BELMONT — An impressive 14-game winning streak came to an end last Thursday night for the Potosi Chieftains, as did the 2019-20 boys basketball season.
Coach Mike Uppena’s squad fell to Wauzeka-Steuben, 53–44, in a WIAA Division 5 sectional semifinal contest played in front of a limited crowd at Belmont High School.
The Chieftains concluded their season with a record of 19–7 after going 10–2 during the regular season in the Six Rivers West conference. The Hornets improved to 22–3 on the year, but also saw their season end Thursday night with the cancellation of the remaining winter sports schedule, in an attempt to help control the spread of COVID-19.
Shortly following the game, it was then announced by the WIAA that all remaining games for the State Girls Basketball Tournament, as well as the boys basketball sectional finals and state tournament, were being cancelled in response to the evolving concerns over the spread of COVID-19.
Win or lose Thursday night, the boys basketball season was over. For those fans in attendance Thursday night, they got to witness a one-man wrecking crew in Wauzeka-Steuben’s Carter Lomas. The 6’4” senior all-state selection poured in 34 points and pulled down 10 rebounds for the Hornets, while shooting 12-of-21 from the field, including 4-of-6 from 3-point range, and 6-of-10 from the free throw line.
Wauzeka-Steuben 53, Potosi 44
(D5 sectional semifinal from Thursday, March 12, at Belmont)
Wauzeka-Steuben...30 23 – 53
Potosi.........................23 21 – 44
Wauzeka-Steuben (22–3) – Jake Reichmann 4, Carter Lomas 34, Gavin Ralph 6, Nate Martin 3, Isaac Reichmann 3, Jonah Reichmann 3. Totals - 20-56, 6-11 53.
Potosi (19–7) – Ben Udelhofen 4, Gunnar Stappert 2, Ryan Kruser 14, Ty Dressler 2, Nick Edge 12, Jack Kaiser 4, Austin Uppena 6. Totals - 17-55, 5-10 44.
3-point goals - WS: (7-21) Lomas 4, Nate Martin 1, Isaac Reichmann 1, Jonah Reichmann 1; P: (5-20) Kruser 3, Edge 2. Team fouls - WS 9, P 15. Fouled out - None.
(For complete coverage of Potosi's regional championship, get your copy of the March 18, 2020 issue of The Platteville Journal or the March 19 Herald Independent)