The Viroqua Blackhawks kept the game close in the early going and trailed Arcadia by just four points 29-24 at halftime of their Coulee Conference game at the VHS gymnasium, Tuesday, Dec. 19. The Raiders, however, erupted for 44 points after intermission, while holding the Blackhawks to just 16, pulling away for a 73-41 win.
Junior Andrew Wedwick poured in 19 points, 17 of which came in the first half, to lead the VHS offense, while Steve Diehl added six, Anthony Rappl four, Sam Jett and Kasey Hammond with three each, Jared Anderson, Brett Skrede and Christian Schneider all with two points apiece.
The Raiders (5-1 and 3-1 Coulee) had three players in double figures led by Nolan Martin with 19, Curtis Weltzein 14 and Isaac Andre 11.
According to Viroqua coach Joel Anderson, there were two key factors in determining the outcome of the game. “Arcadia had 14 offensive rebounds in the game and they converted those into extra shots and finished on many of them. We also had 18 turnovers to Arcadia’s 11.”
Viroqua vs. Lancaster
The Blackhawks suffered another home-court loss two nights later in an 85-64 non-conference defeat at the hands of the Lancaster (5-3) out of the Southwest Conference. It was a similar formula to the Arcadia loss with the Hawks keeping it close in the early going, trailing 45 40 in the first half, but could not contain the Flying Arrow offense after intermission.
“We had a lot of trouble with their high-low inside game in the first half, their big guy Nathan Timmerman was strong and a good finisher…he gave us trouble scoring 22 points,” Anderson said. “Our rebounding did improve, but we finished with 22 turnovers, that combined with their really hot-shooting contributed to their high scoring output. When we didn’t turn the ball over we were productive on offense” added Anderson.
Rappl led the Viroqua offense pouring in 26 points, Anderson was next with 12, Wedwick chipped in with 10 and Jett nine.
Following the holiday break, the Blackhawks entertained Mauston Jan. 2 before traveling to Westby Jan. 5.