (17-5) or Waukesha Memorial (15-6) next Thursday at Janesville Parker in the semifinals of the Sun Prairie Sectional.
Lakeside broke away from a 22-22 tie in the last three minutes of the second quarter for a 41-27 halftime lead over Lake Mills. Eternick got all three of his three-point goals during the quarter, and the Warriors made four overall in that eight-minute stretch.
Lake Mills got within nine points in the third period, but Lakeside scored the last four points of the quarter and the first four of the fourth to finish off the L-Cats.
Nate Bauer, Cole Strohbusch and Zak Gartner backed up Eternick with 13, 12 and 11 points, respectively, for Lakeside. Joe Klocek and Nate Dunkleberger, a pair of underclassmen, led Lake Mills with 18 and 14.
LAKESIDE 77, LAKE MILLS 63
Lake Mills (63)—Dunkleberger, 4-3-14; Myers, 3-0-9; Hering, 1-3-5; Arnold, 3-1-7; Klocek, 9-0-18; Zastrow, 1-0-3; Heinz, 2-1-5; Adler, 1-0-2. Totals: 24-8-63.
Lakeside (77)—Gartner, 3-5-11; Meise, 4-1-9; Bauer, 3-6-13; Lautch, 1-0-2; Eternick, 12-3-30; Strohbusch, 6-0-12. Totals: 29-15-77,
Lake Mills 12 11 20 20—63
Lakeside Lutheran 14 27 15 21—77
Three-point goals—Lake Mills 7 (Dunkleberger 3, Myers 3, Zastrow), Lakeside 4 (Eternick 3, Bauer). Free throws missed—Lake Mills 5, Lakeside 15. Total fouls—Lake Mills 21, Lakeside 19. Fouled out—Arnold.
n Edgewood 61, Jefferson 31—The top-seeded Crusaders (17-4) jumped out to a 13-point halftime lead en route to a Division 2 regional semifinal win over the visiting Eagles.
Edgewood’s Derek Braucht led all scorers with 25 points.
Trevor Probst paced the Eagles (8-14) with eight points.
Edgewood plays Lakeside Lutheran (19-3) in a regional title game at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Watertown.
EDGEWOOD 61, JEFFERSON 31
Jefferson (31)—Probst, 2-4-8; Tabor, 1-2-4; Smillie, 2-0-5; Tomczak, 2-0-4; Torres, 1-0-3; Vogel, 2-1-5; Poredos, 1-0-2. Totals: 11-7-31.
Edgewood (61)—Lagman, 5-0-12; Goldsworthy, 1-2-5; Armwald, 4-2-10; Braucht, 10-3-25; Eshun, 2-0-5; Mott, 1-0-2; Wabers, 1-0-2. Totals: 24-7-61.
Jefferson 5 11 10 5—31
Madison Edgewood 19 10 16 16—61
Three-point goals—Jefferson 2 Smillie, Torres), Edgewood 6 (Lagman 2, Braucht 2, Goldsworthy, Eshun). Free throws missed—Jefferson 4, Edgewood 2. Total fouls—Jefferson 11, Edgewood 7.