Edgerton emerges with win
There may not be a rhyme or reason how Edgerton did it. But the fact remains, the Crimson Tide did.
Edgerton saw an 11-point lead slip away in the fourth quarter and committed costly turnovers down the stretch, but still came away with a crucial 63-57 win over the previously unbeaten Trojans here Thursday night.
Meggie Schmidt led the way with 28 points, including seven in the fourth quarter to help seventh-ranked Edgerton (13-1, 9-0) gain a one-game lead over sixth-rated East Troy (12-1, 8-1) in the Rock Valley North.
“We got the lead, and then we made some poor decisions, and they (the Trojans) got right back into it. But when they took the lead, we got it right back,” Edgerton coach Mike Schmidt said.
And after all that, East Troy ended up disappointed.
“We had some opportunities, but I give all the credit to my kids that they came back from being down 11,” East Troy coach Jeff Brown said. “And we had some chances to stay ahead and just didn’t make the shots.”
The feisty Trojans, behind a 15-4 spurt, gained a 57-56 lead on Breanna Gaspervich’s three-point play with a minute left.
Meggie Schmidt quickly answered with two free throws on the ensuing possession to reclaim a 58-57 lead with 58 seconds left.
The Trojans then missed two free throws on the following possession, but they got the ball right back after an Edgerton turnover.
Schmidt then stole the inbounds pass and was fouled. She made one free throw to give the Crimson Tide a 59-57 lead with 38 seconds left.
The Trojans then failed to score the rest of the way and watched Edgerton sink four more free throws to seal the victory.
“We made just enough free throws down at the end,” coach Schmidt said. “We weren’t lights out, but it was enough.”
Both teams were lights out at different parts of the back-and-forth marathon.
Schmidt had the first run of the game, scoring 10 of her team’s first 19 points en route to a 19-13 lead for Edgerton early in the second quarter.
After the Trojans drew even at 28-28 by halftime, Edgerton had an 11-0 run between the third and fourth quarters en route to a 49-38 lead.
But it was anything but smooth sailing from there as the teams exchanged leads in the final minute before the Crimson Tide finally put the game out of reach.
“We’re not going to be devastated by the loss,” Brown said. “We’re going to bounce back next time.”
EDGERTON 63, EAST TROY 57
Edgerton (63)—Oren, 4-1-10; Schmidt, 7-12-28; Fritz, 1-2-5; Gimmer, 1-0-2; Johnson, 4-3-11; Ferrell, 1-0-3; Gander, 0-2-2; Walters, 0-2-2; Johnson, 0-0-0. Totals: 18-22-63.
East Troy (57)—Oleson, 6-2-14; Gaspervich, 6-6-18; Dolan, 1-4-6; Riemer, 1-3-5; Verick, 1-0-2; Atchinson, 3-2-8; Balcerowski, 1-0-2, Olsen, 1-0-2. Totals: 20-17-57.
Edgerton 13 15 16 19—63
East Troy 13 15 10 19—57
Three-point goals—Edgerton 5 (Oren, Schmidt 2, Ferrell, Fritz). Free throws missed—Edgerton 15, East Troy 11. Total fouls—Edgerton 24, East Troy 25. Fouled out—Johnson, Gaspervich , Riemer, Dolan