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In its first outing since recording its first win of the season, the Baraboo prep boys basketball team stumbled out of the gates Friday.

The Thunderbirds dug themselves a 15-0 hole and never recovered in an 88-34 Badger North Conference loss at Waunakee.

Baraboo (1-16, 0-10 Badger North) got a brief spark when Caden Carpenter hit a 3-pointer with about 13 minutes, 40 seconds remaining in the first half — ending a drought of 4-plus minutes to start the game.

The 3-pointer ignited a quick 7-0 Baraboo run, but the Warriors (11-6, 6-4) kept the pressure on, taking advantage of their press to close the half on a 35-9 run and take a 50-16 lead into halftime.

The second half was more of the same, as the T-Birds ultimately gave up a season-high 88 points. Their opponents’ previous single-high scoring total came in DeForest’s 87-42 win at Baraboo on Dec. 11.

The Warriors swept the season series, also notching a 71-56 win at Baraboo on Dec. 15.

Baraboo had been coming off of its first win of the season, a come-from-behind 49-46 overtime win over Fort Atkinson in Monday’s Badger Conference Challenge game at Baraboo High School.

Baraboo will return home Monday to face off against Badger North rival Portage. The T-Birds will look to even the season series, having suffered a 67-49 loss at Portage on Dec. 7. Monday will be the first game of a three-game week for the T-Birds, who will also visit Reedsburg Tuesday and host Sauk Prairie Friday.

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