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Platteville girls hold serve on home court
Defensive effort leads the way in key SWC victory over Prairie du Chien
Senior Josie Nies scored 11 points, grabbed eight rebounds and passed out a game-high six assists in Platteville’s 44–36 victory over #8-ranked Prairie du Chien Thursday night at PHS. She also played a key role in holding Prairie du Chien standout Lily Krahn scoreless the final 10:47 of the game. - photo by Jason Nihles

PLATTEVILLE — One year ago, Prairie du Chien won the Southwest Wisconsin Conference title over Platteville, but the Hillmen landed the last punch, handing the Blackhawks their only two losses of the season, including a season-ending defeat in the WIAA Division 3 sectional semifinals.

The two teams, with mostly the same rosters from a year ago, met for the first time since last year’s sectional contest Thursday night.

The visiting Blackhawks held the high-scoring Hillmen to a season-low offensive output, but Platteville’s defense led the way in a key 44–36 victory on its home court.

The #1-ranked Hillmen improved to 13–0 on the season and 4–0 in the Southwest Wisconsin Conference, while the Blackhawks (ranked eighth in Division 3), fell to 9–3, 3–1.

(For complete coverage of this game, get a copy of the Jan. 8, 2020 issue of The Platteville Journal)

#1 Platteville 44, #8 Prairie du Chien 36
(from Thursday, Jan. 9 @ Platteville)
Prairie du Chien 15 21 —  36     
Platteville  19 25 —  44
Prairie du Chien (9–3, 3–1) — Lily Krahn 21, Teagan Radloff 2, Mackenzie Knapp 3 Macey Banasik 4, Allison Riebe 2, Allison Albee 4. Totals — 14-45 6-15 36.
Platteville (13–0, 4–0) — Camryn Nies 9, Becca Hoyer 2, Courtney Budden 1, Josie Nies 11, Sami Martin 15, Izzy Carroll 6. Totals — 15-41 12-21 44.
3-point goals — PdC: 2 (Krahn 1, Banasik 1), Pla: 2-13 (C. Nies 2). Team fouls — PdC: 22, Pla: 14. Fouled out — PdC: Albee, Abby Feye, Pla: Martin.