Girls basketball team gets No. 2 seed

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Rob Reischel
Middleton girls basketball coach Jeff Kind and his Cardinals are the No. 2 seed in their sectional./Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

The path is daunting, like it is every year.

But that hasn’t stopped Middleton’s girls basketball team before. And the Cardinals will be hoping for similar success this time around.

Middleton received the No. 2 seed in the WIAA Division 1 Janesville Craig Sectional.

The Cardinals host 15th-seeded Madison West Feb. 26 in a regional semifinal at 7 p.m. If Middleton advances there, it would host either seventh-seeded Janesville Parker or 10th-seeded Madison East in a regional final on Feb. 27.

The sectional semifinals are March 3 and the sectional finals are March 5. The sectional final will be held in Janesville Craig, as long as the Cougars aren’t in the game. If Craig is a sectional finalist, the game will be moved to a neutral site.

Verona, which defeated Middleton last Tuesday, is the No. 1 seed in the sectional. The Wildcats are followed by Middleton, Janesville Craig, Watertown, Sun Prairie, Kenosha Tremper, Parker, Muskego, Badger, Madison East, Kenosha Indian Trail, Oconomowoc, Madison La Follette, Madison Memorial, Madison West, Kenosha Bradford and Beloit Memorial.

Middleton will be bidding for 10th overall trip to state and its ninth since 2001.

“Once again it looks like a Big Eight tournament to get to Green Bay,” Middleton coach Jeff Kind said of the Cardinals’ path to return to state. “Watertown, Muskego and Kenosha Tremper may be able to make a dent on that, but Tremper is the only one in our half of the bracket.

“So it looks like West, Parker or East, and probably Craig to get another shot at Verona barring surprises.”

Middleton, which opens the tournament against Madison West, toppled the Regents, 56-42, last Friday.

Alyssa Lemirande led the Cardinals with 15 points, while Alexis Thomas added 12 points.

Middleton led, 26-20, at halftime and kept the Regents at bay in the second half. Kind admitted, though, it was more of a grind-it-out game than he hoped for.

“Our West game was a little blasé after the Verona game,” Kind said. “We weren’t real sharp at the start, but did enough good things to keep on top of them.

“They played inspired and showed much improvement from their first game. I think we played hard and we’re getting close to being very effective against the zone defenses we've been seeing consistently.”



Middleton....................... 26 30 — 56

Madison West.................. 20 22 — 42

MIDDLETON — Flottmeyer 2 0-0 4, B. Lemirande 3 0-0 7, A. Lemirande 7 0-0 15, C. Lemirande 2 0-0 6, Staples 2 1-4 6, Thomas 4 2-6 12, White 2 2-2 6. Totals 22 5-14 56.

MADISON WEST — Bruce 1 0-0 2, Carlson 3 2-3 8, Darvin 1 2-2 4, Hettebach 1 0-0 2, Manke 2 0-0 6, McGilligan 2 3-4 8, Monette 5

1-2 12. Totals 15 8-13 42.

3-point goals — MID 7 (Lemirande 1, Lemirande 1, Lemirande 2, Staples 1, Thomas 2), MW 4 (Manke 2, McGilligan 1, Monette 1).

Total fouls—MID 18, MW 14.




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