Edgerton comes back on W-WG for 40-38 victory
SLAYTON -- Alyson Drooger swished an 18-foot jumper from the left wing with 33 seconds left Thursday night to give Edgerton just its second lead of the game, and the Flying Dutchmen advanced to the quarterfinal round of the Section 3A South girls' basketball tournament with a 40-38 victory over Westbrook-Walnut Grove.
Eighth-seeded Edgerton (8-16) will play top-seeded Adrian at 1 p.m. Saturday in Worthington, while the ninth-seeded Chargers end their season with an 8-15 mark.
"We trailed for most of the game, and I liked how we continued to battle and play hard," Edgerton head coach Andrew Fleischman said after the game. "Both teams played pretty good defense, but both teams also struggled offensively. We came up with some big plays down the stretch."
Edgerton had defeated W-WG 70-67 on Monday, but Thursday's rematch didn't come close to that score.
W-WG jumped out to a 6-0 lead four minutes into the game, as Kylie Erickson (nine rebounds) fed Audra Schmidt (14 rebounds, 12 points) for two baskets, and Kassandra Jarmer (10 rebounds) sank a pair of free throws.
Edgerton came back and tied the game at 12 by the five-minute mark, as Katie Hadler (eight rebounds) scored seven of her nine points, and Drooger (16 points, 12 rebounds, five steals) banked in a three-pointer from the left corner and scored on a baseline drive to spark the Flying Dutchmen.
A three-pointer from Hailey Van Kley with 2:26 left gave Edgerton its first lead (17-15), but W-WG scored the final four points of the half on Erin Vosberg's basket in the paint and a spectacular buzzer-beating shot from Jenny Hoffman (nine points, four steals, three assists) to go up 19-17 at the break.
Chanel Madson (10 points) penetrated and scored before hitting an 18-footer from the right wing to help the Chargers increase their lead to 23-18 with 14:20 left in the second half.
Hoffman later came up with a steal and layup before swishing a three-pointer from the left wing on a cross-court skip pass from Madson to give W-WG a 28-21 advantage with 10:42 to go.
A runner in the lane by Madson and a free throw from Schmidt helped give the Chargers an eight-point lead (31-23) with 6:21 left, but Drooger and Hadler connected on back-to-back mid-range shots -- just the second and third field goals of the half for Edgerton -- to slice the margin to 31-27 with 5:09 to go.
Schmidt and Hoffman each knocked down two free throws to give W-WG a 35-28 lead at the 3:50 mark, and Vosberg's free throw with 1:08 left made it 38-35 Chargers.
Drooger, though, scored the next four points on two free throws and her game-winning shot with 33 seconds left on an assist from Kelsey Wolthuizen, who later came up with a deflection on W-WG's second-to-last possession that led to a free throw from Van Kley with eight seconds left to make it 40-38.
W-WG got one last shot off, but it was off the mark as the game ended with Edgerton on top.
"We led nearly the entire game and let it slip away in the second half," W-WG head coach Maury Kuehl said. "We played good defense and had plenty of scoring chances, but didn't take advantage, and Edgerton came up with big plays at the end."
Emily Sluis had eight rebounds for Edgerton, while Wolthuizen blocked a pair of shots.
W-WG 19 19 -- 38
Edgerton 17 23 -- 40
W-WG (3PT-2PT-FT-TP): J. Hoffman 1-2-2-9, Vosberg 0-2-1-5, Madson 0-5-0-10, K. Jarmer 0-0-2-2, Schmidt 0-4-4-12. Totals: 1-13-9-38.
EHS (3PT-2PT-FT-TP): Vanden Bosch 0-1-0-2, Van Kley 1-1-3-8, Hadler 0-3-3-9, Drooger 1-4-5-16, Wolthuizen 0-1-3-5. Totals: 2-10-14-40.