Mauston Boys Hold Off Wautoma: 58-55
Friday night, the Mauston boys basketball team travelled to Wautoma to take on the Hornets in South Central Conference action. The Golden Eagles dominated the Hornets in their first meeting of the season in Mauston, but it was a different story in Wautoma.
Mauston took a 3-2 lead after each team possessed the ball once in the first quarter, but that would be the Golden Eagles’ only lead of the half. Wautoma took control of the game, and at one time had an eight-point lead, but Mauston kept fighting their way back. The Golden Eagles would finally take the lead late in the third quarter, and they would hang onto that lead throughout the rest of the game. Wautoma kept it close, and had a chance to tie at the buzzer with a 3-pointer, but the shot was off the mark, and Mauston came out on top.
The Hornets were led in scoring by seniors Zach Kasuboski and Derek Szewczyk with 14 points a piece. Junior Johnny Eagan added 12 points for Wautoma, senior Doug Clark had 9, and sophomore Anthony Giliberto and junior Mitchell Girdauskas both had 3 points. The Hornets shot just 12 of 21 from the free-throw line, but drained seven 3-pointers on the night.
Sophomore Joel Heesch led the way for the Golden Eagles with 19 points, and senior Brady Nelson also had a solid night with 15 points. Senior David Linsmeyer finished with 10 points, including four free-throws to seal the game at the end of the fourth quarter. Sophomore Hunter Nelson added 9 points, juniors Taylor Ingraham and Dale Osthoff had 2 points a piece, and junior Jack Orton contributed 1 free-throw. Osthoff got his first start of the season in place of injured sophomore Ross Thompson, and made two clutch free-throws in the fourth quarter for his 2 points. The Golden Eagles shot 10 of 11 from the free-throw line, and finished with four 3-pointers on the night.
Mauston moves to 11-3 overall, and 4-2 in conference play. Wautoma falls to 7-9 overall, and just 2-4 in the South Central Conference. Both teams will be back in action Tuesday night, as the second half of the conference schedule continues. Wautoma will be at Adams-Friendship, and Mauston will travel to Westfield.
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