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Busy Benton goes 3-for-3
Bent GBB Kayla Dougherty shot
Benton senior point guard Kayla Dougherty (#23) scored 16 of her 17 points in the first half to lead the Lady Zephyrs out to a 46-28 halftime lead, and Benton rolled to a 73-53 non-conference win at Argyle on Tuesday, Jan. 3. Dougherty added eight rebounds, seven assists, two blocked shots and a steal on the night.

BENTON – The Benton Zephyrs girls’ basketball team got off and running in 2017, posting three wins in three games over a span of five days to open the new year.

The Zephyrs (6-3 overall, 3-1 Six Rivers West) started off with a 73-53 non-conference win at Argyle on Tuesday, Jan. 3, and then returned home to rout Highland, 79-53, in a conference clash at BHS on Thursday, Jan. 5. Finally, back at home on Saturday, Jan. 7, the Zephyrs kept up their winning ways by defeating the Prairie du Chien Blackhawks, 58-34, in another non-conference contest.

Benton led by double digits at halftime in each game and they added to their lead in the second half of each game after outscoring their opponents in all six halves during the week.

Junior forward Emma Lawrence led a balanced Zephyr scoring attack in each game and posted a pair of double-doubles over the three-game span. She tallied 18 points, 19 rebounds and four assists against Argyle, and she posted 18 point, 12 rebounds, two assists and two steals against Highland. On Saturday, she scored a game-high 16 points with five boards, three steals and two assists.

Senior point guard Kayla Dougherty put in three fine all-around efforts for the Zephyrs. She had 17 points, eight rebounds, seven assists, two blocked shots and a steal in the win over the Orioles (4-9), and she added a season-high 18 points with eight assists and five steals in the win over the Cardinals (3-5, 0-4).

Against the Blackhawks (1-9), K. Dougherty scored 11 points and dished out 11 assists for a double-double of her own, and she notched five rebounds and five steals as well.

Senior Lily Carver had eight points and five rebounds in Tuesday’s game, added a season-high 15 points with six rebounds, two assists and two steals in Thursday’s game, and notched 13 points in Saturday’s game.

Senior Jordan Busch added a season/career-high 10 points with five rebounds and three assists against Argyle, and she added six points against PdC. Sophomore Sophie Dougherty scored a season/career-high 12 points and pulled down eight rebounds against Highland. Senior Ally Jansen added eight points in Thursday’s game, while junior Brianna Mellenberger matched her season-high with five points against PdC.

Jena Saalsaa poured in a game-high 19 points for Argyle in Tuesday’s game.

Highland’s Jessica Kosharek buried six 3-pointers on her way to a game-high 26 points in Thursday’s game. Kylie Esser added 14 points for the Cardinals.

Gabby Ritchie scored 11 points and Brytta Sagedahl netted 10 for the Blackhawks on Saturday.

Benton has home games coming up against Potosi on Friday, Jan. 13, and East Dubuque on Monday, Jan. 16.
 
Highland……….. 18   35 – 53
Benton…………. 34   45 – 79

Highland – J. Kosharek 26, C. Kosharek 4, Esser 14, M. Kosharek 4, Ma. Drury 5. Totals – 17  13-18  53.
Benton – Ally Jansen 8, Brianna Mellenberger 3, Emma Lawrence 18, Sophie Dougherty 12, Jordan Busch 3, Lily Carver 15, Maggie Dougherty 2, Kayla Dougherty 18. Totals – 29  11-16  79.
3-point goals– H 6 (J. Kosharek 6), B 10 (Mellenberger 1, Lawrence 3, Busch 1, Carver 3, K. Dougherty 2). Total fouls– H 13, B 17. Fouled out– none.
 
Benton………… 46   27 – 73
Argyle…………. 28   25 – 53

Benton – Ally Jansen 4, Brianna Mellenberger 4, Emma Lawrence 18, Paige Murphy 5, Sophie Dougherty 4, Jordan Busch 10, Lily Carver 8, Maggie Dougherty 3, Kayla Dougherty 17. Totals – 27  11-18  73.
Argyle – Nelson 6, Granberg 6, Leigh 6, Ostby 4, Lantz 7, Je. Saalsaa 19, Ja. Saalsaa 4, Godfrey 1. Totals – 21  9-16  53.
3-point goals– B 8 (Lawrence 1, Murphy 1, Busch 2, Carver 2, M. Dougherty 1, K. Dougherty 1), A 2 (Lantz 1, Je. Saalsaa 1). Total fouls– B 12, A 18. Fouled out– none.
 
Prairie du Chien… 15   19 – 34
Benton……………. 26   32 – 58

PdC – Nicholson 2, Waller 2, Sagedahl 10, Welch 2, Keeney 2, Ritchie 11, Meyer 3, Ribe 2. Totals – 15  4-7  34.
Benton – Ally Jansen 2, Brianna Mellenberger 5, Emma Lawrence 16, Sophie Dougherty 2, Jordan Busch 6, Lily Carver 13, Maggie Dougherty 3, Kayla Dougherty 11. Totals – 22  8-15  58.
3-point goals– PdC, B 6 (Lawrence 2, Carver 3, K. Dougherty 1). Total fouls– PdC 12, B 7. Fouled out– none.