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At times this season, the Pleasant Valley girls basketball team has struggled with delivering an early knockout punch against opponents.

On Friday against North Scott, the host Spartans delivered the knockout punch in the first round.

Pleasant Valley's tenacious defense overwhelmed the Lancers in the first quarter as the Spartans raced out to a 22-4 lead and never looked back en route to a 65-28 win in Mississippi Athletic Conference action.

The win allows Pleasant Valley (13-2) to keep pace with Davenport North and Bettendorf, who are all 9-1 in the MAC, on top of the league standings. The Lancers (10-5) fell to 6-4 in MAC play.

To say this game was over early would be an understatement. Pleasant Valley had six steals in the game's first four minutes of action and converted those steals and other Lancers' turnovers into easy layups. The Spartans finished the quarter with seven steals and had 14 points off of turnovers in the first quarter.

It didn't change in the the second quarter as the hosts continued to attack forcing more turnovers and recording four more steals. By the time the smoke cleared it was 37-14 at halftime. PV had 11 steals for the half, forced 16 turnovers and turned those Lancer' mistakes into 24 points. For the game, the Spartans recorded 19 steals as a team.

Leading the way for the Spartans was sophomore Carli Spelhaug, who had five steals in the first half and nine for the whole game. She and teammate Adrea Arthofer sat at the top of the Spartans' zone defense and made it a nightmare for North Scott just to make any kind of pass around the perimeter.

In addition to the steals, Spelhaug, Arthofer and teammates Rory Donahue, Ellie Spelhaug and Grace Budde had a dozen more deflections which led to numerous run-outs. Reserves Mallory Lafever, Grace Necker and Cami Hunter were just as effective as PV turned in one of its finest defensive performances of the season.

\"Our guards dictated our entire defense,\" Spartans coach Jennifer Goetz said. \"They got deflections, their ball pressure, their communication and keeping North Scott extended away from the basket and when they did get the ball inside, our back-line did a great job of making life difficult. It's fun but what is really exciting is we did not play a full 32 minutes and that is what is motivating. We continue to get better and we still have things to work on.\"

As if the defensive gem was not enough, the Spartans shot close to 70 percent from the field (25-of-36) and made 13 3-pointers. Budde led the way from downtown with five 3-pointers and chalked up a team-high 19 points. Carli Spelhaug had 15 points and her sister, Ellie, had 14 points.

Carli Spelhaug, at times, just seemed like a predator waiting for the prey at top of the zone to come closer so she could get a steal or deflect a pass. The passes she didn't get a hand were all near misses. When asked why she was so effective, Carli Spelhaug gave credit to her coach.

\"Coach Goetz has always preached active hands on defense,\" Carli Spelhaug said. \"Sometimes the other team telegraphs their passes, which makes it easier but it's just reading the player. It's a reaction.\"

Carli's older sister has another reason her sibling is a load on defense.

\"She's such a great athlete that, honestly, I wished I played on her side of the zone,\" Ellie Spelhaug said. \"She's just so quick that she gets all the tipped passes.\"

This is the second big win of the week for the Spartans as PV knocked off Linn-Mar on Tuesday. But challenges from Davenport North and Davenport Assumption are on the horizon next week.

\"This was a big statement with the new rankings coming out,\" Budde said. \"We kept our energy up and this was some of the best defense we put together this season. This will help our confidence to keep going.\"

For North Scott, coach TJ Case said his team has to learn from this and move on. Grace Boffeli had seven points and seven rebounds to lead the Lancers. Savannah Bogner battled to grab seven boards, as well, for the visitors.

\"We really couldn't settle in on offense, had way too many turnovers, too many transition points,\" Case said. \"We just could never get any offensive flow and then, the times you do get there, you can't rattle anything in. We were very timid and if don't attack (PV's defense), you are in trouble.\"

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Once the United Township boys basketball team got its first score Friday night the Panthers never looked back in a 70-41 rout of Alleman at the Carver Center.

