JUDA – Black Hawk jumped into Six Rivers East play by jumping all over the Juda Panthers en route to a 57-30 girls’ basketball victory at JHS on Thursday, Dec. 8.
Freshman Hannah Butler scored 13 of her game-high 19 points in the first half to lead the Lady Warriors (4-0 overall, 1-0 SRE) out to a 33-9 halftime lead. Seven different players scored for Black Hawk in the opening half.
“We played a pretty complete game. Our half-court defense was really, really good. They shot the ball really poorly and a lot of that had to do with us,” said Black Hawk head coach Michael Flanagan.
Junior guard Hannah Herbst tallied 10 points, five assists and two steals, while freshman Natalie Leuzinger chipped in with 10 points and two steals and junior Brianna Hagen added seven points.
“Getting balance like that is going to win you a lot of ball games,” admitted Flanagan.
Chelsea Burkhalter pumped in 10 points for the Panthers (3-3, 0-1).
At Orfordville, on Saturday, Dec. 10, things didn’t start off as well for the Lady Warriors in a non-conference meeting with the Parkview Vikings, but once they got rolling they could not be slowed down as they rolled to a 58-32 victory.
The Vikings (1-5) connected on three 3-pointers during an 11-0 run that put the hosts ahead 19-11 with just under six minutes to play in the first half, however the Warriors outscored Parkview 14-5 the rest of the half to grab a 25-24 lead at the intermission.
Black Hawk scored the first 11 points of the second half to extend their lead to 36-24, and then outscored the Vikings 22-8 the remainder of the game to roll to a 26-point decision.
“We gave up some passes that led to some break away baskets in the first half. I felt like in the second half we did a lot better job of being patient on some of the reads within our press. I think that really started to take a toll on them,” noted Flanagan.
Hannah Butler poured in a game-high 22 points to lead the Warriors. Natalie Leuzinger contributed 14 points, four assists and four steals, while Maddy Huschitt chipped in with eight points, three assists and three steals.
Brianna Hagen dropped in eight points for Black Hawk. Abby Argall led the team with seven rebounds, and Hannah Herbst provided four assists and four rebounds in the win.
“We have a lot of weapons. When things start firing on all cylinders, like it did in the second half, we’re a difficult team to guard,” Flanagan replied.
Senior guard Alex Thole hit three 3-pointers and scored all 11 of her points in the first half to lead the Vikings, who hit more shots from beyond the 3-point arc than they did from inside it.
Black Hawk has a pair of non-conference road games coming up. First, the Warriors head to Benton on Friday, Dec. 16, and then they play at Platteville on Monday, Dec. 19.
Black Hawk… 33 24 – 57
Juda…………. 9 21 – 30
Black Hawk – Brianna Hagen 7, Hannah Herbst 10, Natalie Leuzinger 10, Hannah Butler 19, Maddy Huschitt 4, Sammy Lovelace 2, Abby Argall 2, Sydney Delzer 3. Totals – 24 5-8 57.
Juda – Jordan 1, Goecks 4, Roth 3, Duecker 4, Powers 4, Burkhalter 10, Kammerer 2, Adkins 3. Totals – 10 7-15 30.
3-point goals– BH 4 (Hagen 1, Leuzinger 2, Delzer 1), J 3 (Roth 1, Burkhalter 1, Adkins 1). Total fouls– BH 16, J 11. Fouled out– none.
Black Hawk… 25 33 – 58
Parkview……. 24 8 – 32
Black Hawk – Brianna Hagen 8, Natalie Leuzinger 14, Hannah Butler 22, Maddy Huschitt 8, Sammy Lovelace 4, Abby Argall 2. Totals – 22 7-10 58.
Parkview – J. Hudson 2, Baars 2, Burtness 7, A. Hudson 4, Harnack 3, Saglie 3, Thole 11. Totals – 10 6-12 32.
3-point goals– BH 7 (Hagen 2, Leuzinger 2, Butler 1, Huschitt 2), P 6 (Burtness 1, A. Hudson 1, Harnack 1, Thole 3). Total fouls– BH 17, P 15. Fouled out– none.