Edgerton High’s boys basketball team played long ball Friday night.
The Crimson Tide hit 10 3-pointers en route to a 72-60 win over Dodgeville in a WIAA Division 3 regional semifinal game.
Edgerton (18-5) hosts Lodi (14-9) at 7 p.m. today in a regional final game.
Dodgeville led by one at half and went on a 10-0 run to start the second half to take a 40-29 lead. It was all Edgerton after that.
The Tide went on a 19-3 run to take a five-point lead with 9:04 to play and pushed the margin to double digits after that. Donovan Cone sparked the run with six points, and reserve Kyle Wille hit a key 3 that made it 48-43.
Edgerton’s Jacob Fox, who led all scorers with 25 points, said there was no panic despite the double-digit deficit early in the second half.
“We just had to start knocking down some shots, and we did,” Fox said. “Kyle hit a couple big 3s off the bench, Clayton Jenny taking it to the rack and getting a big and-one and Donovan finishing every layup.
“And defensively, we just had to get some stops. (Bryce) Prochaska is a really nice player, but I thought the second half, we did a pretty good job on him.”
Dodgeville cut the lead to three with 8:56 left but would get no closer after that. Fox and Johnson hit back-to-back 3s to push the lead to nine and the freshman Jenny made it 56-45 with 6:16 to play on a nifty move to basket.
The Dodgers were forced to foul, and although the Crimson Tide missed 11 free throws in the second half, they made enough to keep Dodgeville at bay. Edgerton was 12-for-23 at the line in the second half.
Johnson finished with 15 points for Edgerton, while Cone added 13. The 6-foot-7 Prochaska had 21 to lead the Dodgers.
With Capitol North champion Lodi up next, Edgerton coach Daryl Fox knows his team has to be better on the defensive end.
“We gave up 30 points (in) the first half tonight and that’s just not us,” coach Fox said. “I thought other than that two-minute stretch they had to start the second half, we were much better defensively than we were the first half. We got to some loose balls we weren’t getting to the first half and did a much better job on the boards.
“Lodi’s going to be another very good team. It’s nice to get them at home, though. You can’t beat a little home cooking.”
EDGERTON 72, DODGEVILLE 60
Dodgeville (60)—Blalock 1-2-5; Phillips 1-2-5; Eastman 5-1-11; Glonek 2-0-5; Prochaska 5-10-21; James 4-0-9; Molldrem 1-0-2; Tranel 1-0-2. Totals: 20-15-60
Edgerton (72)—Cone 5-4-13; Fox 9-1-25; Jenny 2-2-7; Zeimet 0-2-2; Long 0-1-1; A. Johnson 7-0-15; Wille 2-2-8. Totals 25-12-72
Dodgeville 30 30—60
Edgerton 29 43—72
Three-point goals—Dodgeville 5 (Blalock, Phillips, Glonek, Prochaska, James), Edgerton 10 (Fox 6, Wille 2, Jenny, A. Johnson). Free throws missed—Dodgeville 5, Edgerton 11. Total fouls—Dodgeville 24, Edgerton 23. Fouled out—James, Eastman, Fox