Notching their 20th win of the season to go with an unblemished 6-0 record in the Western Big Six, Panthers coach Ryan Webber said it was a great achievement for the team.

\u201cI\u2019m happy for our kids,\u201d Webber said. \u201cThey\u2019ve worked extremely hard to put them in (a good) position. They deserve a lot of credit right now.\u201d

Panthers star Tray Buchanan also said the win was a good payoff for their hard work.

\u201cTwenty wins this early is great for our team,\u201d he said.

The Panthers (20-3) got their first points of the game off a shot from Izaya Sims. They quickly extended their lead as the Pioneers struggled to answer. The first quarter ended with the Panthers in front 19-3.

Despite having a 16-point lead at the start of the second quarter, the Panthers didn\u2019t let up the pressure as they continued to push hard on offense with quick plays, while maintaining a strong defense that forced 13 turnovers in the first half. By the end of the second, the Panthers were well in control of the game as they led 42-16.

Although Alleman coach Pat Rangel said the Pioneers had a plan to hang toe-to-toe with the Panthers, he said they failed to execute it.

\u201c(The plan) was just to be playing with them,\u201d Rangel said. \u201cUnfortunately, it came down to one team showing up to play. We thoroughly got outhustled and outplayed tonight.\u201d

The Panthers were also successful at shutting down Alleman\u2019s leading scorer, Ryan Hodge, as he missed six shots and only had three points, all on free throws.

At the start of the third, the Panthers came out fierce. They continued to drive the gap as the Pioneers were able to answer with a bit of offense as they scored 14 points, but were still down by 25 as the third ended 58-33.

The biggest lead came in the end of the fourth as the Panthers finished out the game 70-41.

Buchanan, who averages 20 points per game, was kept to eight points Friday night. Sims led the Panthers with 18 points, followed by De'Ante Walker with 15.

\u201cWe just wanted to come out tonight and play hard,\u201d Buchanan said. \u201cWe haven\u2019t been playing to our full potential the past couple of games. We wanted to come out hungry and do that tonight.\u201d

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Moline grinded. And it had to. Despite scoring only five points in each of the first two quarters, the Maroons never gave up and also never quite got over the hump Friday night, falling at Wharton Field House 47-42 to Quincy.

Moline (12-7, 2-3) rallied from a 13-point deficit early in the fourth quarter to cut the gap to two points with 1 minute, 32 seconds left as a once-frigid Deonte Billups heated up. But the Blue Devils\u2019 Parker Bland canned an off-balance, acrobatic shot on a drive with 1:08 left boosting the lead to four.

Garrett Gadeke made two free throws with 12.5 seconds remaining to ice it and give the game its final margin.

\u201cIt was difficult,\u201d said Blue Devils coach Scott Douglas. \u201cBut those are games you have to play in the Western Big Six.\u201d

Part of the credit has to go to Quincy\u2019s aggressive defense, which extended its 1-2-2 zone further out than usual, Douglas said, to confront Moline\u2019s many shooters.

Moline coach Sean Taylor saluted the Quincy defense as well.

\u201cThe (Jirehl) Brock kid forced us to turn it over just on simple reverse passes,\u201d Taylor said. \u201cI think we had seven turnovers just on that little play, and that\u2019s seven chances to score. If we could have converted on a couple of those, it would have been a different story going into half.

\u201cBrock and Gadeke and Bland are just physical, strong, aggressive,\u201d he added. \u201cThey\u2019re good defensive players.\u201d

Moline made only 4 of 20 shots in the first half and was 0 for 6 from the 3-point line at intermission, trailing 19-10.

\u201cThe first half we put ourselves in a hole,\u201d Taylor said of his young club. \u201cWe gutted it out to make some plays (in the second half). We just need to be a little more crisp.\u201d

Billups, the Maroons\u2019 top scorer, felt Moline let itself down with execution, or lack of. Overall Moline made 14-of-41 from the field and 6-of-21 from the 3-point line.

\u201cWe just couldn\u2019t make shots,\u201d he said.

