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Knights start year with win
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By Times staff

NEW GLARUS - Tamara Elzen and Devon Boll combined to score 27 points to lead the New Glarus girls basketball team to a season-opening 46-42 win over Watertown Luther Prep Tuesday.

Elzen scored 14 points and Boll scored 13 points and knocked down a trio of 3-pointers to spark the Glarner Knights.

New Glarus used a 13-5 third quarter run to break open a seven-point lead heading into the fourth quarter.

"We came out strong in the third quarter and started hitting a few shots," New Glarus coach Megan Scheele said. "We are a young team. It's nice to come out on our home floor and get a "W. It helps our confidence and keeps us working."

Black Hawk 51, Darlington 32

DARLINGTON - Black Hawk junior Aleigha Sigafus had a monster game scoring a game-high 29 points.

Sigafus made 9 of 10 free throws.

"She (Sigafus) got to the free throw line and shot at a high percentage," Black Hawk coach Mike Flanagan said. "She has really shown flashes of really being a special player."

Black Hawk jumped out to a 10-5 lead in the first quarter and the lead ballooned to 13 points at halftime.

"I have rarely seen a game where we have passed the ball as well as we did tonight," Flanagan said.

Black Hawk freshman Brianna Hagen scored seven points and junior Tatum Jackson chipped in six points and 10 assists.

"I was really impressed with the vision," Flanagan said.

Darlington was led by Callie Norton, who scored a team-high 15 points. Teammate Mariah Wiegel scored six points. Both Norton and Wiegel each made two 3-pointers.

River Valley 56, Pecatonica 22

BLANCHARDVILLE - Twenty-two turnovers plagued the Pecatonica girls basketball team Tuesday in a 56-22 season-opening loss to River Valley.

River Valley imposed its will on both ends of the floor from the tip, outscoring the Vikings 16-2 in the opening period.

"River Valley came out and was the aggressor from the get-go," Pecatonica coach Aaron Lancaster said. "Our girls responded from that after a while, and we played with a little more aggression in the second half."

Senior forward Brooke Johnson led the Vikings with six points. Seniors Emily Scoville, Sami Miller and Molly Hendrickson all chipped in with four points.

Leading the way for River Valley were Lindsey Drachenberg and Rachel Liegel with 12 and 11 points, respectively.

Lancaster said he was encouraged by the way the Vikings played in the zone defense, which Pecatonica switched to after a rough first quarter.

"I thought we were much more aggressive in a zone," Lancaster said. "But the big thing was the turnovers. We can't have that many mistakes with the ball.

"We have to be patient and take care of the ball."

The Vikings will look to rebound from the tough loss when they host Darlington at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Highland 49, Albany 23

HIGHLAND - The Cardinals raced out to a 15-point first quarter lead and cruised to a 49-23 win over Albany.

Highland had three players in double figures led by Brenna Bomkamp with a game-high 12 points. The Cardinals extended their lead to 27-6 at the half.

Albany was led by senior Lyndsay Hoesly, who scored a team-high 11 points and hit a trio of 3-pointers. Junior Sydnee Woyak added seven points and made 5 of 8 free throws. The Comets made just 9 of 19 free throws as a team.

Belmont 46, Juda 23

BELMONT - Keegan Kamps scored a game-high 17 points to propel Belmont to a 46-23 non-conference win over Juda.

Kamps made two of the Braves' five 3-pointers. Belmont outscored the Panthers 15-8 in the second quarter to take a 10-point lead at halftime. The Braves outscored the Panthers 14-4 in the third quarter to open up a 20-point lead.

Juda sophomore Chelsea Burkhalter scored a team-high 11 points to lead the Panthers.