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Black Hawk captures Six Rivers East championship
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SOUTH WAYNE - The Black Hawk girls basketball team clinched an outright Six Rivers East Conference championship by rolling to a 70-16 win over Pecatonica on Tuesday.

We don't go into every year thinking we will win the conference championship," Black Hawk coach Mike Flanagan said. "We felt like with this group it was a good goal. The kids embraced it."

Black Hawk freshman Natalie Leuzinger scored a game-high 18 points and had four steals. Freshman Hannah Butler added 13 points. Senior Sammy Lovelace chipped in 11 points, grabbed eight rebounds, had six assists and made three steals.

"That was an incredible stat line," Flanagan said of Lovelace. "I can't say enough about how much better and more involved she has become. Her progress has been impressive."

Black Hawk (18-0, 9-0 Six Rivers East), ranked second in the Associated Press Division 5 state poll, raced out to a 34-5 lead at the half.

The Warriors are one win away from completing an unbeaten conference season. Black Hawk will host Argyle on Friday.

Pecatonica seniors Jess Erickson and Adrina Johnson each scored a team-high eight points. Johnson hit two 3-pointers.

Juda 48, Albany 41

JUDA - After a tight first half, Juda made the key plays when it mattered most to pull out a Six Rivers East Conference win over Albany.

Juda (12-7, 4-3 Six Rivers East) led by just two points at the half. The Panthers outscored the Comets 26-21 in the second half.

Juda senior Chelsea Burkhalter scored a team-high nine points.

The Panthers made just 15 of 31 free throws compared to the Comets (2-18, 1-8), who were 16 of 26 from the foul line. Juda seniors Riley Adkins and Alexis Goecks each added seven points.

Albany sophomore Payton Zurfluh scored a game-high 11 points. Sophomore Megan Anderson chipped in 10 points.

Darlington 68, Iowa-Grant 40

DARLINGTON - Senior Callie Norton scored a game-high 16 points to help the Redbirds past Iowa-Grant.

Darlington (12-6, 8-3 SWAL) outscored the Panthers 40-15 in the second half.

Darlington sophomore Kaylee Meyers added 10 points and sophomore Kathleen Mathias chipped in nine points.