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New Glarus uses strong 3rd quarter to power past Black Hawk
Black Hawk's Brooke Moore tries to hold onto the ball as New Glarus' Devyn Wieser, left, and Devon Boll try to gain possession during the first half of a game in South Wayne Monday. (Times photo: Anthony Wahl)
SOUTH WAYNE - Defensive breakdowns in the third quarter plagued the Black Hawk girls basketball team in a 43-30 loss to New Glarus Monday in South Wayne.

The Warriors led after the first quarter 7-4 and remained competitive in the second to trail by just three points at the half. But the Knights got rolling offensively in the third quarter, led by sophomore Evonne Strahm and junior Tamara Elzen, who scored 11 and nine points, respectively. Behind Strahm and Elzen, New Glarus outscored Black Hawk 14-4 in the decisive third quarter to carry a 13-point lead into the fourth. New Glarus made six of 11 free throws in the fourth quarter to seal the win.

"This game was about defensive breakdowns, rebounding and stretches where we turned the ball over," Black Hawk coach Mike Flanagan said of his team, which fell to 2-4, 1-1 Six Rivers East. "We had some lapses. Things got away from us in the third quarter and then we couldn't get enough momentum going."

Flanagan said playing shorthanded is just part of the deal for the Warriors this season.

"We only had six players tonight, one out for the flu," Flanagan said. "I think we got tired, but we can't use that as an excuse because that's the way it is this year - we don't have a lot of bodies."

Two players accounted for all but two points for the Warriors Monday - junior Aleigha Sigafus scored a game-high 19 points and freshman Hannah Herbst chipped in nine.

"We need more than three scorers, and we need more than Sigafus," Flanagan said of the Warriors' offense. "But it was nice to see Hannah end up with nine - I think she has that potential to fill that role as a second scorer for us.

"The kids played hard, and we're still growing. We'll keep battling."

Flanagan said Monday provided plenty for a young Black Hawk team to build on as the season moves forward.

"I thought we made some good hustle plays tonight. We broke pressure pretty well; we had some turnovers, but for the most part, we executed in the press break the way we wanted to," he said. "It wasn't that we didn't have opportunities to finish around the rim - we created some good ones - but now, I wish they could reward themselves by hitting some shots.

"It's the same on the defensive end - the kids work hard, but we're still forming an identity as a defensive team. But when you don't finish those plays with rebounds, it's tough."

Next up for the Warriors is a home game against Argyle on Dec. 23.