Girls basketball team jumps to No. 1

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Rob Reischel
Alyssa Lemirande and Middleton's girls basketball team are still unbeaten in the Big Eight Conference./Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

Madison La Follette did all that it could to slow down Middleton’s girls basketball team last Friday.

Now, two of the Big Eight Conference’s top teams will try doing the same.

The Cardinals toppled the Lancers, 57-38, in a game played at a snails pace. Middleton improved to 14-2 overall and stayed atop the Big Eight with a 12-0 record.

Now, Middleton will get two huge tests in the next week.

First the Cardinals travel to Sun Prairie (9-4, 11-6) Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Middleton then heads to second-place Verona (12-1, 14-2) on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

“Sun Prairie is a tough game,” said Middleton coach Jeff Kind, whose defeated Sun Prairie, 99-87 on Dec. 15. “We just plain outscored them the first round, but I don’t think either Coach (John) Olsen or I would tell you we were thrilled with our defenses. 

“They have a couple good scorers in (Jayda) Jansen and (Carly) Coulthart, so we'll have to be more aware of them this time around, keeping Jansen out of the paint and taking the three away from Coulthart.”

Middleton did a nice job against La Follette last Friday, despite the Lancers’ best effort to slow the game to a crawl.

Middleton had its lowest point total of the season, but did more than enough to survive.

Cardinals junior guard Bria Lemirande led all scorers with 18 points, while junior forward Alexis Thomas added 13. Middleton also got a lift with the return of sophomore forward Halle White, who had missed the first 15 games of the year with a shoulder injury.

“It was played at a slower pace than most of our games have been because La Follette did a better job against the press and made us work against their 1-2-2 zone,” Kind said. “We were inconsistent in our zone offense and not always on the same page, but we started to look to our posts a little better and got some inside-out looks for threes and some scoring out of our posts. 

“For the most part we did a good job in our half-court defense. With the exception of a few help-side lapses, we defensed their ball screens pretty well.”

• On deck: In addition to games at Sun Prairie Thursday and Verona Feb. 9, Middleton is at Madison Memorial Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

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