Wildcat girls win trio of games last week

            Blair-Taylor’s Abby Thompson drove to the basket during their game against Whitehall on Thursday.            (Times photograph by Andrew Dannehy

The Blair-Taylor High School girls basketball team is quickly approaching 20 wins on the 2021-22 season after racking up three more victories last week, and a big reason for that success came as the team’s leader hit a career milestone in the process.

The Wildcats (18-1 overall, 10-1 Dairyland Conference) made quick work of Eau Claire Immanuel Lutheran on Monday before trumping Whitehall in a big way on Thursday. A 62-50 win over Royall on Saturday closed the week.

A highlight of the week came as junior Lindsay Steien became the program’s all-time leading scorer with a 37-point night in Monday’s win, passing Danyelle Waldera’s previous record of 1,414 career points.

Blair-Taylor was scheduled to visit Cochrane-Fountain City on Tuesday before hosting Augusta on Friday and Alma Center Lincoln on Saturday.

Blair-Taylor 91, ECI 53

Steien’s big night led to a milestone for both her and the program and was a key factor in the Wildcats starting the week with a win.

The junior scored 21 first half points to help the hosts to a 47-25 lead at halftime, one they would only build on in the second half.

Junior Abby Thompson added 15 points for Blair-Taylor, which also got 13 from Kierstyn Kindschy.

B-T (field goals/attempts-free throws/attempts-rebounds-fouls-points)—Thompson 7/15-0/0-5-1-15, L. Kidd 0/1-0/0-2-0-0, S. Kidd 3/3-0/0-2-1-6, Steien 14/22-5/5-6-3-37, Waldera 1/1-0/0-1-0-2, Ca. Wagner 1/1-0/0-0-1-2, Kindschy 5/15-0/0-7-1-13, Fremstad 1/1-0/0-2-4-2, Ch. Wagner 4/6-0/0-7-3-8, Lofgren 2/6-2/2-5-2-6.

Blair-Taylor 72, WHS 28

Eight minutes into Thursday’s game, the Whitehall Norse were in a good spot tied 8-8 with the visiting Wildcats.

Blair-Taylor turned their game up a notch from there, though, completing a 17-2 run that started with a 3-pointer from Thompson and a flurry of points from Steien. 

In a matter of minutes the Wildcats held a 25-10 lead before taking a 34-19 advantage into the break. They allowed just nine points in the second half.

Steien again led the Wildcats with 35 points and 10 rebounds, and Thompson scored 16.

B-T (field goals/attempts-free throws/attempts-rebounds-fouls-points)—Thompson 7/9-0/0-2-2-16, L. Kidd 0/0-0/1-0-0-0, S. Kidd 0/1-1/2-1-2-1, Steien 14/32-7/14-10-0-35, Waldera 1/3-2/2-4-2-4, Ca. Wagner 0/0-0/0-1-0-0, Kindschy 4/11-1/2-5-2-10, Fremstad 0/2-1/2-2-1-1, Ch. Wagner 1/7-3/5-3-3-5, Lofgren 0/1-0/0-2-3-0.

B-T 62, Royall 50

A strong second half was the difference in one of the Wildcats’ closest games of the season on Saturday.

Blair-Taylor led by a single point at halftime, 31-30, before holding Royall to 20 points in the second half of a game in the Wisconsin Dells.

Steien (24) and Thompson (20) both finished with at least 20 points in the win.

B-T (field goals/attempts-free throws/attempts-rebounds-fouls-points)—Thompson 7/14-3/3-4-1-20, S. Kidd 1/2-0/0-0-0-2, Steien 11/19-2/5-4-2-24, Waldera 0/0-0/0-4-0-0, Kindschy 2/12-0/0-7-3-5, Fremstad 0/3-1/2-2-4-1, Ch. Wagner 1/7-1/2-6-5-3, Lofgren 3/7-0/2-0-3-7.

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