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Pecatonica, Monticello net wins
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BELMONT - The Pecatonica boys basketball team pulled out a thrilling 40-38 win over Belmont in a Six Rivers Conference Challenge game Friday night.

Pecatonica senior Devin Jeglum hit a shot with 4 minutes, 18 seconds to go to give the Vikings a 38-35 lead. Junior Tannar Johnson scored with 3:30 left to give the Vikings a 40-35 lead and they were able to hang on from there.

Jeglum and Pecatonica senior Jeremy Meudt each scored 11 points. Johnson scored four of his nine points down the stretch in the fourth quarter. Pecatonica (8-7, 4-2 Six Rivers East) overcame some foul shooting struggles as the Vikings made just 3 of 13 free throws.

Monticello 54, Highland 34

HIGHLAND - The backcourt duo of senior Jacob Marty and junior Tyler Ritschard combined to score 40 points to lead the Ponies to a big win.

Monticello (13-2, 7-0), ranked eighth in the Division 4 Coaches Poll, went on an 11-0 first quarter run to take a 15-11 lead. The Ponies went on a 15-2 spurt over the last 5 minutes of the second quarter to take a 31-17 halftime lead.

Marty scored a game-high 21 points and Ritschard added 19, including three 3-pointers. Monticello senior Tyler Meier chipped in eight.

River Ridge 52, Albany 30

RIVER RIDGE - Albany senior Bryce Hulbert scored 14 points, but it wasn't enough for Albany.

River Ridge outscored the Comets 28-11 in the first half.

"They are very athletic," Albany coach Derik Doescher said. "It was tough for us. We didn't match up well and we didn't have a very deep bench."

Albany (5-10, 3-4) bounced back in the second half to score 19 points. Comets junior Joshua Krueger had seven points.

Doescher said he doesn't like the new setup of the Six Rivers Challenge, in which teams are told prior to the season who they will face instead of teams facing off by their place in the standings.

"I'm not a fan of how its set up. I don't like it. I'd like to go back to the way it was. We wouldn't have been here (River Ridge). It's not a real "challenge" like it says. It takes the fun out of it."

Shullsburg 48, Black Hawk 44

SHULLSBURG - Black Hawk got off to a fast start, but the Warriors couldn't sustain the momentum and lost to the Miners.

Black Hawk (5-9, 2-5) jumped out to a 15-9 first quarter lead and led by seven points at halftime. Shullsburg outscored the Warriors 32-21 in the second half to come back for the win.

Black Hawk seniors T.J. Adams and Cody Foster and sophomore Hayden Schliem each scored eight points.

Potosi 51, Juda 42

POTOSI - The Panthers received a big game from sophomore Joey Jordan, but dropped the conference crossover.

Jordan scored a team-high 15 points, but Juda couldn't overcome a slow start. The Chieftains outscored the Panthers 12-4 in the first quarter. Juda (4-11, 2-5) outscored Potosi 13-12 in the second quarter to cut the halftime deficit to 24-17.

Cassville 51,

Argyle 33

CASSVILLE - The Orioles lost their 15th straight game of the season to Cassville.

Argyle (0-15, 0-7) was tied with the Comets at halftime, 19-19, but it all fell apart in the third quarter for the Orioles as Cassville outscored Argyle 19-9. The Comets outscored the Orioles in the second half by 18 points, 32-14.

Argyle junior Nate Thomas scored a team-high 13 points. Senior Kyle Geissbuhler added 10.