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Cats ride two-game streak into playoffs

The Wildcat girls basketball team tuned up for the playoffs with a pair of wins on the road in the final week of the regular season, beating Baldwin-Woodville, 52-41, Tuesday, Feb. 13, and New Richmond, 54-40, Saturday, Feb. 17.

The Cats and Tigers squared off again in a first round playoff game Tuesday, Feb. 20, with the winner advancing to face top-seed Onalaska Friday, Feb. 23, in Onalaska.

Last Tuesday at Baldwin-Woodville, Kylie Strop led the Wildcats with 22 points and Bailey Reardon had 11 points, seven rebounds, three steals and two blocked shots as the Cats pulled away from the Blackhawks in the second half.

River Falls led 24-22 at the break before outscoring the home team 28-19 after intermission.

Maddie Kealy contributed eight points and 11 rebounds as the Wildcats outrebounded the Blackhawks, 32-24. Brooke Evenson led Baldwin-Woodville with 12 points.

Strop scored 16 points and made four steals and Reardon had 11 points, seven rebounds and three steals as the Wildcats topped New Richmond, 54-40, to end the regular season with a record of 7-15.

Abby Doerre contributed 10 points and a team-high seven steals in the victory as the Cats forced 23 Tiger turnovers.

Bob Burrows

Bob Burrows has been sports editor at the River Falls Journal since 1996 and at the Hudson Star-Observer since 2009. Prior to joining the Journal, Burrows served as sports editor with Ledger Publications in Balsam Lake, Wis. A native of Bayonne, N.J. and a U.S. Navy veteran, Burrows attended Marquette University before completing his studies at UW-River Falls in 1992.

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