The Viroqua boys basketball team had their mini two-game winning streak snapped in a 77-55 loss at West Salem, Tuesday, Jan. 23. After starting the season with 10 consecutive losses, the Blackhawks had knocked off rival Westby in a 54-53 thriller and had dominated North Crawford 74-31 in back-to-back games before losing the Coulee Conference battle to the Panthers (4-4 and 6-9).
The Panthers jumped out to a 17-6 lead to open the game, but the Blackhawks rallied to within 6 points at 21-15, before West Salem got rolling again, building a commanding 47-21 halftime advantage. The Panthers had doubled the margin to 70-35 before the Blackhawks rallied late to keep the final score respectable.
The swarming and relentless West Salem defense caused problems forcing the young Hawks into numerous turnovers. The one-two scoring combination of Hunter Wakefield and Malachi Anthos proved to be too much for the Viroqua defense to handle. The high scoring duo combined to score 47 points, 24 for Wakefield including four 3-pointers and 23 by Anthos, connecting on five from behind the arc.
Andrew Wedwick led the Blackhawks with 16 points (two 3-pointers), Anthony Rappl added 12 including three from long distance, Jared Anderson chipped in with 10 and Sam Jett tossed in 6 points.
After playing in the Coulee Classic versus Black River Falls Saturday, the Hawks will host Richland Center Jan. 30 and G-E-T Feb. 1.