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Great Western Shootout:West Central North leader Rockridge won for the 17th time in 19 games, building a 13-point halftime lead on Chillicothe IVC and coasting to a 70-51 victory at Abingdon High School's Great Western Shootout.
One of three WCC North teams competing, the Rockets held a slim 13-12 lead after one but hit their stride in the second quarter. Sophomore standout Bryan Heath started to heat up with 11 of his game-high 24 points. Teammate Ethan Happ netted seven of his 18 points in the second to help Rockridge go up 38-25 at intermission. T.J. Henry added 11 for the Rockets.
Monmouth-Roseville (14-4) rode the hot hand of junior guard Martel Hunter to a 73-64 victory over the Petersburg PORTA/Ashland A-C Central co-op. Hunter led all scorers with 23 points, 15 coming in the first half to help the Titans draw even at 38-38.
The game was still tied at 54 entering the fourth period, when Mon-Rose's balanced scoring helped it to outscore PORTA/A-C 19-10 down the stretch. Dalton Hottle added 12 points for the Titans to counter the 21 posted by the Bluejays' Nate Hopper.
In Saturday morning's opener, the Orion Chargers (13-9) rebounded from Friday night's road loss to Monmouth-Roseville by handling another Maple City-area team. Led by senior Dylan Schultz's game-high 20 points, the Chargers blitzed the United Red Storm 55-30.
United trailed just 26-22 at halftime, but Orion opened a 42-28 lead and then held the Red Storm to a single fourth-quarter bucket. Adam Killion seconded Schultz's efforts with eight points, while Job Runge paced United with 10 points.In other action at Abingdon, the Knoxville Blue Bullets came up just short in a 60-55 loss to Delavan.
Manny's Pizza Shootout:Competing at the Manny's Shootout in Mount Carroll, the Morrison Mustangs couldn't overcome a 33-14 halftime deficit as they fell to Oregon. Caleb Mowry poured in a game-high 24 points to pace the Hawks, with teammate Holden White netting 15 on five 3-pointers. Will Greul led the Mustangs with 12 points.
Sherrard (4-16) also come up on the losing end as Forreston blitzed the Tigers 79-43 behind a quartet of double-digit scorers led by Robert DeVries with 16 points. Sherrard's Lucas Boraas did match DeVries for game-high scoring honors with 16 of his own.
Prep girls' basketball
Galesburg MLK Tournament:Making the trek to Morton to resume its stint at Galesburg's Martin Luther King Tournament, United Township (14-10) split its two games. But before falling 47-24 to Morton in their nightcap, the Panthers made a big splash by upending Class 3A's second-ranked Champaign Centennial 51-49.
Senior forward Katie Daggett capped a team-high 14 points by hitting the go-ahead layup with 10 seconds left in regulation. The Chargers had a chance to re-tie the game, but missed a jumper from the wing in the closing seconds and couldn't muster a final shot. Tayler Dobrinske and Jen VanWatermeulen each added 11 points for UT; the latter added 10 points against Morton.
Meantime, Alleman made the shorter drive to John Thiel Gymnasium in Galesburg and settled for a split.In their opener, the Pioneers were undone by Normal University's 18-7 third quarter run as U-High rolled past its namesake 62-46 behind the duo of Emma Strayan (16 points) and Chante Stonewall (15 points). Led by Anne Bohnert's 11 points, Alleman grabbed an early 15-13 lead, but fell behind 34-26 at intermission and could not recover after its third-period drought.
However, the Pioneers (12-12) rebounded for a 57-43 win over Peoria Notre Dame as Bohnert cut loose for a game-high 22 points, including 10 in the third quarter as Alleman broke the game open after building a 30-19 halftime lead. Erin Morrisey added 15 for the winners.
Kewanee MLK Tournament: Orion relied on Cassidy Clark to earn it the tournament win. The Chargers took down Manual 50-45 with Clark leading the offensive attack, putting down 25 points. Orion's Katie Garrity added to the cause with seven points, and the Chargers made the most of opportunities at the free-throw line shooting 13-of-18.
Kewanee stumbled falling to Freeport 66-53. The Boiler girls' Amber Jordan kept things close scoring 16 points, and Jennifer Ensley and Cecilia Martinez scored 10 points apiece. Freeport expanded on a 34-32 halftime lead outscoring Kewanee 32-21 in the second half.
Prophetstown 69, Amboy 29: The Prophets pour on the offense running out to a 40-11 halftime lead.Prophetstown's Riley Walters scored a game high 18 points, and Cassie Reiley scored 13 points shooting 6-for-6 from the free throws from the line. Corrie Reiley chipped in another 10 points, and Clare Kramer added another seven.
Record-setting night for Ram duo:A pair of long-standing Riverdale career records topped Saturday night during the Rams' 96-27 Three Rivers Conference rout of Bureau Valley. Senior forward Hannah Nimrick's 27 points made her Riverdale's all-time leading scorer with 1,374, passing the old standard of 1,372 points tallied by Cathy Marx from 1987-90.
Additionally, senior guard Elle May established a new career steals' record with 274 thefts, passing Micki Diericks' mark of 273 set from 1990-93. May also seconded Nimrick in the scoring column Saturday with 20 points, with Sydney Mericle adding 18 and Lauren Claus 17.
Sherrard 55, River Ridge-Scales Mound 48:Senior guard Carly Adams knocked down three 3-pointers and finished with a team-best 15 points to help the Sherrard Tigers (21-3) to the nonconference win at Hanover against the River Ridge-Scales Mound co-op. Shelby Calderone seconded Adams with 11 points, followed by Erin Barton with nine and Riley Strandgard (six rebounds) with eight points.
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Vikings Invitational: Rock Island finished 19th (4996) and United Township was 23rd (4900) in the prestigious event that is the site that hosts the state tournament. A third-place finisher at state last season, Waubonsie Valley (6192) earned the tournament win at the Cherry Bowl. United Township's Kayla Crawford represented the area well with a 23rd-place finish with a series of 1137. Rocky's team score was aided at the top by Jordan Sholl and Assia Fillali scoring 1069 a piece.
Q-C college women's basketball
St. Ambrose 86, Lindenwood-Belleville 81 (OT):After a 3-pointer by Lindenwood-Belleville's Brooke Dunning with two seconds on the clock forced a draw at 76 at the end of regulation, the St. Ambrose Queen Bees regained their edge in overtime, outscoring their visitors 10-5 and getting five points off turnovers to earn the nonconference victory at Lee Lohman Arena.
Katie Jensen gave the Bees plenty of sting with her 20 points and 11 rebounds, with Lauren Cash adding 17 points and Lindsay Stopa 15 to go with eight points and seven boards from ex-Geneseo standout Devan Griffin and Ashley Dexter's eight-point, seven-assist, four-steal game. Despite shooting 50 percent in the first half, SAU trailed 47-45 at halftime. Dunning led L-B with 16 points and 10 boards.
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