Last Tuesday’s Badger North Conference game between Reedsburg/Wisconsin Dells and Beaver Dam proved to be one for the ages.
And Reedsburg/Wisconsin Dells (6-4 overall, 2-1 Badger North) seemed to want it more, as the visiting team rallied from a three-goal deficit to earn a 7-6 overtime victory.
Reedsburg forward Dylan Brown scored off an incredible assist by teammate Derek Pawlak with 2 minutes, 22 seconds left in the extra session to win it for the Cheavers.
“We just weren’t playing our hockey the first two periods,” Brown said. “We just tried to bring it together after the second and if we could play with the level that we knew we could, we would be able to come back.”
Something changed for Reedsburg/Wisconsin Dells in the third period and overtime.
“We were just playing harder,” Brown said. “We weren’t back-checking in the first two periods. We just weren’t playing our hockey.
“Our coach gave us a good talk in between the second and the third, and we just capitalized.”
Meanwhile, the Golden Beavers lost their third game where they had at least a two-goal lead, following a 3-2 loss to Waupun on Nov. 28 and a 7-4 defeat to Oregon two days later.
Beaver Dam coach Chris Huebel said his team isn’t doing the little things right at the end of the game to lock down wins.
“The difference at the varsity level is teams aren’t going to back down,” he said. “Teams aren’t going to cash it in and they’re going to come after you and we have to do a lot of the little things right.”
Derek Pawlak’s goal launched the Cheavers’ third-period rally, and Jacob Ely and Ben Jones each lit the lamp within a 20-second span with under 10 minutes to go to tie things up at 6-all. Ely’s goal came on a power play.
Ely gave Reedsburg/Wisconsin Dells a 1-0 lead in the first period, but the Golden Beavers answered when Jay Kirschbaum found the back of the net.
Sam Vanderhoeven’s natural hat trick in the second period staked Beaver Dam to a 4-1 lead, as he scored at 1:23, 2:12 and 3:52. Reedsburg scored twice to cut the Beaver Dam lead to 4-3 before Vanderhoeven found Daniel Smolen on a nice cross pass to give the Cheavers a 5-3 lead at 13:07 into the second.
Once the third period started, Beaver Dam lost all its momentum and Reedsburg used that to its advantage.
Two days later, RWD had a much easier task as the Cheavers hosted Black River Falls and shut out the Tigers 7-0.
Reedsburg/Wisconsin Dells scored three goals in the first and second periods to set the tone of the contest. Nathan Kruser scored the first of the night at the 5:16 mark, off assists from Austin Conroy and Kip Cunningham before Jacob Ely made it 2-0 about five minutes later, with Brown and Thomas Pfaff assisting. Pfaff went on to score one of his own at 16:41, with Jacob Ely and Brown assisting.
In the second, RWD unleashed a fury of shots, out-shooting Black River Falls 27-2. Brown scored the fourth goal of the game at 5:36 with Conroy and Jacob Ely assisting, while Cunningham made it 5-0 17 seconds later off passes from Reid Marsich and Jon Zobel. Tarren Gruber took advantage of a delay of game penalty called on the Tigers, scoring at the 15:45 mark with Brown and Jacob Ely assisting on the power play goal. Derek Pawlak meanwhile, scored the lone third period goal with Ben Horzewski and Zobel assisting.
Nicolas Breunig saved all 13 shots coming his way for RWD, while the Cheavers amassed a total of 50 shots.
During practice Jada Donaldson is always hitting 3-pointers with ease.
Donaldson did just that during Thursday night’s Badger North Conference game at the Beaver Dam Middle School gym against Reedsburg, making six of them and finishing with a game-high 23 points as she led the Beaver Dam prep girls basketball team to a 71-30 victory.
“Jada is phenomenal every night,” Beaver Dam head coach Tim Chase said. “She’s awesome; it doesn’t surprise me at all. She does that all the time in practice. She took the open shots and knocked them down. That’s something she can do, it’s the next part of her game that’s coming.
“She has great defense, she takes care of the ball and she’s getting that scoring ability as well.”
Donaldson also finished with three steals on the night when she said the Golden Beavers knew conference supremacy was at stake. Entering Thursday, the Golden Beavers and the Beavers were tied for the top spot with 5-0 records.
“We came into this game knowing that the standings in the conference were on the line,” Donaldson said. “We’ve always been about making statements; this is our first time in the conference, so we have to play our best every night. That’s what our focus was.”
In the first five minutes Donaldson hit three of her 3-pointers to help the Golden Beavers (7-1, 6-0 Badger North) get up to an 11-6 lead with 12 minutes, 56 seconds left in the half.
“We’re always encouraged from our coaches to just shoot when we have the opportunities,” Donaldson said. “They kind of sagged off on defense so I knew I had to step up.”
Donaldson and the rest of the Golden Beavers knew they needed to shoot the ball well because this season they haven’t been doing that.
