The Blackhawks did not have an answer for Richland Center’s high-scoring guard Devon Schmitz, who poured in 32 points, as the Hornets defeated Viroqua 65-48 in a game played at the VHS gymnasium, Tuesday, Jan. 30. Schmitz, who came in averaging 24 points per game, connected for five three-point baskets in the game.
The difference in the game came from the three-point line and the charity stripe. Statistics were similar for each team from inside the arc with the Hornets connecting on 24-of-53 two-point attempts (45 percent), while the Blackhawks made good on 22-of-52 (42 percent). The Hornets, however, cashed in on 9-of-20 three-point tries (45 percent), while the Hawks struggled going just 4-of-14 (28 percent). RC also converted 5-of-8 free throws and VHS failed to connect on just four trips to the line.
“We did not defend the three-point shot very well and we need to seal the gaps in our man defense,” coach Joel Anderson said. “Richland Center played faster than we did…I thought we were a little sluggish.”
Andrew Wedwick led the team with 16 points, 10 of which came in the first half. Steve Diehl put together his best overall game of the year, tallying 10 points, grabbing five rebounds and coming up with three steals.
Christian Schneider connected on three first half three-pointers and finished with 11 points, Sam Jett added five points, Jared Anderson four and Brett Skrede 2
Viroqua at G-E-T, Feb. 1
A couple of nights later the Blackhawks had no answer defensively for the entire Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau team in a 98-27 Coulee Conference loss on the Red Hawks’ home court.
Fourteen different players hit the scoring column for G-E-T (10-5 and 7-2 Coulee) led by Chris Thompson’s 27 and 15 from David Kvistad, as the Red Hawks reached the 90-point threshold versus the Blackhawks for the second time this season.
Seeing his most extensive playing time of the year, VHS sophomore Dawson Swenson led the Blackhawks in scoring with 10 points, followed by Nathan Tunks and Sam Saner with 5 each, Sam Jett, Christian Schneider and Jared Anderson with two apiece and one by Brett Skrede.
The Blackhawks were forced to play the game shorthanded due to injury and illness.
After hosting rival Westby Feb. 9, the Blackhawks step out of conference play traveling to De Soto Feb. 12.