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Second-ranked Benton wins at Craig; top-ranked Randolph falls

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Gazette Staff
March 13, 2009

Benton High made itself at home again at Janesville Craig, beating Burlington Catholic Central on the Cougars’ court for the second straight year.


While the second-ranked Zephrys were notching a 62-51 victory in their WIAA Division 4 boys basketball sectional semifinal game Thursday night, a major surprise came out of Beaver Dam—Sheboygan Christian over top-rated Randolph, 45-44.


That means there will not be a sectional final matchup between Benton and seven-time state champion Randolph, coached by Benton graduate Bob Haffele, for the third straight year. Instead, the Zephyrs (22-2) take on fourth-ranked Sheboygan Christian (22-1) at 7 p.m. Saturday at Fort Atkinson, with both bidding for their first state tournament berth.


Benton used a 12-2 advantage in the fourth quarter to leave Burlington Central (14-9) behind. Central held Benton’s Hendricks twins, 6-1 seniors Jordan and Connor, to a combined 13 points, but 5-11 senior guard Kane Hoffman sparked the Zephyrs with a season-high 19 points.


BENTON 62, CENTRAL 51


Central (51)—Wagner, 9; Fliess, 19; Hartlage, 12; Novasic, 11. Totals: 19-8-51.


Benton (62)—Droessler, 8; J. Hendricks, 8; Neis, 7; C. Hendricks, 6; Hoffman, 19; Savatski, 13; Bartel, 1. Totals: 20-17-62.


Burlington Central 11 11 17 12—51


Benton 14 15 11 22—62


Three-point goals—Central 5 (Fliess 2, Wagtner, Harlage, Novasic), Benton 5 (J. Hendricks 2, Neis, C. Hendricks, Savatski). Free throws missed—Central 1, Benton 6. Total fouls—Central 18, Benton 9.




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