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No. 7 Platteville girls too much for Lancaster despite early foul trouble
Sophomore Izzy Carroll had seven points, a team-high 12 rebounds and three assists in Plattevilles 5732 win over Lancaster on Friday night.

Platteville got into early foul trouble in Friday’s Southwest Wisconsin Conference game against the visiting Lancaster Flying Arrows.

Platteville was whistled for 12 first half fouls and the Flying Arrows cashed 6 of 11 free throw attempts in the opening 18 minutes, but the bigger, deeper Hillmen eventually imposed their will in the second half, like they have on most of their opponents this year and pulled away for a 57–32 victory after a close first half to complete a sweep of Friday’s SWC boys–girls doubleheader.

Senior Skye Digman scored all eight of her points in the first half and sophomore center Sami Martin had seven points before picking up her third foul, but seventh-ranked Platteville led only 29–19 at the break.

Sophomore Josie Nies scored all 11 of her points after intermission as the Hillmen (14–2, 6–1) outscroed Lancaster 28–13 in the second half to runaway with a 25-point win.

Nies’ finished with 11 points on 4 of 17 shooting against Lancaster’s 2–3 zone, as well as six rebounds and five assists to lead Platteville’s balance attack. Nine different Hillmen scored in the win.

Martin finished with 10 points and six boards despite her early foul trouble. Digman nearly missed a double–double with eight points and 10 rebounds.

Sophomore Izzy Carroll had one of her best games with seven points, a team-high 12 rebounds and three assists. Classmate Becca Hoyer added seven points, three rebounds and three assists and  senior Rachel Bailie chipped in five points and four steals.

Saturday afternoon, Platteville traveled to Wisconsin Dells to take on coach Brandon Temperly’s former team the Waupaca Comets in a non-conference game at Just A Game Fieldhouse. 

The Hillmen dominated the first half 38–9 against the one-win Comets (1–14) and cruised to a dominating 68–26 victory.

Only two Waupaca players played in the game. Emma Smidt made five 3-pointers and scored a game-high 20 points to lead the Comets, while Seattle Lettau added eight points.

Nies played a fantastic all-around game Saturday with 15 points on 6 of 12 shooting, and led the team with six assists and four steals.

Martin finished with 16 points and six boards, and Digman recorded a double–double with 11 points and 10 boards. Carroll chipped in seven points, four rebounds and four assists.

NEXT: Platteville traveled to SWAL-leading Cuba City (13–4) Tuesday night and will now travel to Prairie du Chien (7–9, 3–4) in a SWC game Friday night. The Hillmen will then face one of their stiffest challenges of the season when they travel to undefeated Black Hawk (18–0). The Warriors, the top-ranked team in Division 5, are beating their opponents by an average of 35.2 points per game.


#7 Platteville 57, Lancaster 32

(from Friday, Jan. 26 @ Platteville)

Lancaster 19 13 —  32 

Platteville 29 28 —  57   

Lancaster (7–10, 1–6) — Morellia Galvan 8, Lydia Murphy 4, Kiley Kelly 6, Brooklyn Connelly 3, Straka 2, Devin Wagner 9. Totals – 11 8-13 32.

Platteville (13–2, 6–1) — Josie Nies 11, Rachel Bailie 5, Becca Hoyer 7, Courtney Budden 3, Hanna Langmeier 2, Sami Martin 10, Izzy Carroll 7, Sami Knockel 4, Skye Digman 8. Totals — 21-52 11-17 57.

3-point goals — L: 2 (Kelly 1, Wagner 1), P: 2 (Nies 1, Hoyer 1), P: 4 (Nies 1, Bailie 1, Budden 1, Carroll 1). Total fouls — L: 16, P: 20. Fouled out — none.


#7 Platteville 68, Waupaca 26

(from Saturday, Jan. 27 @ Just A Game Fieldhouse, Wisconsin Dells)

Waupaca 9 17 —  26 

Platteville 38 30 —  68   

Waupaca (1–14) — Seattle Lettau 6, Emma Smidt 20. Totals – 8 5-6 26.

Platteville (14–2) — Josie Nies 15, Rachel Bailie 2, Becca Hoyer 7, Courtney Budden 2, Hanna Langmeier 2, Sami Martin 16, Izzy Carroll 7, Sami Knockel 6, Skye Digman 11. Totals — 31-54 3-8 68.

3-point goals — W: n/a, P: 3 (Nies 2, Carroll 1). Total fouls — W: 9, P: 7. Fouled out — none.