Girls basketball: Regionals set to begin

Anthony Iozzo

The last time the Stoughton girls basketball team played Badger South champion Monona Grove this season, both teams were undefeated in the conference.

Round two was more about the Vikings getting ready for the playoffs and the Silver Eagles attempting to clinch an outright title, however.

Stoughton played better than the first meeting, jumping out to a seven-point lead, but it couldn’t hold on in a 46-40 loss.

The loss dropped the Vikings to 13-9 overall (7-5 conference), while Monona Grove finished 20-2 overall (11-1).

The Vikings trailed by one point in the fourth quarter but were outscored 16-11.

The Silver Eagles held Stoughton to just two points in the second quarter, but it was the second half when they grabbed the lead back.

Senior guard Tessa Mersberger led Stoughton with 14 points, while senior guard Megan Robson added 11.

Stoughton, which earned the No. 3 seed in the regional hosts No. 6 Oregon  at 7 p.m. Friday in the regional semifinal.

It will be the third time the Badger South rivals play. Stoughton split two regular season meetings against Oregon this season.

The Panthers are led by junior forward Maddy Gits with 184 points and sophomore forward Riley Rosemeyer with 153.

Senior guard Maranda Ricker, who signed to play for Clarke University (Dubuque, Iowa), is third on the team with 132 points.

Stoughton is led by Mersberger with 257 points and Robson with 189.

Junior guard Patricia Dumas is third with 146 points.

If the Vikings win, they will travel to No. 2 Wilmot Union for the regional final.

That game is at 7 p.m. Saturday.

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