A 14-point first half put the Baraboo girls basketball team at a disadvantage on Tuesday night, and the Thunderbirds couldn’t climb back as they fell 69-47 to Reedsburg on the road in a Badger North Conference game.

Baraboo was outscored 34-14 in the first half by the 5-1 Beavers, who were coming off big wins over Sauk Prairie and state-ranked Wisconsin Dells. The T-Birds (0-6 overall, 0-3 Badger North) struggled to defend Reedsburg junior Ava Douglas and senior Brooklyn Schyvinck, who had 21 points apiece.

“We struggled guarding them a little bit, we struggled figuring out defensively what spots we needed to be in,” Baraboo coach Michael Behl said. “They got some easy looks at the rim. When we started taking that away, the perimeter opened up and they knocked down some threes. So defensively we continue to struggle but I do think we’re making progress.”

Baraboo’s offense more than tripled its point total in the second half, but Reedsburg remained in the driver’s seat throughout the rest of the game. Junior Haley Hannagan led Baraboo with 15 points, followed by Lindsay Johnson (10), Abby Moon (9) and Lia Kieck (8).

“Offensively, we turned it over too much. A lot of them were unforced turnovers, they were just silly turnovers,” Behl said. “That was a lot of the story of the first half in terms of us turning it over and giving them good opportunities. The second half was pretty much even, we came out and took care of the ball better, we figured some things out defensively and made a nice run on them.”

The Thunderbirds will host Mount Horeb on Saturday night.

Gymnastics

The Baraboo gymnastics team was all out of sorts during its season-opening meet on Tuesday when the T-Birds traveled to Milton and fell 133.95-119.405.

“Well, nothing went as planned today. Our day started out with pulling two for unrelated gymnastics issues, and then Sidney Seymour went down with a bad ankle injury during vault warmup,” Baraboo coach Tammy Porter said. “We had lots of first-meet mistakes. Little errors that cost us in the long run, but first-meet errors you would expect.”

Baraboo’s highest score came on the vault, where the T-Birds totaled a 32.7. Sophomore Bella Vedro led the way with an 8.3, followed by Jamie Runnels (8.2), Meghan Reuter (8.15), Brittany Reuter (8.0) and Mia Burkhalter (7.7).

Baraboo had a subpar floor exercise performance, totaling 31.55. Vedra led the team with an 8.23, followed by Brittany Reuter (8.025), Meghan Reuter (7.7), Maddie Beal (7.525) and Burkhalter (6.6). On the uneven bars, Brittany Reuter and Runnels each scored a 7.4, while Meghan Reuter had a 6.8 and the T-Birds amassed a total of 28.15. Baraboo struggled on the balance beam, posting a score of 27. Burkhalter led the way (7.5), followed by Brittany Reuter (7.15), Meghan Reuter (6.2) and Beal (6.15).

The T-Birds will look to bounce back this Saturday when they host eight area teams for their lone home invitational.

“We were very frustrated with the inconsistency in judging, but we are going to use it as a learning experience to better our performances,” Porter said. “Overall, a 119 is not anywhere close to what we had planned, but Saturday is a new day, new meet and we are going to be the team I envisioned going into (Tuesday).”

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