Ava Douglas

Ava Douglas grabs a loose ball during the second half of a game against Lodi on Dec. 29 at Reedsburg Area High School.


Reedsburg girls basketball coach Mark Simon saw a total team effort on Dec. 29 when the Beavers hosted Lodi and beat the Blue Devils 66-48 in a non-conference contest.

The win was a notable one for the Beavers (9-2 overall, 5-1 Badger North), as Lodi came into the game with a record of 5-1. Simon said he was impressed by the Blue Devils.

“That’s a nice win for our group,” he said. “Lodi is a good team that’s going to win a lot of games this year.”

As for Lodi, the Blue Devils got into foul trouble throughout the first half, which gave Reedsburg the advantage as Lodi was forced to use a different playstyle. The Beavers went 10-for-18 at the line in the first half alone, while three Lodi players fouled out of the game in the second.

“We got in a lot of foul trouble,” Lodi coach Michelle Puls said. “We don’t have a large bench so we need to stay in the game. That kind of made us do a lot of changes and switches and things that kind of got us out of our game. We couldn’t play our physical-type pressing defense because we were just in too much foul trouble.”

Reedsburg senior Brooklyn Schyvinck started out hot, scoring multiple buckets under the rim to give the Beavers a 10-3 lead. Julia Korklewski meanwhile, hit a three early on and Reedsburg eventually went up 19-12. A stagnant offensive turn plagued both teams for a few minutes, but Lodi’s Alana Gilles started to go into overdrive. Gilles scored 11 points in the first half, sprouting a small comeback as the Blue Devils cut their deficit to five at 19-14 and hung with the Beavers from there.

“Alana Gilles had quite a bit of points for them,” Simon said. “They’re a young team. But I thought our help was pretty good; every time she got a touch it seemed like there was a lot of traffic in the paint so she didn’t get a lot of easy baskets. She hit a few threes on us, scored a little bit in transition but defensively I thought we were pretty sound.”

Lodi’s Rhianna Walzer, Jaden Kolinski, and Savannah Curtis contributed with one 3-pointer apiece, but Reedsburg’s Ava Douglas started to get things going as well. Douglas made it 27-20 late in the half and the Beavers went into the break with a 29-22 advantage.

Reedsburg outscored Lodi 37-26 in the second half, with a number of Beavers contributing. Skyler Miller scored the opening points, before the Blue Devils went on a 7-2 run to make it 34-29. Reedsburg took over from there however, leading 44-29 before going up by 20 points at 56-36 and never looked back.

“I thought we played really well today,” Simon said. “We got a lot of contributions from players that do the little things for us. Skyler Miller, Alyssa Straka and Rachel Schmitt, I think those three did a lot of the little things for us: got some rebounds, played good defense, were in the right spots and really contributed to the win.”

Puls meanwhile was happy with her team’s effort.

“Reedsburg is a very good team. Let’s give credit to where credit is due. We knew that this would be a test for us to see where we are right now. I told the girls I can’t take away their effort because they played to the bitter end,” she said. “These are the types of teams we want to play in non-conference. Not the types of teams we’re going to beat by 20. We’re going to learn from this and it will make us more competitive in conference play.”


Lodi 22 26 — 48

Reedsburg 29 37 — 66

LODI — Curtis 3, Milne 10, Kolinski 10, Walzer 6, Gilles 19. Totals 11 8-11 48.

REEDSBURG — Douglas 21, Straka 10, Korklewski 11, Schmitt 4, Schyvinck 12, Miller 8. Totals 16 22-32 66.

3-point goals — L 6 (Curtis 1, Kolinski 2, Walzer 1, Gilles 2), R 4 (Korklewski 3, Miller 1). Total fouls — L 25, R 11. Fouled out — L (Walzer, Curtis, Milne)