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Basketball roundup: Bureau Valley falls short in regional final

Bureau Valley's Nicole Wirth defends Hall's Madi Soldati during their 2A Mendota Regional championship game on Thursday. Hall won 43-40.
Bureau Valley's Nicole Wirth defends Hall's Madi Soldati during their 2A Mendota Regional championship game on Thursday. Hall won 43-40.

Bureau Valley turned its offense around after a low-scoring start, but could not come all the way back despite a flurry of scoring in the final minutes, falling to Hall 43-40 in the championship game of the girls 2A Mendota Regional.

The Storm trailed 16-6 at halftime, managing only a basket from Emily Fordham in the first quarter, and a basket and a pair of free throws from Christen Hurley in the second.

Hurley and Fordham combined for 11 points in the third, including a 9-0 run to cut the deficit to 16-15. Hall countered, getting baskets from Hanah Hart, Janessa Hart and Gabby Englehaupt to take a 26-17 lead at the end of three.

After scoring 17 points in the game’s first 24 minutes, the Storm put up 23 in the final 8 minutes. Hurley scored 12 points in the fourth quarter, including a basket on a fast break to cut the lead to 34-33 with 2:10 to play.

But Hall had enough to hold off Bureau Valley down the stretch, and claim its third straight regional crown.

Hurley closed out her BV basketball career with 23 points. Fordham added 12, six of those in the fourth quarter.

“I told the girls, win or lose, come over here, we’re playing for the regional
championship,” Bureau Valley coach Jim Nugent said. “As long as they play hard, be in the game at the end give us a chance to win, I was going to be happy with that. And I don’t think you could ask for anything more.”

Madi Soldati led the Devils with 13.

Boys basketball

Rockford Christian 69, Oregon 34: The Hawks got off to a slow start and fell to the Royal Lions at the Blackhawk Center.

Rockford Christian jumped out to a 14-7 lead after one quarter and a 33-15 lead at halftime.

Dalton Hermes led the Hawks with 11 points. Gaitlin Good added eight.

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