Prep boys' basketball|
Illini West 59, Rockridge 53: The Rockets suffered their first West Central Conference North Division loss of the season in Carthage, plus saw head coach Toby Whiteman get ejected in the third quarter. Whiteman received two technicals in the quarter after arguing "a blatant foul that wasn't called." Because of the ejection, Whiteman will be unable to coach on Tuesday at Geneseo.
"As I coach, I hold my players to a high standard," Whiteman said. "Here I am as their coach and leader, and I didn't do that. I lost my composure. That's not acceptable as a coach."
Ethan Happ scored a game-high 31 points for Rockridge (19-3, 7-1 WCC), and T.J. Henry added eight. The Rockets had their nine-game winning streak snapped.
Monmouth-Roseville 52, Macomb 39: The Titans shut-down defense, holding Macomb to 14 points in the second half. While both team struggled to make shots from the field in the second half, Monmouth-Roseville players had the hot hand in the first half, hitting 14 of its 20 shot attempts. Connor Gillen lead the way for the winners with 13 points, including three 3-pointers. The Titans' Martel Hunter scored another 13 points, and Trayvon Smith tacked on another 11.
Fulton 45, Morrison 39: The Steamers' Nick Fish scored 16 points to lead his team to a Three Rivers Conference win. Matt Dail scored another 12 points for Fulton, and Jake Willging put down another 11 points. Hunter Hamstra had a team-high 11 points for the Mustangs.
MAC boys' basketball
Some of the scores may have raised an eyebrow or two, but there were no shockers in Mississippi Athletic Conference play Friday night.
Bettendorf (17-0, 12-0 MAC) faced little resistance from Davenport West (5-11, 3-9), winning 75-39 and keeping their two-game lead on the league.
North Scott (16-2, 10-2 MAC) and Davenport Assumption (13-4, 10-2 MAC) remained tied for second with victories. North Scott throttled Muscatine (4-13, 3-9) by a 55-17 count and Assumption held off Clinton (6-11, 3-9) 53-49.
Pleasant Valley (14-2, 9-3) remained in fourth place with a 69-66 victory over Davenport Central (7-11, 4-8). Burlington moved to 7-10, 5-7 with a 55-46 win over Davenport North (4-13, 1-11).
Prep girls' basketball
Riverdale 73, Fulton 30: The Rams kept pouring on the points, taking a halftime lead of 37-12. Four Riverdale players scored in double digits, with Elle May (15 points ), JessCorson (14), Lauren Claus (14), and Sydney Mericle (13) burning up the nets. The Rams led by as much as 57-12 at the end of the third quarter, and Riverdale made 30 shots from the field. Samantha Raab led the Steamers with nine points.
Kewanee 72, Bureau Valley 32: Kewanee exploded to open the game, taking a 21-7 lead at the end of the first quarter. Jen Ensley finished with a game-high 19 points, but the shots kept falling for the Boiler Girls. Kewanee's Makayla Jordan scored 16 points, and Eusebia Quintero scored 14 points. Amber Jordan (13 points) and Gabby Kubiak (10) each added double figures for Kewanee.
Sterling Newman 42, Morrison 31: After the Mustangs held Sterling Newman to only two points in the first quarter, the Comets scored 20 points in the second frame to take a 22-14 halftime lead. Morrison's Chelsea Eads took charge of the offense, scoring a game-high 17 points.
Q-C College basketball
Trio of Bees make the grade: Justin Blondell, Lauren Cash and Katie Jensen were named to the 2013 Capital One Academic All-District V Basketball teams. Blondell was named to the five-player men's team, while Cash and Jensen were selected for the six-player women's team.
The honor, as voted on by the College Sports Information Directors of America, recognizes the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performance on the playing field and in the classroom. Nominees must be starters or important reserves, sophomores or older, with at least 3.30 cumulative grand point averages.
Blondell, a 6-2 senior guard from Moline, is majoring in accounting. He has started all 22 games for the Bees this season and is averaging 12.4 points, 3.3 assists and 3.0 rebounds per game.
Cash, a 5-7 junior guard from Pekin, is majoring in Management. She is the leading scorer for the 18-5 Queen Bees, averaging 16.0 points per game. Cash leads the Midwest Collegiate Conference by hitting 38.7 percent of her 3-point attempts this year.
Jensen, a 5-11 sophomore guard/forward, is majoring in Biology. She is averaging 11.0 points and 7.9 rebounds for St. Ambrose.
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