And that included the foul line, where the Maroons made 8-of-13, while Billups was just 4 of 8. He was 3 of 9 from beyond the arc, not making his first 3 until the third quarter on his way to 19 points.

Douglas said he warned his team that Moline 3s would be coming in the second half, and some would start to drop.

Still, for all the solid play of the Blue Devils (13-3, 4-1) and quality effort by the Maroons, the game did have one strange play that helped spark a 12-0 Quincy run in the second quarter. Moline\u2019s Drew Wiemers got tangled with Bland underneath the Quincy basket as Wiemers pulled down the rebound.

\u201c(Bland) grabbed his foot,\u201d Taylor explained of his view of the play that happened in front of his bench. \u201c(Wiemers) kicked him, but his foot got grabbed, so I think if (the official) would have seen the grab, it probably would have been a technical the other way, but he didn\u2019t see it.\u201d

Wiemers\u2019 kick looked like more of a tug to free himself, but it was called an intentional foul. The Blue Devils were already on a 6-0 run for a 13-7 lead that ended up 19-7 before Billups scored his first three points of the game with 15.8 seconds left until half on a traditional three-point play.

Bland scored 14 points to lead Quincy, while Gadeke added 12 points and 10 rebounds. Nolan Griffin scored six for Moline.

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DAVENPORT\u00a0\u2014 Joe Wieskamp made only three baskets and had a season-low 15 points two weeks ago against Bettendorf. Afterward Iowa assistant coach Kirk Speraw, in attendance, had some advice for the future Hawkeye.

\"He just told me I need to get the ball and become more assertive,\" the 6-foot-6 Muscatine junior said.

Message received.

After 37- and 42-point outputs against North Scott and Mount Pleasant, respectively, in the past week, Wieskamp poured in 47 points Friday night to pace Muscatine past Class 3A seventh-ranked Davenport Assumption 72-69 at Assumption High School.

\"It has been feeling really good lately,\" Wieskamp said. \"I've got to keep it up.

\"I've struggled a little bit on the road shooting, so for me this builds my confidence a lot hitting all those threes tonight.\"

Wieskamp was in full attack mode. He made 17 of 26 shots (6 of 10 from behind the arc), all seven free throws he attempted, grabbed 11 rebounds and delivered the game-winning 3-point play in the final minute.

\"He's really focused right now and deserving of everything he's getting,\" Muscatine coach Gary Belger said. \"I'm just so proud that he's so much more assertive right now.\"

As a result, Muscatine (8-4, 5-3) has won a season-high four straight.

\"It all starts with Joe,\" senior Jake Mussehl said after registering 14 points. \"He creates our shots and gets us going. We've definitely improved since break.\"

Wieskamp, averaging 31.1 points for the season, had 15 of Muscatine's 19 points in the opening quarter. He had 27 at intermission as the Muskies built a 42-33 cushion.

If he wasn't knocking down jump shots, Wieskamp was getting to the basket with ease. He even had a couple post-up moves for scores.

It was the second-highest scoring performance of his career. He tallied 50 in a win against Burlington earlier this season.

\"He's a load,\" Assumption coach Matt Fitzpatrick said. \"He made tough shots all night long. We allowed him to get in a really good rhythm because we were really soft to start the game.

\"In the second half, we had a toughness about us and had each other\u2019s back, but it was too late. When good players get flowing like that, it is hard to stop them.\"

Assumption (8-5, 4-4) rallied in the second half and had a 66-63 lead with 3 minutes to go after a Dylan Peeters basket.

Mussehl responded with a corner 3-pointer to square the game.

After the Knights' Ray Thrapp missed an open 3, Muscatine called timeout having possession with 37.5 seconds left.

\"First thing Joe asked me in the timeout, 'Do you want to go for one shot?'\" Belger said. \"I told him, 'Absolutely not. If you got the basket, you go.'\"

Wieskamp broke his defender down, scored at the rim and was fouled. He canned the free throw to make it a 69-66 margin.

