Verona knocks off MHS girls

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Rob Reischel
Evie Coleman and Middleton's girls basketball team fell to Verona on Nov. 20./Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

Jeff Kind had just one word for Middleton’s second game of the girls basketball season.

“Frustrating,” Kind said.

Kind, the Cardinals’ veteran coach, saw his team build an eight-point, second half lead at Verona on Nov. 20. But the Wildcats battled back and eventually posted a 70-63 win.

Middleton guard Evie Coleman led five players in double figures with a career-high 18 points. Sitori Tanin had 11 points and 12 rebounds, while Hannah Flottmeyer had 10 points and nine rebounds.

Karina Bursac and Charlotte Dunn both had 10 points, as well.

Middleton fell to 1-1 overall and in the Big Eight Conference. Verona improved to 2-1, 2-0.

“Offensively, we rebounded well, got some second chance points, and managed to pull into a couple five point leads and even an eight point lead in the second half,” Kind said. “But each time, Verona came back with a run.”

The Cardinals led, 36-30, late in the first half. But Verona went on a 7-0 run and took a 37-36 halftime lead at halftime.

Then after Middleton built an eight-point second half lead, it had six straight possessions without a point which allowed Verona to creep back into the game.

Middleton forced 23 turnovers, but had 24 of its own.

“We had a couple turnovers, and all night long we had trouble getting our defensive safety person to get back,” Kind said. “Even in the last couple minutes, we had opportunities but didn't capitalize on them.”

• On deck: Middleton was at Monroe Tuesday, then heads to Madison West Friday at 7:15 p.m.

“We'll get another good test at Monroe,” Kind said.

 

 

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