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Knights, Redbirds advance to regional finals
Times photo: Anthony Wahl Brodheads Trenton Jordan finds room for a layup attempt in the first half of a 59-54 loss to Jefferson in a second round playoff game Saturday afternoon.
NEW GLARUS - Tyler Kreklow and Trae VandeBerg have provided a lot of heroics on the basketball court this season.

Kreklow and VandeBerg had more of the same in store Saturday in a WIAA Division 4 regional semifinal against Deerfield. Kreklow scored 24 points and VandeBerg put up 23 as the Knights stormed back from a 19-point deficit to knock off Deerfield 58-54.

Kreklow hit a floater with 4.4 seconds left in the game to give the Knights a 56-54 lead, and VandeBerg made two free throws to seal it. VandeBerg also led the team with five 3-pointers.

With the win, New Glarus (12-10) advances to play at No. 1 seed Cuba City in a regional championship game tonight.

Darlington 52, Mineral Point 43

DARLINGTON - Darlington seniors Cedric Flesher and Mitchell Whalen each scored a team-high 19 points to lift the Redbirds past the Pointers for a Division 4 regional semifinal win.

Flesher drilled four 3-pointers to lead the Redbirds. Darlington senior Brandon Hardyman added 12 points. The Redbirds made 10 of 14 free throws.

Darlington (15-8) will play at Cambridge in a Division 4 regional final tonight.

Jefferson 59, Brodhead 54

BRODHEAD - The Cardinals blew a 16-point lead and lost a heartbreaker to Jefferson in a WIAA Division 3 regional semifinal Saturday.

Brodhead (15-8) jumped out to an 18-9 lead and led 37-21 at halftime. But they were outscored 22-7 in the fourth quarter after Jefferson went to a 1-3-1 zone to slow down the Cardinals.

"We just couldn't get out of a shooting slump," Brodhead coach Brian Kammerer said. "When your offense struggles sometimes your defense lacks because you lack turnovers."

Kammerer doesn't think the Cardinals were looking ahead to another rematch against Clinton.

"I know the kids were not overlooking Jefferson," Kammerer said. "They got on a run, and that put a lot of pressure on our kids and I think it affected our shooting."

Jefferson had a big edge on free throw attempts 33-21. Jefferson made 24 of 33 foul shots, and the Cardinals were 13 of 21.

Brodhead senior Tate Harnack scored a team-high 14 points. Senior Jesse DeLorme had 12 points, and senior Trent Jordan added 10 in the Cardinals' last game of the season.

"I thought we had a great year," Kammerer said. "The 13 seniors we had will be truly missed."