Girls basketball team stays red hot

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Rob Reischel
McKenna Monogue and Middleton’s girls basketball team have won 12 straight games and are 17-1 overall./Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

They are peaking at the perfect time.

They’re beating the top teams on their schedule. And they’re routing the teams that aren’t as strong.

Middleton’s girls basketball team, which finished second at the WIAA Division 1 state tournament last year, is positioning itself to make another run at the title.

The Cardinals pushed their winning streak to 12 games last week with two more impressive wins. Middleton routed Madison La Follette, 67-29, on Feb. 4, then whipped Beloit Memorial, 63-36, on Feb. 6.

The Cardinals improved to 17-1 overall and are 13-1 in the Big Eight Conference, ½-game behind league-leading Madison Memorial.

“We were able to put together a couple games where we got to play more of our reserves, giving them some experience and rest for our starters,” Middleton coach Jeff Kind said of the two easy wins. “Twelve games is a nice streak, but it still comes down to one game at a time and trying to maintain some momentum and peak at the right time. It's getting to that time of year again!”

It sure is. And with the postseason quickly approaching, Middleton is operating at an extremely high level.

Senior forward Sitori Tanin had 15 points and 12 rebounds in the win over the Lancers. Berkley Smith came off the bench, made all five her shots and had 11 points, while Evie Coleman had seven points and Kendall Roquet added six rebounds.

Middleton shot a sizzling 27-of-47 from the field (57.5%) and 12 different Cardinals scored. Middleton held La Follette to 11-of-50 shooting (22.0%) and outrebounded the Lancers, 40-16.

La Follette held a 13-12 lead early on, but the Cardinals went on a 17-2 run to finish the first half and grab a 29-15 lead at the break. The second half was more of the same as Middleton extended its lead and got its bench players some quality minutes.

“La Follette was coming off a very good game against Monona Grove, so we had to avoid a letdown after the Memorial game,” Kind said. “Defensively we were pretty solid, allowing no double figure scorers.”

It was more of the same in Middleton’s win over Beloit Memorial.

Sophomore McKenna Monogue had 13 points, six rebounds and five assists, while Coleman had 13 points. Karina Bursac added eight points, Tanin had seven points and seven rebounds and Roquet had six points and five rebounds.

“We led from start to finish, played solid defense and were able to play a lot of people,” said Kind, whose team had 10 different players score against the Purple Knights. “Beloit has improved since the first time we played them, which is a good sign for the conference overall. We were able to take care of the ball better against Beloit and had a season low eight turnovers.”

Kind and the Cardinals now have a big week.

Middleton was at Janesville Parker Tuesday and hosts Janesville Craig Friday at 7:15 p.m. Kind then heads to the postseason seeding meeting Sunday, where Middleton and Madison Memorial will vie for the No. 1 seed.

Middleton is currently ranked No. 2 in the latest Associated Press Division 1 poll and the Spartans are ranked No. 3.

“With the seeding meeting coming up, our two games this week are important,” Kind said. “It should be a battle between Memorial and us for the number one and two seeds … so our game Friday is especially significant. It will be interesting to see how the seeding turns out since us and Memorial have such different styles of play this year.”

 

Feb. 4

MIDDLETON 66, MADISON LA FOLLETTE 29

Madison La Follette ........ 15 14 — 29

Middleton .......................... 29 37 — 66

LA FOLLETTE (fg ft-fta pts) — Myhr 1 0-0 2, Green 3 0-0 6, Lowrey 3 2-2 9, Simmons 1 2-2 4, Woods 1 0-0 2, Walker 3 0-2 6. Totals 12 4-6 29.

MIDDLETON — Hosdson 1 0-0 3, Acker 1 1-1 3, Young 1 1-2 3, Tanin 7 1-2 15, Roquet 2 0-0 5, Coleman 3 0-0 7, Gaab 1 0-1 2, Bursae 2 2-2 6, Monogue 1 0-2 3, Accola 2 0-0 4, Kaplan 1 2-2 4, Smith 5 1-2 11. Totals 27 8-14 66.

3-point goals: ML 1 (Lowrey); Mid 4 (Hodson 1, Roquet 1, Coleman 1, Monogue 1). Fouls: ML 12; Mid 9.

 

Feb. 6

MIDDLETON 63, BELOIT MEMORIAL 36

Beloit Memorial .......... 17 19 — 36

Middleton .................... 31 32 — 63

BELOIT MEMORIAL (fg ft-fta pts) — Randall 3 1-2 7, Wisdom-Burner 1 0-0 2, Thomas 1 0-0 3, Drucker 3 0-0 7, Davis 0 2-2 2, Peppers 2 0-0 5, Renteria 1 0-0 2, Pabst 3 2-3 8. Totals 14 5-7 36.

MIDDLETON — Lemirande 0 2-2 2, Young 0 2-4 2, Tanin 3 1-2 7, Roquet 2 2-3 6, Coleman 5 0-0 13, Gaab 2 0-0 4, Bursac 4 0-0 8, Monogue 5 0-0 13, Accola 2 0-1 4, Smith 2 0-0 4. Totals 25 7-13 63.

3-point goals: BM 3 (Thomas 1, Drucker 1, Peppers 1); M 6 (Coleman 3, Monogue 3). Total fouls: BM 15; M 10.

 

 

 

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