The Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau boys basketball team has dominated the Coulee Conference over the past three seasons, and the Viroqua Blackhawks became another notch in the Red Hawks’ victory belt.
G-E-T ran their Coulee winning streak to 31 games, defeating the visiting Blackhawks 91-47 Thursday Dec. 14. G-E-T rolled to a 54-20 halftime advantage and coasted to their third straight win of the year in the Coulee.
The Red Hawks shot 51 percent from the field (34 of 67), including 11 of 32 from three-point range, compared to 34 percent (14 of 41) by the Blackhawks (4 of 16 from long distance). Free-throw shooting was comparable for both teams; G-E-T was 12 of 17, while VHS connected on 14 of 20 from the stripe.
“We had way too many turnovers in this game to be successful,” said coach Joel Anderson. “They (G-E-T) are very good at creating turnovers and they did this to us early in this game, that allowed them to jump out to a big lead…we had 17 first half turnovers. They are a physical, deep team that shoots the ball very well.”
Sam Jett led the Blackhawks with 10 points, followed by Andrew Wedwick with 7. Sophomore Jared Anderson came off the bench to score 6 points and grab 7 rebounds. G-E-T had four players in double figures, led by Chris Thompson with 17, Ben Behan 13, Alex Pearson 12 and Zach Theisse 10.
The Blackhawks began a three-game homestand earlier this week, hosting Arcadia Dec. 19, Lancaster Dec. 21 and will welcome Mauston to the VHS gymnasium Jan. 3 before traveling to Westby Jan. 5.