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Arrows outlast Timberwolves, 33-22
Boxing out for a rebound is River Ridge's Traci Kirschbaum, while Lancaster's Tricia Petrowitz and Jena Vesperman are sandwiched between her and Alex Gates.

PATCH GROVE - It wasn’t the cleanest game, and it was exactly high scoring, but in the end, it was visiting Lancaster taking home a 33-22 victory over host River Ridge in a non-conference girls’ basketball contest last Tuesday night.

The two teams combined for 36 total turnovers and shot a combined 20-of-57 (35%) from the field, Lancaster going 9-of-29 (31%) with 15 turnovers, and River Ridge 11-of-28 (39%) with 21 miscues.

The Flying Arrows held a slim 15-12 lead at halftime over the Timberwolves, who got 10 points from senior center Traci Kirschbaum in the first 16 minutes.

Lancaster then outscored River Ridge, 6-3 in the third quarter, taking a 21-15 edge into the fourth.

There, coach Brett Rollins’ squad made 8-of-10 free throw attempts to seal the deal and pull out the 11-point victory.

Finishing with a team-high 13 points, five rebounds and eight steals was Tricia Petrowitz, while Emily Martin added 12 points and Kate Noble six points, four boards and five assists.

Kirschbaum led River Ridge with 12 points and six boards, while Meagan Herrick added four points in the loss.

Both teams were in action again later in the week, as River Ridge collected a 55-32 win over visiting Benton-Shullsburg on Thursday night, while Lancaster suffered a 49-33 loss to host Barneveld on Saturday.

In their Six Rivers West conference opener, the Timberwolves got 17 points and eight rebounds from Traci Kirschbaum, while Herrick added a team-high 20 points in the win.

Coach Caron Townsend’s squad made 27-of-55 (49%) field goal attempts, including 0-for-2 from long range. They were 1-of-4 (25%) from the free throw line, committed 16 turnovers and came away with 10 steals.

Lancaster had their hands full with Barneveld last Saturday, as they trailed the Eagles 38-29 after three quarters of play, then was outscored 11-4 in the final eight minutes.

Noble led the Arrows on Saturday with nine points, while Emily Martin added eight and Katrina Polkinghorn six.

Petrowitz pulled down a team-high eight rebounds and had three assists, while Jenna Vesperman was close behind with six boards.

As a team, coach Brett Rollins’ squad made 9-of-43 (21%) field goal attempts, including 2-of-11 (18%) from downtown. They were 13-of-23 (56.5%) from the free throw line, committed 13 turnovers and came away with two steals.

This Thursday night, the Arrows (1-2, 0-0) open up play in the Southwest Wisconsin Conference when they host River Valley (2-1, 0-0). The Timberwolves (1-3, 1-0) will travel to Argyle for a non-conference contest on Friday.

Lancaster 33,
River Ridge 22
(from Tuesday, Dec. 6)
Lancaster    11    4    6    12 - 33
River Ridge    6    6    3    7 - 22
- Tricia Petrowitz 13, Emily Martin 12, Andrea Duncan 2, Kate Noble 6. Totals - 9 9-12 33.
River Ridge - Traci Kirschbaum 12, Sabrina White 3, Meagan Herrick 4, Angie Breuer 3. Totals - 8 3-4 22.
3-point goals - L: Noble 2; RR: Breuer 1. Team fouls - L: 14; RR: 11. Fouled out - Herrick (RR).