Edgewood holds off Milton, other scores

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Tim Wester
January 12, 2011
— With Milton High and Madison Edgewood’s girls basketball teams fighting to a near-draw through three quarters, the fierce battle came down to a test of fourth-quarter will.

Unfortunately for Milton, the Crusaders had just enough resolve to gain the upper hand for a back-and-forth, 61-57 victory in a Badger South Conference showdown between the state’s fourth- and fifth-ranked Division 2 teams.

Hannah Elfman and Mackenzie Reese combined to score 18 of the Crusaders’ 24 fourth-quarter points to propel No. 4 Edgewood (8-1, 5-0) into undisputed first place, one game ahead of No. 5 Milton (7-2, 4-1).

“I said to my team at the end of the third quarter that it’s our time,” Edgewood coach Lora Staveness said. “And we hadn’t been playing our best, but to be in the game at somebody else’s gym against a great team, I thought it was tremendous for us to steal one down here and get one leg up.”

The Crusaders’ one-game advantage was aided by the Red Hawks’ cold shooting in the fourth quarter.

“We had some shots on some nights go in, and tonight we were just pretty cold,” Mil

ton coach Scott Randall said. “But overall, it was a good effort by our kids and a good effort by them (the Crusaders).’’

Reese took full advantage of the Red Hawks’ cold shooting in the fourth, scoring seven quick points, including a runner in the paint that gave the Crusaders the lead for good at 42-41 with 6:30 to play.

Liz Eide’s lay-up with 2:20 left kept the Red Hawks in contention at 50-47, but five straight Crusader free throws helped Edgewood put the game away at 55-47 with a minute left.

The Red Hawks drew as close as four down the stretch, but it wasn’t enough to stop Edgewood.

“Our bench wasn’t as deep as theirs tonight,” Randall said. “I think that probably was a factor tonight with them having a little more energy on the floor.”

The Red Hawks certainly had plenty of energy in the first half. Morgan Blumer’s nine first-quarter points helped Milton lead 19-12 after the first eight minutes.

Blumer led Milton with 16 points, including 11 in the first half.

Milton led by as many as nine in the second quarter before the Crusaders responded with a 14-6 run to draw within 27-26 by halftime.

“We’ve been down before in games by more than 10 points, and we’ve come back,” Staveness said. “So we have that confidence to fight back.”

Both teams fought back in the third quarter, with Milton maintaining a two-point lead after three quarters. But it was all Edgewood from there.


Edgewood (61)—Elfman, 4-6-15; Chapin, 2-2-4; Reese, 4-6-14; Kelm, 2-3-8; Meriggioli, 4-1-9; Conn, 0-1-1; Tancill, 3-2-10. Totals: 19-21-61.

Milton (57)—Blumer, 7-1-16; Stair, 3-2-9; Eide, 7-0-14; Holapa, 1-0-2; Roherty, 2-0-6; Frisque, 1-0-2; Spaulding, 1-0-2; Westrick, 2-2-6. 24-5-57.

Madison Edgewood 12 14 11 24—61

Milton 19 8 12 18—57

Three-point goals—Edgewood 3 (Elfman, Tancill 2), Milton 4 (Blumer, Stair, Roherty 3). Free throws missed— Edgewood 7, Milton 3. Total fouls—Edgewood 13, Milton 22. Fouled out—Blumer, Roherty.

Badger South

-- Fort Atkinson 41, Monona Grove 36—Fort Atkinson exploded for 19 points in the fourth quarter after being held to single digits in the first three to defeat host Monona Grove.

Fort improved to 3-2 in the Badger South and 8-2 overall. MG fell to 0-4 and 3-6.

Maddie Bare led Fort with 10 points. Taylor Nelson scored 12 points for the Silver Eagles.


Fort Atkinson (41)—Weigand 9, Bare 10, Forester 4, Bienfang 6, Fitzgerald 5, Pfiefer 2. Totals: 11-16-41

Monona Grove 36—Calhoun 1, Veserat 4, Werner 6, Ellestad 4, Kelsey 5, Nelson 12. Totals: 14-4-36

Fort Atkinson 8 5 9 19—41

Monona Grove 13 8 5 10—36

Three-point goals—Fort Atkinson 3 (Weigand, Bare. Fitzgerald). Monona Grove 2 (Calhoun, Kelsey). Free throws missed—Fort Atkinson 8, Monona Grove 2. Total fouls—Fort Atkinson 13, Monona Grove 20.

-- Monroe 43, Stoughton 38—Monroe erased a 20-18 halftime deficit with a 13-7 third quarter for a 31-27 lead at Stoughton in notching its first Badger South win.

Kylee Ritschard and Kyleigh Sellnow each scored 14 points and Brooke McBride chipped in 10 for Monroe.

Kayla Rowley scored 12 points to lead Stoughton.


Monroe (43)—Jacobson. 1-0-3; Ritschard, 5-4-14; Sellnow, 4-4-14; McBain, 5-0-10; Barrett, 1-0-2. Totals: 16-8-11 43

Stoughton (38)—Mersberger, 4-1-11; Rowley, 6-0-12; Bower, 3-0-6; Christofferson, 2-1-5; Robson, 1-2-4. Totals: 16-4-7 38

Monroe 11 7 13 12—43

Stoughton 10 10 7 11—38

Three-point goals—Monroe 3 (Jacobson, Sellnow 2); Stoughton 2 (Mersberger). Free throws missed—Monroe 3, Stoughton 3. Total fouls—Monroe 11, Stoughton 14.

-- Portage 52, Oregon 41—Kali Jahn and Marie Fritz each scored 11 points, but visiting Portage defeated Oregon (2-2, 2-7 overall) in a Badger nonconference crossover game.

Jessica Mueller led the Warriors (1-4, 4-7) with 14 points.


Portage (52)—Hemming, 2-3-9; Olson, 4-4-14; Mueller, 5-0-11; Kapel, 1-0-2; Considine, 4-2-10; Fleischhacker, 1-0-2; Rothenburger, 1-2-4. Totals: 18-11-52.

Oregon (41)—Jahn, 5-0-11; Peach, 3-0-7; Ricker, 2-3-8; Sessler, 2-0-4; Fritz, 5-1-11. Totals: 17-4-41

Portage 15 10 9 18—52

Oregon 10 5 17 9—41

Three-point goals—Portage 5 (Hemming 2, Olson 2, Mueller), Oregon 3 (Jahn, Ricker, Peach). Free throws missed—Portage 11, Oregon 4. Total fouls—Portage 11, Oregon 17. Fouled out—Jahn.

Junior varsity—Oregon 51, Portage 27.

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