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