Edgerton girls pass physical test
EDGERTON There won’t be any type of instructional video made from Tuesday night’s Evansville vs. Edgerton girls basketball game.
Play was physical as the two Rock Valley Conference rivals got after each other, resulting in 54 fouls and 74 free throws.
When the final horn sounded, the Crimson Tide prevailed with a 68-59 win in a WIAA Division 3 regional quarterfinal game. Edgerton (12-11) plays at top-seeded and fifth-ranked Brodhead (21-1) on Friday night in a regional semifinal.
Samantha Gander had 24 points to lead three players in double figures as the Crimson Tide took advantage of an 8-0 run to start the second quarter that pushed the lead to 14.
“We’ve been an up-and-down team all season, and you saw that tonight,” Edgerton coach Mike Schmidt said. “When we’re going good, we can play with anybody. And when we aren’t, we struggle at times like we did tonight.
“This was the last home game for our seniors, and they really stepped it up.”
Trailing by seven after three quarters, Evansville eventually cut the deficit to three when Brielle Greenleaf made three free throws with 3:12 left after being fouled on a 3-point attempt. But Edgerton responded with a 6-0 spurt, and the Blue Devils would get no closer than seven the rest of the way.
Despite seeing his team’s season come to an end after splitting the regular-season series with Edgerton, Evansville coach Jim Schoenenberger could not find fault with his team’s effort.
“The kids left everything on the floor, and I couldn’t ask for anything more,” Schoenenberger said.
“We did the things we needed to do to give ourselves a chance, but the missed free throws killed us. And our outside shooting has hurt us all year and it did again tonight.”
Evansville had several chances to cut into Edgerton’s lead in the third quarter but couldn’t take advantage at the line. The Blue Devils missed on 15 of 40 free-throw attempts, including three straight missed on the front end of a one-and-one situation.
Kayla Klitzman led Evansville with 18 points, while Greenleaf and Tia Nelson added 14 each.
Seniors Whitney Oren and Megan Johnson added 18 and 15 points, respectively, for Edgerton, which lost by 17 to Brodhead during the regular season.
“Obviously, we have to play better than we did tonight and we will,” Schmidt said. “It comes down to rebounding. We have to do a better job on the boards than we did the first time we played them.”
EDGERTON 68, EVANSVILLE 59
Evansville (59)—Larson, 1-0-2; Miller, 1-1-3; Hurtley, 1-1-3; Krumwiede, 1-0-2; Klitzman, 4-10-18; Greenleaf, 2-9-14; Nelson, 5-4-14; Anderson, 1-0-2. Totals: 16-25-59.
Edgerton (68)—Oren, 7-4-18; Lawrence, 0-4-4; Gander, 8-7-24; Johnson, 5-5-15; Walters, 0-7-7. Totals: 20-27-68.
Evansville 8 17 14 20—59
Edgerton 14 20 12 22—68
Three-point goals—Evansville 2 (Larson, Greenleaf), Edgerton 1 (Gander). Free throws missed—Evansville 15, Edgerton 7. Total fouls—Evansville 25, Edgerton 29. Fouled out—Nelson, Lawrence.