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ARGYLE - The Black Hawk girls basketball team remained unbeaten, cruising to a 63-32 win over Argyle on Saturday.

It was the second straight game for Black Hawk (15-0, 7-0 Six Rivers East), ranked third in the Associated Press Division 5 state poll, which pulled out a 59-52 win over Benton on Friday.

Black Hawk freshman Natalie Leuzinger scored a game-high 22 points and knocked down four 3-pointers.

Freshman teammate Hannah Butler added 12 points. The Warriors used a press defense to spark them to a 31-17 lead at the half.

Argyle sophomore Jena Saalsaa scored a team-high nine points. Sophomore teammate Alysabeth Lantz chipped in seven points.

"I thought defensively we were pretty stout," Black Hawk coach Mike Flanagan said. "I thought our press was relatively effective. Jena Saalsaa is a prolific scorer. I thought we did a good job to hold her down."

In the win over Benton, the Warriors had four players in double figures led by junior Hannah Herbst who scored a team-high 16 points. Sam Lovelace and Butler each had 13 points. Leuzinger added 12 points.

"That really was a reminder that on any given night you can run into a team that is shooting it well and it can be a tough game," Flanagan said. "I think any time you have to go two days in a row and three games in one week it's tough. Benton has some really good athletes. Herbst and Lovelace really carried the load when it wasn't easy for our top two scorers (Leuzinger and Butler)."

Both the Warriors and Zephyrs hit eight 3-pointers.

Black Hawk will play at Albany on Thursday. The Warriors have five games left and three conference games. Black Hawk will host Argyle Feb. 10 and the Warriors will close out the regular season with a nonconference game at Dodgeville Feb. 14.