Cougars alone in first in South

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JEFFERSON, Wis. — It was a big night for the Clinton girls basketball team. The Cougars moved into sole possession of first place in the Rock Valley Conference South Division by virtue of being the only South team to record a crossover victory Thursday.

The Cougars held off a second-half surge to defeat Jefferson 57-53. The victory gave them a 5-1 conference record, one game ahead of 4-2 Big Foot.

Clinton (9-3 overall) was led by Kelly Loudon, who scored 16 points. Emily Spears added 11 while Hannah Kalk chipped in with 10 points and seven assists. Jefferson, who trailed 33-25 at halftime, was led by Callie Morrison’s 22 points.

The Cougars will be back in action Saturday at 7 p.m. when they travel to North Boone.

• MCFARLAND 54, BELOIT TURNER 48: The Trojans outscored the Spartans 27-26 in the second half but it wasn’t enough to overcome a 28-21 halftime deficit.

Turner (3-4, 7-5) was led by Carson Nitz’s 19 points. Kenzie Krizmanich added 14 for the Trojans, who went just 9-for-26 at the free throw line.

McFarland was led by Annalise DeMuth, who poured in 23 points despite missing seven of her 16 free throw attempts.

• EVANSVILLE 46, PARVKIEW 33: The Blue Devils raced to a 29-7 lead and cruised to a victory over the Vikings Thursday in Evansville.

Alex Thole led Parkview (1-6, 3-9) with eight points. Samantha Eftemoff scored 13 points, and Leah Wagner and Paige Banks each had 11.

• EDGERTON 44, BIG FOOT 30: The Chiefs were held to just 12 points in the second half as Edgerton recorded a home victory.

Brooke Wellhausen scored 11 points and Olivia Briggs added eight for the Chiefs, who fell to 4-2 in conference and 7-4 overall. Ashley Oren led Edgerton with 20 points.

• WHITEWATER 76, BRODHEAD 46: The Whippets continued to be unbeaten in conference play with a blowout win over visiting Parkview.

Whitewater opened up a 43-20 halftime lead as four players ended the evening with at least 14 points for the Whippets.

Brodhead (2-5, 3-8) was led by Erin Nyhus, who finished with 10 points.

• JANESVILLE PARKER 77, BELOIT MEMORIAL 38: The Vikings used a 27-4 run in the first half to take control of the game and send Beloit to its 10th loss to open the season.

Julia Hartwig led the Vikings with 25 points, while Aniah Williams had 14 to lead the Knights.

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