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Hermanson, Armstrong reach 1,000 milestone
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STOUGHTON - Monroe head coach Kevin Keen bid farewell to the Badger South with a memorable 50-38 win Friday.

Keen's squad capped off yet another undefeated conference season, and seniors Jamie Armstrong and Ashley Hermanson each reached the 1,000-point milestone.

"It was a special night for all of us," Keen said.

Monroe trailed 11-4 after the first quarter and 20-17 at halftime. A 12-9 run in the third tied the game headed into the fourth quarter.

"Gwen Sutter had an outstanding second half," Keen said. Sutter, along with Armstrong and Hermanson, has started varsity since her freshman season and scored all 16 of her points in the second half.

"She hit four 3-pointers and really got us going. She was huge," Keen said.

Herman-son came into the game 18 points away from the 1,000-point mark, and she hit a free throw in the final minute to reach it. Armstrong needed just five points, but scored seven.

"They are a special group of girls," Keen said in reference to his three star seniors. "You don't get a group like that every year. To start since their first game on varsity and win conference and do all of they have done - that's something special."

Keen was given a T-shirt by Stoughton at halftime, honoring him and his 20-plus years as a coach in the Badger Conference.

"It was kind of bittersweet," Keen said. "But now we have to focus for the second season at hand."

Monroe (21-1, 12-0) has a bye in the first round of the WIAA Division 2 regional tournament. The Cheesemakers will host the winner of Tuesday's Dodgeville-Platteville contest.