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Butler-Paulson leads Orioles over Potosi
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ARGYLE - Two big 3-pointers in the second quarter from sophomore Kayla Butler-Paulson helped to lift the Argyle girls basketball team to a 58-46 win over Potosi Tuesday.

Argyle (3-2) was led by Paulson, who scored a game-high 16 points. Senior teammate Hannah Saalsaa added 10 points.

"She gave us a nice lift in the second quarter," Argyle coach Kurt Ritschard said of Paulson. "It was a pretty evenly played game for three quarters but we stepped up in the fourth defensively, got a few key steals and were able to box out and make our free throws down the stretch."

The Orioles outscored the Chieftains 16-5 in the fourth quarter.

"A couple girls got in foul trouble early and took us out of our rhythm, but we settled in with a halfcourt defensive set, and that gave us a little more energy," Ritschard said.

Argyle will host Barneveld at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Mineral Point 56, Black Hawk 34

SOUTH WAYNE - A brutal third quarter in which the Black Hawk girls basketball team was outscored 23-2 was too much to overcome Tuesday in a 56-34 loss to Mineral Point.

Black Hawk (1-3, 0-1 Six Rivers East) hung with Mineral Point in the first half, trailing by just four at the break, 22-18. But Mineral Point put the game away behind 12 points from Jessica Schultz in the third quarter.

"(Schultz) has to be 6-foot-2 or 6-3, and we really don't have, size-wise, an answer for that," Black Hawk coach Mike Flanagan said. "We did a really good job in the first half of limiting her touches. She only had six points in first half, but after the half they gave her more touches, and we had a really hard time stopping her."

Schultz would finish with 18 points in the game to lead Mineral Point.

Black Hawk was led by junior Aleigha Sigafus, who scored 18 points.

Flanagan said a rotation of just six players limited what the Warriors could accomplish in the game.

"Not trying to make excuses, but fatigue was an issue in the second half," he said. "Mineral Point has about 11 kids that they play, so that's quite a difference in terms of depth."

Black Hawk will host Pecatonica at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Belmont 48,

Albany 28

ALBANY - A strong first quarter wasn't enough for the Albany girls basketball team Tuesday in a 48-28 home loss to Belmont.

The Comets (0-6) held Belmont to four points in the first quarter to trail by just one, but Belmont answered with an 18-5 second quarter to seize control of the game.

Belmont's Keegan Kamps scored a game-high 20 points in the win.

"We had a little bit of trouble handling the ball tonight," Albany assistant coach Sara Freitag said. "And that was really just about it - we didn't get a whole lot of shots off or make a lot of shots.

"We played a great first quarter and a good fourth. I think Belmont's great, so we did pretty good hanging with them."

Leading the way for the Comets was junior Sydnee Woyak, who scored 15 points.

Albany will travel to Juda for a game at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Beloit Turner 64, Juda 51

JUDA - Beloit Turner's pressure defense stymied Juda early on as the Trojans hung on for a 64-51 win over Juda.

The Trojans outscored the Panthers 16-5 to set the tone in the first quarter and built a 15-point lead at the half. With the loss, Juda drops to 3-2.

"They brought a lot of defensive pressure; we got behind and we were able to win the next three quarters," Juda coach Curt Brown said. "But we played much better once we got acclimated. We made up a little bit of ground in the third, and found a rhythm offensively and got it down to two."

Juda sophomore Alexis Goecks scored a team-high 12 points. Sophomore Chelsea Burkhalter and sophomore Sara Jordan each added nine points for the Panthers. Juda senior Cheyenne Ambler chipped in eight points.

Juda will host Albany Friday.