The G-E-T girls basketball team (15-2 and 9-0) has run rough-shod through the Coulee Conference this season and Viroqua became their ninth consecutive victim, defeating the visiting Blackhawks 63-14 in a game played on the Red Hawks’ home court, Tuesday, Jan. 30. G-E-T is currently ranked 10th among WIAA Division 3 schools.
The Blackhawks limited one of the Coulee Region’s top offensive players, Lexi Wagner to just 11 points, her lowest output of the season. Wagner, considered by many to be a shoo-in as the Coulee Conference Player of the Year this season, was averaging 21 points per game entering the contest and was just two games removed from a career-high 51-point outburst in a win over Prescott Jan. 20.
“We did a couple of different things with Lexi,” coach Joe Willis said. “We started with switching on all screens…we were out-sized at every position, so switching wouldn’t hurt us in the post and G-E-T relies heavily on 3’s, so we wanted to be able to close out on their shooters…we also wanted to force her to shoot off her left-hand dribble.”
Despite the success controlling Wagner’s production, Willis admitted, “Even though G-E-T has a star in Wagner, that kind of overshadows how good their other players are…they can shoot a high percentage too and are skilled at the dribble-drive offense.”
As for his team’s offensive struggles, Willis said, “G-E-T has such a good defensive presence with their all-around height and quickness and they just play tough team defense…we had a difficult night trying to find any creases and never got into any offensive rhythm.”
The suffocating G-E-T defense limited Viroqua’s leading scorer Claire Anderson to a season-low three points, while Natalie Waldenberger led the visitors with six points.
Viroqua at Arcadia, Feb. 2
The Blackhawks stayed on the road later in the week, dropping a 65-44 decision to the Arcadia Raiders (11-6 and 7-3). Arcadia raced to a 32-19 halftime advantage and despite an improved offensive performance after intermission, scoring 25 points, the Blackhawks suffered their third consecutive loss after a pair of victories a couple of weeks ago.
Anderson led the Hawks offense with 12 points, Waldenberger added 11, and Brooke Knutson, Autumn Goodwin and Rebecca Schipper chipped in with four points each. A pair of freshmen, Jessica Tryggestad and Hailey Sherry, gave the Blackhawks a spark off the bench scoring five and four points, respectively. Raider freshman Mercedes Romo led Arcadia with 16 points.