“The way they scored tonight, I thought they scored too easy,” Reedsburg coach Mark Simon said. “I don’t think we defended with enough physicality. They got some easy baskets within their offense, it wasn’t really in their transition, it was more in their half-court stuff. They started shooting tonight. They’re coming off three games where they haven’t shot particularly well.
“Tonight, I think they probably had close to 10 threes on the night.”
The entire Golden Beavers team played well against the Beavers (8-2, 5-1), as Maty Wilke finished with 10 points, and Natalie Jens, Afton Bartol and Aly Van Loo all had six points apiece. Tara Stauffacher also contributed with nine points.
“We want to see one of those kids try to score 25 because they’re a team that they all want to contribute in scoring,” Simon said. “They share the ball so well. Everyone was right around 10 and 11. I thought for them the way they share it, it would be hard for someone to go off for 25 points because they do pass so well.”
Paige Schumann only scored four points but she contributed in six assists as Bartol led the team with six rebounds.
All of those contributions by Beaver Dam players led to a 42-13 lead by halftime, but Simon still felt Reedsburg played well in that opening half.
“I thought we did a lot of good things in the first half,” Simon said. “I think we had 10 turnovers, which I think is manageable. I thought we got decent shots in the first half. I don’t think the score indicated that first half what type of game it was.
“It was 18-8 with about 10 minutes to go and then it got away from us a little bit.”
Reedsburg’s Brooklyn Schyvink led her team with 17 points, and Skyler Miller had six points.
After the break, Beaver Dam kept the motor running as Donaldson’s three-point play with 11:21 remaining make it 65-21.
“We were home finally, which helps a little bit too,” said Chase about why Beaver Dam shot the ball well. “We’ve been on the road a lot this year. This is the gym we’ve been practicing in, so we probably needed something like that.”
Reedsburg (8-2 overall, 5-1 Badger North) will next host Lodi on Dec. 29.
The Reedsburg boys basketball team grabbed its first conference win of the season on Dec. 19 when the Beavers hosted DeForest and edged out the Norskies 81-74.
Reedsburg (4-3 overall, 1-3 Badger North) trailed 38-34 in the first half, only to put together a potent second-half offense, outscoring DeForest 47-36. Senior Tyson Tully led the way with a game-high 32 points, eight of which coming from the free throw line. He wasn’t the only one to score in double digits however, as Will Fuhrmann recorded 15, followed by Ben Fuhrmann (13), Max Tully (11), and Carter Daniels (10).
On the boards, Tully and Daniels led Reedsburg with nine rebounds apiece, followed by Will Fuhrmann (6), Max Tully (5), and Ben Fuhrmann (4). Ben Fuhrmann added four assists, while Tyson Tully, Will Fuhrmann, and Max Tully all added three assists. For DeForest, Austin Westra led the Norskies with 23 points, followed by Jimmy Klein (16) and Cody Riggs (10).
Reedsburg will travel to Sparta on Dec. 27.
REEDSBURG 7, BEAVER DAM 6 (OT)
Reedsburg 1 2 3 1 — 7
Beaver Dam 1 5 0 0 — 6
First period: R — Jacob Ely (Thomas Pfaff, Dylan Brown), 5:36. BD -
Second period: BD — Sam Vanderhoeven (Sam Strasser), 1:23; Sam Vanderhoeven (Blaiz Firari), 2:12; Sam Vanderhoeven (Jay Kirschbaum), 3:52. R — Tarren Gruber (Thomas Pfaff), 4:11; Kip Cunningham (Reid Marsich), 10:11. BD — Daniel Smolen (Sam Vanderhoeven), 13:07; Sam Vanderhoeven (Jay Kirschbaum, Sam Strasser), 15:50.
Third period: R — Derek Pawlak, 1:07; Jacob Ely (Dylan Brown), 9:38 (pp); Ben Jones (Reid Marsich), 9:58.
Overtime: R — Dylan Brown (Derek Pawlek, Jacob Ely), 5:38.
Penalties: R 3-6, BD 5-10. Saves: R (Nicolas Breunig) 27, BD (Marshall Goodrich) 38.
BEAVER DAM 71, REEDSBURG 30
Reedsburg 13 17—30
Beaver Dam 42 29—71
Reedsburg (30) – Ava Douglas 9, Brooklyn Schyvnick 17, Skyler Miller 6, Rylee Dorow 1, Kaitlyn Zunker 2. TOTALS (FGS FTM-FTA PTS): 11 8-15 30.
Beaver Dam (71) – Natalie Jens 6, Grace Scharfenberg 2, Paige Schumann 4, Jada Donaldson 23, Kaylee Miller 2, Afton Bartol 6, Maty Wilke 10, Maryn Ferron 3, Tara Stauffacher 9, Aly Van Loo 6. TOTALS (FGS FTM-FTA PTS): 29 3-4 71.
3-pointers: R 0, BD 10 (Jada Donaldson 6, Natalie Jens 2, Maryn Ferron 1, Tara Stauffacher 1). Total fouls: R 5, BD 14. Fouled out: R – none. BD – none.