REEDSBURG - Baraboo's quest for the outright Badger North conference championship was put on hold for now, as the Thunderbirds lost at Reedsburg 52-41 on Friday night.
The Thunderbirds still can claim an outright league title with a win at home over last-place Mount Horeb on Thursday night. Baraboo still sits one game ahead of Reedsburg and Waunakee in the conference standings with one game left to play.
Coming into the game, both teams were on prolonged winning streaks. Baraboo had won 11 of its last 12 games, while the Beavers were riding an eight-game winning streak, and had won 12 of their last 13.
But on Friday night it was all Reedsburg, as the Beavers led from start to finish and held Baraboo to just 28 percent shooting from the floor. In a scenario all too familiar to Baraboo fans, the Thunderbirds struggled shooting at Reedsburg, and denied coach Dave Crane his first-ever win at Reedsburg against the Beavers.
"I thought we got some good shots," said Crane, "But we didn't make them, I don't want to make excuses for a bad shooting night, bit it is what it is."
The Beavers jumped out to a quick lead as Carly Yager hit a 3-pointer less than a minute into the game and Hannah Ethun hit another to put the Beavers up 8-1. A basket by Emily O'Rourke cut the lead in half at 8-4, but another three from Ethun pushed the Reedsburg lead to 12-6, and Yager connected on another trey to put the Beavers up 15-6 after eight minutes.
The Thunderbirds made a run in the second quarter, closing the gap to 17-13 on a basket by O'Rourke three minutes into the quarter. A 3-pointer from Katie Wilke kept Baraboo within three at 19-16, and O'Rourke added one free throw to cut Reedsburg's lead to 19-17. But Reedsburg sophomore Beth Maenpaa scored and was fouled by Wilke for a three point play, and the Beaver post player scored on Reedsburg's next possession to put the Beavers up 24-17.
Baraboo answered with another run, with Kelsey Digmann scoring and Wilke adding another basket to get Baraboo within four at 27-23. After Samantha Terry made one free throw to get Baraboo within three at 27-24, Reedsburg's Chelsey Schulenburg scored on a running layup with 2.1 seconds left in the half to give Reedsburg a 29-24 lead at the break.
The Beavers then opened up the third with an 8-2 run.
A basket by Reedsburg's Sophie Lichte, her first of the game, put the Beavers up 31-24 less than a minute into the third quarter, and Carly Yager's 3-pointer off the glass put the T-Birds in a 37-24 hole with five minutes to play in the quarter.
Megan Digmann made two free throws for a 37-26 score, and Baraboo again cut into the lead, getting within single digits at 40-32 with two free throws from Terry with 34 seconds left. Hannah Ethun then sank two free throws for Reedsburg with 20 seconds on the clock to give the Beavers a 42-32 lead going into the fourth quarter.
"They played pretty solid defense, I'm more disappointed with how we defended," added Crane, "I though they got too many easy opportunities and the lack of communication kills us especially on defense."
Reedsburg eventually opened up a 14 point lead on a basket by Ethun, who scored a career-high 19 points to lead the Beavers on senior night.
Samantha Terry led the Thunderbirds with 10 points and Emily O'Rourke added eight in the loss.
Baraboo ................6 18 8 9 - 41
Reedsburg .......15 14 13 10 - 52
BARABOO - Meghan Kreilkamp 7, Katie Wilke 5, Megan Digmann 5, Kelsey Digmann 5, Emily O'Rourke 8, Megan McVenes 1, Samantha Terry 10. Totals 13 14-20 41.
REEDSBURG - Carly Yager 9, Beth Maenpaa 12, Chelsey Schulenburg 4, Hannah Ethun 19, Sophie Lichte 8. Totals 19 8-16 52.
3-point goals - B 1 (Katie Wilke 1), R 6 (Carly Yager 3, Hannah Ethun 3). Total fouls - B 16, R 17.