EDGERTON — The fourth quarter of the Edgerton and Holgate boys basketball game could’ve been an annual free-throw clinic.

The two teams attempted 32 fourth-quarter free throws, with the Bulldogs going 12 of 17 and the Tigers 9 of 15.

And it was Edgerton’s success from the foul line that helped double its score in the fourth quarter — the Bulldogs were leading 20-17 at the end of three — and get a 41-32 win over Holgate in a Green Meadows Conference game on Friday at Edgerton High School.

“When we got the right guys at the line, we knocked down free throws — and that’s the name of the game,” Edgerton coach Matt Ripke said. “Especially with Noah Landel (6 of 6) and Troy Wolfe (4 of 4), that’s what you need your two senior leaders to do in the fourth quarter of a tight game, conference game...

“And credit to Holgate, they didn’t quit. They’re scrapping for everything. They’re well-coached, disciplined, play hard on defense and hit some big shots throughout the game.”

Wolfe scored a team-high 12 points — and went 5 of 6 from the free-throw line — for Edgerton (2-2, 1-1 GMC). Noah Landel had 11 points — and hit 6 of 8 from the foul line — while Gannon Ripke and Corey Everetts each contributed five. Ripke also had a team-high six rebounds.

The Bulldogs shot 31.6 percent (12 of 38) from the floor, including 50 percent (4 of 8) from 3-point range. They also hit 13-of-21 free throws, which were all in the second half.

Abe Kelly dropped a game-high 17 points — including four 3-pointers — for the Tigers (2-7, 0-1). Bailey Sonnenberg added seven points, while Robbie Thacker scored six. Two Hayden Hartman free throws completed Holgate’s scoring.

The Tigers shot 25 percent (9 of 39) from the floor, including 26.3 percent (5 of 19) from beyond the arc. They converted 9-of-15 free throws, which like Edgerton, were all second-half attempts.

“We didn’t execute,” Holgate coach Sean Kobilis said. “We made critical errors. And Edgerton is so disciplined, they’ll capitalize on those errors.

“We just didn’t play tough enough.”

Edgerton got going from 3-point range early. The Bulldogs hit 3 of 4 from beyond the arc in the first quarter to take a 9-2 lead with 15.6 seconds left.

But, a Kelly putback as time expired started a 9-2 run that ended with an 11-11 halftime tie. Edgerton only shot 4 of 22 in the first half, including 1 of 14 in the second quarter. Holgate shot 5 of 19 in the first half.

“We packed it in, we tried to make them shoot over us. And they made two big 3s, and we recovered off of that and stuck to the gameplan that if they’re going to beat us, they’re going to shoot over us,” Kobilis said. “We limited them after those three 3s — limited them to one basket. We weren’t getting great shot selection, but we battled back and played tough.”

The Bulldogs came out of the second half ready to go, however. They outscored Holgate 9-6 in the third quarter and shot 50 percent (4 of 8) from the floor, with a Wolfe free throw making it a 20-17 lead going into the final frame.

Edgerton shot that same field-goal percentage, attempts and conversion in the fourth — with an Everetts 3 to boot — along with its extensive free-throw scoring to more than double its score.

Edgerton 41, Holgate 32

Holgate 4 7 6 15 — 32

Edgerton 9 2 9 21 — 41

Holgate: Kelly 1 4 3-4 17, Sonnenberg 2 0 3-4 7, Thacker 1 1 1-2 6, Hartman 0 0 2-2 2, McCord 0 0 0-2 0, Bower 0 0 0-1 0. Totals: 4-20 5-19 9-15 32.

Edgerton: Wolfe 2 1 5-6 12, Landel 1 1 6-8 11, Ripke 0 1 2-7 5, Everetts 1 1 0-0 5, Timbrook 2 0 0-0 4, Wilson 1 0 0-0 2, Blue 1 0 0-0 2. Totals: 8-30 4-8 13-21 41.

Junior Varsity: Holgate, 36-19.

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