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Rob Reischel
Kendall Roquet and Middleton's girls basketball team toppled Janesville Parker on Dec. 15./Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

Four weeks into the season, Jeff Kind knew a change was necessary.

Middleton’s girls basketball coach said good-bye to the run-and-gun style that has defined the Cardinals for years. Instead, Kind and the Cardinals downshifted a few gears from fifth.

The result? Middleton has begun playing far better basketball.

The Cardinals went to Janesville Parker and upended the Vikings, 57-53, last Friday. Middleton also dropped a 66-62 double overtime decision to Division 2 power Monroe last Tuesday.

The Cardinals are now 3-4 overall and 3-3 in the Big Eight Conference.

“We had to get the fundamentals down before we crank things back up again,” Kind said. “This gives us our best chance. It does. It gets a little crazy for these youngsters with kids flying all over the place.”

Things got a little crazy for the Cardinals in their win over Parker. The good news for Middleton is it didn't blink.

The Cardinals led wall-to-wall, before Parker pulled within 54-53 with 1:49 remaining. But Middleton scored the final four points of the game and held on for an important win.

Sophomore Karina Bursac led Middleton with 12 points, while sophomore Evie Coleman added nine and junior post Hannah Flottmeyer had eight.

“That was about as well as we’ve attacked a zone defense this year,” Kind said. “We finally got a little bit of continuity to our zone offense and had really good inside-out action. The kids are learning.”

Middleton led by as many as 15 in the first half and held a 34-23 advantage at the break.

Parker opened the second half on a 10-2 run, though, and was within 38-35 with 10 minutes remaining. Middleton was still clinging to a 55-53 lead when Haley Dunn had a runout lay-up to give the Cardinals a 57-53 edge with 21.3 seconds left that largely sealed the game.

“We made a number of key plays down the stretch,” said Kind, whose team played a 1-3-1 zone defense the entire night. “That was nice to see.”

It was extremely nice because three nights earlier, the Cardinals couldn’t get over the hump against powerful Monroe. The Cheesemakers returned many of their key cogs from last year’s state semifinals team, but Middleton hung tough throughout.

Amazingly, the teams were tied, 32-32, at halftime and 55-55 after regulation. The game was still knotted, 61-61, after the first overtime before Monroe pulled out a narrow in the second O.T.

Senior post Halle White led the Cardinals with 15 points, while senior guard Haley Dunn added nine. Both Flottmeyer and sophomore guard Megan Schwartz added eight points for MHS.

“I told the girls that Monroe is a senior-dominaned team that has been in those games and you guys haven’t,” Kind said. “Monroe isn’t going to lose many games and we hung in there, which is an encouraging sign.”

 

Dec. 15

Middleton 57, Janesville Parker 53

Middleton …………… 34  23 — 57

Janesville Parker …….. 23 30 — 53

MIDDLETON — Schauer 1 0-0 2, T. Tanin 2 0-0 5, Bursac 5 2-7 12, H. Dunn 2 0-1 4, C. Dunn 0 5-6 5, Coleman 2 3-4 9, Schwartz 0 2-2 2, Lemirande 2 0-0 6, S. Tanin 1 3-4 5, Flottmeyer 3 2-6 8. Totals 18 16-30 57.

JANESVILLE PARKER — Benway 4 1-1 9, Graesslin 4 0-0 12, Hartwig 7 3-6 17, Forrestal 0 2-2 2, Shelton 3 0-0 7, Rosga 2 0-0 6. Totals 20 6-9 53.

 

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