PARDEEVILLE — Leading scorer Eric Schepp leaves injured in the second quarter.

One post player, Tyler Griepentrog, is in constant foul trouble and another, Tyler Bush, fouls out with 2 minutes, 51 seconds to play. Perfect formula for Pardeeville to end Randolph’s 175-game conference winning streak, right?

“No way,” Bulldog senior Cameron Knutson said. “Eric’s our leading scorer and we need him. We decided we had to step up.”

Knutson hit eight of 11 shots to finish with a game-high 18 points as the Bulldogs (13-9, 8-7 Central Trailways) upended the Rockets (20-2, 14-1) in a 43-37 thriller. Randolph, ranked first in Division 5, suffered its first league loss since Jan. 26, 2001 against Green Lake.

“Sometimes in years past, we’d say ‘It’s Randolph’ and we’d be defeated before the game started,” Pardeeville coach Chris Lindert said. “What we did do was be deliberate with our play, slow the game down ... and slow down their transition game.”

Pardeeville also held a 31-25 rebounding advantage while limiting the guests to 12 of 45 shooting (26.7 percent), including two of 19 from the arc (10.5). Randolph had opportunities to rally but missed seven straight free throws at one stretch in the fourth quarter. The Rockets missed 10 of 19 free throws in final stanza and converted only 11 of 26 foul shots overall.

“It’s a very simple game,” Randolph coach Bob Haffele said. “You have to make baskets and you have to make foul shots.”

Knutson had no such problems. He hit five of his first six shots to make sure the only lead the Rockets had was the opening basket of the game.

“Even in warmups, I was feeling it,” Knutson said. “I must have been eating my Wheaties.”

Randolph had all the signs of a team playing its fourth game in six days, including a fierce 50-45 battle with Oshkosh Lourdes two days earlier. Haffele and the Rockets haven’t built their storied program with alibis.

“No excuses,” Haffele said. “Congratulations to Pardeeville.

“We started off shooting a bunch of threes and we played right into their hands. Our rotations were poor, our positioning was poor and our help was poor. We had a lot of guys standing around watching.”


Randolph ...............7 10 5 15 — 37

Pardeeville ............13 7 9 14 — 43

RANDOLPH — VanderGalien 8, Peters 12, Retzlaff 12, Roberts 5. Totals 12 11-26 37.

PARDEEVILLE — Schmidt 4, Ohlin 7, Griepentrog 5, Knutson 18, Schepp 5, Bush 4. Totals 17 9-18 43.

3-point goals — R 2 (VanderGalien 1, Roberts 1), P 0. Total fouls — R 16, P 18. Fouled out — Bush.

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