Prairie du Chien girls suffer one-point loss in opening contest

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By Correne Martin

Prairie du Chien’s first girls’ basketball game of the season was a tight one for all four quarters against non-conference Fennimore, with the Golden Eagles sneaking by for the win, 37-36.

Playing on the road Friday, the Blackhawks took care of the ball well but showed weakness in their confidence and communication, according to Coach Paula Shedivy.

“It was one of those typical first games,” Shedivy said, noting that her team consists of two seniors aside from a number of younger players. She said the girls just need to settle in, understand the pace of the game and get those early jitters out of the way.

The back-and-forth competition was exactly that from the get-go for both teams. The score was 22-21, in Fennimore’s favor, at the half.

“We struggled at the free throw line,” Shedivy added. The Blackhawks finished the game three for 10 in charity throws. “We also need to work on being a little more aggressive.”

Individually, Makenzie Knapp and Hope Meyer led the scoring effort with nine and eight points, respectively. Macey Banasik ended up with six points, Ella Hager and Kaitlyn Waller four apiece, Gabby Ritchie three and Keya Welch two.

Prairie heads to Sparta Tuesday evening for another non-conference contest. Then, in their third game of the season, they will host River Ridge at home before starting their Southwest Wisconsin Conference schedule Friday, Dec. 1, with Dodgeville, also at home.

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