By David Stenklyft
January 11, 2019
Wausau– There are some nights when the basketball does not want to fall in the hoop, sometimes for both teams, other times for one squad.
On Friday night, it was the Wausau Newman Cardinals who experienced it first hand, with a scoring drought that eventually led to a 61-32 loss to the visiting Edgar Wildcats in a Marawood Conference tilt.
After going on a 7-0 start to the game, Newman found very little success the rest of the first half, as a 14-0 run by Edgar led to a 22-14 first half lead.
“We couldn’t make any shots,” said Newman head coach Dan Garrett. “I think we had decent looks. Nothing went in the hoop, once you miss 3-4-5, then everyone starts thinking about it. Give credit to Edgar they played very well.”
Eleven points by sophomore Drew Guden led the Edgar first half attack.
A switch to a trapping zone press helped Edgar take control and would set the tone for the remainder of the game.
“We played with a lot of composure, controlling the things we can control,” Said Edgar head coach Dave Huss. “We take pride in playing hard, the kids know that when they get on the floor, they have to play with emotion.”
Newman did not score in the second half until the 13:11 mark and found themselves down 32-16.
Shortly after, Edgar sophomore Maxmillian Larson scored seven points, with a basket by Konnor Wolf in the mix, moving the lead to 43-31.
At the 9:26 mark, a foul and subsequent technical foul moved Edgar into the bonus and the visitors did not need any additional help to put the game away.
Charlie McCarty scored six straight for the Cardinals at around the six minute mark, but that only kept pace with the visitors.
After the game, Edgar junior guard Keleb Haffemann thought the game went as expected, saying, “We found out groove after a while and did well. Our future for Edgar basketball is going to be really good.”
Karsen Butt, the lone senior on the team, added, ”It took us a while to get going because we hadn’t played in a while. We needed to get back to the basics. Once we slowed down a bit and took care of the ball, things got better.”
The Wildcats have a squad that features one senior and two juniors and several sophomores, which makes the future very bright.
Edgar Scoring-Higgins 10, Guden 11, K Butt 2, Wolf 3, Drebek 2, Hafferman 12, Brewster 10, Larson 9, Baumgartner 2
Newman Scoring-Brennan 5, Leisher 6, Kimball 2, Bates 6, Samuel 3, Mc Carty 10