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Aleigha Sigafus, Sr., Black Hawk girls basketball
Black Hawk senior Aleigha Sigafus scored a school-record 39 points to lead the Lady Warriors to a 64-58 overtime victory over Darlington in their season opener in South Wayne on Tuesday, Nov. 17.
Sigafus scored 15 points in the second half to help rally the Warriors from a 13-point deficit to force overtime, and then added 11 points in the extra period to guide her team to the win.
She shot 12-of-18 from the field and 15-of-19 at the free throw line in the game to top the previous school record of 36 points shared by Angie Butler and Jen Wellnitz.
Sigafus also added 11 rebounds for a double-double and had three steals and two assists in the game.
The Warriors will travel to Belmont (0–1) Saturday for a 2:30 p.m. non-conference tip-off before traveling to Warren, Ill. Tuesday night.
Hunter Johnson, Sr., Darlington football
Johnson rushed 20 times for 119 yards and two touchdowns (6, 17) and had an 86-yard kickoff return for a third TD in Darlington's 39–20 loss to Saint Mary's Springs in the WIAA Division 6 state championship game at Camp Randall on Thursday, Nov. 19. He also had one catch for six yards and four solo tackles before leaving the game at the end of the third quarter with a leg injury. He finished his junior season setting single-season records at Darlington for rushing yards (2,365), touchdowns (44) and points scored (270), and also topped Darlington's all-time career scoring record with his three touchdown performance at state. He ended his junior year with 400 career points.
Sierra Brecke, Sr., Platteville girls basketball
The 5-foot-9 senior forward scored 11 of her game-high 28 points in the final 10 minutes to lead Platteville to a 62–58 non-conference win over Dubuque Hempstead (1–1) on Tuesday night in Brandon Temperly’s head coaching debut for the Hillmen (1–0). Temperly was the Platteville boys JV coach a year ago. Platteville trailed most of the second half until Brecke’s late scoring burst lifted the Hillmen to victory.
Abby Kaiser, So., Potosi girls basketball
Kaiser scored a game-high 31 points and also had seven rebounds, six steals and five assists to lead Potosi to a 83–43 season-opening victory over De Soto on Thursday, Nov. 19. She made 12 two-point baskets and went 7 for 10 from the free throw line in the win.
Colten Reynolds, Sr., Cassville boys basketball
The senior guard scored 16 points, grabbed five rebounds and had four assists to lead the Comets to a 60–43 season-opening victory over Fennimore Tuesday night at Cassville High School. Reynolds also made 3 of 5 from behind the arc and 5 of 6 from the free throw line to preserve the victory.