Jacob Fox decided the postseason would be a good time to put on a shooting clinic.
The Edgerton High senior sharpshooter made five more 3-pointers Saturday night—after draining six on Friday—to lead the Crimson Tide to a convincing 61-48 win over Lodi in a WIAA Division 3 regional final game.
Second-seeded Edgerton (19-5) won its first regional title since 2002 and plays top-seeded Platteville at 7 p.m. Thursday at Oregon in a sectional semifinal game.
Saturday’s game was tied 26-26 at half, but the second half was all Edgerton. The Tide went on a 21-8 run to start the half in building a 13-point lead with 8:34 to play. Lodi got no closer than 11 the rest of the way.
Fox hit back-to-back 3s to spark the rally and said there was no secret to the team’s second-half success.
“Their defense was really good at packing the middle, so coach said we needed to drive the middle but then kick it out for open looks,” Fox said. “And once we knocked down a couple from the outside, that forced them to come out and guard us, which then opened up things a little bit where we could drive to the basket.”
Fox had plenty of support from his teammates.
Freshman point guard Clayton Jenny did a masterful job of running the show and was the most poised player on the floor despite his youth. Jenny finished with nine points, four assists, and most important, only one turnover.
Donovan Cone had 10 points for Edgerton, while Dan Zeimet added seven and Alec Johnson six.
Edgerton coach Daryl Fox said his team’s defense was stifling, especially during the second half when it limited Lodi to 22 points.
“Our 3-point shooting has been great the last two nights, and that’s something we work really hard on every practice,” Fox said of his team, which has made 19 3-pointers in two tournament games. “But I really thought the difference tonight, like it has been all season, was our defense.
“We rebounded like crazy tonight and forced them into being an outside-shooting team. I’m pretty sure that’s not what they wanted to do.”
Despite the program’s first sectional berth in 16 years, Jacob Fox said the Tide are not satisfied.
“I’m going to be honest with you,” Fox said. “Nobody on this team thinks we’re done now just because we’ve made it to the sectional. We’re looking at four more games to tell you the truth.”
With the way Fox and the Crimson Tide are shooting the ball right now, that’s not out of the question.
EDGERTON 61, LODI 48
Lodi (48)—Bacon, 4-2-11; Kolinski, 5-2-13; Cas. Breunig, 1-0-3; Scola, 0-1-1; Steinhoff, 1-0-2; Furniss, 1-0-3; Car. Breunig, 3-0-8; Kerr, 1-0-3. Totals: 17-7-48.
Edgerton (61)—Cone, 5-0-10; Jenny, 3-1-9; Fox, 8-0-21; Zeimet, 1-4-7; A. Johnson, 3-0-6; Wille, 1-1-4; Long, 1-0-2; J. Johnson, 1-0-2. Totals: 23-6-61,
Lodi 26 22—48
Edgerton 26 35—61
Three-point goals—Lodi 7 (Car. Breunig 2, Cas. Breunig, Bacon, Kolinski, Furniss, Kerr), Edgerton 9 (Fox 5, Jenny 2,Wille, Zeimet). Free throws missed—Lodi 1, Edgerton 4. Total fouls—Lodi 13, Edgerton 9.