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Milton turns three-point deficit into rout with amazing quarter

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Gazette Staff
February 15, 2012

The Milton High boys basketball team pulled off one of the most amazing fourth quarters that any squad will ever accomplish.


The Red Hawks outscored visiting Monroe, 28-1, to earn a 62-38 Badger South Conference victory Tuesday night.


“It was just one of those things,” Milton coach Zach Groelle said. “It was like someone flipped a switch. Our defense started getting turnovers.


“Only five of the 28 points came on free throws,” Groelle said. “We had like a dozen baskets and many of those were in transition.”


The Red Hawks went into the final quarter trailing 37-34, and concluded the game by outscoring Monroe, 39-6.


The stunning final eight minutes progressed at such a rate that even Groelle did not realize what exactly was happening.


“Monroe got their free throw about three minutes into the quarter,” Groelle said. “I looked up and didn’t realize we were up by that many.”


The 28 points were spread evenly among the Milton players. Erick Bolden, a 6-foot-8 senior, led the way with three baskets and two free throws.


Bolden finished with a team-high 16 points. Sam McCann added 15, and Luke Ganz had 10 for the Red Hawks, who improved to 4-7 in the Badger South and 9-12 overall.


The Cheesemakers, who used an 11-2 spurt to open the second half and take a 32-23 lead, dropped to 3-8 and 8-12.


MILTON 62, MONROE 38

Monroe (38)—Barenklau, 4-0-8; Hirshbrunner, 1-0-2; Wyssbrod, 2-0-4; Schneider, 2-2-7; Messerli, 1-0-3; Barta, 1-4-6; Dahlk, 1-0-2; Burandt, 1-0-2; Latimeer, 2-0-4. Totals: 15-6-38.


Milton (62)—Westrick, 3-0-7; Ross, 1-0-3; Kovars, 2-1-5; McCann, 7-1-15; Ganz, 5-0-10; Hartman, 2-2-6. Bolden, 7-2-16. Totals: 27-6-62.


Monroe 12 9 16 1—38


Milton 8 13 13 28—62


Three-point goals—Monroe 2 (Schneider, Messerli), Milton 2 (Westrick, Ross). Free throws missed—Monroe 3, Milton 3. Total fouls—Monroe 13, Milton 11.


-- Stoughton 51, Oregon 45—Stoughton stayed in first in the Badger South by defeating visiting Oregon.


The Vikings, 8-2 in the Badger South and 16-4 overall, took control in the third quarter and led, 39-28, going into the fourth quarter.


Max Fuller led Stoughton with 18 points. Cole Brusegar had 13.


Nate Benson, David Solberg and Brad Maerz each had 11 for the Panthers (6-5, 11-8).


STOUGHTON 51, OREGON 45

Oregon (45)—Benson, 3-4-11; McCauley, 0-2-2; Sterling, 1-0-2; Schwartz, 2-2-7; Solberg, 3-2-11; Maerz, 5-1-11; Rosga, 0-1-1. Totals: 14-12-45.


Stoughton (51)—Rowley, 0-1-1; Liggett, 1-0-2; Kowalkowski, 2-0-4; Brusegar, 4-5-13; Schultz, 1-0-3; Graffin, 2-3-8; Fuller, 7-2-18; Giese, 1-0-2. Totals: 18-11-51.


Oregon 11 11 6 17—45


Stoughton 15 10 14 12—51


Three-point goals—Oregon 5 (Solberg 3, Schwartz, Benson), Stoughton 4 (Fuller 2, Graffin, Schultz). Free throws missed—Oregon 1, Stoughton 3. Total fouls—Oregon 12, Stoughton 9.


-- Edgewood 73, Fort Atkinson 51—Austin Arians sank five three-point baskets and scored a game-high 23 points to lead Madison Edgewood over visiting Fort Atkinson.


The win lifted Edgewood to 14-5 overall and 7-3 in the conference. Fort Atkinson fell to 13-7 and 6-4.


The Crusaders hammered the Blackhawks with 11 three-point baskets. Chris Wells hit three from beyond the arc, while teammates Connor McGinnis, Jack Zwettler and Rewais Hanna made one three apiece.


Fort Atkinson did not have a player reach double figures.


EDGEWOOD 73, FORT ATKINSON 51

Fort Atkinson (51)—Gilkey, 0-3-3; Boos, 1-2-4; O’Brien, 1-0-3; Bakken, 3-1-8; Hartman, 1-2-5; Rossing, 2-2-8; Shoenherr, 2-0-4; Jones, 3-1-7; Strasburg, 2-1-5; Hanson, 2-0-4. Totals: 17-12-51.


Edgewood (73)—Young, 0-1-1; Ripple, 2-0-4; Grosenheider, 1-0-2; Wells, 5-0-13; Brink, 3-0-6; Brunker, 2-0-4; Arians, 8-2-23; McGinnis, 3-1-8; Zwettler, 4-0-9; Rewais, 1-0-3. Totals: 29-4-73.


Fort Atkinson 9 13 11 18—51


Edgewood 20 12 22 19—73


Three-point goals—Fort Atkinson 5 (O’Brien, Bakken, Hartman, Rossing 2), Edgewood 11 (Wells 3, Arians 5, McGinnis, Zwettler, Hanna). Free throws missed—Fort Atkinson 7, Edgewood 4. Total fouls—Fort Atkinson 10, Edgewood 10.



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