MHS girls win season-opener

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Charlotte Dunn (30) and Middleton's girls basketball team toppled Madison East in their season-opener./Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

Jeff Kind summed things up perfectly with just a few words.

“First games are always kind of sloppy,” said Kind, Middleton’s girls basketball coach. “And we lived up to that for sure.”

Middleton committed 30 turnovers and missed 12-of-19 free throws last Friday — and won.

As sloppy as it may have been, the host Cardinals never trailed and defeated Madison East, 47-36, in the season-opener for both teams.

“I think every coach in the league feels like they could use another month to prepare for that first game,” joked Kind. “There’s always a big jump in quality of play between the first and second game ... just have to get that first game out of the way.”

Middleton has now defeated East five straight times, dating back to the 2016-17 season, which included the Cardinals beating the Purgolders in a sectional final. Middleton beat East twice last season with two separate one-point victories.

“It’s always a challenge playing East,” said junior Evie Coleman. “I wasn’t here freshman year, but that was the year we beat them to get to state, so there is a lot of tension with that. And then they were ranked higher than us last year.

“This win proves us and proves that we’re here working hard. Tonight was a really good start and it’s definitely motivation for us.”

Coleman provided a spark off the bench and tied for the team lead in scoring with junior Karina Bursac at 11 points. Coleman drilled two three-pointers and had eight first half points as Middleton jumped to a 26-10 lead at the break. Coleman finished the game 4-of-8 shooting and made 3-of-6 three-pointers.

“Over the summer I did AAU and worked on fundamentals,” Coleman said. “Of course I want to be in the starting five, but also it really doesn't matter to me. As long as I'm benefiting the team like I did tonight that's all that matters to me. I hope other people look up to that and also do the same.”

Kind was satisfied with the production from Coleman. 

“She’s a good three-point shooter,” said Kind of Coleman. “We count on her and Josie (Lemirande) to be our better three-point shooters. We got some open looks to Evie on some inside-out passes. She’s catching and ready to shoot and knock it down.”

East had 31 turnovers of its own and made only 3-of-12 free throws. The teams shot a combined 10-of-31 from the line and had a combined 61 turnovers.

When asked about the free throw shooting woes, Kind noted, “These were brand new rims. They just put them in today and they were tight.”

Middleton scored first and never trailed. The Cardinals got their first bucket of the season off the tip-off from senior Hannah Flottmeyer just six seconds into the game. Middleton ended the first half on an 8-0 run and led, 26-10, at the break.

East scored the first four points of the second half to cut the deficit to 26-14, but Middleton responded with another 8-0 run to extend its lead to 34-14. The Cardinals’ largest lead came with just under nine minutes to go in the game when they held a 43-17 advantage.

East ended the game on a 19-4 run to make it 47-36. Purgolders senior Ashala Moseberry. Moseberry had 13 points over the final seven minutes on 5-of-6 shooting, including three three-pointers. Moseberry finished with a game-high 15 points — all in the second half — after missing her first five shots in the first half.

Middleton shot 17-of-51 (33.3%) from the field and 6-of-19 (31.6%) from three-point land. East finished 15-of-53 (28.3%) on field goals, going 3-of-24 (12.5%) from three. 

With just two seniors nine juniors and a sophomore on the roster, Middleton is hoping to build off of its 15-8 record from last year. Beating Big Eight rival Madison East is a good way to start, as the Cardinals play their next three games on the road.

“We hustled out there and we did a pretty good job rebounding,” Kind said. “We can be better at rebounding, because a lot of the rebounds we got we brought the ball down and they got a jump ball on us. With our size, we have to be able to control the boards. Controlling it will be something to work on.

“We’ll use tonight as a learning experience. We have to learn to take care of the ball better, finish through contact better. The pieces are there, it’s just learning how to use everybody.”

On deck: Middleton was at Verona Tuesday, then travels to Monroe Nov. 27 at 7:15 PM.

Middleton 47, Madison East 36

East — 10  26 ……………….. 36

Middleton — 26  21 ……….... 47

MIDDLETON — Schwartz 0 1-2 1, Lemirande 1 3-4 6, Hodson 0 0-0 0, Tanin 3 0-4 6, Roquet 0 0-0 0, Coleman 4 0-0 11, Bursac 4 2-4 11, Dunn 2 1-3 6, Flottmeyer 3 0-2 6. Totals: 17 7-19 47.

EAST— Meyer 0 0-0 0, Bentley 3 0-0 6, Hilliard 0 2-2 2, Alston 0 0-0 0, Gottschalk 2 0-2 4, Smith 0 0-3 0, Moseberry 6 0-1 15, Boston 3 0-0 6, Fadele 0 0-0 0, Harvey-Williams 1 1-4 3. Totals: 15 3-12 36.

Three-point goals: M- 6 (Coleman 3, Lemirande, Dunn, Bursac 1). E- 3 (Moseberry 3). Total fouls- M- 17 E- 19 Technical fouls: East (Hilliard).  


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