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Argyle outlasts Juda
Juda senior Sara Jordan tries to make a basket during Thursdays game against Argyle. The Orioles defeated the Panthers 57-48. (Times photo: Marissa Weiher)
JUDA - Sophomore Alysabeth Lantz scored a game-high 21 points, but the Argyle girls basketball team had to survive a second-half comeback to hang on for a 57-48 win over Juda on Thursday in the final regular-season game for both teams.

Lantz and Argyle sophomore Jena Saalsaa combined to score 18 points in the first half as the Orioles built a 17-point lead at the break, 27-10.

"Give credit to Argyle. They did a really good job of changing the tempo on us and not giving us anything easy in the first half," Juda coach Curt brown said. "We can't dig ourselves that big of a hole and score just 10 points in the first half and expect to overcome it."

Juda (12-10, 4-6 Six Rivers East) nearly did that. The Panthers outscored the Orioles 38-30 in the second half.

"I think in the second half we finally got some shots to start falling," Brown said. "We finally got into a little bit of a rhythm shooting. We looked to put on a little more pressure on defense and get the tempo going."

Jena Saalsaa added 16 points, and sophomore Jadyn Saalsaa chipped in eight points for the Orioles (8-14, 6-4), who placed third in the Six Rivers East.

Juda senior Chelsea Burkhalter scored a team-high 13 points and knocked down three 3-pointers. She scored 11 of her points in the second half.

Juniors Hailey Kammerer and MacKenzie Byrne each added 10 points for Juda, and senior Alexis Goecks chipped in seven points.

Argyle will host Randolph in a WIAA Division 5 regional quarterfinal game at 7 p.m. Tuesday, while Juda will host Albany on the same day.

Albany 53, Pecatonica 22

BLANCHARDVILLE - Albany sophomore Libby Beck and junior Haley Freitag combined to score 39 points and did most of their damage down low to power the Comets over Pecatonica.

Beck scored a game-high 23 points and Freitag added 16 points.

"We just got beat up inside," Pecatonica coach Bobby Rose said. "They controlled the interior. The big thing in the first half is we didn't control the defensive rebounds. Freitag and Beck are both big and strong. They do a good job of getting position on the low block. We got in foul trouble, and we only have seven players right now. We got a little tired."

Senior Jess Erickson scored a team-high 15 points for Pecatonica (0-21). Senior Adriana Johnson hit one 3-pointer.

Darlington 63, Fennimore 31

DARLINGTON - The Redbirds used a big second-half surge to roll to a Southwest Wisconsin Activities League win over Fennimore.

Darlington sophomore Kathleen Mathias scored a game-high 15 points as the Redbirds raced out to an 11 point lead at the half. Darlington (15-7, 10-4 SWAL) outscored the Eagles 34-13 in the second half.

Sisters Taryn Rankin and Kennedy Rankin each scored eight points, and senior Sadie Fitzsimons knocked down two 3-pointers for six points.

Darlington received a first-round regional bye and will play the winner of Belleville and Parkview in a regional semifinal Feb. 24.