SOUTH WAYNE — The Black Hawk Warriors girls’ basketball team hit the court running in their season opener and raced away with a 74-24 non-conference victory over the visiting Parkview Vikings at Black Hawk High School on Monday, Nov. 20.
“In many ways, it looked like a first game. We made some mistakes defensively that we know we need to clean up, and we left some plays unfinished offensively that we will make as the season progresses. That being said, it is always nice to have a game in which one gets to see a lot of players have chances to contribute. We are still trying to figure out our top rotations, but Monday night gave us a step toward more clarity,” said Black Hawk head coach Michael Flanagan.
Eleven players put their names in the scorebook for the Lady Warriors (1-0 overall) with three reaching double figures in the rout over the Vikings (0-3). Sophomore forward Natalie Leuzinger paced the Warriors with a game-high 18 points along with four steals and three assists.
Freshman guard Bailey Butler had 16 points and five steals in her varsity debut, while senior guard Hannah Herbst chipped in with 10 points, five steals, four rebounds and four assists for the hosts.
Black Hawk jumped out to a 47-9 lead in the first half and outscored their guests 27-15 in the second half to cruise to a win to open up the 2017-18 campaign.
“We were able to accelerate the pace of game through our run-and-jump press, our half-court zone, and our transition attack. Our team is built to play in a high-possession fashion, and we feel like that kind of tempo favors our team identity,” remarked Flanagan.
Sophomore guard Maddy Huschitt added nine points. Freshman guard Kaylee Marty tallied six points and four assists, and sophomore guard Hannah Butler contributed five points, four rebounds and three assists for the Warriors.
Black Hawk opens Six Rivers East play hosting Argyle in a key early-season league clash at BHHS on Thursday, Nov. 30. The Warriors will be holding their Soup4Kupe Scholarship Fundraiser soup dinner prior the game from 4-7 p.m., and there will be a live auction held during halftime of the varsity contest.
On Saturday, Dec. 2, the Lady Warriors will travel to Cuba City for a tough non-conference game against the defending SWAL co-champion Cubans, starting at 7:30 p.m.
Parkview………. 9 15 – 24
Black Hawk…… 47 27 – 74
Parkview – Burrell 4, Hudson 7, Baars 4, Kloften 1, Mumm 8. Totals – 9 5-12 24.
Black Hawk – Brianna Hagen 2, Hannah Herbst 10, Natalie Leuzinger 18, Hannah Butler 5, Kaylee Marty 6, Maddy Huschitt 9, Bailey Butler 16, Abby Argall 2, Sydney Delzer 2, Macie Stauffacher 2, Cheyenne Stewart 2. Totals – 32 4-4 74.
3-point goals– P 1 (Hudson 1), BH 6 (Leuzinger 1, H. Butler 1, Huschitt 1, B. Butler 2). Total fouls– P 8, BH 12. Fouled out– None.