Two months didn’t make much of a difference on the scoreboard for the Baraboo and Sauk Prairie girls basketball teams.
Sauk Prairie notched a 65-53 home Badger North Conference win over Baraboo on Tuesday. The Eagles swept the season series, having also recorded a 65-54 win at Baraboo on Dec. 15.
While the final score was nearly the same, the teams took a different route to get there.
Sauk Prairie came out running in the first meeting, taking a 32-18 lead into halftime and hanging on in the second half in a game that was decided fairly early.
Baraboo avoided a repeat on Tuesday. The T-Birds (3-17, 2-10 Badger North) had everything going early, jumping out to a 13-7 lead before the Eagles (7-13, 4-8) found their footing.
Sauk Prairie answered with a 9-0 run that was capped off when Taylor Breininger grabbed an offensive rebound and put it back to give the Eagles a 16-13 lead midway through the first half.
Baraboo’s Lia Kieck went on a run of her own, hitting a 3-pointer, making two free throws and scoring inside to give the T-Birds a 20-16 lead. Breininger got to the basket and ended the run with a layup that brought Sauk Prairie within 20-18 with 5 minutes, 20 seconds to play in the half.
Riley Breunig got inside on back-to-back possessions and Ella Schad hit a corner 3-pointer to give the Eagles a 25-20 lead. Schad added another 3-pointer with 20 seconds remaining and the Eagles took a 28-16 lead into halftime after Baraboo’s Lexi Johnson made a layup at the buzzer.
Sauk Prairie led the entirety of the second half. Hannah Schneider made a pair of 3-pointers early in the half, the second of which gave the Eagles a 49-39 lead with about 10 minutes remaining.
Sauk Prairie maintained that lead down the stretch. The Eagles made six of their 10 3-pointers in the second half, consistently finding range from behind the arc when the T-Birds looked like they might go on a run.
Both teams finished well above their season averages on Tuesday. Baraboo entered the day scoring 44.4 points per game while Sauk Prairie came in averaging 46.0 points per game.
Sauk Prairie had its highest-scoring game in a month. The Eagles reached the 65-point mark for the fifth time this season, and the first time since an 84-80 loss at Portage on Jan. 5. The Eagles spread it around, as eight different Eagles made at least one 3-pointer on the night.
Schneider and Riley Breunig scored 13 points apiece to lead Sauk Prairie, while Schad added 10 points, and Breininger and Camryn Ballweg each chipped in nine points.
Kieck had a big night for the T-Birds, scoring a game-high 21 points. The junior attacked from all over the floor, making three of Baraboo’s seven 3-pointers while getting to the basket and making 6 of 10 free-throw attempts.
Haley Hannagan added 10 points for the T-Birds, while Abby Moon scored eight points and Johnson finished with seven points. The T-Birds made just 12 of 23 free throws on the night.
A Baraboo win would have allowed the T-Birds to tie the Eagles for sixth place in the Badger North. Instead, Sauk Prairie moves into a fifth-place tie in the standings while Baraboo remains alone in seventh, one game ahead of last-place Mount Horeb.
The Eagles, who suffered an 80-36 loss at Beaver Dam on Feb. 2, have two regular-season games remaining. They will visit DeForest on Saturday before capping off the regular season when they host DeForest on Saturday.
SAUK PRAIRIE 65, BARABOO 53
Baraboo 26 27 — 53
Sauk Prairie 28 37 — 65
BARABOO — C. Moon 0 1-2 1, A. Moon 3 0-3 8, Hannagan 3 4-6 10, Kieck 6 6-10 21, Stuckey 1 0-0 3, Banks 1 1-2 3, Le. Johnson 3 0-0 7. Totals 17 12-23 53.
SAUK PRAIRIE — Ballweg 3 2-4 9, Mack 1 0-0 3, N. Breunig 1 0-0 3, Breininger 3 2-2 9, R. Breunig 5 2-2 13, O. Breunig 2 0-0 5, Schad 4 0-0 10, Schneider 4 3-3 13. Totals 23 9-12 65.
3-point goals — B 7 (Kieck 3, A. Moon 2, Stuckey 1, Le. Johnson 1), SP 10 (Schneider 2, Schad 2, Ballweg 1, Mack 1, N. Breunig 1, Breininger 1, R. Breunig 1, O. Breunig 1). Total fouls — B 13, SP 19.