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Potosi's Hawes joins 1,000-point club
senior reaches milestone with 17 points in win at Black Hawk
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Potosi senior Maddie Hawes became the fourth player in program history to score 1,000 career points. Hawes reached the milestone with a putback basket midway through the first half of Mondays 4944 win at Black Hawk.

     SOUTH WAYNE — Potosi senior Maddie Hawes became just the fourth player in program history to top the 1,000-point mark for her career with a layup midway through the first half of Monday night’s 49–44 non-conference victory at Black Hawk.

     Hawes grabbed an offensive rebound, spun around a defender and banked home a layup to reach the milestone. She went on to score a team-high 17 points and hit four straight free throws in the final minutes to preserve Potosi’s comeback win.

     Coach Brad Bierman called a timeout to briefly honor Hawes’ accomplishment, which was also recognized by the Black Hawk scorer’s table with an   announcement to the crowd.

     “It couldn’t have happened to a better kid,” said Bierman. “She is the epitome of what every coach wants in a player. She is the hardest working kid on the team and she puts in a lot of time on her own working on her shot and ball handling. We are very proud of her. It’s a great accomplishment.

     Hawes joins former Potosi standouts Jamie Nebel (Class of 1999, 1,309 points), Jordane Kittoe (’03, 1,118) and Tiffany Flesch (’99, 1,114) as members of the 1,000-point club.

     Hawes, a four-year varsity player and two-time first-team All-Six Rivers West selection, now has 1,013 career points with four regular season games and the playoffs remaining in her career.

     “To score 1,000 career points you have to be very fortunate and very talented,” said Bierman. “But the neatest thing about Maddie reaching 1,000 points is that she did while being unselfish. She is the runaway leader in assists in the conference this year averaging more than seven assists per game. That’s more than twice as many as anyone else in the conference. She will also finish second in school history in assists and has an outside shot to become Potosi’s all-time leader. She is very humble and she really is a team-first player. You can’t always say that about kids that score 1,000 points in high school.”

     Potosi (13–5) struggled offensively in the first half and only had six points when Hawes reached her 1,000-point milestone, but the Chieftains pulled within 20–17 at the half and built a 10-point lead midway through the second half.

     “Black Hawk is a well coached team and they take care of the ball and take their time on offense,” said Bierman. “That was only the second game this year where we didn’t score 50 points.”

     The Warriors (11–7, 7–1 Six Rivers East) battled back and trimmed the deficit to just two points at 40–38 on a three-point play and a three-pointer with just under four minutes left.

     Hawes was fouled and made both free throws. Sophomore Sophie Langkamp split a pair and Hannah Udelhoven made two from the line to push the lead back to seven at 45–38. The Chieftains made 10 of 15 from the line in the final four minutes to close out the win.

     Sophomore Abby Kaiser scored 11 points in the win for Potosi. Senior Calie Gibson finished with 10 points.

     Last Friday, sophomore Brianna Leahy scored 30 points, on 10 of 12 shooting, and grabbed a team-high 18 rebounds to lead SRW-leading Shullsburg to a 71–50 victory over host Potosi. Leahy dominated the paint scoring nine points in the first five minutes and getting Potosi in foul trouble.

     The Chieftains switched to a zone, but Hattie Rennert and company started knocking down three-pointers. The Miners (15–1, 7–1 SRW) made seven first-half three-pointers and led 37–20 at the break. Rennert finished with four triples and 18 points.

     Kaiser and Gibson each scored 13 points in the loss.

     Last Tuesday, Potosi ran away with a 66–48 Six Rivers West victory over Belmont.

     The Chieftains will travel to River Ridge (11–3, 6–2) on Thursday before traveling to Wauzeka–Steuben (8–6) on Tuesday.

Potosi 66, Belmont 48
(from Tuesday, Jan. 26 @ Potosi)
Belmont        24    24     —  48
Potosi            40    26     —  66
Belmont (8–8, 3–5) — Abby Aulthaus 2, Trinity Rucker 2, Nicole Knebel 2, Kassandra Palzkill 6, Brianna Ernst 4, Lydia Leahy 2, Caitlyn Gilbertson 16, Brook Knebel 14. Totals – 13 20-27 48.
Potosi (12–4, 6–2) — Abby Kaiser 19, Maddie Hawes 7, Taylor Bloyer 16, Sophie Langkamp 3, Calie Gibson 14, Hannah Udelhoven 7. Totals — 25 11-17 48.
3-point goals — B: 2 (B. Knebel 2); P: 5 (Gibson 2, Udelhoven 1, Bloyer 1, Hawes 1). Team fouls — B: 11, P: 20. Fouled out — P: Hawes, Langkamp.

Shullsburg 71, Potosi 50
(from Friday, Jan. 29 @ Potosi)
Shullsburg     37    34     —  71
Potosi            20    30     —  50
Shullsburg (15–1, 7–1) — Faith Ubersox 8, McKaliah Strang 3, Hattie Rennert 18, Paige Hauser 2, Nicole Teutschmann 6, Brianna Leahy 30, Cora Holland 4. Totals – 25 13-17 71.
Potosi (12–5, 6–3) — Abby Kaiser 13, Maddie Hawes 11, Taylor Bloyer 10, Sophie Langkamp 4, Calie Gibson 13. Totals — 18 9-14 50.
3-point goals — S: 8 (Strang 1, Rennert 3, Teutschmann 2, Leahy 1); P: 6 (Kaiser 1, Bloyer 2, Gibson 3). Team fouls — S: 14, P: 18. Fouled out — P: Langkamp.

Potosi 49, Black Hawk 44
(from Monday, Feb. 1 @ South Wayne)
Potosi             17    32     —  49
Black Hawk   20    24     —  44
Potosi (13–5) — Abby Kaiser 11, Maddie Hawes 17, Taylor Bloyer 4, Sophie Langkamp 5, Calie Gibson 10, Hannah Udelhoven 2. Totals — 15 17-28 49.
Black Hawk (11–7) — Brianna Hagen 4, Hannah Herbst 14, Aleigha Sigafus 8, Melissa Flannagan 3, Brooke Moore 5, Samantha Lovelace 7, Tatum Jackson 3. Totals – 12 12-20 44.
3-point goals — P: 2 (Hawes 1, Gibson); BH: 8 (Hagen 1, Herbst 3, Flannagan 1, Moore 1, Lovelace 1, Jackson 1). Team fouls — P: 19, BH: 22. Fouled out — P: Bloyer; B: Jackson.