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New Glarus tips Columbus
NEW GLARUS - Austin Schlueter scored a team-high 11 points and the New Glarus boys basketball team picked up its first win to knock off Columbus 44-40 Friday.

New Glarus (1-6) jumped out to an 11-5 lead in the first quarter and led by just four points at halftime.

Columbus led the Glarner Knights 28-24 to start the fourth quarter. The Knights outscored the Cardinals 20-12 in the fourth quarter to seal the win.

"I thought we came out tonight holding them to 14 points in the first half, so I was happy with the defensive effort," New Glarus coach Travis Sysko said.

The third quarter was rough, "but we bounced back in the fourth. The big key for us was free throws down the stretch," Sysko said.

The Knights made 10 of 14 free throws in the fourth quarter. Schluter hit a clutch free throw with 6 seconds to go to give the Knights a four-point lead.

Austin made a FT to make it a four-point game with 6 seconds to go.

New Glarus junior Landon Zimmerman added nine points.

New Glarus plays at Pecatonica on Monday.

Pecatonica 56, Barneveld 32

BLANCHARDVILLE - Pecatonica sophomore A.J. Hendrickson scored a game-high 27 points to help the Vikings cruise to a 56-32 win over Barneveld.

Pecatonica (5-1, 3-0 Six Rivers East) raced out to a 14-7 lead in the first quarter and the lead ballooned to 17 points at the half.

"To start things off, our point guard Brooks Chandler suffered a finger injury last night after practice, so we had to mix and match all game with different point guards, different guys, and I think the biggest key for us was we had post touches," Pecatonica assistant coach Larry Schliem said. "We didn't finish a lot in the post, but we kept making the extra pass."

Pecatonica sophomore Logan Green added eight points. Barneveld was led by Matthew Myers who scored a team-high 11 points.

"A.J. had 27, but we had other guys make big baskets," Schliem said. "It seemed like whenever we needed one, somebody would make it.

"The post touches really help. That was the big key for us tonight."

Juda 50, Monticello 38

MONTICELLO - Juda sophomore Skylar Stuckey scored a game-high 18 points to power the Panthers to a 50-38 win over Monticello.

Juda won just one game last year, but with the win Friday the Panthers improve to 2-3, 1-1 Six Rivers East.

Juda had led at 27-25 with 5 minutes, 57 seconds left in the third quarter, and Monticello (1-6, 0-3) couldn't catch up for rest of game. The Panthers sealed the game hitting 7 of 9 free throws in the fourth quarter. The Ponies trailed by three points with 4:29 left in the fourth quarter, but Juda went on an 11-2 run to ice it. Juda sophomore Matt Schmitt scored 14 points.

Monticello senior Ben May scored a team-high 15 points and junior Logan Marty added eight points.

Black Hawk 60, Argyle 40

SOUTH WAYNE - Black Hawk senior Heath Butler had a monster game scoring a game-high 33 points to propel the Warriors to a 60-40 win over Argyle.

"He played a phenomenal game," Black Hawk coach Charlie Anderson said of Butler. "He only made one 3-pointer so he did a really great of attacking and finishing. He made a lot of plays for us, which is what we rely on. He's our go-to guy."

Black Hawk (3-1, 2-0 Six Rivers East) jumped out to a 20-6 lead in the first quarter and didn't look back. Black Hawk junior Tayler Rupnow and senior Blaine Wolff each chipped in seven points.

"We came out very strong," Anderson said. "We had a lot of energy and executed offensively and defensively very well. In the fourth quarter, you have to take care of the ball and make your free throws and we did that."

Argyle junior Riley Ostby scored a team-high 11 points and senior Kyle Olson added nine points.

Black Hawk will host unbeaten Darlington on Monday.

"They're very talented this year - that should be a very difficult challenge for us Monday," Anderson said.