Beaver Dam Advances to 4th Straight Title Game

#2 Beaver Dam (23-3) vs #3 Pewaukee (21-5) approximately 3:00 p.m.

Unless you have been living under a rock you know this is obviously not a serious post….but here is how we think it would have happened

ASHWAUBENON –After a week delay, due to the coronavirus scare, the 2020 WIAA Girls State Tournament is back!

Beaver Dam held on for a 59-57 win over Pewaukee as a highly contested, possible missed-call, putback rims out as time expired.

The Golden Beavers (24-3) won for the 11th straight time and keep their hopes of winning a 4th straight WIAA D2 Championship.

Senior Vivianne Jende led Pewaukee with 15 points and nine rebounds. Schill tallied 14 points while Kennedy Osterman added 12, making four 3-pointers.

Beaver Dam’s Matyson Wilke was the game’s top scorer with 22 points as she knocked down 6-of-11 from 3-point range. Natalie Jens tallied 13 for the Golden Beavers.

The game saw 20 combined 3-pointers as the Golden Beavers were 9-of-23 from beyond the arc while Pewaukee was 11-of-31. Beaver Dam outrebounded the Pirates, 37-28.

In a game that was tied four times in the final seven minutes, Wilke’s pair of free throws with 1:54 left put Beaver Dam up for good at 58-57. Avery Stonewall added another foul shot with 27.5 left to push the Beaver Dam lead to two at 59-57.

Pewaukee had a chance for the lead and tie the game in the final 10 seconds. First a missed 3-point attempt with eight seconds left bounced off. Jende grabbed the offensive rebound giving Pewaukee a final chance with 4.8 seconds remaining. 

A contested putback, on a questionable no call, had a chance to send the game to overtime, but the putback rimmed in and out and the Golden Beavers walked off the court winners.

The Pirates didn’t score for the final 3:07 of the game and didn’t make a field goal for the last 4:12.

Up three at the half, the Pirates extended their lead to eight points on a 3-pointer by Schill with four minutes elapsed in the second half, putting Pewaukee ahead 38-30.

The game turned into a 3-point duel midway through the second half as the teams combined to make six consecutive triples. Wilke’s fourth 3-pointer of the game, brought Beaver Dam within five at 44-39.

The Golden Beavers used a 16-3 spurt keyed by Wilke to re-take the lead at 52-47 with eight minutes left in the game. Wilke knocked down two treys in the run. Pewaukee tied the game at 52 on a 3-pointer by Schill and a look away, behind the back pass from Sarah Newcomer to Morgan Goodman with less than seven minutes to go.

The game was tied at 52, 54, 56 and 57.

The Pirates came on late in the first half to take a 30-27 lead into intermission. After missing 11 consecutive field goal attempts and having just seven points for the game’s first 12-plus minutes, the Pirates scored 23 points in the final 7:37 of the half.

Jende keyed a spurt when the Pirates made five of six shots on the heels of that 0-of-11 drought. Jende’s three layups put Pewaukee ahead 20-18 with five minutes left in the half.

Newcomer’s 3-pointer in the final minute of the first half gave the Pirates their 3-point edge at halftime.

Beaver Dam will compete for their 4th straight WIAA WIAA Division 2 Championship against #1 Hortonville on Saturday for a 6:35 p.m. tip-off.

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