Girls basketball team tops La Follette

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Rob Reischel
Evie Coleman and Middleton's girls basketball team toppled Madison La Follette on Jan. 8./Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

Off nights are no longer an option.

Bad games need to be a thing of the past.

That’s the mindset of Middleton’s girls basketball team, which has great expectations in the second half of the season.

The Cardinals, who are still in the running for a Big Eight Conference title and a No. 1 seed in the postseason, notched a huge win on Jan. 8 that could go a long way towards keeping those dreams alive.

Middleton jumped to an 11-point halftime lead and held off host Madison La Follette, 55-50. The Cardinals improved to 8-2 in the Big Eight Conference, one game behind league-leading Sun Prairie, and are 9-5 overall. The Lancers fell to 7-3, 10-3.

“It was an important one because they had two loses just like we did,” Middleton coach Jeff Kind said. “They are kind of an up and coming team … but we knew this could go a long way toward establishing what might happen with seeding in the tournament.”

The girls coaches won't seed the postseason for nearly a month. As of today, though, Sun Prairie would be the likely No. 1 seed in the Janesville Craig Sectional and Middleton would be the probable No. 2 seed.

A big reason for Middleton’s current lot in life was its performance against the Lancers.

Senior guard Charlotte Dunn had 13 points and four rebounds and did a solid job against La Follette’s pressure defense.

Junior forward Sitori Tanin had nine points and 14 rebounds, while senior center Hannah Flottmeyer had 12 points and six rebounds. Junior guard Evie Coleman had 10 points and junior forward Kendall Roquet added seven rebounds.

“At times we looked like a really good team,” Kind said. “At other times, some of our bad habits reared their ugly head.”

Middleton looked like world beaters in the first half. The Cardinals led, 15-12, with just under nine minutes left when they smacked the Lancers with a 16-0 run and grabbed a 31-12 lead.

La Follette closed the half on a 10-2 run over the final 4:04 to pull within 33-22 at halftime. Overall, though, Middleton played a strong and steady half.

“We moved the ball well against their zone,” Kind said. “We got some open shots and did a nice job overall.

“Our ‘D’ is improving. We have a better concept of man to man and team defense instead of just stopping your girl. Those things were plusses.”

Middleton still led, 49-38, with just more than five minutes left when La Follette went on a 7-1 run and closed within 50-45. But Tanin made a big basket and Coleman hit a pair of free throws with 25.6 seconds left to stretch the Cardinals’ lead back to 54-47.

“At times we didn’t shoot well or handle the ball very well,” said Kind, whose team had 20 turnovers. “But when I watch other teams and college games, I see the same thing. We’ll just keep trying to clean some things up.”

• Long break: Middleton hosts Madison West Saturday at 7:15 p.m. By the time the Cardinals play, they’ll have had 11 days off.

Middleton had final exams this week, so the break came at an ideal time.

“It worked out all right,” Kind said. “We can kind of hit the reset button.

“We were able to take three full days off, almost four. So we should have some fresh legs when we get back to it.”

 

Jan. 8

Middleton ……………….. 33 22 — 55

Madison La Follette …….. 22 28 — 50

MIDDLETON — J. Lemirande 1 0-0 2, Tanin 3 3-8 9, Roquet 2 0-1 4, Coleman 2 5-5 10, Bursac 1 2-4 5, Dunn 3 6-10 13, Flottmeyer 5 2-4 12, Schwartz 0. Totals 17 18-32 55.

MADISON LA FOLLETTE — Lowrey 0 1-2 1, Driver 2 0-0 5, Ingersoll 1 0-0 3, Eder 0, Morgan 0 0-0 0, Murphy 0 0-2 0, Ghelfi 0, Green 5 2-2 17, Prewitt 7 8-10 22, Walker 0 2-2 2, Olson 0. Totals 15 13-18 50.

3-point goals — MID 3 (Bursac 1, Coleman 1, Dunn 1); ML 7 (Green 5, Driver 1, Ingersoll 1). Total fouls — MID 15; ML 23. Fouled out —Walker, Olson, Ingersoll. Technical foul — Mid coach Kind.

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