Edgerton girls rally past Brodhead
The Edgerton High point guard, who plays for her dad, Mike Schmidt, certainly knows how to close out a game. The senior had 18 of her game-high 23 points in the second half as the Crimson Tide erased a 26-23 halftime deficit to gain the 52-47 win over Brodhead here Friday night.
In the cross-over battle between Rock Valley North and South leaders, seventh-ranked Edgerton forced 10 second-half Brodhead turnovers to rally past the Cardinals.
“In the end, it comes down to free throws and defense,” Meggie Schmidt said after Edgerton improved to 14-1 overall and 10-0 in the conference.
Against Edgerton’s full-court press, Brodhead (9-6,
7-3), missed 10 of its 12 fourth-quarter shots, which allowed the Tide to extend its 38-37 lead.
“We had some big-time defensive plays down the stretch,” Mike Schmidt said. “The kids stepped it up.”
Haley Fritz sparked the closing run with a three-pointer, and Jennifer Gimmer followed with a runner in the lane to push Edgerton’s lead to 45-39, with 5:37 remaining.
Schmidt extended the Edgerton lead 49-41 with her backcourt steal and leaner in the lane. However, Brodhead answered with six straight points.
Megan Mohns, who led the Cardinals with 13 points, started the run with two free throws, followed by a jumper from Amanda Pickel (10 points) and a banked-in jumper from the wing by Rachel Heller to cut the deficit to 49-47 with 1:10 left.
But after Schmidt made two free throws, Brodhead missed three three-point attempts in the final 45 seconds before Schmidt closed out the win with another free throw.
“We’ve had a lot of experience and have been in these types of situations before, which helps,” said Meggie Schmidt, who made six of her 10 second-half shots and five of her seven free throws.
Her coach/dad agreed.
“Last year, we got a little rattled at the end of games,” Mike Schmidt said. “But this year, our leadership came through, and that was a nice thing. We’ve learned from our mistakes.”
Brodhead also may have run out gas as it tried to rally back.
“The difference was they executed down the stretch,” said Brodhead coach Brad Pickett, whose squad jumped out to an early 13-5 lead. “We may have been a little fatigued at the end. We’re not as deep as we have been.”
EDGERTON 52, BRODHEAD 47
Edgerton (52)—Oren, 2-0-4; Ferrell, 2-0-6; Schmidt, 7-8-23; Fritz, 2-0-6; Gimmer, 3-0-6; Johnson, 2-1-5; Walters, 1-0-2. Totals: 19-9-52.
Brodhead (47)—Heller, 3-3-9; Pickel, 4-0-10; M. Mohns, 3-7-13; douglas, 3-0-6; C. Mohns, 3-0-6; duffield, 1-0-3. Totals: 17-10-47.
Edgerton 12 11 15 14—52
Brodhead 15 11 11 10—47
Three-point goals—Edgerton 5 (Ferrell 2, Fritz 2, Schmidt), Brodhead 3 (Pickel 2, Duffield). Free throws missed—Edgerton 6, Brodhead 6. Total fouls—Edgerton 15, Brodhead 14. Fouled out—Douglas.