A full court press and a little intensity was all the Fennimore girls needed Monday night to get past host Lancaster in a come-from-behind win.
The No. 9 ranked Eagles, not accustomed to making a comeback effort, found themselves down early against the Flying Arrows.
“We couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn,” Coach Jim Prochaska said. “We were getting shots, but they just weren’t falling.”
The Arrows’ zone defense held the Eagles to just one field goal in the first quarter, as the Eagles trailed 12-3 and 19-11 at the half.
“We got a basket from Lexi and that was it in the first quarter,” Prochaska said.
The Eagles stepped up the pressure in the second half, applying a full court press that created several turnovers for the Arrows.
“That seemed to spark us a little bit,” Prochaska said. “Lancaster is a quality team with excellent athletes and they played tough.”
The Eagles outscored the Arrows in both the second and third quarters to edge the Arrows 36-32.
“We didn’t shoot very well from the free throw line, but when it got down to crunch time, the girls made the shots they needed too,” Prochaska said.
Lexi Needham led all scorers with 15 points, while Breland Prochaska nine. The Klug twins chipped in with a combined 12 points to round off the Eagles’ scoring.
The Arrows were led by Tricia Petrowitz with nine points.
On Saturday, the Eagles took on Boscobel at UW-Platteville as a part of the SWAL Jamboree. The Eagles had no problem taking care of the Bulldogs, jumping out to a 14-5 lead to end the first quarter before going up 24-8 at the half. The Fennimore defense held the Bulldogs to just six second half points to earn the 53-14 win.
“Boscobel had a player out with an injury and some who weren’t feeling well, but I thought we played very well,” Prochaska said. “Our defense did a very nice job, holding them to just 14 points.”
Prochaska led all scorers with 24 points and a team-high seven steals. Needham added 17 points for the Eagles and eight rebounds. Morgan Gunderson added six points while Allison Klug added four and Kaitlin Klug added two.
The Eagles improved to 12-1 overall, 6-0 in conference play, setting up a huge game for Thursday night, as the Eagles play host to Cuba City (11-1, 6-0) in a battle for the top spot in the SWAL.