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Prairie girls increase winning streak to seven with wins over Richland Center and Barneveld

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Prairie’s Rita Achenbach looks for a teammate to get open during the Hawks 63-31 win over Barneveld. (Derick Kelly/Courier Press)

Greenlee Krahn is fouled by her Barneveld defender as she goes in for a shot off the glass. (Derick Kelly/Courier Press)

Aleeyah Pittsley guards the Eagles guard at the top of the lane while teammates Brecklynn McCumber (12) and Madi Coffield (background) offer backup help. (Derick Kelly/Courier Press)

Tannah Radloff watches her shot go through the basket during the Hawks road win at Barneveld. (Derick Kelly/Courier Press)

Junior Tessa Czajkowski Higgins (10) looks to attempt a layup despite the strong defense from the Eagles while teammate Karly Kramer (32) waits in the background. (Derick Kelly/Courier Press)

Prairie du Chien's Aleeyah Pittsley (24) gets her hands up to defend the shot of Barneveld sophomore Izabel Durst (44). Claire Kennedy (34) and Emory Campbell (40) also help provide outside defense on the play. (Derick Kelly/Courier Press)

By Derick Kelly

 

The Prairie du Chien girls basketball used a pair of road victories last week to up their current winning streak to seven straight last week.

First up for the Hawks on Friday, Jan. 26 was a trip to Richland Center to take on the Hornets, who entered the game on an 18 game losing streak dating back to February 17, 2023.

The struggling Hornets, who are a very young team with no seniors and just three juniors on their roster, were overmatched from the start by the Hawks as Prairie claimed a 48-4 halftime lead before winning with a final score of 89-17.

The leading scorer for the Hawks was Rita Achenbach, who finished with a new career high 22 points, while Karly Kramer also had a career high with 19 points. Greenlee Krahn (16 points, 8 assists and 7 steals), Tannah Radloff (15 points), Tessa Czajkowski Higgins (5 points and 14 assists), Camryn Knapp (4 points), Brecklynn McCumber and Aleeyah Pittsley (3 points each), and Claire Kennedy (2 points) rounded out the Hawks scoring attack.

The 89 points scored by Prairie du Chien are the second most in a game in program history, and the most since February 14, 1983, when the Hawks won at Boscobel by a score of 111-35. That 76 point win over Boscobel is the largest margin of victory in program history with this 72 point win over Richland Center being the second largest.

The Hawks were back on the court on Saturday, Jan. 27 to take on Barneveld, and much like the night before, the hosts were overwhelmed by Prairie as the Hawks took a 30-15 lead into halftime before cruising to a 63-31 victory.

Prairie du Chien got a balanced scoring attack from Czajkowski Higgins (15 points), Krahn and Radloff (13 points each), Kramer (10 points), Achenbach (4 points), and Kennedy and Knapp (3 points each).

The Hawks improve to 14-4 overall, and have now won seven straight games, and 12 of their last 13 games after their 2-3 start to begin the season.

Next up for Prairie du Chien is a trip to Spring Green on Thursday, Feb. 1 when they take on the River Valley Blackhawks.

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