NORTHFIELD, Minn. — With no one in Wisconsin able to slow down the Beaver Dam prep girls basketball team so far, the Golden Beavers ran into another out-of-state speed bump on Saturday.
Hopkins, a team out of the Twin Cities suburbs ranked No. 1 in Minnesota’s Class 4A, rallied from a nine-point halftime deficit to force overtime and defeat Beaver Dam 74-71 at the Holiday Classic at St. Olaf College.
The game pitted two of the best teams from their respective states. The Beavers are the top-ranked team in Wisconsin’s Division 2 according to the WisSports.net Coaches Poll, coming off an undefeated season in which they won the WIAA Division 2 state title. Hopkins is ranked No. 14 in the country in a MaxPreps poll and is No. 17 in the nation according to the computer-generated rankings by MaxPreps.
Beaver Dam (9-2) shot 44 percent from beyond the arc as University of Wisconsin recruit Tara Stauffacher made five 3-pointers to finish the game with a team-high 17 points. She also had six rebounds on the night. Teammate Maty Wilke finished with 12 points, 11 rebounds and five assists.
But while Beaver Dam is known in Wisconsin to cause double-digit miscues, the Royals gave the Beavers a taste of their own medicine, forcing 14 turnovers on the night. Hopkins had 18 points off those turnovers while Beaver Dam had 16.
The Royals outscored Beaver Dam in the paint 40-24 and had a 16-7 edge in second-chance points.
Hopkins’ Paige Bueckers led her team with 23 points while teammates Kayhla Adams and Dlayla Chakolis had 17 points apiece. Chakolis added 11 rebounds.
The Royals blocked five shots on the night, with Angie Hammond and Kira Mosley swatting two apiece.
Beaver Dam’s only other loss on the season came Dec. 2 against Maine West (Ill.), a suburban Chicago team that is one of the most highly regarded in Illinois’ top division.
HOPKINS 74, BEAVER DAM 71
Hopkins 24 37 13 — 74
Beaver Dam 33 28 10 — 71
Hopkins (74) — Paige Bueckers 23, Raena Suggs 9, Kayhla Adams 17, Jaide Pressley 2, Angie Hammond 6, Dlayla Chakolis 17. TOTALS (FGS FTM-FTA PTS): 31 4-7 74.
Beaver Dam (71) — Natalie Jens 4, Paige Schumann 6, Jada Donaldson 9, Afton Bartol 6, Matyson Wilke 12, Maryn Ferron 9, Tara Stauffacher 17, Aly Van Loo 8. TOTALS (FGS FTM-FTA PTS): 23 14-17 71.
3-pointers: H 8 (Bueckers 1, Suggs 2, Adams 3, Dlayla Chakolis 2), BD 11 (Jens 1, Donaldson 1, Wilke 1, Stauffacher 5). Total fouls: H 16, BD 13.