Oregon girls basketball coach Adam Wamsley was searching for ways to snap a three-game losing streak before Tuesday’s 80-69 Badger South win at Madison Edgewood.
The victory over the Crusaders came three days after the Panthers lost 77-57 to Monona Grove on Nov. 29.
Junior Liz Uhl and Kaitlyn Schrimpf combined to score 46 points Tuesday to spark the Panthers in the win over Edgewood.
Uhl scored a game-high 24 points and knocked down four 3-pointers She was 6 of 6 from the free-throw line. Schrimpf added 22 points and made two 3s.
Oregon scored in transition late in the first half and led Edgewood 44-29 at halftime.
Senior Jena Statz chipped in 11 points.
The Panthers shot 75 percent at the foul line (21 of 28).
Madison Edgewood junior Baluk Deang scored a team-high 16 points and freshman Amber Grosse added 12 points. Both Deang and Grosse had two 3-pointers.
The Crusaders were 7 of 9 from the foul line.
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Wamsley wants the Panthers to become more consistent on both ends of the court after Oregon was beaten 77-57 by Monona Grove in Oregon.
Monona Grove senior forward McKenna Warnock, a University of Iowa recruit, scored a game-high 34 points and grabbed nine rebounds. She did a lot of damage at the free-throw line, making 14 of 20.
“Our strategy was to take away her tendencies and keep her away from the basket,” Wamsley said. “Unfortunately, we lost contain on her quite a bit, allowing her to get to the basket. Her ability to finish near the rim and draw contact is hard to defend.”
The Silver Eagles jumped out to a 40-26 lead at the half. Wamsley said the team’s transition defense was an issue.
“We can’t give up 40 points in a half,” he said. “We have to play better defensively.”
Oregon junior guard Izzie Peterson scored a team-high 14 points and knocked down two 3-pointers.
Wamsley credits Peterson for putting in the time to improve as a player.
“Izzie has worked hard all summer in order to improve her shooting,” he said. “We are starting to see her work pay off.”
Schrimpf added 12 points and had three steals. Sophomore guard Carleigh Roberts chipped in seven points.
“We’re in a slump on both ends right now,” Wamsley said. “We are going to keep working hard and looking forward. Good things are on the horizon.”