Edgerton girls enjoy banner night
There was one blank spot, however. But that was taken care of here Friday night.
On a milestone night for the girls basketball program, Meggie Schmidt scored 23 points to lead the Crimson Tide to a pivotal 57-55 Rock Valley North win over Whitewater.
Edgerton (17-1, 13-0), No. 6 in the AP Division 3 state ratings, set school records for wins in a season and in the conference. But what mattered most was clinching at least a share of the school’s first-ever girls basketball conference championship.
Second-place East Troy (10-3) was upset by McFarland on Friday night, leaving the Crimson Tide with a three-game lead with three games to play. That means Edgerton can clinch the undisputed title in a makeup game at home Monday against Turner.
“We made plays when we had to, and some girls really stepped up and gave us a big basket or made free throws when we needed it,” Edgerton coach Mike Schmidt said of the critical win over the Whippets. “We kept our composure when Whitewater made its run, and then at the end, got to the free-throw line where we’re a pretty good free-throw shooting team.”
Edgerton made nine free throws in the decisive fourth quarter, including two from Jennifer Gimmer with 1:42 to play that gave the Crimson Tide the lead at 51-49. Whitewater, which got 19 points from talented freshman Brooke Trewyn, tied the game on Julia Shelbourn’s basket with 1:25 left, but Edgerton responded with Megan Johnson’s go-ahead basket with 27 seconds left and Schmidt’s steal and layup that pushed the lead to 55-51 with 18 seconds left.
The first half was an offensive clinic as the teams combined fcr 66 points.
Edgerton hit eight three-point baskets in the first half, including three each by Schmidt and Brooke Ferrell.
To offset the long-range efficiency by the Crimson Tide, Whitewater owned the post and trailed only 34-32 at half.
“We knew they weren’t going to stay hot the whole game, but the first half it seemed like every three they put up went in,” Whitewater coach Judy Harms said. “And I didn’t think our defense was that bad. They just hit some very difficult threes.
“The second half, I was really proud of our defense. They did some nice things. We just needed to execute better on offense. We forced too many shots.”
After trailing by two at half, Whitewater (10-7, 8-5) controlled the third quarter. The Whippets limited the Crimson Tide to one field goal in the quarter and only five points in taking a 42-39 lead into the final period.
There were six lead changes in the fourth before Edgerton took control from the free-throw line. Gimmer made five free throws in the fourth, and Schmidt added three as the Tide continued its magical season.
“We had some trouble finding the passing lanes in the second half and tried to go inside with a couple of their kids in foul trouble,” coach Schmidt said. “But Whitewater’s zone is an aggressive one. and it gave us problems.
“Once Meggie made the steal to put us up four, I felt like we were in pretty good shape because we’ve shot free throws well all season.”
Sabrina Hookstead added 16 points for a Whitewater team that has no seniors.
Ferrell finished with 10 points for Edgerton, while Gimmer and Haley Fritz each added nine.
EDGERTON 57, WHITEWATER 55
Whitewater (55)—Harty, 2-0-5; Hookstead, 6-3-13; Trewyn, 7-3-19; Runez, 1-3-5; Shelbourn, 3-1-8; Samuels, 1-0-2. Totals: 20-10-55.
Edgerton (57)—Ferrell, 3-1-10; Schmidt, 7-6-23; Fritz, 3-0-9; Gimmer, 2-5-9; Johnson, 2-2-6. Totals: 17-14-57.
Whitewater 13 19 10 13—55
Edgerton 13 21 5 18—57
Three-point goals—Whitewater 5 (Harty, Hookstead, Trewyn 2, Shelbourn), Edgerton 9 (Ferrell 3, Schmidt 3, Fritz 3). Free throws missed—Whitewater 3, Edgerton 8. Total fouls—Whitewater 18, Edgerton 13. Fouled out—Samuels.