Baraboo boys basketball can’t keep pace in second half of 65-41 loss to Richland Center | Boys basketball

Baraboo’s Gabe McReynolds, pictured in the season opener over Poynette last week, led the Thunderbirds with 11 points in Saturday afternoon’s 65-41 loss to visiting Richland Center.

SEAN DAVIS / Newspapers from the capital

After easily eclipsing his scoring average last season in Tuesday’s 2021-22 opener, Baraboo’s prep boys’ basketball team’s offense appeared to be stuck in first gear on Saturday.

The Thunderbirds scored just 17 points before the break and had no response in the second half as the Richland Center warmed up to hand Baraboo a 65-41 loss in a non-conference game at Baraboo High School .

Senior Gabe McReynolds scored 11 points, a team record, for Baraboo, who went without 3 points in a game originally scheduled to be played at the Fiserv Forum.

The T-Birds were right with the Hornets throughout the first half as Baraboo (1-1) fell only 25-17 as the teams entered the intermission separated by just eight points . However, it was the Richland Center (1-0) that really started to make the buzz in the second half, especially Tyler Rizner.

The 6-foot-3 senior tallied a dozen of his game-high 20 points after the break and helped the Hornets poke the T-Birds down the stretch as they outscored them 40-24 in the second half.

With Rizner, Konner Ellenson scored nine for the Hornets and Andrew Puls and Nate Fogo each added seven. On the T-Birds’ side, junior Derek Gehin scored nine points but no other player scored more than six.

The T-Birds also struggled from the free throw line, converting just 17 of 37 shots on the charity board. Baraboo will look to bounce back on Tuesday night when it travels to DeForest.

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