As of late, the Benton boys varsity basketball team has been getting to the free throw line, and even more importantly, been knocking them down.
In Six Rivers West conference wins over Belmont and Shullsburg last week, the Zephyrs attempted a combined total of 39 free throws, and made a whopping 31, for a percentage of 79.
Going into last week's competition, coach Jim Blaine's squad had a free throw percentage of 50% in eight conference games.
With their last two games, that percentage jumped to 61% on 80-of-131 total attempts.
"We were getting to the line all year, we just weren't making them," said coach Blaine.
In a 58-39 victory over host Belmont last Tuesday night, coach Blaine's squad made 18-of-23 (78%) free throw attempts, and was 19-of-40 (47.5%) from the field.
David Neis led the team with 17 points, seven rebounds and four assists, while Laine Carver added 10 points to the win.
Against visiting Shullsburg last Friday night, Benton made 13-of-16 (81%) free throw attempts to collect a 55-39 victory over the Miners.
Neis finished with a team-high 26 points, seven rebounds and six assists, while Mitchell Brant added 10 points, six boards and six of his team's nine steals.
Now 8-2 in league play and 16-2 overall, the Zephyrs follow up this past Tuesday's non-conference game at Cuba City with a home game against Cassville (10-9, 5-5 SRW) this Thursday night.