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PREP BASKETBALL: Ford leads Edgerton past SWU

OKABENA -- Scoring in a variety of ways, including an 8 of 9 performance at the free throw line in the second half, Edgerton's 5-foot-6 senior guard Brett Ford tallied 30 points Monday, leading Edgerton to a high-scoring 84-75 victory over Southwestern United in Red Rock Conference high school boys basketball action.

Ford scored 17 points in an evenly-paced first half, which ended in a 39-all tie.

The Flying Dutchmen scored the last five points prior to intermission and then opened the second half with 10 consecutive points in just over a minute's time span.

Edgerton (9-12, 7-9) later held a brief 55-44 lead, but the Wildcats (10-13, 7-9) continually chipped away, closing to within three points, 77-74, with 51 seconds left when Erik Jass swished a 3-pointer from the right corner.

The visitors, who made 23 of 36 free throws during the game, iced the contest at the line in the closing seconds and won for the fourth time in their last six games.

Edgerton, which has won five of eight games after losing five straight, also received double-figure scoring from the trio of Jesse Berning (18), Austin Mertens (18) and Isaac Heard (12).

Berning, a 5-7 junior guard, was a perfect 6-of-6 at the free throw line and -- like Ford -- connected on four 3-pointers in the game.

Mertens (four assists) and Heard (team-high five assists) paced the Dutchmen on the boards with 14 and 12 rebounds, respectively, while Berning contributed three assists and team-leading four steals.

Zach Schumacher, a 6-5 junior center, turned in a stellar game for SWU, scoring 26 points -- 18 in the second half -- claiming nine rebounds (seven offensive) and blocking four shots.

Brandon Thurk, who drew a couple of charges and pulled down seven rebounds, scored 12 points for the Wildcats, while both Matthew Soto and Andrew Kramer (five steals) netted 10 points, as SWU had a total of eight players score.

Cole Bosma (four rebounds), Justin Jass and Mark Ferguson each had three assists for the Wildcats, who open tournament play March 4 with a game at Mankato Loyola in the quarterfinals of Section 2A.

Edgerton hosts Adrian at 7 p.m. Thursday in the opening round of the Section 3A tournament, with the winner advancing to "Super Saturday" in Worthington on Saturday.

Edgerton 39 45 -- 84

SW United 39 36 -- 75