It didn’t take long for the Badgers to set the tone as they jumped ahead 6-0 and 11-2 before eventually heading to the second quarter with a 15-6 lead.
Bennington built its lead to 20-6 early in the second quarter before the Antlers called a timeout. Elkhorn came out of that break and scored six points in 69 seconds to trim Bennington’s advantage to 20-12.
That spurt forced the Badgers to call their own timeout with 4:05 remaining before halftime. Bennington then outscored the Antlers 9-2 to take a 29-14 halftime lead.
After shaving two points off Bennington’s lead in the third quarter, Elkhorn went on a 15-4 run in the middle of the fourth quarter to slice the Badgers’ 46-30 lead to 50-45 with two minutes remaining. The Badgers (19-2) made 11 of 12 free throws in the final 1:56 to thwart the Antlers’ comeback.
Senior Miley Prine scored 10 of her team-high 17 points in the fourth quarter to lead four Badgers in double figures. Grace Tetschner scored 14 points, Taylor Sedlacek added 13 and Abby Boyes chipped in 10 for Bennington (19-2).
Elkhorn sophomore Reilly Palmer led all players with 18 points, with half of those coming in the fourth quarter.
Bennington (19-2)....15 14 11 21—61
At Elkhorn (15-5).......6 8 13 19—46
B: Miley Prine 17, Abby Boyes 10, Grace Tetschner 14, Taylor Sedlacek 13, Maddy Elwood 3, Whitney Wullenwaber 4.
E: Reilly Palmer 18, Hannah Nadgwick 8, Tia Murray 6, Molly Brugemann 4, Haley DeBuse 2, Lexi Knott 5, Payton Cooley 1, Ella Dalton 2.