Friday night, the Mauston Golden Eagles hosted the Wisconsin Dells Chiefs in South Central Conference action. Both teams came into the match-up one game back of Adams-Friendship in the conference title hunt with 2-1 records. The gym was packed with fans there to support both teams in what has become a good rivalry game.

There was plenty of excitement in the first quarter as both teams came out shooting with their fast paced offenses. The Chiefs converted on their first possession to take the first lead of the game, and they would never give up that lead. Mauston kept it close and only trailed 16-14 after the first quarter, and even in the second quarter, Mauston kept hanging around. The Golden Eagles got as close as one, but the Chiefs would take a 4 point lead into halftime by wasting the last minute of the half, and then scoring right before the buzzer.

After a close and exciting game in the first half, it looked to be an even greater finish. Instead, Wisconsin Dells took control of the game in the third quarter and never looked back. The Chiefs outscored Mauston 14-5 in the quarter, and with a double digit lead, they were content to just hang onto the ball on offense, and not give the ball back to Mauston. The Golden Eagles couldn’t do anything to stop the Chiefs from just hanging onto the ball, and after two and a half minutes, Wisconsin Dells finally took a shot and drained a 3-pointer. The third quarter style of play by the Chiefs took the Golden Eagle players and the crowd out of the game. The fourth quarter was a little more fast paced, but Mauston could never cut into the lead and get back into the game.

The Chiefs were led in scoring by sophomore Shane Wiman who did not start, but finished with 24 points. He leads the team in scoring, and had a balanced night scoring 6 points in each quarter. Sophomore M.J. Delmore also had a big night for Wisconsin Dells as he contributed 18 points. The Chiefs only got scoring from two other players with sophomore Mike Dickman scoring 6 points, and junior Trevor Hirst added 5. Wisconsin Dells was 6-13 from the free-throw line with five 3-pointers on the night.

The Golden Eagles were led by senior David Linsmeyer who finished with 19 points, including 9 in the fourth quarter alone. Mauston got 9 points from sophomore Joel Heesch, and 7 from senior Brady Nelson, but the rest of the team was very quiet. Sophomore Ross Thompson had just 2 points, and the Golden Eagles only got 2 points off the bench ,which came from junior Jack Orton. Mauston was just 5-11 from the free-throw line, but they did make four 3-pointers throughout the game.

The Golden Eagles fall to 9-2 overall, and still have the best overall record in the South Central Conference, but now they drop to 2-2 in conference play. Their two losses puts them two games back of Adams-Friendship who is still undefeated in conference action at 4-0. Wisconsin Dells moves to 7-5 overall with a 3-1 conference record to give them sole possession of 2nd place in the conference standings. The conference will be back in action Tuesday night as Mauston travels to Nekoosa, Adams-Friendship will be at Wisconsin Dells, and Westfield will go to Wautoma. The Golden Eagles will be on the road for the next 5 games.