G-E-T boys top Spartans, Raiders

Sawyer Schmidt of G-E-T leased a shot in the lane during their win over Arcadia. (Times photograph by Andrew Dannehy) 

The Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau boys got their season record back to an even 10-10 with a pair of wins that also kept them within an outside chance of a conference title last week.

The Red Hawks took their lone home contest of the week in a non-conference game over Sparta on Tuesday, before earning a critical Coulee Conference win over Arcadia on Thursday. The wins also move them to 6-4 in a tight conference race.

G-E-T entered the final week of the regular season needing to win on Monday against 3-8 Westby and Thursday at 8-3 Black River Falls to stay alive for a share of the Coulee title. They would also need 8-3 West Salem to lose on Thursday against 6-5 Viroqua, or the Panthers would claim the conference outright.

The Red Hawks also earned a six seed in the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Division Three regional playoffs, and will host 11th-seeded Nekoosa next Tuesday. The winner of that game moves on to face third-seeded Mauston a week from Friday.

G-E-T 68 Sparta 54 - A 40-point second half from the Red Hawks propelled them to victory after being knotted up at 28 after the first half at home last Tuesday.

Foul trouble for the Spartans played a large part in G-E-T pulling away, as 21 personal fouls led to the Red Hawks sinking 25 of 31 from the line for the game. Meanwhile the Red Hawks received seven personal fouls leading to five free-throw attempts for the Spartans, three of which were converted.

Sparta also turned the ball over 23 times, leading to 29 Red Hawk points on those turnovers. Grant Beirne led G-E-T with 27 points and nine rebounds, while Sawyer Schmidt added 19 points, seven boards and three assists. Also contributing were Kyle Scherr’s seven points, five from Tyler Hammond, four each from Luke Vance and Roger Niederkorn and two from Lance Lettner.

G-E-T 59 Arcadia 40 - A 24-0 run for the Red Hawks got them out to a comfortable halftime lead as they ran away from Arcadia on Thursday while limiting second chance points with their effort on the boards.

Scherr hit a pair buckets for G-E-T’s first four points, the latter of which tied the game at four to start the run. Beirne hit a jumper to follow in short order, before Vance knocked down a three and Schmidt earned a three-point play that made it 14-4 with 10:19 remaining in the first half.

Lettner and Vance hit consecutive threes before two Beirne baskets made it 24-4 with five minutes remaining. Schmidt knocked down another jumper before a Chandler Sonsalla three ended the run and made it 26-7 with three minutes left. Vance rounded out the half with his third three to wrap up a 29-11 half as G-E-T led.

Arcadia would cut the lead to 35-21 early in the second half, but seven straight for the Red Hawks including a deep three from Schmidt kept the Red Hawks in control.

For the game, Beirne and Vance led G-E-T with 13 points each, followed by 12 from Schmidt, eight from Scherr, seven from Lettner, three from Niederkorn, two from Trent Harshman and one from Hammond.

Ethan Weltzien led Arcadia with 14 points, three more than Chase Patzner. Kaden Updike scored eight, Chandler Sonsalla had five and Michael Scheisthal finished with two.


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