Middleton's girls hammer Sun Prairie

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Rob Reischel
Sitori Tanin had 17 second half points to help lead Middleton past Sun Prairie last Thursday./Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

The numbers were downright eye-popping.

Not only did Middleton’s girls basketball team topple host Sun Prairie, 48-28, on Jan. 9. Middleton did it in stunning fashion.

Sun Prairie entered the game averaging 60.5 points per contest — and managed just 46.3% of that total.

Middleton held Sun Prairie to just two points in transition. And Sun Prairie was held to a season-low 11 field goals and went 0-of-12 on three-point field goal attempts.

All-in-all, it was a fantastically impressive win for Middleton.

“Sun Prairie was a good win,” Middleton coach Jeff Kind said. “We’re improving. Defensively, we’re doing a better job in transition and we’re getting a better sense of team defense.”

Middleton senior forward Sitori Tanin led the way with 17 points, 14 rebounds and three blocked shots. Senior forward Kendall Roquet added 10 points, six rebounds and two steals, while senior forward Karina Bursac had nine points, five steals and five rebounds.

Sun Prairie junior post Jazzanay Seymore, who entered the game averaging 16.6 points per game, was held to two points on 1-of-11 shooting. And ballyhooed freshman Antiounique Auston had 12 points, but shot just 5-of-21 from the floor and went 0-of-7 from behind the arc.

“We pretty much took away Seymore,” Kind said. “And Auston got her average … but took 21 shots to get there.”

Middleton, ranked No. 5 in the latest Associated Press poll, improved to 11-1 overall and 7-1 in the Big Eight Conference, just one game behind league leading Madison Memorial (11-0, 8-0). Sun Prairie fell to 7-4, 6-2.

Middleton trailed, 14-12, late in the first half, but went on a 7-1 run to take a 19-15 lead at the break.

Tanin, who was held scoreless in the first half, then keyed a 12-0 Middleton run to open the second half. Tanin had the first nine points in the burst, and when it was over, Middleton had firm control at 31-15.

Middleton pushed its lead to 40-21 late in the half and was never seriously challenged down the stretch.

“Offensively, we got better in the second half, getting more inside looks for Sitori,” Kind said. “Karina (Bursac) kept us in the first half with some very good interior moves and Sitori broke loose for all 17 of her points in the second half.”

Middleton took over sole possession of second place in the league, one game ahead of both Sun Prairie and Janesville Craig.

Middleton will host Madison Memorial on Jan. 31 in a game that could eventually decide the Big Eight Conference champion.

“We’re moving in a positive direction and just need to maintain the improvement,” Kind said. “Memorial is still in reach for us, but we have to focus on each game to move forward and see if we can get competitive with them.”


Jan. 9

Middleton 48, Sun Prairie 28

Middleton …………… 19 29 — 48

Sun Prairie ………….. 15 13 — 28

MIDDLETON (fg ft-fta pts) — Lemirande 1 0-0 2, Tanin 8 0-2 17, Roquet 3 4-11 10, Coleman 2 2-2 7, Gaab 0 2-3 2, Bursac 4 1-2 9, Smith 0 1-2 1. Totals 18 10-22 48.

SUN PRAIRIE — Antony 0 3-4 3, Kostelnik 1 0-0 2, Strey 1 1-2 3, Alexander 1 0-0 2, Outlay 1 0-0 2, Auston 5 2-2 12, Jones 1 0-0 2, Seymore 1 0-0 2. Totals 11 6-8 28.

3-point goals: M 2 (Tanin 1, Coleman 1); SP 0. Total fouls: M 11; SP 20.



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