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Cheesemakers can't shake offensive struggles
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By Howard Thomassportseditor@themonroetimesMONONA - Tyler Barta took an elbow to the head in the early going Friday and finished with a large white bandage above his left eye.It was the perfect symbolism for a Monroe High School boys basketball team taking its lumps offensively.For the second straight day in the Monona Grove Holiday Tournament, shots were mighty tough to come by for the Cheesemakers. But this time, their stingy defense and stellar free throw shooting weren't enough in a 47-38 loss to Westosha Central.Monroe coach Pat Murphy loves the effort he's getting from his crew, but is clearly frustrated with the Cheesemakers' inability to generate more offense.MHS hit just three field goals in the first half and finished the game 10 of 37 (27 percent) from the floor. "I feel bad for the guys - this is one we wanted to get," Murphy said.