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Hawks get past Dodgeville but fall in D3 Regional Championship to Madison Edgewood

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Prairie du Chien junior Greenlee Krahn puts up a three-point shot from the corner against the Crusaders. (Derick Kelly/Courier Press)

Prairie’s Rita Achenbach and Edgewood’s Maren Schmotzer go up for the opening jump ball as Tessa Czajkowski Higgins waits. (Derick Kelly/Courier Press)

Prairie's Karly Kramer delivers a floating hook shot in the lane over the Edgewood defense. (Derick Kelly/Courier Press)

Tessa Czajkowski Higgins looks to get the ball past the Crusaders' Erin Schauer.. (Derick Kelly/Courier Press)

Tannah Radloff fights through traffic to launch a mid-range jump shot. (Derick Kelly/Courier Press)

Tessa Czajkowski Higgins delivers a shot down the lane over the outstretched arms of the Madison Edgewood defense. (Derick Kelly/Courier Press)

Prairie players Elle Schneider (22, Emory Campbell (40), and Brecklynn McCumber (12) get regional championship experience late in the game. (Derick Kelly/Courier Press)

By Derick Kelly

 

The Prairie du Chien girls basketball team began their 2024 postseason journey on Friday night in the regional semifinal round by hosting a familiar opponent in Dodgeville. The two teams were playing each other for the third time in 13 days. The Hawks carried a 32-21 lead into halftime before pulling away in the second half for a 70-46 win and advance Prairie to their sixth consecutive regional championship appearance and the seventeenth all-time in program history.

Waiting for the Hawks in the regional championship game was the Madison Edgewood Crusaders, who entered the game as the No. 2 seed with a 22-3 record.

The first half saw the Crusaders overcome a six-point deficit late to hold a slim 24-23 at the intermission. A back-and-fourth start to the second half was symbolized by a layup by Rita Achenbach to give the Hawks a 30-29 lead that was almost immediately followed by a floater by Edgewood’s Erin Schauer that bounced up and off the rim twice before dropping in to give the hosts a 31-30 lead with roughly 15 minutes remaining in the game.

The fourth ranked Crusaders then proceeded to use that basket as the catalyst for a 29-9 run over the final 15 minutes  to claim the regional championship over the Hawks wiith a 58-39 victory. 

The Hawks end their season with a 19-6 record and will not have any players graduating this year.

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