The Stoughton girls basketball team is two games out of first place in the Badger East standing heading into the new year.

The Vikings are 6-4 overall and 4-2 in the Badger East. Stoughton is tied with Waunakee (4-2) for third place in the conference standings. Monona Grove is unbeaten in the Badger with a 6-0 mark. Beaver Dam sits at 5-1.

Stoughton will have time to move up the ranks as the Vikings have eight more scheduled Badger Conference games, not including their Badger Challenge game.

Senior guard Ava Loftus is leading the Vikings in scoring with 17.1 points per game this season. The Minnesota State Moorhead commit is also averaging 4.4 rebounds to go along with 1.8 assists per game. Senior forward Annie Tangeman has been a nice presence inside for Stoughton, averaging 8.3 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. Junior guard Maddie Reott is scoring 13.2 points per game and is leading the team with 3.6 assists.

Stoughton has not played since Dec. 22 and will resume conference play with a home game against Fort Atkinson on Friday, Jan. 7.

Boys looking to move up standings

The Stoughton boys basketball will look to climb up the Badger East Conference standings as the Vikings come out of the holiday break with a 2-3 conference mark. Waunakee currently leads the Badger East with a 5-0 mark, followed by 4-0 DeForest. Beaver Dam and Milton are both 4-1. Stoughton’s 2-3 record is currently good for seventh overall in the Badger East.

All three of the Vikings’ conference defeats have been by single digits. Stoughton lost to Monroe and Milton by two points each and Mount Horeb by five points.

Stoughton has nine conference games left.

Ty Fernholz has had a breakout sophomore campaign as the guard is averaging 21.4 points per game. Senior guard Luke Fernholz is averaging 14.1 points per game to go along with 9.4 rebounds.

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