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Tara Stauffacher File Photo From 2018 State Semifinals

Beaver Dam's Tara Stauffacher (pictured at right in the WIAA Division 2 state semifinals last March) scored 14 points Saturday night vs. Stoughton to hit 1,000 career points right on the nose. She is only the third player in program history to reach that milestone. 

Another ranked foe, another lopsided victory.

Beaver Dam’s prep girls basketball team continued its bulldozing ways Saturday night in the Badger Conference Challenge at Madison Edgewood High School, dispatching of Stoughton — ranked ninth in Division 2 in the coaches poll — by the score of 79-42.

But this win for the Golden Beavers (14-1) — the top-ranked team in Division 2 in both the coaches poll and the Associated Press poll, and also the No. 10 team in the country according to — came with a little something extra to savor.

After scoring eight points during a first half that saw the Beavers roll to a 50-17 advantage, Tara Stauffacher got the six more necessary to reach 1,000 for her career right on the nose — with the milestone coming when she hit a 3-pointer from the right wing 2½ minutes into the second half.

The senior, a University of Wisconsin recruit, is only the third player in Beaver Dam girls history to reach 1,000 career points. She joins career scoring leader and 2016 graduate Cassidy Trotter (1,159 points) and 1991 grad Susan Chitko (1,054).

“So it’s nice for Tara to join that group of girls,” Beaver Dam coach Tim Chase said on Sunday. “She earned it with her hard work and her effort, and she’d be the first to tell you that her teammates helped her get to that career goal.”

In fact, Stauffacher did just that.

“It was kind of an indescribable feeling,” she said on Sunday. “It was really overwhelming for me because the way that everyone else celebrated, it was like it was so important to them too. So it wasn’t an individual accomplishment, it felt like a team accomplishment.

“Without the help of my teammates, it really wouldn’t have been possible. And to have that assist from Jada (Donaldson), it was kind of like it was planned all along because of how many other times she’s found me in either the corner or on the wing because my girl went and helped.”

Play was stopped when Stauffacher hit the 3 in order to recognize her for reaching the milestone. Badgers coach Jonathan Tsipis was on hand to witness his future player’s accomplishment.

“It means a lot,” Stauffacher said. “To be able to be put up there with such a high group of players from Beaver Dam is phenomenal, but it’s even more fun being able to accomplish this with my team — with such a great group of girls.”

As far as the game goes, Chase said it was a complete effort on both ends of the floor.

“Watching the video (of the game) this morning, I’m amazed at how well our kids are sharing the ball,” he said. “(And) our defense got after it pretty hard.”

Maty Wilke led Beaver Dam in the first half with nine points while Stauffacher and Paige Schumann had eight apiece in the half and Natalie Jens and Jada Donaldson had seven apiece.

“It was probably our best first half of the year,” Chase said of the 37-point advantage his squad built over the Vikings (9-4), the first-place team in the Badger South Conference, in just 18 minutes of game action.

Schumann finished with eight points, five assists and three steals, while Stauffacher’s 14 points were a team-best and she added four rebounds. Jens had 13 points and three steals, and Wilke totaled 12 points and three steals.

Beaver Dam now has wins over three teams who were ranked in the state at the time (Stoughton, Reedsburg on Jan. 7 and Hartland Arrowhead on Jan. 5) and also has wins over a pair of teams — Benet Academy (Lisle, Ill.) and HB Plant (Tampa, Fla.) — that were ranked in the top 25 in the country at the time Beaver Dam beat them.

The Golden Beavers’ only loss of the year is to Miami Country Day — ranked second in the country now and third at the time — by the score of 52-43 at the Naples (Fla.) Holiday Shootout on Dec. 29.

Next up for the Beavers, who lead the Badger North Conference with a 7-0 record, is a home game vs. Baraboo (2-11, 1-6 Badger North) on Thursday to kick off the second half of the conference slate.

The Badger North was 2-6 in the Badger Challenge on Friday and Saturday, with Baraboo’s 48-36 win over Fort Atkinson in the eighth-place game on Friday the North’s only other victory.

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Stoughton 17 25 — 42

Beaver Dam 50 29 — 79

STOUGHTON (42) — (fgm ftm-fta pts) Emma Kissling 3 2-2 8, Peighton Trieloff 1 0-0 3, Ashley Nelson 2 0-1 4, Riley Royston 1 1-1 3, Kyianna Baker 2 1-2 5, Delaney Seidel 2 2-2 6, Brynn Sproul 1 0-0 3, Myranda Kotlowski 4 1-1 10. Totals 16 7-9 42.

BEAVER DAM (79) — (fgm ftm-fta pts) Natalie Jens 5 1-1 13, Grace Scharfenberg 2 2-2 8, Paige Schumann 2 2-2 8, Paige Hodgson 2 2-2 6, Maty Wilke 5 0-0 12, Tara Stauffacher 5 0-0 14, Avery Stonewall 0 1-2 1, Carley Burchardt 2 0-0 4, Jada Donaldson 2 2-2 7, Ala Van Loo 2 1-2 5, Anna Streblow 0 1-2 1. Totals 27 12-15 79.

3-pointers: S 3 (Trieloff 1, Sproul 1, Kotlowski 1), BD 13 (Jens 2, Scharfenberg 2, Schumann 2, Wilke 2, Stauffacher 4, Donaldson 1). Total fouls: BD 8, S 15. Fouled out: None.

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