Mitch Listau scored 23 points and fellow junior Mason Steffen added 16 as the Waunakee boys basketball team defeated Monona Grove 65-47 in Baraboo Thursday night and now will advance to the WIAA Division 2 sectional finals against Westosha Central on Saturday.
The Warriors (23-2) ended any come back-hopes for the Silver Eagles (17-8) in the second half. Listau tallied 15 points and Steffen chipped in 10 after the intermission.
"Once he got comfortable and settled in, he let the game come to him," Waunakee coach Dana MacKenzie said of Listau in the second half.
Junior Jake Schroeckenthaler kept Monona Grove alive early and finished the game with 16 points while Mitch Kelsey had eight.
MacKenzie said of his teams response to their early struggles, "When we played as a group again, we showed how good we can be."