Tuesday night, the Mauston boys basketball team travelled to Richland Center to take on the Hornets in non-conference action. The Golden Eagles were coming off their first loss of the season at Adams-Friendship last week, and were looking to get back on track against a Hornet team that was coming into the game with a .500 record.

The Hornets kept the game close in the first quarter, but Mauston still fought to take a 14-8 lead at the end of the first. The second quarter was much like the first, as Richland Center kept hanging around, and actually took the lead from Mauston a few times. By halftime, Mauston had once again taken control of the game, and went into the locker room with a 33-25 lead.

The Golden Eagles maintained their lead throughout the second half, but the Hornets kept fighting back, and wouldn’t let Mauston get an easy win. The Golden Eagles led it 45-38 after three quarters, and hung onto that 7 point lead to finish with a 63-56 final score.

Richland Center was led in scoring by sophomore Alec Adsit, who has led the team all season for the Hornets, and finished with 21 points. Richland Center’s other sophomore starter, John Hassell, also had a good night with 13 points. Other scorers included: junior Shane Sosinsky with 9 points, senior John Walsh added 6, junior Todd Wienkes had 5 points, and sophomore Jacob Killoy finished with 2. The Hornets shot 14-15 from the line, with four 3-pointers.

Mauston was led by their sophomore points leader, Joel Heesch, who finished the night with 23 points. Senior David Linsmeyer had another solid night with 11 points, while sophomore Hunter Nelson also got into double digits with 10 points. Mauston got good support from the rest of the team, as junior Jack Orton came off the bench and added 6 points, senior Brady Nelson and junior Taylor Ingraham finished with 4 points a piece, and Ross Thompson contributed one 3-pointer in the second quarter. Mauston shot 12-20 from the line, and finished with three 3-pointers.

The Golden Eagles move to 9-1 overall, as they get ready to host Wisconsin Dells Friday night in South Central Conference action. The boys will then be on the road for the next 5 games. Richland Center falls to 4-5 overall, and will host Lancaster on Thursday night before going on the road for their next 10 games.