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Redbirds fall from sky; Cards soar
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POTOSI - The Chieftains, a WIAA Division 4 state qualifier last year, bounced back from a slow start to beat the Redbirds in a non-conference game Monday, 43-29.

Darlington (5-10, 3-6 SWAL) jumped out to a 16-12 first quarter advantage but found itself trailing by one point at halftime, 20-19, after squandering the lead late in the second.

"The first quarter is exactly how we were supposed to play," Redbirds head coach Adam Rotar said. "But then the table fell over."

In the third, Potosi outscored Darlington 9-5 to take a 29-24 lead, but the Redbirds stayed in the game. With six minutes to play in the fourth, Elizabeth Mathias hit a pair of free throws to bring the score back to within three points at 29-26. However, Potosi closed out the game and never let Darlington back in.

"That's just not how we play basketball," Rotar said.

The Chieftains (10-3) put the game away by outscoring the Redbirds 14-5 in the fourth quarter.

Darlington junior Chayse Hermanson scored a team-high eight points, which included two 3-pointers. Junior Carley McDonald had six points and sophomore Amy Jorgenson added five.

Brodhead 58, Whitewater 34

BRODHEAD - The Brodhead girls basketball team continued its hot streak by beating Whitewater Monday night.

Brodhead (9-6, 7-2 Rock Valley) outscored the Whippets 22-9 in the second quarter to open up a 16-point halftime lead. The Cardinals have now won five of their last six games and have a big Rock Valley Conf-erence showdown at Parkview Thursday.

Brodhead freshman Taylor Douglas scored a game-high 16 points. Senior Dana Lewis scored 14 points and fellow senior Amanda Johnson had eight.

The Cardinals shot 12 of 18 from the free throw line.