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OREGON — The Waunakee boys basketball team’s potent one-two scoring punch of senior guards Mitch Listau and Mason Steffen received welcome support from Dylan Haack on the perimeter Saturday night.

Listau had a game-high 17 points and Steffen added 14 points as Waunakee pulled away in the second half for a 63-44 victory over Stoughton in the first-place pairing at the Badger Conference Challenge at Oregon High School.

Haack, a 6-foot-2 senior guard, sank three 3-pointers and scored all 12 of his points in the second half as the Warriors (13-2) outscored Stoughton 38-18 in the final 18 minutes.

“There are times when Dylan jump-starts us,” Waunakee coach Dana MacKenzie said. “He normally doesn’t just get one 3. He gets two or three and it stretches the defense. Then it opens up things for Mitch and Mason even better.”

Stoughton coach Nolan Weber said about Haack: “He made 3s and we didn’t make 3s.”

The Warriors, ranked sixth in Division 1 in The Associated Press poll, limited the Vikings (9-4), ranked 10th in Division 2, to two made field goals in the second half. After Stoughton closed within 40-38 with 7 minutes, 35 seconds remaining, Waunakee finished on a 23-6 run.

Sophomore Adam Hobson and junior Drew Anderson scored 11 and 10 points, respectively, to lead the Vikings, who led 26-25 at halftime. The Vikings lost leading scorer Max Fernholz to a left leg injury with 11:18 left in the first half. He didn’t return and left the building on crutches.

“We just ran out of gas,” Weber said. “They beat us on the boards and we were 1-for-18 from 3-point range. We need to make 3s. Most of our offense runs through Max. When he’s not in there, we have to do things differently.”

Junior Zach Deering’s tip-in and Steffen’s 3-point shot extended Waunakee’s lead to 40-32 in the second half. Deering contributed nine points for Waunakee.

“We were playing their tempo (in the first half),” MacKenzie said. “We needed to pick up the pace to get them running up and down the floor. … Everything is better for us at a higher speed. Mason and Mitch did their thing, but (Josh) Cash, (Josh) Block and Deering did things that don’t show up in the scorebook – being in the right places, getting rebounds, getting their hands on balls.”

Waunakee started strong in the second half, scoring the first five points. Haack’s 3-pointer from out front gave Waunakee a 30-26 advantage.

In the first half, Waunakee, behind six points from Listau, used an 11-0 run to erase an early deficit and take a 16-13 lead. Steffen’s three-point play gave the Warriors the three-point lead with 7:53 left. The Warriors mounted their comeback after Fernholz was injured.

The Vikings answered with nine unanswered points, taking a 22-16 lead with 4:28 left. Brady Schipper started the flurry with a pull-up jumper, before Hobson’s three-point play gave Stoughton an 18-16 lead. Aidan McGee made a hard cut in the lane and took a pass from Tommy McClain and scored; then Schipper added another basket to complete the run.

Waunakee rallied on baskets by Deering and Sullivan Schwitters and cut its deficit to 26-25 at halftime. Listau led the Warriors with 11 first-half points.

The game was a rematch of last year’s Badger Challenge first-place game. Listau and Steffen scored 25 and 24 points, respectively, as Waunakee defeated Stoughton 74-63 in overtime in last year’s first-place game at Sauk Prairie High School.

Waunakee 25 38 — 63

Stoughton 26 18 — 44

WAUNAKEE – Cash 2 2-2 6, Haack 4 1-2 12, Schwitters 1 0-0 2, Listau 6 5-7 17, Steffen 4 4-6 14, Gavinski 0 2-2 2, Fischer 0-0 0, Deering 4 0-0 9, Fancher 0 1-2 1. Totals 21 15-21 63.

STOUGHTON – McLaury 0 2-2 2, Schipper 2 2-2 6, Aidan McGee 1 2-2 4, Hobson 4 3-3 11, Fernholz 1 0-0 3, Drew Anderson 3 4-4 10, McClain 3 2-4 8. Totals 14 15-17 44.

3-point goals – W6 (Haack 3, Steffen 2, Deering 1); S 1 (Fernholz 1). Total fouls – W 17, S 18. Fouled out – S, McGee.

Monona Grove 62, Mount Horeb 59

The Silver Eagles defeated the Vikings in the second-place pairing at the Badger Challenge.

Travis Klassy of Mount Horeb made an inside basket to pull Mount Horeb within 61-59.

Monona Grove’s Jake Schroeckenthaler made the second of two free throws, after missing the first, to give MG a 62-59 lead with 31 seconds left.

The Silver Eagles’ Sam Hepp missed a free throw with 5.7 seconds left and Mount Horeb got the rebound, but Hepp stole the outlet pass near midcourt and time ran out.

With 8:46 left to play, there was considerable delay because MG senior guard Joey Scalissi was injured and down under one of the baskets. He injured his left arm. Coaches and medical personnel helped him and he was able to walk off, but he later wore an air cast on his left arm.

