Layoff doesn't affect Milton senior
MILTON It was a good night for Morgan Blumer and in turn for Milton High.
Blumer, a 5-foot-11 senior forward, stepped up and scored 27 points to lead the Red Hawks to 51-39 victory Tuesday over Monroe in Badger South girls basketball.
Milton is 10-4 overall and 3-2 in the Badger South. Monroe is 1-13 and 0-6.
After week a without a game, Milton played listless basketball.
"Coming off the layoff we had for testing week, showed we were a little rough," Milton Coach Scott Randall said. "It took a while for us to get going, but once we did get going, the intensity level came up and we did get going.''
The Cheesemakers took advantage of the Red Hawks 5 of 16 shooting in the first quarter to take a 13-10 lead into the second quarter as Heather Barta scored eight points, including a pair of threes.
"We tried to come back strong (after a week off)," said Blumer, who plans to attend Florida Gulf Coast in Fort Myers, Fla. "We try to pass and shoot right away. We just had to calm our heads and take our time and get a right shot.''
Milton continued to struggle in the second quarter, making seven turnovers, but Blumer stepped up with six points, including two straight baskets in the final 1 minute, 43 seconds to give Milton a narrow 22-20 halftime lead.
Milton pulled out of its first-half haze to hammer Monroe 19-11 in the third quarter and command a 41-31 lead. Blumer was the sparkplug, scoring 13 points and making a pair of steals.
"Morgan is a competitor, and she does not want to lose," Randall said. "She is consummate team player in some situations she probably could have scored more.''
Blumer scored the final two baskets of the third quarter and started the fourth quarter with a pair of steals and a basket between baskets from Ali Grischow and Sydney Harms as Milton launched a 10-0 run for a 51-31 lead to effectively put the game away.
"That (run) was all keyed by defense," Randall said. "Morgan is a huge part of that up on top. She's got those long arms. The ball movement in that stretch was much better.''
Liz Westrick and Harms scored 11 points apiece to support Milton's victory.
"One of big goals almost every game is to get three players in double digits, and we accomplished that tonight," Randall said. "You get three players in double digits and Morgan is a big part of that because every body is keying off of her and she's done a good job.''
MILTON 51, MONROE 39
Monroe (39)—McGuire, 2-2-8; katzenberger, 1-0-2; Barta, 3-0-8; Bell, 3-0-6; Disch, 3-3-9; Vetterli, 2-0-4. Totals: 15-5-39.
Milton (51)—Blumer, 12-2-27; Grischow, 1-0-2; Westrick, 3-3-11; Harms, 5-0-11. Totals: 21-5-51.
Monroe 13 7 11 8—39
Milton 10 12 19 10—51
Three-point goals—Monroe 4 (McGuire 2, Barta 2), Milton 4 (Blumer, Westrick 2, Harms). Free throws missed—Monroe 3, Milton 3. Total fouls—Monroe 9, Milton 10.