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Hillmen make quick work of Arrows
Top-ranked Platteville girls improve to 9–0
Seniors Courtney Budden (12), Sami Martin (15) and Izzy Carroll (22) led a stifling defensive effort that held the Flying Arrows to seven first-half points in Friday’s dominating SWC win over Lancaster. - photo by Jason Nihles

PLATTEVILLE — A year ago, the Platteville girls’ basketball team needed a late Sami Martin basket to survive an upset bid from visiting Lancaster.

No such dramatics were needed when the Flying Arrows came to town Friday night.

It took a few minutes for the undefeated Hillmen — also top-ranked team in Division 3 — to settle in, but once they did there was no stopping this runaway locomotive.

Platteville scored the game’s first nine points and held the visiting Flying Arrows to just one basket in the first 8:06. The Hillmen raced out to a 20–2 lead less than eight minutes into the game and cruised to a dominating 66–29 victory.

The Hillmen, who easily could have overlooked the struggling Arrows with games against Crandon (4–1, #7 in Division 4), Poynette (3–3) or Waukesha West (3–4), and undefeated Lake Mills (9–0, #3 in D3) looming in the next two weeks, but took care of business at both ends of the court to improve to 9–0 on the season and 3–0 in the Southwest Wisconsin Conference.

Platteville 66, Lancaster 29
(from Friday, Dec. 20 @ Platteville)
Lancster.......7   22 —  29
Platteville..36   30 —  66
Lancaster (3–6, 0–3) — Bridee Burks 7, Morgan DeBuhr 2, Tatianna Place 6, Kiley Kelly 9, Sophie Uppena 4. Totals — 8 10-16 29.
Platteville (9–0, 3–0) — Cameron Nies 10, Maddie Cooely 6, Becca Hoyer 6, Courtney Budden 3, Josie Nies 13, Sami Martin 20, Izzy Carroll 6, Allison Cooley 2. Totals — 27-57 6-7 66.
3-point goals — L: 3 (Burks 1, Kelly 2), P: 8-21 (C. Nies 2, M. Cooley 1, J. Nies 2, Martin 1). Team fouls — L: 14, P: 12. Fouled out — none.

For more coverage of the Platteville girls basketball team see the Dec. 25 issue of The Platteville Journal