PLATTEVILLE – Getting a win against the Hillmen of Platteville isn’t something that has been easy for the Lancaster girls basketball program over the past eight seasons. Getting a win AT Platteville has proven to be even more difficult.
Last Tuesday night, coach Mark Uppena’s Lancaster ladies had reason to celebrate though, as they handed host Platteville a 53-42 loss in Southwest Wisconsin Conference action. Tuesday night’s victory over Platteville is Lancaster’s first over the Hillmen since Feb. 14, 2014, and is the program’s first win in the Platteville gym since Jan. 25, 2011.
The two teams had met just five days earlier, where Platteville left Lancaster with a 60-46 victory and sole possession of second place in the conference standings.
“The girls played tough, with really good composure, especially on the offensive side,” said Lancaster coach Mark Uppena. “Balanced scoring and a pesky defense were keys for us.”
It also didn’t hurt that the Flying Arrows shot lights out from the field, making 18-of-34 (53%) total attempts, including 4-of-11 (36%) from 3-point range. They were also 13-of-19 (68%) from the free throw line, while scoring 21 points off 17 Platteville turnovers.
In the paint, Lancaster scored 28 points on 14-of-22 (64%) attempts near the basket, but were out-rebounded by the Hillmen, 26-21, including nine offensive boards for the home team.
The Flying Arrows started the game off with a 4-0 lead, only to see the Hillmen go on an 8-0 scoring run. The Lancaster ladies answered with a 9-2 run of their own to take a 13-10 advantage. From there, the two teams battled back and forth, with Lancaster holding a slim lead of 26-24 at the half. The Arrows came out flying in the second half, extending their lead to 39-24 on a 13-0 scoring run to open the half.
Defensively, Lancaster created troubles for the Hillmen with their 1-3-1 zone defense, as it took a while for the Hillmen to finally break their scoring drought in the second half. The Arrows held a comfortable lead the rest of the way, with Platteville getting only as close as 11 points at 42-31 with 7:45 to play in the game. Holding a 46-31 advantage with four minutes to play, the Flying Arrows displayed a tremendous amount of patience in the closing minutes, while making 7–of-13 free throws down the stretch.
Pouring in a team-high 13 points on 5-of-8 shooting from the floor and 3-of-5 from the free throw line was Bridee Burks, who also pulled down five rebounds and came away with two steals.
Younger sister Lainee Burks chipped in 12 points on 3-of-4 shooting from the floor and 5-of-7 from the line, all coming in the closing minutes. The younger Burks also dished out a team-high three assists. Nine points were scored by Jenna Wolf, while Anna Murphy contributed seven.
The Hillmen were led by sophomore Hailey Weigel’s 15 points and eight rebounds, while Madison Devlin added 10 and Camryn Nies eight.
Three days after knocking off the Hillmen and improving their Southwest Wisconsin Conference record to 4-2, the Lady Arrows suffered a 55-35 loss to host Dodgeville last Friday night.