The Viroqua girls basketball team (0-4) is still in search of their first win of the young season after dropping a pair of games on the road last week.
Viroqua vs. Lancaster
The Flying Arrows raced to an 18-point halftime lead before the Blackhawks went on a 9-0 run of their own to open the second half, cutting the deficit in half, Tuesday, Nov. 28. The Arrrows answered, however, with a mini five-point run of their own to push the lead back to 14 and then coasted to the 57-46 win, their fourth in as many games this season.
“This was a game I thought we would be able to go in and keep close with a chance to win,” said VHS coach Joe Willis. “The first 10 minutes told a different story as we had difficulty initiating offense against some ball pressure. We tried making some adjustments but couldn’t find much rhythm in the first half. We were able to force a few turnovers and forced some bad shots, but we couldn’t capitalize to score easy baskets and we got out-rebounded.”
Claire Anderson connected on 7 of 9 field goal attempts from two-point range for 77 percent but missed all six from three-point range, leading the Hawks offense as the team’s top scorer for the third consecutive game, with 16 points. Natalie Waldenberger, 3-of-6 from two-point range and 4-of-6 from the free-throw line chipped in with 10 points, while grabbing a team-high 8 rebounds.
“Madelyn Anderson continued to work hard defensively and was able to force turnovers,” said Willis, who is in his second season as VHS head coach.
Viroqua vs. West Salem
The Blackhawks stepped into Coulee Conference action later in the week, traveling to West Salem Friday, Dec. 1, where the Panthers played rude hosts, defeating the visitors by a 70-14 score.
“West Salem (2-1 and 1-0 Coulee) applied relentless pressure against us and we were unable to find any openings on offense,” Willis said. “Too many turnovers led to easy transition points and we couldn’t find any answers; we struggled from the floor and the free-throw line…we look forward to practice and getting better in all facets next week.”