Assumption had a chance to tie, but Trent Fitzpatrick's 3 was off the mark. Mussehl and Wieskamp made three foul shots in the final 13 seconds to ice it.

Belger was particularly pleased with the effort he got from Bryce Howard and Lex Hahn off the bench.

\"We're playing better, but our practices have to get a lot better if we want to get to that next level,\" Belger said. \"We're over that hump but hitting the three-quarter mark. We don't want to stay there.\"

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Joe Wieskamp made only three baskets and had a season-low 15 points two weeks ago against Bettendorf. Afterward Iowa assistant coach Kirk Speraw, in attendance, had some advice for the future Hawkeye.

\"He just told me I need to get the ball and become more assertive,\" the 6-foot-6 Muscatine junior said.

Message received.

After 37- and 42-point outputs against North Scott and Mount Pleasant, respectively, in the past week, Wieskamp poured in 47 points Friday night to pace Muscatine past Class 3A seventh-ranked Davenport Assumption 72-69 at Assumption High School.

\"It has been feeling really good lately,\" Wieskamp said. \"I've got to keep it up.

\"I've struggled a little bit on the road shooting, so for me this builds my confidence a lot hitting all those threes tonight.\"

Wieskamp was in full attack mode. He made 17 of 26 shots (6 of 10 from the arc), all seven free throws he attempted, grabbed 11 rebounds and delivered the game-winning 3-point play in the final minute.

\"He's really focused right now and deserving of everything he's getting,\" Muscatine coach Gary Belger said. \"I'm just so proud that he's so much more assertive right now.\"

As a result, Muscatine (8-4, 5-3) has won a season-high four straight.

\"It all starts with Joe,\" senior Jake Mussehl said after registering 14 points. \"He creates our shots and gets us going. We've definitely improved since break.\"

Wieskamp, averaging 31.1 points for the season, had 15 of Muscatine's 19 points in the opening quarter. He had 27 at intermission as the Muskies built a 42-33 cushion.

If he wasn't knocking down jump shots, Wieskamp was getting to the basket with ease. He even had a couple post-up moves for scores.

It was the second-highest scoring performance of his career. He tallied 50 in a win against Burlington earlier this season.

\"He's a load,\" Assumption coach Matt Fitzpatrick said. \"He made tough shots all night long. We allowed him to get in a really good rhythm because we were really soft to start the game.

\"In the second half, we had a toughness about us and had each other's back, but it was too late. When good players get flowing like that, it is hard to stop them.\"

Assumption (8-5, 4-4) rallied in the second half and took a 66-63 lead with 3 minutes to go after a Dylan Peeters basket.

Mussehl responded with a corner 3-pointer to square the game. The teams combined to make 23 shots from beyond the arc.

After the Knights' Ray Thrapp missed an open 3-pointer, Muscatine called timeout having possession with 37.5 seconds left.

\"First thing Joe asked me in the timeout, 'Do you want to go for one shot?'\" Belger said. \"I told him, 'Absolutely not. If you got the basket, you go.'\"

Wieskamp broke his defender down, scored at the rim and was fouled. He canned the free throw to make it a 69-66 margin.

Assumption had a chance to tie, but Trent Fitzpatrick's 3 was off the mark. Mussehl and Wieskamp made three foul shots in the final 13 seconds to ice it.

Trenton Wallace led the Knights with 17 and Trent Fitzpatrick had 16.

\"I thought our kids competed and battled,\" coach Fitzpatrick said, \"but you've got to learn how to win in the last two minutes. The majority of these games come down to which team is smarter and handles the pressure.

\"That's what they did. They executed a little better than us tonight.\"

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The North Scott boys basketball team used a balanced scoring attack along with some hot shooting to bury Pleasant Valley 57-40 on Friday night at The Pit.

\u201cWe finished plays and did a great job of sharing the ball offensively to get open shots,\u201d said North Scott head coach Shamus Budde.

No sequence was more indicative of the unselfish play than when the Lancers (9-3, 6-2 MAC) went on a 14-2 run spanning the end of third and start of the fourth quarter. No Lancer scored consecutive baskets on the run, as they pushed their lead out to 18 with six minutes to go in the game.

