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Brayden Dailey, Sr., G/F, Cuba City boys basketball
CUBA CITY — Junior Brayden Dailey reached the 1,000-point mark for his career after pouring in a game-high 20 points to lead the host Cubans over Boscobel, 85-53, in SWAL action last Tuesday night. Dailey, who needed 18 points to reach his milestone coming into the game, scored 12 in the first half to put the Cubans up 48-19 at the intermission. He knocked down the first two baskets of the second half to extend the lead 52-19, and then tallied his 1,000th career point on a pair of free throws with 13:34 remaining in the game. Dailey also pulled down 13 rebounds to record a double-double on the night.
In Friday's double overtime win over Fennimore, Dailey scored five of his game-high 25 points in the second OT period to help keep the Cubans unbeaten with a 74-70 won over the Golden Eagle. He registered a double-double with a game-high 25 points and 16 rebounds and he also blocked four shots. Dailey tallied 20 points, nine rebounds and three assists in Monday's 98-59 non-conference win over Dodgeville as the #1-ranked Cubans posted their third victory in a week and their 10th straight win to start the season.
HONORABLE MENTION (in alphabetical order)
Cole Crubel, Sr., G, River Ridge boys basketball
Crubel scored a game-high 21 points and assisted on Archie Cooley's game-winning three-pointer in the first-place Timberwolves' 56–53 victory at Potosi last Thursday night when he was doubled in the corner.
Anna Kartman, Jr., F, Potosi/Cassville girls basketball
The Cassville junior averaged 17.3 points and 6.3 rebounds to lead the Chieftains to three straight victories in the past week. Kartman poured in a gam-high 18 points and had seven rebounds to lead Potosi/Cassville to a 50–45 comeback victory at Belmont last Tuesday, then had 11 points and five boards in a dominating 60–21 win over Benton on Friday night. Saturday she finished with a game-high 24 points and seven rebounds in a 60–42 non-conference win at La Farge.
Brady Larson, Fr., G, Fennimore boys basketball
The young Larson stepped and played a huge role in #4 Fennimore's upset bid of #1 Cuba City last Friday night, making five 3-pointers and scoring a career- and team-high 20 points in a 74–70 double overtime loss to the undefeated Cubans. Larson also handled the Cubans' defensive pressure throughout the game as he played point guard much of the night in place of an under-the-weather Kellen Kenney, who also missed the final four minutes of regulation and both overtimes after picking up a technical foul.
Josie Nies, Sr., G, Platteville girls basketball
Nies scored 11 points, grabbed eight rebounds, passed out a game-high six assists and played a key role in holding Prairie du Chien's Division 1 recruit Lily Krahn scoreless for the final 10:47 of #1-ranked Platteville's 44–36 win over the #8 Blackhawks last Thursday night.