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Monroe, Edgewood girls reach sectional title game at Craig

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Gazette Staff
March 7, 2009

Monroe High School brushed aside Richland Center, 63-53, Friday night at Waunakee, and now Badger South co-champion Madison Edgewood stands between the Cheesemakers and their quest to defend their WIAA Division 2 girls state basketball championship.


Monroe (22-2) and Edgewood (21-3) square off in a sectional final showdown with a state berth at stake at 7 tonight at Janesville Craig.


Edgewood advanced with a 46-33 sectional semifinal win over Southern Lakes runner-up Union Grove at Kettle Moraine, giving the Crusaders their 17th straight victory.


The Cheesemakers and Crusaders shared the Badger South title with 11-1 records. They split their regular-season games, with Monroe winning 60-40 on Dec. 12 and Edgewood posting a 49-44 victory on Jan. 16, which was the Cheesemakers’ last regular-season defeat.


“It’s our turn (to win),” Monroe coach Kevin Keen said.


The Cheesemakers rolled to an 18-9 first-quarter advantage over Richland Center (19-4) and led the rest of the way in the breaking the Hornets’ 19-game win streak.


Monroe kept command from the foul line making 29 of 34 free throws to 7 of 14 for Richland Center. Monroe was 14-for-18 on free throws in the first half.


Morgan Kennison scored 13 points for Monroe, going 7-for-7 from the foul line. Ashley Hermanson added 12 points for the Cheemakers, going 8-for-9 from the line, and Gwen Sutter chipped in 10 points.


MONROE 63, RICHLAND CENTER 53


Richland Center (53)—Templin, 6-3-16; Collins, 5-0-12; Anderson, 3-0-6; Wilson, 2-0-5; Krajca, 5-4-14. Totals: 21-7-14-53.


Monroe (63)—Brice, 1-0-3; Sutter, 3-4-10; Rufenacht, 2-2-8; M. Kennison, 3-7-13; Sellnow, 2-2-7; Hermanson, 2-8-12; Armstrong 0-5-5; Ritschard, 2-1-5. Totals: 15-29-34 63.


Richland Center 9 17 8 19—53


Monroe 18 14 12 19—63


Three-point goals—Richland Center 4 (Templin, Collins 2, Wilson), Monroe 4 (Brice, Rufenacht 2, Sellnow), Free throws missed—Richland Center 7, Monroe 5. Total fouls—Richland Center 24, Monroe 17. Fouled out—Anderson, Wilson, Krajca.


EDGEWOOD 46, UNION GROVE 33


Union Grove (33)—Jasperson, 9. Servi, 9; Schwartz, 8; Kjellis, 4; Wilks, 3. Totals: 13-4-33.


Edgewood (46)—Gifford, 8; Kolb, 8; Lake, 5; Zimbrick, 4; Elfman, 2; Meriggioli, 2; Reese, 16; Barney, 1. Totals: 16-14-46.


Union Grove 7 6 8 12—33


Edgewood 12 10 13 11—46


Three-point goals—Union Grove 3 (Jasperson, Schwartz 2). Free throws missed—Union Grove 7, Edgewood 7.



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