MCDONALD'S SWNEWS4U.COM GAME OF THE WEEK (Dec. 6–13)
GIRLS BASKETBALL: Platteville 58, Mineral Point 50
By Jason Nihles, The Platteville Journal
Platteville girls end reigning D4 state champion Mineral Point’s 34-game winning streak
MINERAL POINT — Platteville snapped Mineral Point’s 34-game winning streak, which dated back to last season, with a 58–50 non-conference victory over the Division 4 9th-ranked Pointers last Tuesday night.
Turnovers, poor shooting and bad decisions, forced by Platteville’s 2–2–1 full court pressure plagued the Pointers in the first half.
After a fastbreak layup up and a deep 3-pointer by senior Camryn Nies gave the Hillmen an early 14–5 lead just eight minutes into the game. Another three by senior Lizzie Poller made it 19–8 and Platteville pushed its lead to 32–20 at intermission.
The first 12 minutes of the second half was more of the same, but the Pointers’ cut their double–digit deficit to nine at 50–41 on a long 3-pointer by Laci Lindsey with 6:38 left.
The Pointers (4–1) , who went a perfect 30–0 to win the WIAA D4 state title a year ago, got as close as four at 54–50 on a jumper by senior Katelyn Cox with just under a minute to play, but the Hillmen 4 of 6 at the line in the final 45 seconds to close out the eight-point win.
Poller led all scorers with a game-high 15 points despite a tough shooting night (4 of 18), and grabbed three rebounds. Nies finished with 14 points , six rebounds and five assists for the winners, while sophomore Jaxcyn Berntgen added 11 points off the bench, and senior Gwyneth Erickson grabbed a team-high 11 rebounds in a winning effort.
Lindsey finished with a team-high 13 points to lead three points in double figures.
Platteville will host Lancaster (5–2, 1–0 SWC) in a key SWC matchup Friday at 7:30 p.m. before traveling to Fennimore (3–4) Monday night for a non-conference game.
Platteville 58, Mineral Point 50
(from Tuesday, Dec. 6 @ Mineral Point)
Platteville.........32 26 — 58
Mineral Point...20 30 — 50
Platteville (4–1) — Lizzie Poller 15, Camryn Nies 14, Gwyneth Erickson 4, Jaxcyn Berntgen 11, Maddison Carl 6, Alyssa Blevins 3, Ellie Temperly 2, Hailey Weigel 3. Totals — 20 14-25 58.
Mineral Point (4–1) —Laci Lindsey 13, Belle Watters 11, Breanna Goninen 2, Maddy Kabat 1, Eliza Ingwell 2, Ella Kroll 11, Katelyn Cox 7. Totals — 17 8-16 50.
3-point goals — P: 4 (Poller 1, Nies 2, Weigel 1); MP: 8 (Lindsey 3, Watters 2, Goninen 1, Kroll 1, Cox 1). Team fouls — P: 16, MP: 20. Fouled out — none.