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MONONA — The most recent time Brady Schipper faced Monona Grove, the Stoughton senior rushed for 364 yards and five touchdowns in his football team’s loss to the Silver Eagles last fall.

Schipper was at it again Friday night, darting through, racing around and shooting over Monona Grove defenders in a Badger South Conference boys basketball meeting.

But this time, he came away a winner.

The guard was 13-for-15 from the field, 10-for-11 from the free throw line and scored a career-high 38 points in leading the Vikings to an 82-70 victory over the previously undefeated Silver Eagles.

“He had like 400 yards against us in football and now he has 38 points tonight,” Monona Grove coach Dan Zweifel said. “He loves to play against Monona Grove. He did a lot of great things.

“We had no answer for him. It was the ‘Schipper Show’ tonight.”

Senior Max Fernholz added 17 points and nine rebounds and seniors Aidan McGee and Tommy McClain contributed 10 points apiece for Stoughton (9-2 overall, 7-0 Badger South), which assumed sole possession of first place in the conference standings.

“It’s the environment you want to be in every game and we wanted to take advantage of it,” said Schipper, who has signed with the University of Wisconsin as a preferred walk-on in football. “The environment was crazy and we were feeding off it in the first half. We answered their runs and just took it to them.

“We knew they were second in the state and we were coming into their place and this was for first place in the conference. It was a game to get up for.”

Schipper scored 20 first-half points, carrying the Vikings to a 40-31 halftime lead over the Silver Eagles (11-1, 6-1), ranked second in Division 2 in The Associated Press poll. He had 13 of his team’s first 22 points and helped Stoughton lead by as many as 16 points (24-8 and 30-14) in the first half.

“My teammates were finding me in the first half,” Schipper said. “I was able to take it to the basket and I also was hitting short jump shots.

“I don’t know what was going on tonight (to score like that), but I felt good. Tonight we put it all together — defensively and offensively. Now, we have got to do that every night.”

Stoughton coach Nolan Weber said Schipper took whatever the Silver Eagles’ defense gave him; he drove, he pulled up for mid-range shots when the defense cut him off and he made two 3-pointers.

“He did everything tonight,” Weber said of Schipper, who also had four assists and three rebounds.

Weber also believes the Vikings, who have won or shared six consecutive Badger South titles entering this season, were “really sharp” and did a particularly good job containing Monona Grove’s strong transition offense.

“I told the kids this is who we thought they could be,” Weber said. “Of course, we had a special performance from Brady, but we had a lot of guys play well.”

Senior forward Jake Schroeckenthaler had 20 points and a game-high 12 rebounds for the Silver Eagles.

Senior forward Jimmy Thome scored a career-high 18 points and also grabbed 10 rebounds, while junior guard Caden Nelson added 13 points for the Silver Eagles.

“The arch-nemesis gets us again,” Zweifel said. “I thought Schipper and Fernholz were really physical with my guards tonight, especially Caden Nelson. They did a fantastic job on our guards tonight. They wore them down.”

Stoughton scored the first seven points after halftime, building a 47-31 lead. The Vikings extended that to 52-33 on a 3-pointer by Schipper with 12 minutes, 49 seconds remaining.

Another 3-pointer by Schipper gave Stoughton a 66-48 lead with 5:52 remaining.

Monona Grove responded with a 16-6 run, closing to within eight at 72-64, but could get no closer.

“They exposed us on defense,” Zweifel said. “Eighty-two is not acceptable at Monona Grove.

“Kudos to Stoughton.”

Stoughton 40 42 — 82

Monona Grove 31 39 — 70

STOUGHTON — Schipper 13 10-11 38, Fernholz 4 6-8 17, McClain 5 0-1 10, Hobson 1 0-0 2, McLaury 1 0-0 3, Conklin 1 0-0 2, McGee 3 3-3 10. Totals 28 19-24 82.

MONONA GROVE — M. Nelson 3 0-0 8, C. Nelson 5 2-4 13, Hepp 3 0-0 7, Thome 7 1-4 18, Schroeckenthaler 8 4-8 20, Huston 2 0-0 4. Totals 28 7-16 70.

3-point goals — S 7 (Fernholz 3, Schipper 2, McLaury 1, McGee 1), MG 7 (Thome 3, M. Nelson 2, C. Nelson 1, Hepp 1). Total fouls — MG 22, S 22. Fouled out — Schroeckenthaler, McGee.


Jon Masson covers high school sports for the Wisconsin State Journal. He has covered a variety of sports — including the Green Bay Packers and Wisconsin men's and women's basketball and volleyball — since he first came to the State Journal in 1999.