LANCASTER — Platteville’s up and down season took another turn in the right direction Friday night.
Six different players scored in the fourth quarter as the Hillmen closed the game on a 13–4 run to steal a 45–38 SWC road victory at Lancaster, snapping a three-game losing streak.
Platteville (11–8, 4–4 SWC) seized the momentum making 5 of 6 from the free throw line in the final 4:12, while the struggling Arrows (5–13, 0–8 SWC) gave the game away by missing six of eight from the line in the final period.
After a back-and-forth first quarter, Lancaster took control of the game with a 12–4 run to close the second quarter.
Senior guard Sydney Wagner buried a 3-pointer then scored on a putback at the 6:13 mark of the second quarter to give the Arrows a 16–12 lead.
Platteville senior Cassie Hamer knocked down an open three, then classmate Holly Kasper connected on a pull-up jumper as the Hillmen regained a 17–16 lead.
But sophomore Alexis Galvan hit a triple to ignite Lancaster’s 12–4 run.
Wagner, who finished with a team-high 13 points, hit another 3-pointer with 2:29 left in the half to make it 26–19.
Megan Mumm’s putback basket with eight seconds left in the half gave the Arrows a 28–21 halftime lead.
Wagner again connected from behind the arc for her third triple of the game to open the third quarter extending Lancaster’s lead to 10, but the Hillmen scored the next 11 points, seven by junior Sierra Brecke and four by Hamer, to grab a 32–31 lead.
Brittany Bahl hit Lancaster’s sixth 3-pointer of the game with 26 seconds left in the third quarter as the Arrows took a 34–32 lead into the fourth quarter.
Lancaster had an opportunity to extend its lead, but missed a pair of free throws early in the fourth quarter.
Moments later Platteville tied the game on a Kasper jumper and took the lead on Ashley Budden’s jumper with 6:48 remaining.
Lancaster missed two more from the charity stripe, but Mumm grabbed the offensive rebound and was fouled on the putback attempt. She made 1 of 2 to make it 36–35.
Lexi Budden was fouled on consecutive drives to the basket and made 3 of 4 from the line to give Platteville a 39–35 lead with 3:40 left.
Kelly made 1 of 2 from the line then hit a long two-point jumper to pull Lancaster within a point.
But Platteville put the game away with a number of clutch plays.
Hamer scored on an inbound play with 1:54 left to make it 41–38.
After a Lancaster miss, junior Rachel Emendorfer hit a pair of free throws to make it a five-point game, then after another Lancaster miss, Brecke broke free on an inbound play for a layup with 33 seconds left to account for the final score.
Hamer finished the night with a team-high 17 points and four rebounds. Brecke had 11 points, five boards and three steals, and Kasper added eight points and seven rebounds.
Platteville improved to 11–8 overall and 4–4 in the SWC with the win. The Hillmen are currently in a three-way tie with Prairie du Chien (8–10, 4–4) and Richland Center (6–13, 4–4) for third place in the conference behind River Valley (10–8, 5–3) and Dodgeville (16–2, 7–1).
The Hillmen will host the Dodgers Thursday before hosting Mount Horeb in a non-conference game Tuesday. Platteville will close out the regular season Feb. 20 against River Valley.
Platteville 45, Lancaster 38
(from Friday, Feb. 6 @ Lancaster)
Platteville 8 13 11 13 — 45
Lancaster 7 21 6 4 — 38
Lancaster (5–13, 0–8) — Alexis Galvan 3, Ashton Doll 2, Kasey Kelly 3, Kindra Yoose 2, Megan Mumm 7, Brittany Zenz 2, Shaina Duncan 3, Brittany Bahl 3, Sydney Wagner 13. Totals — 15 6-17 38.
Platteville (11–8, 4–4) — Lexi Budden 3, Rachel Emendorfer 2, Cassie Hamer 17, Holly Kasper 10, Sierra Brecke 11, Ashley Budden 2. Totals — 18 7-8 45.
3-point goals — P: 2 (Hamer 1, Brecke 1); L: 6 (Glavan 1, Duncan 1, Bahl 1, Wagner 3). Team fouls — P: 14, L: 13. Fouled out — none.