\u201cIt has as much to do with us on the court as off it,\u201d said Lancer guard Corvon Seales. \u201cWe have really come together as a team off the court and its translated well.\u201d

It showed as the Lancers had a different player step up in big moments throughout the game. First it was junior guard Gary Morgan who started out the game with three straight 3-pointers. In the second quarter, it was Corvon Seales who dropped in seven straight points to help regain the lead. Then it was Bailey Basala who put the game away in the second half, pouring in 17 of his game-high 22 points.

The Lancers shot 20-for-35 as a team.

\u201cWe did a great job of sharing the ball offensively, and that\u2019s when we\u2019re at our best,\u201d Budde said.

Pleasant Valley (5-8, 3-5) was able to battle back early as sophomores Carter Duwa and Hunter Snyder knocked down consecutive 3-pointers to keep the Spartans within striking distance. An easy put back at the buzzer by Trevon Montgomery cut the Lancer lead to three at the end of the first quarter.

\u201cI liked the way we were competing and the pace of the game was where we needed it,\u201d said Pleasant Valley head coach Steve Hillman.

The Spartans took their first lead 16-15 in the second quarter behind two tough interior buckets by forward Caleb Carius. Once again though the hot shooting of the Lancers began to heat up as Corvon Seales made a variety of shots on his way to a 10-point quarter and a 22-16 halftime lead.

\u201cWe gave them too many second chances,\u201d said Budde. \u201cThey outworked us in that first half.\u201d

Eventually the visiting Spartans found themselves in too big of a hole to climb out of as shots stopped falling and the opposing crowd grew louder. Pleasant Valley was 13-for-35 shooting on the night and was led in scoring by Montgomery who had 11, with Duwa chipping in 9, and Snyder 8.

\u201cOnce it went from four to 14, it became a completely different ball game,\u201d said Hillman. \u201cIt\u2019s always hard to win at the pit.\u201d

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Boys basketball

Bettendorf 39, Clinton 36: Michael Baer scored 11 points, including nine in the second half, and Mark Kallenberger added eight to lift the Class 4A eighth-ranked Bulldogs to a narrow victory at Clinton on Friday.

Jaden Mixon had 18 points to lead Clinton (5-7, 4-4 MAC), which led 18-17 at the half. But the Bulldogs (10-3, 8-0) clamped down on everyone else, allowing just three other River Kings players to score.

Central 82, Burlington 49: The Blue Devils led 18-4 after the first quarter and 49-18 at the half on the way to a blowout victory George Marshall Gym.

Ray Miller scored 17 points to lead four players in double figures for Central (9-3, 6-2 MAC). Tirique Randolph added 13 points while Nate Tyson and Tyrique Vesey pitched in with 11 and 10, respectively. Austin Brown scored a game-high 25 points for Burlington (0-12, 0-8).

Davenport North 64, Davenport West 45: Keenan Hollingshed had 17 points and VJ Wilmington tallied 16 as North outscored West 39-22 in the second half to prevail at home.

The Wildcats (6-6, 3-5) also received a dozen points from Max Taylor and nine from Atticus Taylor. Kenny Clay led the Falcons (2-11, 1-7) with 17 points. Trey Sampson finished with 11.

Rock Island 54, Galesburg 42: Jacob and Ben Ellis combined for 27 points to lead the Rocks to a win at Galesburg.

Jacob scored a game-high 17 and brother Ben added 10 for Rock Island (10-7, 3-2). Galesburg (13-9, 1-4) was led by TJ Pendleton with 15 points.

Girls basketball

Bettendorf 44, Clinton 21: Jordan Ratigan had 10 points and Erin Hatch and Kylie Wroblewski added eight points apiece to send the Bulldogs (11-3, 9-1 MAC) to a win over the visiting River Queens.

Sarah Goldensoph led Clinton (5-9, 2-8) with 10 points.

