LANCASTER – This past Monday night, the Flying Arrows sent visiting Southwestern home with a 52-30 non-conference loss, improving to 15-5 on the season.
Making history for the Arrows Monday night and joining a very elite club was senior guard Kiley Kelly, who surpassed the 1,000-point career mark late in the first half.
Going into Monday night’s contest, Kelly needed just nine points to reach the 1,000-point mark, and with 38.1 seconds to play in the first half, drained a 3-pointer from the right wing to give her 1,001 points.
Kelly finished the game with 17 points to give her 1,008 on the season so far.
During her freshman season at Lancaster, Kelly scored 165 points for the Flying Arrows. She followed up with her sophomore season scoring 211 total points and as a junior netting 336. So far this season she has scored a team-high 314 points.
Finishing with nine points in Monday night’s win was Jenna Wolf, while Lainee Burks chipped in eight and Tatianna Place seven.
* A 54-36 loss to visiting Prairie du Chien last Friday night, dropped the Lancaster varsity girls basketball team to a Southwest Wisconsin Conference record of 4-4 with two games to play in the regular season.
With the win, the visiting Blackhawks improved to 8-0 in league play, securing the SWC championship. Like Lancaster, the Blackhawks still need to play River Valley (0-7) and Richland Center (2-6) to close out the regular season.
Against Prairie du Chien, the Flying Arrows stuck with the league-leading Blackhawks early in the contest, but then Prairie began to pull away late in the first half.
At the intermission, coach Mark Uppena’s squad trailed their visitors, 29-13, which proved to be too much to come back from, even though they scored 23 points in the second half, to 25 for the Blackhawks.
Uncharacteristic of the Flying Arrows, they were forced to commit 19 turnovers on the night, while forcing Prairie du Chien into just five.
The Blackhawks got off 15 more shots than the Flying Arrows, who made 15-of-41 (36.5%) attempts from the field, including 4-of-15 (27%) from 3-point range. They were 2-of-3 (67%) from the free throw line, compared to 2-of-2 for the Blackhawks, in a game that consisted of just 14 total fouls.
Leading Lancaster with 21 points was Kiley Kelly, who made 8-of-14 shot attempts from the floor, including 3-of-7 from downtown.
The next closest scorer for Lancaster was Anna Murphy with five points, while four other players each scored two.
Lainee Burks pulled down a team-high nine rebounds, while Tatianna Place had five.
The Blackhawks were led by Makenzie Knapp’s 13 points, while Lily Krahn netted 11 and Abby Feye seven.
Following this past Tuesday night’s game at River Valley, the Flying Arrows will close out the regular season Thursday night at Richland Center.
As the No. 4 seed in their Division 3 regional bracket, the Lancaster ladies will host fifth seed Dodgeville on Tuesday, Feb. 9, with the winner advancing to face top-seeded Prairie du Chien on Friday, Feb. 12.