D-2 De Forest at Baraboo-The Baraboo girls begin the trek towards what they hope will be their first ever appearance at the State Tournament tonight with a home game against conference rival De Forest. Baraboo has been ranked among the state’s best all year in D-2 and the Badger North champs enter the post-season at 19-3 overall and this will be the second game in a row they’ve faced De Forest with last week’s 73-68 win clinching the outright league title for the Thunderbirds. Baraboo looks to shore up their defense in the Tournament season after allowing more than their season average in the last two games. The 1-2 punch of Sam Terry and Emily Brinker though provide plenty of offense with both scoring over 16 points per game and both have been above the 20-point threshold often with the two combining for 47 points vs De Forest last week. De Forest is 13-10 overall and after a solid performance at Baraboo in the loss last week, they struggled Tuesday before getting by McFarland 58-53. Sophomore guard Kayla Goth has produced big time of late for the Norskies and she had 26 in Baraboo last week. Baraboo won 50-39 over De Forest in their first meeting and tonight it’s the three seed Baraboo hosting six seed De Forest at 7 PM. Tonight’s winner will likely play at two seed Madison Edgewood Saturday night as the 18-4 Crusaders, winners of 13 straight, host a two-win Monroe team tonight. You can hear tonight’s Baraboo game live on 99.7 FM and AM 740-WRPQ Radio with Scott Pionke and Kristi Feld with pre-game coverage before 7 PM and the TV replay is set for tomorrow morning at 8 AM on My Family TV/43!
Reedsburg at Waunakee-Reedsburg is only the five seed in this half-sectional bracket despite a 16-6 record and they are on the road tonight against four seed Waunakee at 17-5. Reedsburg showed much improvement throughout the season, increasing their offensive production while still exhibiting the strong defense, a hallmark of the program. Reedsburg ended the regular season with wins in 11 of the final 13 games including wins over state ranked Onalaska and Baraboo. Reedsburg though is 0-2 vs Waunakee this year losing by 23 in round one and by seven in round two. Waunakee was second behind Baraboo in the Badger North and their attacking defense again sets the pace to compliment one of the league’s top players in Sam Murray. Beth Maenpaa has been a steady strong scorer at 13 points per game for Reedsburg. Tonight’s winner at Waunakee will likely play at Monona Grove tomorrow night.
Sauk-Prairie at Monona Grove-Sauk has won two straight over Fort Atkinson and Portage after losing 11 in a row and they’ve done it without injured post players Ali Roach and Lindsay Sauer. Georgia Breunig has picked up her scoring pace of late from the Eagles backcourt with Jergen Fox and Avery Bannan coming on as well. MG was ranked number one in the state for much of the season until losing two of three in February but the Silver Eagles are 20-2 overall, featuring a strong Senior class, many of whom are in their fourth year on varsity. Sauk-Prairie area fans can hear this game live tonight on the Sauk-Prairie Eagle Sports Network at 7 PM.
D-3 Wisconsin Dells at Westby-Dells improved to 11-12 overall with a 48-36 win over Wautoma and the six seed Wisconsin Dells now plays at three seed Westby from the Coulee Conference with a record of 17-5. Three Wisconsin Dells players scored in double figures Tuesday and the Lady Chiefs have had six different leading scorers in games this year, showing a big improvement in offensive production from a year ago for Coach Monte Mattei. Nekoosa plays at Platteville tonight and that winner faces the Dells-Westby winner tomorrow night. Richland Center won their post-season opener over Prairie Du Chien and now will face 19-3 Adams-Friendship, the SCC champs, in Adams tonight with the winner facing Dodgeville or Westfield Saturday night.
D-5 Hillsboro at Brookwood-Hillsboro is 18-5 for the season after winning their sixth straight Tuesday 62-36 over La Farge and they face a Brookwood team that is 17-6 overall after crushing Weston Tuesday. Hillsboro and Brookwood were part of a four-way tie for the Scenic Bluffs championship but Hillsboro is 2-0 vs the Falcons this year with a 48-46 win at Brookwood last week helping to secure a piece of the title for Hillsboro. The TV replay of this game is set for about 9:30 AM tomorrow morning on My Family TV/43! Tonight’s winner faces 16-7 Royall or 9-14 Wonewoc-Center tomorrow night as those two collide tonight in Elroy with Royall 2-0 vs the Wolves this year.
Dells Ducks Junior Hockey begins the playoffs this weekend in the Minnesota Junior Hockey League and the third place Ducks will face the sixth place Edina Lakers in a best of three series with game one tonight at 6:45 PM at Poppy Waterman Arena in the Dells with game two at Edina Saturday night and a game three, if necessary, will be back at Poppy Waterman Sunday night at 6:45 PM. Northern Lights and the Rochester Ice Hawks finished 1-2 in the regular season league standings.