GAME OF THE WEEK (Feb. 8–14)
GIRLS BASKETBALL: Dodgeville (18–2, 8–0, #8 in D3) at Platteville (16–3, 7–1, #6 in D3), Friday, 8:17 p.m.
The premier game of the week in the area is Friday’s Southwest Wisconsin Conference rematch between eighth-ranked Dodgeville and sixth-ranked Platteville. The Dodgers and senior standout Hannah Jones handed the Hillmen their only conference loss of the season on Jan. 5, 82–63. Jones scored 34 points in that game and sophomore Olivia Argall added 31 as the Dodgers converted a whopping 37 of 48 free throw attempts.
Platteville bounced back to win its next seven games before a 61–40 non-conference loss at undefeated Black Hawk (18–0, #1 in Division 5) Tuesday night. The Hillmen must bounce back quickly and protect home court Friday night to earn a share of a third straight SWC title.
Coach Josh Busch’s Dodgers, who have won eight straight games since a 52–50 non-conference loss to Reedsburg, can clinch the outright SWC title with a win.
"We are looking forward to a rematch with Dodgeville Friday," said Platteville head coach Brandon Temperly. "It should be a tournament style atmosphere and we will be hungry to see how much we have improved since Jan. 5. We have to put oursevles in postion to achieve some of our goals and now it is time to perform. Friday will be a lot of fun."
This Week’s Other Area Conference Games:
Richland Center (13–7, 4–4) at Lancaster (7–12, 1–7), Friday, 8:15 p.m.
Prairie du Chien (9–10, 3–5) at River Valley (4–15, 1–7), Friday, 8:15 p.m.
Cuba City (15–5, 11–1) at Darlington (14–4, 10–1), Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Boscobel (14–4, 7–4) at Mineral Point (15–5, 10–2), Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Fennimore (4–16, 1–11) at Riverdale (8–9, 4–7), Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Iowa–Grant (4–15, 2–10) at Southwestern (3–16, 1–10), Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Six Rivers West
Benton (12–8, 5–6) at Cassville (2–16, 0–10), Friday, 7:30 p.m.
River Ridge (16–4, 7–3) at Highland (4–14, 2–8), Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Shullsburg (15–5, 8–2) at Belmont (9–10, 5–5), Friday, 7:30 p.m.
BOYS BASKETBALL: Dodgeville (8–10, 4–4) at Platteville (14–5, 6–2), Friday, 6:30 p.m.
Despite a 56–51 loss at Prairie du Chien last Friday night, the Platteville boys are primed to clinch at least a share of their first conference title since 1996–97 with a win over visiting Dodgeville Friday night. The Hillmen have won six of their past eight games, including 65–61 win at Dodgeville on Jan. 5. Junior Isaiah Oswald scored a team-high 16 points to lead Platteville in that win. Dodgeville senior Bryce Prochaska had 26 points and 12 boards in the loss.
This Week’s Other Area Conference Games
Richland Center (9–8, 4–4) at Lancaster (10–9, 1–7), Friday, 6:30 p.m.
Prairie du Chien (9–10, 4–4) at River Valley (8–10, 5–3), Friday, 6:30 p.m.
Darlington (11–6, 7–3) at Fennimore (15–3, 7–3), Thursday, 5 p.m.
Cuba City (10–6, 6–3) at Boscobel (2–15, 1–9), Thursday, 7:30 p.m.
Riverdale (0–15, 0–10) at Iowa–Grant (5–12, 3–7), Thursday, 7:30 p.m.
Mineral Point (13–4, 9–1, #6 ) at Southwestern (10–7, 6–3), Thursday, 7:30 p.m.
Southwestern at Cuba City, Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.
Boscobel at Darlington, Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.
Iowa–Grant at Mineral Point, Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.
Fennimore at Riverdale, Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.
Six Rivers West
Potosi (13–5, 8–0) at Cassville (6–10, 4–4), Thursday, 7:30 p.m.
Shullsburg (8–10, 4–4) at Belmont (1–15, 1–8), Thursday, 7:30 p.m.
River Ridge (10–7, 6–2) at Benton (12–6, 5–3), Thursday, 5 p.m.
Shullsburg at Benton, Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
Cassville at Highland (5–12, 1–8), Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.
Benton at Potosi, Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.
Belmont at River Ridge, Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.
WIAA Division 2 Prairie du Chien Regional, Saturday, 10 a.m. (WPVL 1590 AM)
The host Prairie du Chien Blackhawks, who won the SWC duals conference title and finished third as last Saturday’s Clash conference tournament, are favored to win Saturday’s regional. River Valley could challenged the other Blackhawks for the regional crown. Other teams in the regional include Belmont/Platteville, Cuba City/Benton/Southwestern, Dodgeville, Mount Horeb and Richland Center. The top two finishers in each weight class will advance to next Saturday’s D2 Richland Center Sectional. The regional team champion will advance to Tuesday’s D3 Viroqua Team Sectional.
WIAA Division 3 Lancaster Regional, Saturday, 10 a.m. (WGLR 97.7 FM)
SWAL duals champion and four-time reigning Clash champion Fennimore is the favorite to win Saturday’s Lancaster regional, but the host Arrows, Iowa–Grant/Highland and Mineral Point will all give the second-ranked Golden Eagles a run for their money. Other teams include Riverdals, Boscobel and River Ridge/Cassville. The top two finishers in each weight class will advance to next Saturday’s D3 Mineral Point Sectional. The regional team champion will advance to Tuesday’s D3 Royall Team Sectional.