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Monroe girls dominate Milton in Badger South showdown

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Craig Henquinet/Special to the Gazette
February 13, 2010
— Gwen Sutter only stomped her foot in jest after her three-pointer came just after the halftime buzzer.

The smile gave it away.


Sutter and her Monroe High School teammates had plenty to smile about after rallying from a


6-0 deficit with a 26-0 run to dispatch second-place Milton, 52-34, in Badger South girls basketball Friday night.


“I couldn’t get a grasp on the ball, and once I got it up I heard the buzzer,” Sutter said. “Then I saw it go in, and it did kind of break my heart a little bit that I didn’t get it off in time.”


The heartbreak didn’t last long since Monroe led 28-8 at intermission.


Sutter, a 5-10 guard, had eight points during the run and finished with 12. Teammate Ashley Hermanson took control of the low post and also had eight points in the blitz.


Hermanson led top-ranked Monroe (17-0, 9-0) with 14 points.


“I thought it was just a great display of team basketball during that stretch,” said Kevin Keen, who announced he will retire at the end of the season after 22 years as Monroe’s head coach.


“Against a team that is 14-1 and playing as well as they have been playing, it’s pretty impressive,” Keen said. “There isn’t anything that really rattles them. They’ve always been a group that stays focused and do what they have to do to get the job done.


“They certainly did what they had to do tonight.”


Milton dropped to 8-2 in the conference and 14-2 overall. Both losses came against Monroe.


The Red Hawks made their first three shots and capitalized on three Monroe turnovers in the opening three minutes to gain the 6-0 lead.


Jamie Armstrong finally got Monroe going on the next possession with a free throw. Chelsea Brice and Hermanson followed with lay-ups, before Sutter made a three-pointer from the wing for an 8-6 Monroe lead to start the 26-0 onslaught.


Amber Davis finally ended the drought for Milton, which went 11 minutes and 13 seconds between points, with a jumper with 1:46 remaining.


“You have to give credit where it is due—they’re tough,” Milton coach Scott Randall said. “Against a team like this, you can’t let them go on that run.”


Mary Kate O’Leary came of the bench to lead Milton with six points.


The Red Hawks outscored Monroe 17-10 in the fourth quarter, but the damage was done early.


“I think we just knew we had to turn it on,” Armstrong said. “We couldn’t just keep playing laid back. We had to come and fight. They were going to fight for it, and we had to come back and fight even harder.”


Or, as Sutter said, “We wanted to come out strong to make a statement.”


MONROE 52, MILTON 34


Milton (34)—Blumer, 2-0-5; Davis, 2-1-5; Arnold, 1-0-2; Stair, 2-0-5; Eide, 1-0-2; Holapa, 1-0-2; McNall, 3-0-6; Roherty, 2-1-5; O’Leary, 1-0-2. Totals: 15-2-34.


Monroe (52)—Brice, 2-2-6; Sutter, 3-3-12; Jacobson, 1-0-2; Ritschard, 2-2-6; Dahlk, 1-0-2; Sellnow, 1-0-2; Hermanson, 7-0-14; Armstrong, 2-4-8. Totals: 19-11-52.


Milton 6 2 9 17—34


Monroe 14 14 14 10—52


Three-point goals—Milton 2 (Blumer, Stair), Monroe 3 (Sutter 3). Free throws missed—Milton 2, Monroe 4. Total fouls—Milton 14, Monroe 8.


Junior varsity—Monroe 35, Milton 25.


n Oregon 49, Monona Grove 47—April Cook made four straight free throws in the final minute to lift the Panthers to the Badger South victory.


Cook, who made 11 of 14 free throws overall to finish with 15 points, made a pair of free throws with a minute left to tie it at 47-47. With 40 seconds remaining Cook put down two more free throws after drawing a foul from the Silver Eagles’ Jessica Schmitz to give Oregon (8-9, 4-6) the victory.


Byrn Anderson added 17 points for Oregon. Jessica Schmitz finished with 15 points for Monona Grove


(6-11, 3-6) before fouling out.


OREGON 49, MONONA GROVE 47


Monona Grove (47)—C. Blazer, 1-4-6; M. Blazer, 3-3-9; Strangslien, 2-0-4; J. Schmitz,


6-0-15; E. Schmitz. 2-2-7; Bousshea, 3-0-6. totals: 17-9-47.


Oregon (49)—Anderson, 5-7-17; Jahn, 2-0-5; Hanson, 4-0-8; Cook, 2-11-15; Kleitsch, 2-0-4. Totals:: 15-18-49.


Monona Grove 7 17 12 11—47


Oregon 11 12 9 17—49


Three-point goals—Monona Grove (J. Schmitz 3, E. Schmitz), Oregon 1 (Jahn). Free throws missed—Monona Grove 7, Oregon 8. Total fouls—Monona Grove 20, Oregon 15. Fouled out—J. Schmitz.




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