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Annawan's Celina VanHyfte spins around for a short lay-up as Mercer County's Kimi Nelson defends during first half action in Annawan during Monday nights Lincoln Trail girls basketball conference tournament. The Lady Braves took the win.
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Annawan's Celina VanHyfte sets for a short jumper as Mercer County's Kimi Nelson defends during first half action in Annawan during Monday nights Lincoln Trail girls basketball conference tournament. The Lady Braves took the win.
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Annawan's Celina VanHyfte and Mercer County's Savanah Frieden stretch for a rebound in first half action at Annawan during Monday nights Lincoln Trail girls basketball conference tournament. The Lady Braves took the win.
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Annawan's Maddie Jackson looks for an open teammate as Mercer County's Savanah Frieden and Bailey Swanson block in first half action at Annawan during Monday nights Lincoln Trail girls basketball conference tournament. The Lady Braves took the win.
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Annawan's Paige Randall drives down court as Mercer County's Bridget Anderson defends in first quarter action Monday evening during the Lincoln Trail girls basketball conference tournament. The Lady Braves took the win.
Lincoln Trail Conference Tournament
Annawan 63, Mercer County 20:
The Bravettes blitzed to a 42-11 halftime lead and never looked back in their Lincoln Trail Conference Tournament quarterfinal victory. Annawan (17-2) is seeking its third consecutive tournament title.

"We did a good job coming out and limiting our turnovers and not creating bad habits," Annawan coach Jason Burkiewicz said. "We did what we were supposed to do."

Junior forward Celina VanHyfte tallied a game-high 22 points for the Bravettes.

"Obviously," Burkiewicz said, "they didn't have an answer for Celina."

Paige Randall also reached double figures for Annawan, finishing with 13 points. Kristin Heath's six points led the Golden Eagles.

The Bravettes will meet West Central in a 6 p.m. semifinal contest on Thursday at United.

Wethersfield 71, Ridgewood 40: Sarah Hansen's hot shooting carried the Flying Geese to the quarterfinal win. Hansen scored a game-high 34 points, connecting on seven 3-pointers and hitting all five foul shots as Wethersfield outscored the Spartans 54-31 in the final three quarters.

Aly Eastman scored 12 points for Wethersfield, which meets Stark County in the Thursday's 7:30 p.m. semifinal at United. Caitlin Miller tallied eight in the victory.

Sabrina Medley and Ashley Collins had eight points apiece for Ridgewood.

Stark County 49, Galva 36: A furious fourth-quarter comeback effort by Galva fell short. The Wildcats, trailing 45-19 after three quarters, ended the game on a 17-4 run.

Sarah Jeffries led the Galva charge with eight points, and Katelyn Klein and Devon Peterson each added six. Madisyn Paxson's game-high 20 points paced the Rebels.

West Central 54, ROWVA 36: The Heat advanced to the semifinals with a comfortable win at Biggsville. Maria Steck (18 points) and Emily Hopping (12) each reached double figures for West Central. Emma Johnson scored nine points in the loss.

Other girls' basketball action
Orion 43, Monmouth-Roseville 34:
Cassidy Clark once again reached double digits, scoring a game-high 18 points in the Chargers' West Central Conference North Division win at Monmouth. Katie Garrity added 13 points as Orion was able to overcome a 26-22 halftime deficit by holding the Titans to eight second-half points. Destiny Smith's 12 points led Monmouth-Roseville.

Fulton 37, Sterling Newman 31: The Steamers raced to an 11-4 first-quarter lead and never looked back in their Three Rivers Conference home win. Morgan Sanquit poured in a game-high 13 points for Fulton, which also received 12 points from Morgan Wierema.