MHS girls roll at holiday tournament

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Dennis Semrau/For the Times-Tribune
Sitori Tanin and Middleton’s girls basketball team won a pair of games at the Cardinal Holiday Shootout./Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

With a slim lead and time ticking down, Evie Coleman knew what she had to do.

Coleman sank two free throws with 6.2 seconds to play to help Middleton hold off Hartland Arrowhead for a 47-43 victory at the Middleton Cardinal Holiday Shootout last Saturday.

Coleman, a senior guard, said she had added motivation to help her team at the charity stripe.

“Free throws have been really huge for me since I only went 1-for-4 at the state championship game last year,” Coleman said. “That’s something I’ve been really working since last summer.

“I have a new routine, and I always take a big breath before I shoot the ball to calm my nerves. I don’t really hear anything. I don’t think about anything, just picture the ball going through the net.”

Senior forward Sitori Tanin finished with a game-high 18 points, and senior forward Karina Bursac finished with 10 points to help the Cardinals earn a sweep of the two-day tourney.

The duo combined for 16 points in the paint against the Warhawks, a sign that Middleton was having success attacking the rim.

“We’re using our posts more this year,” said Tanin, who also finished with eight rebounds and four steals. “In past years, we were more of an outside shooting team. This year we can get it in the post and kick it out. But we’re definitely working it down low more.”

Bursac hit a baseline jumper to stake Middleton (9-1) to a 14-7 lead with 7:45 left in the first half.

Senior guard Maddie Walsh, who led Arrowhead (4-4) with 13 points, drained the first of her three 3-pointers to tie the game, 22-22, with just more than a minute to play before halftime.

It didn’t take long for senior guard Megan Schwartz, though, to push Middleton back in front when she hit a short jumper for a 24-22 lead in the final minute.

Senior guard/forward Kendall Roquet then provided an added boost for the Cardinals when she sank a three-pointer off a feed from senior guard Josie Lemirande at the halftime buzzer to give Middleton a 27-22 lead at the break.

The Cardinals didn’t stop there.

Coleman, who finished with five points, made a three-pointer to cap an opening 7-0 surge and give Middleton a 34-22 lead just 2 minutes into the second half.

After Arrowhead pulled within 41-36, Tanin drilled a three-pointer from the top of the key with 6:30 to play to give the Cardinals some breathing room.

However, Middleton was just 2-of-7 at the free-throw line in the second half and clinging to a 45-43 lead when Coleman was fouled in desperation.

Coleman then calmly drained both free throws to end any hopes of an Arrowhead upset win.

“I’m definitely confident when Evie gets the ball for free throws, she’s a really good shooter,” Tanin said of Coleman. “It felt really good when she had the ball then.”

In an opening round game on Friday, Tanin led all scorers with 20 points and sophomore forward/guard McKenna Monogue chipped in 19 points in a 61-54 victory over Green Bay Notre Dame.

“Arrowhead’s a good team, they’re one of the few teams we are going to face who are as big as we are,” Middleton coach Jeff Kind said. “They’ve got some nice players and are going to keep getting better.

“Green Bay Notre Dame is a very nice team. Those were two very good wins for us. It’s nice when you can get those wins and still see things you have to get better at and can learn from.”

 

Dec. 27

Middleton 61, Green Bay Notre Dame 54

Green Bay Notre Dame …. 29 25 — 54

Middleton ………………... 31 30 — 61

GREEN BAY NOTRE DAME (fg ft-fta pts) — Sarah Hardwick 3 0-0 6, Charley Apple 2 0-0 6, Emily Cribben 4 0-0 10, Ashley Lemens 1 0-0 2, Sammy Opichka 10 1-2 24, Georgia Gregoire 2 2-4 6. Totals 22 3-6 54.

MIDDLETON — Josie Lemirande 3 0-0 9, Sitori Tanin 10 0-1 20, Kendall Roquet 1 0-0 2, Evie Coleman 3 1-2 9, Karina Bursac 1 0-0 2, McKenna Monogue 6 3-4 19. Totals 24 4-7 61.

3-point goals: GBND 7 (Apple 2, Cribbeu 2, Opichka 3); M 9 (Lemirande 3, Coleman 2, Monogue 4). Total fouls: GBND 14; M 10.

 

Dec. 28

Middleton 47, Hartland Arrowhead 43

Hartland Arrowhead ….. 22 21 — 43

Middleton ……………… 27 20 — 47

HARTLAND ARROWHEAD (fg ft-fta pts) — Lauren Quast 0 2-2 2, Anna Oehmcke 1 0-0 2, Bella Samz 1 2-2 4, Phoebe Frentzel 4 0-2 10, Maddie Walsh 5 0-0 13, Alaina Harper 6 0-1 12. Totals 17 4-6 43.

MIDDLETON — Megan Schwartz 1 0-0 2, Josie Lemirande 0 0-1 0, Sitori Tanin 6 5-6 18, Kendall Roquet 2 3-4 8, Evie Coleman 1 2-3 5, Karina Bursac 5 0-1 10, McKenna Monogue 2 0-0 4. Totals 17 10-15 47.

3-point goals: HA 5 (Walsh 3, Frentzel 2); M 3 (Tanin 1, Roquet 1, Coleman 1). Total fouls: HA 14; M 13. Fouled out: Frentzel (HA).

 

 

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