Edgewood Overcomes Peterson, Crusaders In Second Half

Laci Peterson

Box Score

MADISON, Wis. – The Edgewood Eagles pulled away for a 62-52 win in the second half after a sluggish first that saw Maranatha down 24-21 on Thursday evening.

Both teams struggled to generate offense until senior guard Kristin Morrison (Jefferson, Wis.) broke a scoreless tie with a three at 15:52. Junior center Laci Peterson (Chillicothe, Ill.) was a major reason for the stalemate with five blocks in that span, and six in the first half. Peterson broke the school’s former record for most blocks in a game (5) set by Colleen (Goff) Raider.

Edgewood built an eight-point lead on free-throws, but Maranatha tied the game at 19 apiece on a three-pointer by Autumn Peotter (Waupaca, Wis.).

The second half was a different story as both teams shot over 40% from the field after a sub-30 performance in the first half. Edgewood’s three-point shooting was the deciding factor in the game as the Eagles shot a scorching 53%.

Edgewood maintained a slim margin for most of the half, with senior guard Hallie Sheley (Rockford, Wis.) cutting it to 39-38 at 12 minutes.
 
The Crusaders defense held Edgewood to a lead no greater than six points for the next six minutes until an Eagle three boosted the lead to nine, a deficit too large and late to overcome.

Peterson finished the night with 10 points, six rebounds, two steals and a whopping 10 blocks. Sheley and Morrison also finished with 10 points apiece in the Crusaders’ third NAC loss of the season to drop to 7-3 overall and 4-3 in the conference.

The team resumes action against Dominican in River Forest, Ill. on Saturday, January 12 at 2:00 p.m.

The team resumes action against Dominican in River Forest, Ill. on Saturday, January 12 at 2:00 p.m.