Hortonville

43

Beaver Dam

Golden Beavers

54

March 9, 2018, 1:30 pm
  Final F
Hortonville 17 26 43
Beaver Dam 27 27 54

By Greg Bates

For the State Journal

ASHWAUBENON – Creating easy, high-percentage looks inside can make all the difference in the playoffs.

What the Beaver Dam girls basketball team did on Friday afternoon in the state tournament was nothing short of spectacular.

The Golden Beavers scored 42 of their 54 points in the paint – hitting only two jump shots outside the lane the entire game – as Beaver Dam ran away with a 54-43 victory over Hortonville in a WIAA Division 2 state semifinal at the Resch Center.

The win sends top-ranked Beaver Dam back to the state championship game for the second straight year.

“We kind of opened it up and tried to get in the lane and then if someone helped (out), we would try to dish,” Beaver Dam guard Paige Schumann said. “That really worked well for us.”

Those easy baskets were the result of the team’s relentless defense that forced 22 Hortonville turnovers as Beaver Dam scored 21 points off those turnovers.

“It all starts with defense and just trusting what we’ve been doing all season, getting to the paint,” Beaver Dam guard Maty Wilke said.

Hortonville’s leading scorer on the season Shay Frederick, who averaged 16.1 points per game, was limited to just nine points, zero in the opening half. She was just 3-for-7 from the field.

Beaver Dam’s Jada Donaldson provided smothering defense against Frederick, shadowing her the entire game. Denying Hortonville’s perimeter shooting was a major emphasis for Beaver Dam coach Tim Chase.

“That’s something we try to do a lot,” Chase said. “Obviously, as good a player as Shay is, we try to limit her attempts as much as we could.”

Added Schumann: “Defense has always been the key point of our whole team. The last few weeks we’ve been really working on defense – moving our feet, not fouling.”

While the defense stole the show for Beaver Dam, it was the offense output by a freshman that was instrumental in the victory. Wilke was the only Beaver Dam player in double figures with a game-high 19 points and six steals to go along with eight rebounds.

“She really was the difference-maker for them today,” Hortonville coach Celeste Ratka said. “That’s something that we were trying to make adjustments. We were understanding what they were doing: they were trying to spread us out and penetrate and get to the paint. But it’s really tough when you’ve got four shooters on the perimeter, so doing the best you can with what you have.”

Hortonville (20-7) led 4-2 when Beaver Dam (24-2) responded with a 15-1 run. Wilke and Afton Bartol each had a pair of layups during the spurt. The Golden Beavers held their biggest lead 22-7 before the Polar Bears ended the half on a 10-5 run to make it 27-17. Macy McGlone, who had 13 first-half points, scored the final 10 points for Hortonville.

The Polar Bears hit a pair of free throws early in the second half to make it 39-34. After a Schumann free throw, Wilke scored a layup and then tallied a three-point play on back-to-back possessions to stretch the lead back to 11 points.

“There’s always numbers that feel good and when you get up to double digits again it definitely gives you a little bit more feeling,” Chase said. “Because you start getting in that five, six range, you get a foul and maybe it doesn’t go quite right or somebody knocks down a 3, it changes things.”

Beaver Dam’s gritty 43-41 victory over second-ranked Milwaukee Vincent in last week’s sectional semifinal prepared Chase’s players for the state tournament.

“It showed our toughness, but it also showed we need to be smarter and use the skills we have,” Chase said.

“We just look at it every night, we’ve got one game to play. Let’s play our best during that game. That’s how we’ll look at tomorrow’s game as well.”

Hortonville;17;26;—;43

Beaver Dam;27;27;—;54

HORTONVILLE — Walter 1-3 0-0 2, McGlone 8-16 2-5 18, Frederick 3-7 2-2 9, Draheim 2-3 1-2 5, Nelson 2-9 0-2 7, Schmidt 0-0 0-0 0, Pahl 1-2 0-0 2, Welson 0-0 0-0 0, Wenzel 0-3 0-0 0, Hammen 0-0 0-0 0, Day 0-2 0-0 0, Jensema 0-0 0-0 0, Leick 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 17-45 6-11 43.

BEAVER DAM — Donaldson 3-6 1-2 8, Ferron 1-2 0-1 2, Jens 1-1 1-2 3, Scharfenberg 0-0 0-0 0, Schumann 1-5 1-2 3, Miller 0-0 0-0 0, Bartol 4-7 0-0  0-0 8, Uhrich 0-0 0-0 0, Storhoff 0-0 0-0 0, Wilke 8-14 3-3 19, Stauffacher 2-8 0-1 5, Van Loo 3-3 0-0 6. Totals 23 6-11 54.

3-point goals — H 3-9 (Frederick 1-2, Nelson 2-4, Wenzel 0-2, Day 0-1), BD 2-9 (Donaldson 1-1, Stauffacher 1-5, Schumann 0-1, Wilke 0-2). Rebounds — H 14-17-31 (Walter 10, McGlone 7), BD 25 (Wilke 8, Van Loo 6). Assists — H 9 (Walter 3, Frederick 3), BD 8 (Schumann 3, Donaldson 3). Turnovers — H 22, BD 15. Steals — H 10 (McGlone 3, Frederick 3), BD 16 (Wilke 6, Schumann 3). Blocks — H 1, BD 1. Total fouls — BD 12, H 13.

Team Stats

Hortonville
PTS
0
FGM
0
FGA
0
3PM
0
3PA
0
FTM
0
FTA
0
AST
0
REB
0
OREB
0
DREB
0
TO
0
STL
0
BLK
0
PF
0
Beaver Dam
PTS
0
FGM
0
FGA
0
3PM
0
3PA
0
FTM
0
FTA
0
AST
0
REB
0
OREB
0
DREB
0
TO
0
STL
0
BLK
0
PF
0

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