By Jim Metcalfe
EDGERTON — Edgerton’s Jaime Newman hit a drive to the basket to start the second overtime and the Lady Bulldogs hit 5-of-6 free throws down the stretch to hold off Jefferson 51-49 in non-conference girls basketball action Saturday afternoon at Edgerton High School.
Newman finished with 11 points for the Lady Bulldogs but their top scorer was Brenna LaLonde with 19, despite fouling out late in the second OT.
The visiting Lady Wildcats (4-7) put a trio in double digit, including senior Katie Goergens with 16, senior Jasmine McDougall 14 and junior Brooke Culp 11.
Tied at 44 to open the second extra period, Jefferson got the tip but missed the first shot. Newman sliced down the lane for a basket at 3:01 and the Lady Bulldogs led for good. Jefferson senior Lindsay Deuel hit the first-of-two free throws at 1:27 to get within 46-45. After the Bulldogs missed a wide-open layup, the Wildcats turned it over with 51 seconds left and the Bulldogs hit 5-of-6 free throws down the stretch as they held off Jefferson.
“We didn’t have a lot of turnovers, but they came at wrong times. Too many were where we’d get the rebound and then turn it over, they were too easy for them and gave them more shots,” Jefferson mentor Dave Hoffman noted. “In the end, they made the plays down the stretch and we didn’t. They hit the free throws late.”
The Wildcats forced overtime by overcoming a six-point deficit late in the third period. Down 31-23 on a transition layin by Hannah Herman at 1:16 of the third quarter, the guests started their rally on a Deuel three-ball from the right wing with 54 seconds to go.
An old-fashioned three-point by Culp at 7:42 of the fourth period tied it at 31. However, Jefferson senior Rileigh Stockwell, who battled foul trouble all game long, fouled out at 7:12. From then on, the biggest lead either way was three — 34-31, Edgerton, on a putback by Hannah Walker at 5:45 and 38-35, Delphos, on a basket by McDougall at 2:34. Kaelyn Sack buried a triple at 2:04 to knot the score at 38. Goergens hit two throws and a 19-footer around a LaLonde layin. LaLonde tied it at 42 on two free tosses at 49 seconds to go. Goergens missed a 23-footer as time expired to force overtime.
“We started off slow, partly because we weren’t good defensively in stopping their penetration,” Hoffman added. “I like how we came back because we made that adjustment, especially with our triangle-and-two. We did struggle with Rileigh missing so much of the game with fouls. However, Katie played very well again and Jasmine had maybe her best game inside. We simply were too inconsistent today, where we had been getting better the last few games. We have work to do.”
In junior varsity action, the Bulldogs grabbed a 43-37 victory.
Pacing Edgerton were Autumn Gruver with 13 and Shayla Sleesman 10.
For the Lady ’Cats (4-7), sophomores Tori Black and Jessica Pimpas scored 16 and 10, respectively.
Score by quarters
Jefferson 13 7 8 14 2 5- 49
Edgerton 16 8 7 11 2 7- 51
Jefferson (49) individual scoring
Pohlman 0, Culp 11, Deuel 4, Goergens 16, Stockwell 2, Pimpas 2, Koenig 0, McDougall 14
Edgerton (51) individual scoring
Carlin 0, Herman 4, Sack 8, Newman 11, Fritch 1, LaLonde 19, Purk 4, Nickells 0, Sullivan 0, Walker 4