MADISON (WKOW) — In the second of two Division 3 state semifinal matchups, the Waupun Warriors used a second half surge to power past the Denmark Vikings, 60-43.
The game was closer than the final indicated most of the way.
Waupun led throughout for the wire-to-wire win, but the Vikings kept it close throughout the opening half, never trailing by more than eight. The Warriors led 32-24 at halftime.
Waupun’s resolve held up during an intense second half, however, as Denmark suffered multiple cold stretches that would prove costly.
The Vikings’ Zane Short and Warriors’ Trevor VandeZande traded baskets for their respective teams during a stretch midway thru the second half — an exchange that served as a microcosm of the entire game: Denmark threatens, Warriors respond and add a little extra.
Following a VandeZande layup that was reviewed and awarded due to basket interference, teammate Quinten Winterfeldt converted on a three-point play to give the Warriors their biggest lead of the night at 47-33 with under eight minutes to go.
Moments later, Denmark’s Brennen Miller three cut the Warrior lead back to eight, but Waupun captain Marcus Dumask, in a stretch that saw him score 10 of the next 12 Warrior points to help pull away, scored six consecutive points to bring the lead back to 14.
An up-and-under by Winterfeldt on the next Waupun possession put the game out of reach at 55-39 with 4:07 left to play.
Waupun will meet top-seeded Martin Luther for the Division 3 State Championship Saturday. Martin Luther advanced with a 96-61 throttling of Northwestern earlier in the day.