A couple of strong defensive stretches from Stoughton proved to be the difference Saturday.
The Milton boys basketball team was held without a field goal for the first 7 minutes, 45 seconds of the game as the Vikings defeated the Red Hawks, 58-48, in a Badger South Conference game Saturday, Dec. 7, in Milton.
Stoughton (4-0, 1-0) also held Milton (1-2, 0-1) without a field goal from the 4:47 mark to the 40 second mark in the second half. During that time, Stoughton increased its 48-42 advantage to 55-42.
“Stoughton has been a potent defensive team since I’ve been here,” Milton head coach Alex Olson said. “Everything is tougher against them offensively. A struggling start isn’t something we anticipated, but something we talked about. We knew there was going to be a point in the game where for four or five minutes we could be stuck.”
Milton trailed 15-6 with 6:50 remaining in the first half, but finished off the first with a 17-11 run to go into halftime down 26-23.
Junior Sam Burdette scored nine of the 17 points during the run, connecting on three 3-pointers.
Down 38-28 with 11:54 in the second half, Campion scored 12 of the Red Hawks’ next 14 points to the cut to the deficit to six at 48-42 with 4:42 remaining.
“Jack’s a total spark plug, that’s why he’s circled on opposing coaches scouting reports every week,” Olson said. “If you relax for a second on him, he’ll take full advantage.”
But, the Stoughton defense staggered the Milton offense down the home stretch, allowing just six points on two field goals the final 4:41.
“We definitely knew it was going to be a low-scoring game to start with, we know each other so well," Olson said.
Burdette scored 14 points, recording four 3-pointers.
Stoughton’s Adam Hobson finished with a game-high 18 points.
The Red Hawks will take on Edgerton (2-1) in a nonconference game Monday, Dec. 9, in Milton at 7:15 p.m.
The Oregon girls basketball team scored the first 18 points of the game as the Panthers defeated Milton, 65-23, in a Badger South Conference game Friday, Dec. 6, in Milton.
Oregon built a 18-0 advantage less than four minutes into the game before junior forward Julia Jaecks scored Milton’s first points of the game with 13 minutes, 8 seconds left in the first half.
The Red Hawks (1-3, 0-1) ended up scoring seven straight to cut the deficit down to 11 at 18-7 with 12:36 left in the half.
Oregon (3-2, 1-0) outscored Milton, 31-10, to end the half.
Milton was held to six points in the second half.
Senior guard Abbie Campion and senior forward Abbey Falk tied for a team-high with five points each.
The Red Hawks till host Fort Atkinson in a Badger South Conference matchup Tuesday, Dec. 10, in Milton at 7:15 p.m.
Updated versions of these stories will appear in the Dec. 12 edition of the Milton Courier.