Girls basketball team lands No. 4 seed

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Rob Reischel
Josie Lemirande and Middleton's girls basketball team received the No. 4 seed in their sectional./Times-Tribune photo by Rob Reischel

If you told Jeff Kind in December that Middleton’s girls basketball team would land a top-four postseason seed, the Cardinals’ head coach might have thought you were goofy.

Middleton struggled early in the season and had a 3-5 record just two days after Christmas. But the Cardinals have been red-hot ever since, winning 10 of their last 12 games.

And Sunday afternoon, Middleton received the No. 4 seed in its sectional.

The Cardinals (13-7) will host 13th-seeded Janesville Parker (7-12) in a WIAA Division 1 regional semifinal on Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. If the Cardinals win there, they’d face the winner of fifth-seeded Waunakee (15-6) and 12th-seeded Watertown (10-11) in a regional final Feb. 24.

The sectional semifinals are March 1 at Madison Memorial, and the sectional finals are March 3 at Janesville Craig.

Mukwonago (17-2) is the No. 1 seed, while Sun Prairie (19-1) is seeded second and Madison East (14-5) is the No. 3 seed.

“We got the seed we were hoping for,” Kind said. “We’re familiar with three of the four teams in our half of the bracket so we know what we’re up against.”

Interestingly, the top four seeds were placed in the exact order as they were last year. The Cardinals stunned No. 1 Mukwonago in a sectional semifinal at Madison Memorial last season, then routed Madison East in a sectional final.

Middleton would obviously love an encore performance. And over the last six weeks, the Cardinals have shown that anything is possible.

Middleton won its final two games at the Christine Rathke Memorial Tournament at Franklin, which helped the Cardinals begin a seven-game winning streak. Then after losing two straight in late January, Middleton has won three straight.

Now, the Cardinals will try continuing their late-season surge in the postseason.

“It all comes down to playing clean basketball now, one game at a time,” Kind said. “So we’ll keep trying to get better.”


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