Alyssa Straka

Sophomore Alyssa Straka puts up a shot at a game earlier this season.

Times-Press Archives

The Reedsburg girls basketball team did the near impossible on Jan. 5 when the Beavers traveled to Waunakee.

Things weren’t looking good for the Beavers after the first half, as Reedsburg trailed 28-15. With all the momentum going against them, the Beavers were able to flip that momentum upside down, going on a tear in the second half to defeat the Warriors 57-56 in a Badger North Conference game. Reedsburg outscored Waunakee 42-28 in a stellar second half, ending the game with an 8-0 run including a game-winning layup from Ava Douglas to cap off the exciting road victory.

“Great win for the program,” coach Mark Simon said. “All our players stepped up at different times to help contribute to the win. Skyler Miller made a ton of plays for us, Alyssa Straka hit a big three pointer late in the game and Rachel Schmitt gave us quality minutes.”

Reedsburg struggled in the first half, only knocking down one three while Brooklyn Schyvinck was at risk of fouling out early as she committed three fouls. But the poor first half of play must have determined the Beavers, as they had complete control throughout the second. Schyvinck was the most determined to better herself, as the senior ended the game with 20 points and seven rebounds, but two others scored in double digits as well. Douglas ended the night with 14 and Skyler Miller added 13 points and seven rebounds. Straka added eight points in the win as well.

Down the stretch, Reedsburg trailed by two with 30 seconds remaining where Douglas made one of two free throws. The Beavers fouled Waunakee seven seconds later, and after a crucial missed free throw, Douglas grabbed the game-winning layup to send the Reedsburg bench into an uproar.

“Ava made plays when it mattered most on both ends of the floor,” Simon said. “She had one heck of a move to the basket to win it. She was able to change directions and get to the rim.

“It’s always a great feeling winning at Waunakee. In most sports in the Badger North, Waunakee is typically at the top of the conference. I really think these types of games are won in the offseason when our players are working hard to improve. It validates the work we are putting in as a program.”

Reedsburg improves to 10-2 overall and 6-1 in the Badger North. The Beavers, who traveled to Dodgeville on Jan. 9, will travel to Stoughton on Jan. 13 for the Badger Challenge.

Boys Basketball

The Reedsburg boys basketball team had five more wins than Baraboo coming into last Thursday’s game against the Thunderbirds at Reedsburg Area High School.

But those records were thrown out the window as Baraboo gave the Beavers a run for their money but Reedsburg was able to come out on top in the Badger North battle, winning 66-59.

Reedsburg had the 33-24 advantage at halftime, but saw Baraboo’s Mason Peterson and Justus Neuman step things up in the second. The duo ended the contest with 52 or Baraboo’s 59 points, and the Beavers were outscored 35-33 in the second but were able to hang on to the win. Tyson Tully led Reedsburg with 23 points, hitting 9-of-10 free throws while collecting 10 rebounds as well. Behind him was Will Fuhrmann who recorded 15 points, eight rebounds, and eight assists, while Max Tully recorded 12 points, five rebounds and five assists. Ben Fuhrmann added nine points as well.

On the other side, Reedsburg had a hard time stopping Peterson, who recorded 30 points for Baraboo (1-9 overall, 0-5 badger North) while Neuman had 22.

Reedsburg (7-3 overall, 2-3 Badger North) traveled to Beaver Dam on Jan. 9 and will next travel to Sauk Prairie on Jan. 12.

Girls Hockey

The Badger Lightning girls hockey team suffered two tough losses in the past week.

On Jan. 5, the Lightning hosted the Madison Metro Lynx where they fell 8-1 in a Badger Conference game.

Despite the final score, the Lightning hung with the Lynx throughout the first two frames, as they trailed only 2-0 after the first and scored one in the second, as Emily Patton found the back of the net off an assist from Bailey Babcock. The Lynx scored two of their own however, and went on to score four unanswered goals in the third period to win their third conference game of the season. Lightning coach Sara Durst said recent sickness and time off over the holiday break were factors in the loss.

“We had to cancel our last game because just about half of the team was injured. So it was nice to have everyone healthy and able to skate again. So this was the first time we’ve had everybody even suited up for practice in a little over two weeks.”

Badger Lightning goalie Natalie Buss recorded 36 saves on the night, while Middleton goalie Sydney McKersie saved eight.

On Jan. 8, the Lightning traveled to Rock County where they fell to the Fury 8-0. The Fury scored four goals in the opening period to set the tone of the contest, while scoring two more in the second and third frames. The Lightning were outshot 31-12 in the loss, with Buss recording 23 saves.

The Lightning (0-9 overall, 0-6 Badger) will host Viroqua on Jan. 11 at Poppy Waterman Arena.

Follow Chris on Twitter

Regional Sports Reporter