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A frantic comeback in the fourth quarter ran out of gas Saturday evening, resulting in the first loss of the season for the Beaver Dam girls basketball team.
The 10-1 Golden Beavers, ranked 10th nationally by MaxPreps.com, dropped a 52-43 decision to third-ranked Miami Country Day (11-1), the four-time Florida champion, in the championship game of the Naples (Fla.) Holiday Shootout.
It was Beaver Dam’s first loss since a Dec. 30, 2017, loss to Hopkins, Minnesota. The Golden Beavers have gone 63-3 since the start of the 2016-2017 season, with all three losses coming against out-of-state opponents.
Country Day took a 48-34 lead into the fourth quarter, but Beaver Dam scored the first nine points to cut the margin to 48-43 with 4 minutes, 10 seconds to play. Some missed shots and Spartans conversions kept the Golden Beavers from completing their comeback.
Tournament Most Valuable Player Koi Love, a Vanderbilt recruit, led Country Day with 19 points and South Florida recruit Maria Alvarez added 12.
Beaver Dam got 19 points from University of Wisconsin recruit Tara Stauffacher, who made five 3-point baskets, and 15 from Matyson Wilke.