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Black Hawk dominates Argyle again, Ponies win
Duke Goetz Imagery Argyles Kristen Ostby puts up a shot over Black Hawk defenders Hannah Butler (foreground) and Sydney Delzer during Fridays game. Black Hawk won 70-26.
ARGYLE - Black Hawk sophomore Hannah Butler scored a game-high 27 points and drilled six 3-pointers to power the Warriors to a 70-26 win over Argyle Friday.

Butler and Black Hawk sophomore Natalie Leuzinger combined to make 10 of Black Hawk's 15 three-pointers. Leuzinger added 16 and both senior Brianna Hagen and freshman Bailey Butler chipped in 9.

Argyle started defending the Warriors in a 2-3 zone, then switched to a man defense and later a 1-3-1 zone.

"We hit quite a few shots early and that helped," Black Hawk coach Mike Flanagan said. "Playing against a zone there were a lot of open shots if you move the basketball. We took what the defense gave us."

Black Hawk used a full-court press that helped the Warriors take a 47-14 lead at the break.

With the win, Black Hawk (15-0, 7-0 Six Rivers East) takes a commanding two-game lead over the Orioles (11-2, 5-2). Bailey Butler also had eight assists.

Argyle junior Jena Saalsaa scored a team-high 8 points.

Albany 68, Mad. Abundant Life 37

ALBANY - Senior Haley Freitag scored a game-high 15 points to help the Comets crush Madison Abundant Life in a nonconference game Friday.

"Hailey had her best game of the year," Albany coach Derik Doescher said. "It wasn't just because of all the points she scored. She had a lot of boards. Having that post presence and size really helped."

Albany (6-8, 3-3 Six Rivers East) led just 20-19 with about 6 minutes left in the first half. The Comets switched to a full-court press and closed the first half with a 12-0 run to take a 36-23 lead at the break. The Comets outscored Abundant Life 32-14 in the second half.

"That certainly helped spark us," Doescher said of the Comets' press.

Albany junior Libby Beck added 11 and junior Payton Zurfluh chipped in 10.

Monticello 38, Pecatonica 29

MONTICELLO - Juniors Alyssen Noriega, Lindsey Pence and Abby Wicker combined to score 23 points to propel the Ponies to their second Six Rivers East Conference win over Pecatonica (1-12, 0-7).

Noriega scored a team-high 9 points, while Pence and Wicker each added 7. Monticello (3-12, 2-5) jumped out to a 21-11 lead at the half.

Pecatonica senior Ninah McKeon scored a game-high 15 points.

Darlington 71, Iowa-Grant 27

DARLINGTON - Junior Kathleen Mathias scored a game-high 21 points to help the Redbirds cruise past Iowa-Grant.

Darlington (9-4, 6-1 SWAL) raced out to a 38-16 lead at the half.

Darlington senior Kennedy Rankin added 16 points and junior Kaylee Meyers added 14. Both Rankin and Meyers each hit two 3-pointers.

With the win, Darlington moves into a tie atop the SWAL with Cuba City (10-3, 6-1 SWAL) after the Cubans lost to Mineral Point 58-41 Friday.

Boys Basketball

East Troy 88, Brodhead 60

EAST TROY - Michael Polakoski scored a game-high 28 points to help the Trojans roll to a big win over Brodhead Friday.

East Troy, the Rock Valley Conference leader, jumped out to a 40-22 lead over the Cardinals in the first half. East Troy's Nick Bourdo added 18 points.

Brodhead senior Brekan Day and Dawson McGinty each scored a team-high 18. Senior teammate Parker Johnson chipped in 9.