SOUTH WAYNE — When Michael Flanagan took over the Black Hawk girls’ basketball program back in 2006, the Warriors were in need of a coach to provide some stability and direction in order to be competitive in the always strong Six Rivers East Conference.
Fifteen years and over 300 wins later, it safe to say Flanagan was the right man for the job as his Lady Warriors are not only one of the perennial favorites in the Six Rivers East but are also one of the most respected teams in the state of Wisconsin and one of the powerhouse programs in Division 5.
Flanagan earned his 300th career victory at Black Hawk at home on Thursday, Jan. 21, after leading his D5 #1-ranked Lady Warriors (14-0 overall, 9-0 SRE) to an 87-25 victory over Monticello. Interestingly, the win gave the Warrior skipper 150 career home wins to go along with 150 road wins.
The Warriors have since added wins over D1 foe Waunakee, 62-47, at BHHS on Saturday, Jan. 23, and against SRE rival Barneveld, 78-39, also at home on Monday, Jan. 25, to run Flanagan’s career record to 302-70 overall (.812) and 148-25 (.856) in SRE play while extending their current overall winning streak to 68 games, which ties New London (2011-13) for fourth-best all-time in state history.
“We have built something that we are very proud of at Black Hawk. The players have embraced our vision and have worked hard to advance our culture. They are very special kids who deserve the credit for our success,” said Flanagan, who has posted nine 20+ win seasons and just one losing season over the last 14 years.
Senior point guard Bailey Butler led the charge for the Warriors during win 300, posting a double-double with 33 points and 10 assists and adding eight steals.
Senior Makayla Mau also registered a double-double with a season-high 17 points and 10 rebounds. Sophomore Tara Wellnitz chipped in with a career-high 11 points and she pulled down seven boards, while senior Kaylee Marty tallied 10 points, four steals and four assists for the Warriors.
Mackie Errthum scored eight points, Alexa Siegenthaler followed with seven and Ellie Gustafson added six for the Ponies (11-3, 6-3).
The Black Hawk Warriors put their winning streak to the test against the D1 Waunakee Warriors (2-3) on Saturday and managed to come out on top once again thanks to an all-around team effort.
Black Hawk pulled out to a 30-17 lead in the first half, and then maintained their lead by outscoring the visiting Warriors by a 32-30 clip in the second half.
Butler led three players in double figures with a game-high 22 points and she added seven assists, six rebounds and three steals. Mau followed with 14 points and nine boards, while Marty netted 10 points and fellow senior Macie Stauffacher scored nine points.
Senior Kailee Meeker sank four 3-pointers and finished with 20 points for Waunakee. Junior Ashley Sawicki added 14 points for the Warriors.
“Without a doubt, we faced the best defense we have seen this season against Waunakee. They are long and athletic, and they presented some unique challenges. It took some great balance and contributions from multiple kids to persevere and to get the win,” Flanagan admitted.
The Warriors got off to another good start against Barneveld on Monday, racing out to a 49-21 advantage in the first half en route to their 10th consecutive win over the Golden Eagles (4-6, 3-5).
Butler was at it again for Black Hawk recording a triple-double in the win scoring a game-high 24 points to go along with her 11 rebounds and 11 assists.
Marty also had a huge night pouring a career-high 23 points to go with seven steals and five assists. Sophomore Raylin Peterson reached double figures with 10 points, and junior Tatum Baumgartner came off the bench to score a career-best seven points.
Senior Leah Marx had nine points to lead Barneveld.
Black Hawk is scheduled to hit the road for three games over a span of five days. The Warriors have SRE games planned at Barneveld on Friday, Jan. 29, and Pecatonica on Monday, Feb. 1, and a non-conference game at Darlington on Tuesday, Feb. 2.
Monticello….. 17 8 – 25
Black Hawk… 55 32 – 87
Monticello– Peters 2, Brokopp 2, Gustafson 6, Errthum 8, Siegenthaler 7. Totals – 8 6-8 25.
Black Hawk – Bailey Butler 33, Raylin Peterson 4, Tara Wellnitz 11, Tatum Baumgartner 4, Kaylee Marty 10, Macie Stauffacher 6, Makayla Mau 17, Jaliyah Collins 2. Totals – 36 7-9 87.
3-point goals– M 3 (Gustafson 1, Errthum 1, Siegenthaler 1), BH 8 (Butler 5, Stauffacher 2, Mau 1). Total fouls– M 6, BH 11. Fouled out– None.
Barneveld….. 21 18 – 39
Black Hawk… 49 29 – 78
Barneveld– S. Marx 8, L. Marx 9, Leister 2, Vinger 8, Pechan 8, Baker 3, Spring 1. Totals – 16 3-7 39.
Black Hawk – Bailey Butler 24, Raylin Peterson 10, Tatum Baumgartner 7, Kaylee Marty 23, Macie Stauffacher 6, McKenzie Quinn 2, Makayla Mau 6. Totals – 30 9-12 78.
3-point goals– BA 4 (S. Marx 1, Vinger 2, L. Marx 1), BH 9 (Butler 3, Baumgartner 1, Marty 3, Stauffacher 2). Total fouls– BA 13, BH 13. Fouled out– None.
Waunakee….. 17 30 – 47
Black Hawk… 30 32 – 62
Waunakee– Valk 2, Meeker 20, Bryan 5, K. Saleh 3, Savola 3, Sawicki 14. Totals – 17 9-20 47.
Black Hawk – Bailey Butler 22, Raylin Peterson 1, Tara Wellnitz 6, Kaylee Marty 10, Macie Stauffacher 9, Makayla Mau 14. Totals – 21 12-22 62.
3-point goals– W 4 (Meeker 4), BH 8 (Butler 1, Marty 2, Stauffacher 3, Mau 2). Total fouls– W 17, BH 17. Fouled out– W: Harrison; BH: Wellnitz.