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Warriors hang on in the fourth
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PATCH GROVE - The Warriors held their breathes in the waning minutes of Monday's 46-44 win at River Ridge Monday.

Black Hawk, 18-1 overall and ranked No. 3 in the state in the latest Division 4 Associated Press Poll, nearly blew a 13-point fourth-quarter lead.

"They turned up their press and we turned the ball over," Warriors head coach Mike Flanagan said. "But we won, and that's the important number."

Rachel Rygh scored 14 points, Kim Wellnitz had 11, Katie Place eight and Chaesta Shager had nine points on three 3-pointers for Black Hawk.

"I have to give credit to our two sophomores, Chaesta Shager and Katie Powers, as well as Brooke Ritschard. We had some foul trouble and they had to weather the storm for us for a while," Flanagan said.

Junior Melissa Wellnitz picked up three quick fouls in the first quarter, but the Warriors still found themselves ahead 17-11. By halftime, the lead increased to 31-18.

"I thought we came out well," Flanagan said. "The foul trouble in the second half killed us."

Black Hawk shot just 8-for-20 from the free throw line in the game, including hitting just 1 of 6 in the fourth. According to Flanagan, two of those five fourth-quarter misses were on the front end of a one-and-one.

Evansville 45, Juda 42

EVANSVILLE - The Panthers blew a six-point fourth quarter lead Monday, despite hitting 4 of 6 free throws.

"They played really well in the fourth," Juda head coach Curt Brown said. "We were feeling the momentum (headed into the fourth), but they took control of opportunities when they had the chance down the stretch and went on a run. They won the game and they deserved it."

After a 16-7 second-quarter run, the Panthers found themselves ahead 22-13 at halftime. Ellen Kiser had 14 points for Juda and Heather Boeke added 13.

Potosi 64, Pecatonica 52

POTOSI - Reba Keene had 27 points for the Chieftains as the Vikings lost for the third time in their last four outings Monday.

Pecatonica held a 15-13 lead after the first quarter, but found itself behind 32-26 at the break. By the time the fourth quarter rolled around, the Vikings trailed 52-38.

Alisha Esselstein scored 22 points to lead Pecatonica and Kimee Chandler had 16.