The Reedsburg girls basketball team’s stellar season came to an end last week when the Beavers competed in two WIAA Div. 2 playoff games.
No. 3 seed Reedsburg started off the bracket on Feb. 23 with a home game against No. 6 McFarland, where a bucket from Ava Douglas with a second remaining lifted the Beavers to a 42-40 regional victory.
Reedsburg knew its opening playoff game wouldn’t be easy, as the Spartans came into the game with an overall record of 14-10. It was an off day for Douglas, as the junior normally averages 15 points per game but this time she was held to five. Douglas shared the ball well which played a factor, but also struggled to finish her opportunities against McFarland. Douglas became the unsung hero of the contest however in the waning seconds. With a knotted score of 40-40, Douglas took the ball and drove through some traffic up the middle and knocked down the shot at the buzzer. After a short meeting from the refs, half a second was put back on the clock but McFarland couldn’t get the final shot off in time as Reedsburg went on to win by two.
“We had some timely shot that we hit,” coach Mark Simon said. “We didn’t shoot a great percentage, but I thought Julia (Korklewski) hit some big shots when we needed it. Obviously Ava’s late (shot) was big for us, Brooklyn (Schyvinck) had one down the stretch to expand the lead a little bit.”
The lead went back-and-forth throughout the opening half. Schyvinck converted a three-point play early on to tie the game a 6-6, while a 3-pointer from Korklewski gave the Beavers a 14-12 lead. Reedsburg started getting to the line late in the half, and entered halftime with a 21-16 advantage.
McFarland showed its depth in the second half. Korklewski hit a pair of 3-pointers early on but so did the Spartans. McFarland’s Ashley East added another from beyond the arc to make it a one-point game at 30-29, before a couple of easy buckets from Schyvinck and Korklewski kept the Beavers ahead. The Spartans kept threatening however, scoring a couple of unanswered buckets while a couple of missed free throws from the Beavers made it 38-35.
“I thought we were a little nervous in the way we played offensively but (McFarland’s) length and defense had a lot to do with that,” Simon said. “They were able to deflect a lot of passes and alter a lot of shots inside. So their size played a big part in slowing us down.”
McFarland started to pressure the perimeter, which led to open floor space for Douglas to work with on one occasion, but a 3-pointer from Mary Zahn and a drive from East tied the game at 40-40. Reedsburg had the ball with a minute remaining and burned down the clock, which was when Douglas scored the game-winning drive.
“It’s just a series that we call, and they were forcing (Douglas) so much to that left hand, that we took it,” Simon said of the last play. “We usually put a shooter on the right side, we put her on the left side and she had the kick opportunity with Julia, Brooklyn was available if the help came, or she could finish it.”
A day later, Reedsburg traveled to No. 2 Stoughton where the Beavers fell 57-40 in the regional final.
Reedsburg started hot, leading 8-3 early. The Vikings worked their way back, until Korklewski drained a 3-pointer from the corner. Stoughton’s Cassidy Bach hit a three of her own moments later to give the Vikings the lead. Stoughton used a variety of attacks to go up 16-11, before a couple of buckets from Schvinck made it a two-point game. Stoughton would have the edge down the stretch however and led 22-15 at the half.
Douglas drove one in to start the second, but the Vikings’ offense was hard to match. A number of inside buckets put Stoughton up by 10, and Reedsburg struggled to get within single digits from there as the Vikings held onto the momentum and the win.
“From our perspective, we had to play one of our best games and we didn’t play our best game tonight,” Simon said.
Schyvinck, who set the program’s single season scoring record this season with 416 points, led Reedsburg with 13 on the night.
“She’s really been one of the better players in the state,” Simon said of Schyvinck. “She’s been a big time player against really tough opponents. She’s had an unbelievable year and a great career for us.”
Simon becomes winningest coach in program history
After Reedsburg’s win over McFarland on Friday, coach Simon became the winningest coach in the program’s history. In his 12th year as coach, Simon has collected an overall record of 194-93, averaging 16 wins per season. Simon has led the Beavers to sectionals four times, with the team’s first ever trip to the state tournament in 2012. Eleven of Simon’s players have gone on to play college hoops, while 13 players have been named to the First Team All-Conference list.
“It’s a great moment to share with our players and the coaches that we’ve had over the years,” Simon said after Reedsburg’s win over McFarland. “It’s a team accomplishment, and I’m just happy to be a part of it. There’s been a lot of people that have helped along the way, a lot of supporters in the program. I’m thankful for all the people that care about what we do and I just love coaching here. The support I get is unbelievable.”
REEDSBURG 42, MCFARLAND 40
McFarland 16 24 — 40
Reedsburg 21 21 — 42
MCFARLAND — East 4 0-2 9, Zahn 1 0-0 3, Rounds 4 1-2 10, Runde 3 1-2 8, Quelle 2 0-0 4, Hildebrandt 1 4-5 6. Totals 15 6-11 40.
REEDSBURG — Douglas 2 1-2 5, Schyvinck 5 3-3 13, Straka 1 0-2 2, Miller 2 6-8 10, Zunker 0 1-2 1, Korklewski 4 0-0 11. Totals 14 11-17 42.
3-point goals — MCF 4 (East 1, Zahn 1, Rounds 1, Runde 1), R 1 (Korklewski 1). Total fouls — R 10, MCF 15.
STOUGHTON 57, REEDSBURG 40
Reedsburg 15 25 — 40
Stoughton 22 35 — 57
REEDSBURG — Douglas 5 1-4 12, Schyvinck 4 5-11 13, Korkewski 2 0-0 6, Miller 3 0-0 6, Zunker 1 1-2 3. Totals 15 7-17 40.
STOUGHTON — P.Halverson 3 6-10 14, Bach 4 3-5 12, Kissling 3 2-2 9, Nelson 2 0-0 4, Trieloff 1 0-0 2, Frick 1 0-0 2, Baker 3 0-0 6, Anderson 1 0-0 2, Kotlowski 0 4-4 4, Royston 1 0-0 2. Totals 19 15-21 57.
3-point goals — R 3 (Douglas 1, Korkewski 2), S 4 (P.Halverson 2, Bach 1, Kissling 1). Total fouls — S 18, R 15.