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GIRLS BASKETBALL: #10 Shullsburg 44, Potosi/Cassville 40
SHULLSBURG — Shullsburg will have a shot at earning a share of the 2019-20 Six Rivers West girls’ basketball title after holding off Potosi/Cassville, 44-40, at home on Tuesday, Feb. 4, and then turning in a record-setting performance in a 78-30 victory over Benton back at SHS on Friday, Feb. 7.
The West title will be on the line on Tuesday, Feb. 18, when the Division 5 #10-ranked Lady Miners (17-3 overall, 8-1 SRW) host league-leader and D5 #3-ranked River Ridge (19-1, 9-0) in their season finale.
The Miners went 10-of-14 from the foul line over the final seven minutes of Tuesday’s game to shoot down the visiting Chieftains (10-8, 3-5) for a key SRW win.
Anna Wiegel scored nine of her team-high 14 points in the second half for the Miners. Layla Alt went 4-for-4 from the foul line in the final 90 seconds to finish with 12 points, and Brooklyn Strang nailed a pair of crucial 3-pointers in the second half to add eight points to aid the victory.
Shullsburg held a 20-15 lead at the half, but had to fight hard to hold off the Chieftains in the second half as they traded the lead six times until a 10-2 run gave them the lead for good.
The Chieftains took their final lead at 30-29 on a basket by Lily Post with 7:15 remaining. Madison Russell sank a pair of free throws and Strang hit her second trey of the half to put the Miners back on top 34-30.
P/C got as close as three following a 3-pointer by Jessica Noonan with 24 seconds to play, but Wiegel went 3-for-4 at the line down the stretch to close out the Chieftains.
“We did what we had to do to put ourselves in position to have a shot at a conference championship. I thought our players handled themselves well with adversity against Potosi/Cassville with Kayla Klotz not being available and Layla being in foul trouble most of the night,” said Shullsburg head coach Nathan Russell.
Madison Russell pulled down 10 rebounds, distributed seven assists and had two steals to go along with five points, while Wiegel grabbed five boards for the Miners.
Post finished with 14 points and Anna Kartman added 12 for the Chieftains.
Potosi/Cassville……. 15 25 – 40
Shullsburg…..............20 24 – 44
Potosi/Cassville – Noonan 5, Udelhofen 5, Post 14, Kartman 12, Reuter 1, Kruser 3. Totals – 15 6-8 40.
Shullsburg – Brooklyn Strang 8, Madison Russell 5, Anna Wiegel 14, Peyton Doyle 2, Jaidyn Strang 3, Layla Alt 12. Totals – 13 14-20 44.
3-point goals– PC 4 (Noonan 1, Udelhofen 1, Post 1, Kruser 1), S 4 (B. Strang 2, Wiegel 1, J. Strang 1). Total fouls– PC 22, S 10. Fouled out– None.