Sauk Prairie 51, Watertown 40

Senior Spencer Kostroski scored 15 points to lead the Eagles (10-3) over the Goslings (6-7) in the third-place pairing.

After trailing by one at the break, Sauk Prairie outscored Watertown 28-16 in the second half.

The Eagles made 17 more free throws than the Goslings.

Seniors Dawson Evert and Carson Radl scored in double figures for Sauk Prairie.

Sauk Prairie 23 28 — 51

Watertown 24 16 — 40

SAUK PRAIRIE — Evert 11, Radl 10, Jorgenson 6, Breunig 2, German 1, Hertzfeldt 1, Kostroski 15, Spray 3, Henderson 2. Totals 14 18-27 51.

WATERTOWN — Smith 8, Tietz 7, Stas 6, Oiler 2, Haase 2, Foltz 2, Lauersdorf 3, Jahnke 2, Jeseritz 8. Totals 18 1-3 40.

3-point goals — SP 5, WAT 3. Total fouls — SP 12.

Monroe 62, Portage 55

Senior Brayden Zettle and senior Jonah Tostrud each scored 14 points as the Cheesemakers (8-6) defeated the Warriors (5-9) in the fourth-place pairing.

Junior Eli Considine scored 24 points and senior Craig Steele added 20 points for Portage.

Junior Max Lange scored 12 points for Monroe. The Cheesemakers closed the first half with a 16-5 scoring run to tie the game.

Portage 27 28 — 55

Monroe 27 35 — 62

PORTAGE — Garrigan 1 0-0 2, Considine 11 0-0 24, Steele 6 6-9 20, Isakson 0 3-6 3, Walker 1 0-0 3, Levander 1 0-0 3. Totals 20 9-15 55.

MONROE — Keegan 3 4-6 11, Zettle 4 5-6 14, King 1 2-3 4, Meier 1 0-1 2, Tostrud 4 6-9 14, Lange 6 0-0 12, Rach 0 1-2 1, Golembewski 1 0-0 3, Schmidt 0 1-2 1. Totals 20 19-28 62.

3-point goals — P 6 (Considine 2, Steele 2, Walker 1, Levander 1), M 3 (Keegan 1, Zettle 1, Golembewski 1). Total fouls — M 18, P 23.

DeForest 69, Madison Edgewood 64

Sophomore Trey Schroeder scored 20 points and junior Austin Westra added 19 as the Norskies (8-5) defeated the Crusaders (6-9) in the sixth-place pairing.

Senior Braydon Murphy and senior Josh Duffek each scored 15 points for Edgewood.

Senior Jarrett Klein notched 12 points for DeForest.

DeForest 32 37 — 69

Madison Edgewood 31 33 — 64

DEFOREST — Riggs 2 0-0 6, Klein 3 6-13 12, Schroeder 6 6-8 20, Westra 7 4-7 19, Vomhoff 2 0-0 4, Magli 2 0-0 4, Duffy 2 0-1 4. Totals 24 16-29 69.

MADISON EDGEWOOD — Meriggioli 2 4-4 8, Cruz 3 0-1 8, Duffek 5 0-0 15, Fahrney 1 3-4 5, Murphy 5 2-3 15, Thelen 2 1-2 6, Newton 1 0-0 2, Browne 2 0-0 5. Totals 21 10-14 64.

3-point goals — D 5 (Riggs 2, Schroeder 2, Westra 1), ME 12 (Cruz 2, Duffek 5, Murphy 3, Thelen 1, Browne 1). Total fouls — D 13, ME 16.

Beaver Dam 54, Oregon 33

Sam Wilke scored 20 points and Dillon Livingston added 10 points as the Golden Beavers (9-5) defeated the Panthers (6-8) in the sixth-place pairing.

Ethan Victorson scored 14 points for Oregon.

Beaver Dam 27 27 — 54

Oregon 17 16 — 33

BEAVER DAM — Livingston 4 2-2 10, Wilke 7 3-4 20, Gabel 1 0-0 2, Cullen 3 0-0 7, Douma 1 0-0 2, Schwanke 1 0-0 2, McCauley 3 0-0 6, Klawitter 1 0-0 3, Able 1 0-0 2. Totals 22 5-6 54.

OREGON — Burrell 1 1-2 3, Erickson 0 1-2 1, Girard 0 2-2 2, Phillips 1 0-0 2, Taplick 0 2-2 2, Victorson 5 4-7 14, Victortson 2 4-4 9. Totals 9 14-19 33.

3-point goals — BD 5 (Wilke 3, Cullen 1, Klawitter 1), Or 1 (Victortson 1). Total fouls — BD 15, Or 11.

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Jon Masson covers high school sports for the Wisconsin State Journal. He has covered a variety of sports — including the Green Bay Packers and Wisconsin men's and women's basketball and volleyball — since he first came to the State Journal in 1999.