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Sawdey the point man on break
Monroe High School senior Carter Sawdey averages 11.3 points a game for the Cheesemakers. (Times photo: Marissa Weiher)
MONROE - When Monroe High School senior point guard Carter Sawdey is driving to the basket the Cheesemakers basketball team is at its most dangerous.

Sawdey is drawing near to the conclusion of his career as a prep boys basketball player. He has been a varsity player for three years and a starting point guard for two years.

Monroe coach Brian Bassett said Sawdey is at his best attacking the basket with the ball in his hands. He's able to make plays and open up shots for other teammates.

"Our coaching staff has told him he's unguardable when he's driving," Bassett said. "He can take anyone at any time."

Sawdey is the Cheesemakers' second-leading scorer at 11.3 points per game.

"When he drives to the basket he opens it up on the outside for Alex Tordoff, Brayden Zettle and David Keegan," Bassett said.

Sawdey will be key in the Cheesemakers' gameplan against Oregon in a WIAA Division 2 regional quarterfinal game today. The Cheesemakers are expected to use a fullcourt press.

"Both teams will be prepared," Sawdey said. "We will both give it our all. I think it will be a close game. I think we will press them to make them play faster. It worked last time."

Sawdey said his biggest improvements this season have been driving to the basket, finishing and developing a pullup jumper.

Bassett reminds Sawdey to always push the ball so the Cheesemakers can take advantage of a roster that goes 10 players deep by running a sideline fastbreak.

"We want him and other players to take one or two dribbles and get it up the floor in the corner," Bassett said. "We want to make teams run and play faster because we can wear teams down with our depth."

Sawdey said his most memorable moments in his basketball career at Monroe are beating Madison Edgewood 73-72 late last year, knocking off Freeport to win the Snack Bowl this season and throwing down a dunk against Stoughton this season.

When he's not practicing, playing in a game or working on homework, Sawdey said his hobbies are fishing, hunting and playing video games like NBA 2K17. He will attend the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse next fall and plans to pursue a career as a physician's assistant.

Before then, he's planning on splaying more basketball and trying to help the Cheesemakers win a regional championship.

"I think we just want to come out and control what we can," Sawdey said. "We want to do the little things and make shots. We just have to play as hard as we can and see what happens from there."