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EDGAR BOYS BASKETBALL DROPS WIAA STATE DIVISION 4 SEMIFINAL TO OSHKOSH LOURDES


The Edgar boys basketball team lost to Oshkosh Lourdes Academy 65-41 in a semifinal at the WIAA Division 4 State Boys Basketball Tournament on Friday at the La Crosse Center. (Zaleski Sports photo)

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LA CROSSE – A slow start and a rough day shooting was too much to overcome for the Edgar boys basketball team on Friday.


Oshkosh Lourdes Academy started the game on an 11-2 run and never trailed as it knocked off Edgar 65-41 in a WIAA Division 4 state boys basketball tournament semifinal Friday afternoon at the La Crosse Center.


Lourdes (24-5) moves on to the Division 4 championship game against The Prairie School of Racine (24-3) at 6:35 p.m. Friday. Edgar, making its first state tournament appearance since 1997, ends its season with a 23-3 record.


After the slow start, Edgar closed to within six at 25-19 at halftime after Austin Dahlke and Kyle Brewster made layups in the final two minutes.


The Wildcats came as close as three at 27-24 following a Drew Guden 3-pointer 2½ minutes into the second half before Lourdes got hot.


Joshua Bauer made three-straight 3-pointers to spark a 14-2 run that put Lourdes in the driver’s seat as it pulled ahead 41-26.


Dahlke ended the run with a 3-pointer with 9:29 left, but Edgar could get no closer than 11 the rest of the way.


Following another 3-pointer from Dahlke with 8:19 remaining, Lourdes scored the next 10 points to effectively end it as the Knights pushed their lead to 55-34 with just under six minutes to go.


Brewster finished with 17 points and Dahlke had 10 for the Wildcats, who finished the game shooting just 32 percent overall (17-for-53) and 20 percent (5-for-25) from 3-point range.


Bauer was 5-for-6 from 3-point range and finished with a game-high 24 points for Lourdes. Preston Ruedinger added 18 points for the Knights, who shot 52 percent in the second half to pull away.


Knights 65, Wildcats 41

Edgar 19 22 - 41

Oshkosh Lourdes Academy 25 40 - 65

EDGAR (41): Brayden Baumgartner 1-2 0-0 2, Drew Guden 2-9 0-0 5, Austin Dahlke 4-12 0-0 10, Konnor Wolf 1-6 0-0 2, Kyle Brewster 7-17 2-2 17, Ashton Schuett 1-2 0-0 3, Ayden Weisenberger 1-2 0-0 2, Everet Brehm 0-0 0-0 0, Cole Schilling 0-1 0-0 0, Nate Drabek 0-0 0-0 0, Peyton Dahlke 0-0 0-0 0, Brandon Schoenrock 0-1 0-0 0, Owen Baumann 0-0 0-0 0, Justin Davis 0-1 0-0 0. FG: 17-53. FT: 2-2. 3-pointers: 5-25 (A. Dahlke 2-5, Schuett 1-2, Guden 1-5, Brewster 1-7, Baumgartner 0-1, Schilling 0-1, Schoenrock 0-1). Rebounds: 29 (Baumgartner 6, Guden 6). Assists: 8 (Brewster 3). Turnovers: 9. Fouls: 16. Fouled out: none. Record: 23-3.

OSHKOSH LOURDES ACADEMY (65): Nathan Slagter 1-3 1-2 3, Jack Huizenga 1-11 0-0 3, Preston Ruedinger 5-13 5-5 18, Jack McKellips 4-9 2-2 12, Joshua Bauer 8-9 3-4 24, Dominic Kane 1-1 1-1 3, Thomas Derleth 0-0 0-0 0, Jack Seibold 1-1 0-2 2, Gavin Stelter 0-0 0-0 0, Fisher Mackenzie 0-2 0-0 0, Joshua Pritzl 0-0 0-0 0, J.J. McKellips 0-2 0-0 0, Ken Jiao 0-1 0-0 0. FG: 21-52. FT: 12-16. 3-pointers: 11-25 (Bauer 5-6, Ruedinger 3-7, Ja. McKellips 2-3, Huizenga 1-6, Jiao 0-1, Mackenzie 0-2). Rebounds: 39 (Ja. McKellips 8). Assists: 14 (Ruedinger 4). Turnovers: 7. Fouls: 11. Fouled out: none. Record: 24-5.

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