Assumption 51, Muscatine 38: Class 3A ninth-ranked Assumption outscored Muscatine 16-7 in the final quarter to post a road conference victory.

Grace Jacobsen had 13 points while Jasmine Harris and Bailey Brown each had 10 for the Knights (9-5, 7-3). Tessa Kerr had 10 for the Muskies, who were just 2 of 15 from beyond the arc.

Davenport North 75, Davenport West 25: Paige Bradford scored 21 points while Jacionna Stowers and Jinaya Houston had 17 and 16, respectively, to lead North past West.

Houston eclipsed 1,500 points for her career in the win as Class 5A fourth-ranked North (11-2, 9-1) maintained pace with Pleasant Valley and Bettendorf atop the MAC standings.

Rachel Stewart led West with 13 points.

\u2014 Staff report

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MUSCATINE\u00a0\u2014 The Muscatine girls basketball team wasn\u2019t intimidated by playing a ranked opponent in Class 3A intimidate them \u2014 and they weren't going to let 3A No. 9 Davenport Assumption give more effort than them.

That effort nearly paid off as the Muskies rallied from an early deficit to take a lead late in the second quarter and were within four points heading into the fourth quarter.

The Knights eventually pulled away for a 51-38 Mississippi Athletic Conference victory, one the Muskies could feel they achieved at least some of their goals.

\u201cI couldn\u2019t be any more proud than I am right now with these girls' efforts tonight,\u201d Muscatine coach Susan Orvis said. \u201cI thought they played their tails off for a large percentage of the game.\u201d

That was particularly true of the Muskies' defensive effort in the second and third quarters, where Muscatine (6-9, 4-6 MAC) held the Knights (9-5, 7-3) to nine and eight points, respectively.

The feat came after allowing 16 points in the first quarter.

\"Muscatine is a really good team and they were definitely ready to go,\"\u00a0Assumption coach Katelyn McNamara said. \"They gave us some trouble there offensively, and when that happens we can get frustrated at times.\"

The Muscatine offense got going in the second quarter, when the Muskies scored 17 points. That combination of offense and defense helped pull Muscatine to within just four, 27-23, going into the locker room at halftime after trailing 16-6 after the first quarter.

\u201cOnce we settled down a bit and regrouped we were able to see our teammates better and make smarter decisions,\u201d Orvis said. \u201cWe had to get back to the simple things and attack towards the basket and guard the paint first. Once we did that, we had an easier time moving the ball throughout the rest of the game compared to earlier.\u201d

A big part of settling down was due to Tessa Kerr\u2019s overall effort as she finished with a team-high 10 points and had two steals.

The most notable moment for the Muskie junior came with two minutes to go in the second quarter when she hit a 3-point shot to bring the Muskies within a point, only to get a steal that led to an old-fashioned three-point play to give Muscatine its first and only lead in the game.

\u201cShe is really stepping up for us,\u201d Orvis said. \u201cShe has been practicing great, shooting great and attacking the basket more. We really need her to score and I think she is starting to get the confidence that she can fill that void for us.\u201d

Despite the Muskies' effort, Assumption's intense full-court press gave them fits on almost every possession. Muscatine turned the ball over on its first five possessions of the game.

Even though the Muskies eventually broke the press, at times with ease, the Knights never stopped utilizing it and ended the night forcing 21 Muskie turnovers.

\u201cOur girls had a lot of energy to start the game and we saw that in the press on our first couple of defensive possessions,\u201d\u00a0 McNamara said. \u201cIt\u2019s our backbone because when it is working, everything seems to fall into place for us. When they started to break it, though, it starts to get away from us a bit.\u201d

The Muskies got back into the game as guards Abby Rusch, who scored seven points, Mati Hepker and Macey Rogers, who added nine points and nine rebounds, started to make quick passes to break the press.

\u201cIt\u2019s something we practice a lot,\u201d Orvis said. \u201cIt\u2019s really simple in theory: you know with angles, ball fakes and the little details. It\u2019s harder than I make it sound of course, but I was happy with how they sorted that out as a team.\"

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