Edgerton keeps its poise
That’s as long as his team can avoid playing any stinkers down the stretch.
The Crimson Tide, however, continued the sweet smell of victory here Tuesday night with a hard-fought, 55-50 win over McFarland in a Rock Valley North showdown.
Edgerton (16-1, 12-0) outscored the feisty Spartans 13-8 in the fourth quarter to remain unbeaten in conference and two games ahead of second-place East Troy (16-2, 11-2) in the loss column with four games to play.
“We kept our poise and composure the whole game,” Schmidt said. “They (the Spartans) are a really good team that has a lot of shooters.”
Defending champion McFarland (11-8, 9-4) did all it could to test Edgerton’s poise in the final quarter.
Stevie Winer’s three-pointer with two minutes to play cut the Edgerton lead to just 49-48.
After Jennifer Gimmer answered with a free throw to
increase the lead to 50-48,
McFarland had two consecutive possessions to tie or take the lead, but the Spartans couldn’t capitalize.
Brooke Ferrell then made a pair of free throws for Edgerton with 54 seconds left to build the lead to 52-48.
Kaitlynn Eversoll quickly answered with a coast-to-coast layup with 46 seconds to play, but those were all the points McFarland could muster the rest of the way.
Kassie Walters and Meggie Schmidt sank three more free throws down the stretch to seal the five-point victory.
Schmidt led the Crimson Tide with 21 points.
“We were a little out of sorts when guard Jenny Ujke fouled out late in the game because she’s another primary ball handler for us,” McFarland coach Mike Eversoll said. “We had looks, but I would guess our legs were just a little tired because we were a little short on shots.”
The Spartans certainly were a fresh team in the first quarter.
Eversoll’s seven first-quarter points helped McFarland hold a 23-16 advantage after eight minutes.
The Crimson Tide quickly countered with an 8-0 run to claim a 24-23 lead, but Eversoll’s steal at midcourt and layup helped McFarland reclaim a 29-28 lead by halftime.
The score remained close in the third quarter, with Ferrell’s layup knotting the game at
The Crimson Tide finally gained the upper hand in the fourth and got one step closer to a conference title.
“I can smell the championship, but we still got four tough games down the stretch,” Schmidt said. “We look up on the board and see there are no losses, and that’s fueling these girls because they want to be part of history. They know it and they smell it.”
What’s more, Edgerton could clinch a tie for its first girls basketball title in history at home Friday night by beating Whitewater and having East Troy lose at McFarland.
EDGERTON 55, McFARLAND 50
McFarland (50)—M. Hettinger, 3-1-7; Culver, 1-0-3; Kranz, 5-2-12; Eversoll, 5-0-12; Ujke, 2-1-5; Frazier, 0-2-2; Brunker, 2-2-6; Winer, 1-0-3. Totals: 19-8-50.
Edgerton (55)—Oren 4-2-11; Fritz, 1-0-3; Gimmer, 3-3-9; Ferrell, 1-1-3; Walters, 1-6-8; Schmidt, 6-7-21. Totals: 16-19-55.
McFarland 23 6 13 8—50
Edgerton 16 12 14 13—55
Three point goals—McFarland 4 (Culver, Eversoll 2, Winer), Edgerton 4 (Oren, Fritz, Schmidt 2). Free throws missed—McFarland, Edgerton 6. Total fouls—McFarland, Edgerton 16. Fouled out—Ujke.
Junior varsity—Edgerton 46, McFarland 41.