Junior Emily Benzschawel and freshman Megan Benzschawel combined for nine points in overtime as Monroe held on for a 58-55 win over host Verona in a non-conference girls basketball game Thursday night.

The Wildcats (4-6) rallied from a seven-point halftime deficit to force the extra period.

Emily Benzschawel finished with 19 points and Sydney Mathiason added 13 points for the Cheesemakers (11-1).

Senior Chandler Bainbridge had 16 points to lead Verona.

Sun Prairie 62, New Berlin Eisenhower 59

Senior Jayda Jansen scored 16 of her 24 points in the second half to help the Cardinals (9-0) defeat the Lions (8-2) in the first round of the Norski Holiday Tournament in DeForest.

Junior Elle Moore added 12 points for Sun Prairie.

Senior Hannah Plockelman scored 12 points and senior Olivia Canady had 11 for Eisenhower.

Sun Prairie will play Green Bay Southwest in the final today.

Green Bay Southwest 56, DeForest 50

Alexandra Seals scored 18 points and Jaddan Simmons had 15 to help the Fighting Trojans (5-4) beat the Norskies (3-8) in the Norski Tournament.

With her team leading by three in the break, Simmons took over with 12 second-half points.

Aleah Grundahl had 18 points and Grace Roth 11 for DeForest.

Madison Edgewood 63, Hartford 34

Freshman Baluck Deang scored 17 points and senior Caitlin Link added 15 as the Crusaders (8-3) toppled the Orioles (4-7) in the championship game of the West Allis Central Holiday Tournament.

Edgewood took control form the free throw line, making 23 of 27 attempts. Freshman Ella Foti also chipped in with 14 points.

Maddy Sieczkowski tallied 15 points to lead Hartford.

Middleton 76, Racine Case 46

Sophomore Sitori Tanin and Evie Coleman scored 12 and 10 points respectively, as the Cardinals (4-5) defeated the Eagles (2-9) in the Christine Rathke Memorial Tournament.

Middleton led by 16 points in the half.

Zahriah Nwanosike had 12 points for Racine Case.

Monona Grove 71, McFarland 61

Junior McKenna Warnock scored 29 points, going 7-for-7 from the line, and junior Peyton Blang added 13 points as the Silver Eagles (6-4) defeated the host Spartans (6-5) in non-conference play.

McFarland junior Ashley East scored 15 points, and senior Katie Rounds scored 14 to reach the 1,000-point mark for her career.

Senior Jordan Dahlhauser scored 11 points for MG.

Madison La Follette 59, Rhinelander 38

Junior Kaytlin Eder and sophomore Nyenhial Riak each scored 16 points as the Lancers (5-3) beat the host Hodags (5-4) in the Hodagtown Holiday Tournament.

Sophomore Kennedy Van Zile scored 18 points and Senior Ally Seefeldt notched 11 points for Rhinelander.

Sophomore Megan Lowrey added 10 points for La Follette. Eder was 7 for 7 from the free throw line for the Lancers.

Janesville Craig 61, Stoughton 45

The Cougars (6-3) limited the Vikings (8-4) to just three baskets in their first 30 field goal attempts to build a 21-point halftime lead in the final of their own Optimist Invitational.

Emily Pierson scored 18 and Brooke Parkhurst added 12 for Craig.

Cassidy Bach, Emma Kissling and Paige Halverson each had 11 points for Stoughton.

Milton 74, Kenosha Tremper 49

Senior Emma Martin and junior Chloe Buescher each scored 14 points to help the Red Hawks (7-3) defeat the Trojans (4-6) for third place in the Optimist Invitational.

Kailey Harbort added 12 points, as Milton jumped out to a 43-26 lead in the break.

Kelsey Coshun scored 16 points for Kenosha Tremper.

Cambridge 60, Baraboo 41

Senior Joriann Clary scored 14 points as the host Blue Jays (10-1) defeated the Thunderbirds (2-9) in the championship of the Cambridge Holiday Tournament.

Gracie Korth and Olivia Williams each added 11 points for the Blue Jays. Lia Kieck had 13 points for Baraboo.

Earlier Thursday, Cambridge went on a 35-7 run in the first half and took a 63-21 victory over Monticello (2-9) behind 18 points from tournament Most Valuable Player Elyssa Stein.

Also, Baraboo got 13 points each from Lindsay Johnson and Haley Hannagen in a 55-32 victory over Monticello.

Janesville Parker 64, Chippewa Falls 52

Junior Julia Hartwig scored 25 points as the Vikings (4-5) defeated the Cardinals (5-3) at JustAGame Fieldhouse in Wisconsin Dells.

Tina Shelton added 11 points for Parker and Caelan Givens had 16 for Chippewa Falls.

Grafton 73, Evansville 44

Hanna Belanger scored 39 points, making three 3-pointers, to lead the Black Hawks (8-2) over the Blue Devils (5-7) at JustAGame.

Grafton outscored Evansville, 40-23, in the first half. Paige Banks had 17 points for the Blue Devils.

Cudahy 39, Poynette 28

Hannah Kulas scored a game-high 20 points, making four 3-pointers, to propel the Packers (8-3) past the Pumas (6-4) in the Cudahy Southside Shootout.

Cudahy only led by one at halftime, but clamped down on Poynette in the second half, limiting the Pumas to just nine points over the final 18 minutes.

Junior Ashlynn Klosky finished with 13 points to lead Poynette, but none of her teammates scored more than six.

Platteville 60, Barneveld 31

Becca Hoyer scored 20 points and Sami Martin added 18 points as the host Hillmen (7-2) beat the Eagles (4-5) in the Candy Cane Classic.

Tayan Pickarts added 13 points for Barneveld.

In other tournament games, Mineral Point edged Jackson Living Word Lutheran, 69-67, and Richland Center posted a 64-47 victory over Mount Horeb.

Fort Atkinson 43, North Fond du Lac 39

Sarah Pfeifer (16 points) and Sara VanderMause each made a pair of free throws in the final minutes to help the Blackhawks (1-9) hold on to beat the Orioles (4-6) in the Fort Atkinson Holiday Tournament.

Greendale Martin Luther 46, Lakeside Lutheran 44

Junior Emma Kallas scored 19 points as the Spartans (7-3) topped the Warriors (5-3) in the Fort Atkinson Holiday Tournament.

Sophomore Lauren Thiele had nine points, and Kalies Birkholz and Kaitlyn Shadoski each chipped in eight for Lakeside Lutheran.

Waunakee 37, Appleton West 34

Senior Cici Rindy scored 12 points as the Warriors (8-2) held on to top the host Terrors (5-5). Christie Fortune had 11 points for West.

New Glarus 71, River Ridge/Scales Mound 43

JayLynn Benson scored 15 points as the Glarner Knights (5-5) beat the Wildcats (9-8) in the Cuba City Tournament.

Reese Miller scored 10 points for River Ridge/Scales Mound.

Willow Lee and Julia Barnaby each notched 14 points for New Glarus.

Wisconsin Heights 48, River Valley 33

Ashlee Adler scored 21 points, making six of her seven 3-pointers in the first half, to help lift the Vanguards (4-6) past the host Blackhawks (3-7).

Riley Feiner had 14 points for River Valley.


Wisconsin State Journal prep sports editor Art Kabelowsky has traversed the state to cover sports while working for daily papers in Fort Atkinson, Racine, La Crosse, Milwaukee and Baraboo.