December 1, 2023 at 11:15 a.m.

Dodgers use pair of runs to drop Wisconsin Heights

In the game of basketball, runs are most often important to the outcome.

The Dodgeville girls basketball team went on a pair of 11-3 runs, one in each half, to distance themselves from Wisconsin Heights in a non-conference game Tuesday.  Those were enough to propel the Dodgers to a 60-40 win over the Vanguards.

Heights found the range from three point land the second half with five three pointers, three from Sonja Swenson, but all that did was get the Vanguard faithful excited. The Dodgers had way too much of a lead to overcome.

The first 11-3 run came at the end of the first half that let the Dodgers settle in at 27-11 at intermission. The second came midway through the second half and jumped Dodgeville’s lead to 53-25 with eight minutes to play.

McKenna Reilly, Maggie White  and Lily Wiegel led the scoring effort for the Dodgers. Reilly poured in 19 points for her best output of the young season while White added 13 and Wiegel 11.  Reilly and Wiegel had a trio of three pointers with White adding one.

Swenson paced the Vanguards with nine, all on threes and all in the second half.

Dodgeville first year coach Hayden Hardyman saw improvement from his team’s play in their opener.

“We wanted to improve our ball control and we did that by limiting our turnovers from 28 to 11.  We also wanted to improve our defensive rotations and communications.  We did that with both,” Hardyman said.

“Wisconsin Heights packed in the middle which limited shots by our post players but it did  oepn the mid range and three point areas which we used toour advantage,” Hardyman said.

White led the rebounding with 12 with Wiegel grabbing 10 and Tommi Crubaugh nine. White had five assists with Reilly and Brienna Wasley dishing out three.

“It was a great team win and we look to continue to making positive strides,” Hardyman added.


Dodgeville   27    33    60

Wis Hgts     11     29    40


DODGEVILLE 60: (fg-ft-tp) Wasley 0-1-1, Crubaugh 3-0-6, Novak 1-0-2, Brom 0-2-2, Kitlinger-Foster 0-0-0, White 5-2-13, Wiegel 4-0-11, Busch 3-0-6, Reilly 8-0-19  Totals 21-5-60. Fouls-14. Fouled out-Novak

WIS HEIGHTS 40: Swenson 3-0-9, Kerl 0-1-1, Wipperfurth 1-0-2, Gorham 0-0-0, Crave 3-0-8, Teela 0-4-4, Severson 0-0-0, Schoenemann 0-0-0, Brabender 3-2-8 Kalscheuer 3-2-8. Totals 13-8-40. Fouls-14

3 point goals:

D-Reilly 3, Wiegel 3, White 1

WH-Swenson 3, Crowe 2, Kalscheuer 1