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.”
REEDSBURG 66, LODI 48
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)