Edgerton slips past Big Foot
The Edgerton senior had nine rebounds, none more paramount than the offensive one she wrestled away from Jordyn Courier after Meggie Schmidt missed a front-end free throw with 10 seconds left.
Draped by the 6-foot Courier, Stettler thought better of going for the putback, kicking it out to Schmidt.
“I think she was going to go back up for the shot, but (Courier) had her by the ball and the wrist and wouldn’t let her,” Edgerton coach Mike Schmidt said.
“It was nerve-racking,” Stettler said. “After getting the rebound, I knew there was 10 seconds left. I just got it out to eat time.”
After Schmidt missed another front end, Courier secured the rebound and lined up a desperation heave from her own three-point line, but a straight-up Stettler got a handful of fingertips on it.
“She’s our senior,” coach Schmidt said of Stettler, who gave up three inches in height to Courier. “She gets the most minutes, and she’s been stepping up as of late. She’s not the biggest—she gets the most out of her size and always outworks everyone.”
With its eighth straight Rock Valley win, the Crimson Tide (12-7, 11-3) moved back into a tie with McFarland
(15-5, 11-3) for first place in the North Division. And the Spartans visit Edgerton on Thursday for a championship showdown.
“We’re streaking to take our side of the conference,” Stettler said. “Now we’re looking forward to Thursday’s game with McFarland.”
“We got them at their place, so they’re gonna be angry,” coach Schmidt said of Edgerton’s 52-44 victory at McFarland three weeks ago.
After eclipsing the 1,000-point career mark last week, Courier hit four three-pointers against Edgerton and led all scorers with 25 points.
Meggie Schmidt, a junior point guard, led the Tide with 13. Freshman Kassie Walters added 11, and junior Jennifer Gimmer had 10 points and six offensive boards.
Walters, a 5-10 forward who averages just 3.3 points a game, hit a three-pointer from three feet beyond the top of the key with 33 seconds elapsed in the fourth quarter.
“That gave us a big lift,” Stettler said.
It gave Edgerton a 40-39 lead, its first since a 16-15 advantage moments before Courier hit a buzzer-beater to give the Chiefs (10-8, 8-5 Rock Valley South) a 17-16 lead through a frenetic first period.
Schmidt hit two free throws to give Edgerton a 40-37 lead, its biggest of the game, with 6:23 left. Courier answered with a personal 7-1 run.
“This is the time when good players get hot—at the end of a good season,” Big Foot coach Joe Wehrenberg said.
But the Chiefs failed to score again until Courier connected for a three-pointer with 15.3 seconds left to get within one at 48-47. They missed their last three free throws.
“You could tell we were tired,” Wehrenberg said.
If the Tide wins Thursday, it will clinch at least a tie for the first conference title in the program’s history.
“Our girls want the numbers up on that sign up there,” coach Schmidt said.
EDGERTON 48, BIG FOOT 47
Big Foot (47)—Young, 3-1-8; Schwartz, 3-0-6; Isham, 3-0-6; Courier, 9-3-25; Spangler, 0-2-2. Totals: 18-6-47.
Edgerton (48)—Oren, 0-3-3; Schmidt, 3-4-13; Fritz, 2-3-9; Gimmer, 5-0-10; Wileman, 1-0-2; Walters, 5-0-11. Totals: 16-10-48.
Big Foot 17 14 4 12—47
Edgerton 16 9 10 13—48
Three-point goals—Big Foot 5 (Courier 4, Young), Edgerton 6 (Schmidt 3, Fritz 2, Walters. Free throws missed—Big Foot 8, Edgerton 9. Total fouls— Big Foot 15, Edgerton 16.
Last updated: 12:48 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012