The Wildcat girls' basketball team had its hands full against a pair of conference leaders on the road last week.
Tuesday, Jan. 8, they visited Middle Border Conference leader Prescott, where the Cardinals handed the Cats a 68-50 loss. Friday, Jan. 11, they traveled to Chippewa Falls, the first place team in the Big Rivers Conference, where they dropped a 60-41 decision.
The pair of losses dropped the Wildcats to 5-7 overall, 2-4 in the BRC.
Tuesday at Prescott, Bailey Reardon posted a double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds and Kylie Strop scored 15 points but the Cats trailed by eight at the break and couldn't get any closer in the second half as the Cardinals improved to 11-0.
Maddie Kealy contributed seven points and nine rebounds in the loss and Taylor Weick scored seven points while Abby Doerre dished out four assists.
The Cats outrebounded the Cardinals 33-25 and had just one less field goal but Prescott hit five 3-pointers and was 21 of 29 from the free-throw line compared to 8 of 12 for River Falls.
Haylee Yaeger led Prescott with 33 points.
Chippewa Falls too much for Cats
Three nights later the Wildcats faced another Cardinal team in Chippewa Falls and the outcome was the same as the BRC Cardinals improved to 6-0 in conference play (9-3 overall) with a 60-41 victory.
Strop led the Wildcats with 13 points and Reardon had 11 points and seven rebounds while Weick scored nine points.
The Wildcats were just 13 of 55 from the field compared to 22 of 49 for Chippewa Falls and were outrebounded 34-24.
Next up for the Wildcats is a nonconference game at home against Ellsworth this Friday, Jan. 18, at 7:15 p.m.