Edgerton upends Middleton

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By: 
Rob Reischel
Collin Schremp and Middleton's boys basketball team fell to Edgerton on Feb. 1/Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

Middleton’s boys basketball team is just two weeks into this strange, shortened season.

But the Cardinals aren’t — and never have been — about moral victories.

That’s why Middleton’s 61-60 setback at Edgerton on Feb. 1 was a tough one to take. The Cardinals played from the lead much of the night, before the Tide rallied back in the final minutes.

Nick Meinholz led Middleton with 15 points, while Logan Raffel, Kaden Fosdick and Hayden Statz all added eight.

"I'm really proud of the effort and overall where we are at,” said Middleton coach Kevin Bavery, whose team fell to 1-2 on the year. “But this is a competitive group, and playing really well in difficult circumstances and restrictions isn't where they want to be at the end of the night.”

Edgerton, one of the top teams on Middleton’s schedule, improved to 17-4. The Crimson Tide, who began the year with 11 straight wins, have impressive victories this year against Big Eight schools Janesville Craig and Janesville Parker.

Meinholz, Raffel and Fosdick combined for 20 of Middleton's 33 first half points as the Cardinals raced to a 33-28 lead at the break. Fosdick did his damage attacking the basket, while Meinholz and Raffel combined for four three-pointers.

Meinholz had nine second half points and Blake Van Buren chipped in with five as the Cardinals and Crimson Tide went back and forth down the stretch. Middleton jumped to a three-point lead late, but couldn't keep Edgerton from getting to the free throw line.

The Tide held an enormous advantage from the charity stripe, converting 25-of-34 free throws (73.5), while Middleton made just 10-of-17 (58.8%).

“Fouling has been an issue the first three games,” Bavery said. “Understandable as we can't get close enough in practice to foul, so we have to adjust to what is a foul in a game situation vs. being able to identify it in practice.

“We're definitely in a reach mode, and trying to block shots by swatting, while our opponents throw their hands up when they sense contact while closely guarding, and they chest up on inside defense. That will be a key jump for us to make in our upcoming games.”

Senior David Meier and junior Cole Toennies each pulled down 6 rebounds to lead the Cardinals, while Fosdick and Meinholz both added 4. Fosdick led Middleton with six assists, while Toennies added four. Fosdick, Meinholz, and Meier all drew charging fouls as well. 

“We are only four games in and we're showing we are right there with some really good teams,” Bavery said. “We definitely showed improvement and gave ourselves several chances to win in the final minutes, but couldn't get a big hit to get to that two possession lead that might have sealed it for us.”

 

Feb. 1

EDGERTON 61, MIDDLETON 60

Middleton …………….. 33 27 — 60

Edgerton …………….. 29 32 — 61

MIDDLETON (fg ft-fta pts) — Raffel 3 0-0 8, Statz 3 0-0 8, Fosdick 3 2-4 8, Meinholz 4 4-5 15, Toennies 1 2-2 4, Schremp 0 0-2 0, Ballweg 2 0-2 4, Meier 1 2-2 4, Commerford 1 0-0 2, Van Buren 2 0-0 5. Totals 21 10-17 60.

EDGERTON — Knauf 2 2-6 7, Jenny 7 13-14 28, A. Hanson 2 0-0 5, Coombs 2 5-6 10, Fox 3 5-8 11. Totals 16 25-34 61.

3-point goals: M 8 (Meinholz 3, Raffel 2, Statz 2, Van Buren 1); E 4 (Knauf 1, Jenny 1, Hanson 1, Coombs 1). Total fouls: M 26; E 16. Fouled out: Ballweg.

 

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