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Bradley-Bourbonnais scored first in Monday\u2019s Class 4A girls basketball sectional semifinal against Rock Island. It was a while before the eighth-ranked Boilermakers scored again.

After an early Vinisha Sherrod 3-pointer, the No. 2-ranked Rocks reeled off 19 unanswered points on the way to an easy 70-31 victory at Normal Community High School.

The Rocks\u2019 win sets up another sectional championship matchup at 7 p.m. Thursday against Edwardsville, which defeated Springfield 67-47 on Monday. Edwardsville (29-0) and Rock Island (31-1) have met the past two seasons in the sectional final, with the Tigers winning 59-42 last year and 53-51 in 2015.

The Rocks will be seeking their second sectional championship in program history and first since 1991.

Bradley-Bourbonnais (27-3), which had won 10 in a row, gave the Rocks little resistance Monday.

Rock Island answered the Boilers\u2019 early 3-pointer with four of their own during their big run to lead 19-5 after the first quarter. They made seven 3s in the first half on the way to a 36-12 advantage at the break and finished with 15 treys for the game.

The Rocks, who are ranked No. 25 in the nation by MaxPreps, didn\u2019t let up in the second half. After five straight points to open the fourth quarter by Bradley-Bourbonnais, Mariah Anderson answered with her own 8-0 run, including her fifth and sixth 3-pointers of the game to give the Rocks a 58-26 lead.

Anderson finished with seven 3s and 23 points, while Brea Beal added 18 for the Rocks.

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Andrew Pauli laughed when asked if he could have competed in last weekend's NBA 3-point contest.

But the Davenport Assumption senior did show off his skills from long range during Monday night's first-round playoff game against West Liberty. Pauli buried all four of his 3-point attempts to help lead the Knights past the Comets, 69-26, in Class 3A action in the Knights' gym.

Assumption (13-9) will host Dubuque Wahlert on Thursday at 7 p.m. for the district crown and the right to advance to the substate final Monday night.

Pauli, who is not part of the Knights' normal rotation, finished with a team-high 12 points and looked solid in swishing his attempts. Three of his four makes came from corner shots. Assumption had raced out to a 43-3 lead by halftime which allowed Knights coach Matt Fitzpatrick to give everyone a chance to play.

\"When I got in there, I was just looking to shoot,\" Pauli said. \"I don't get a lot of minutes so it feels good to get out there. Everyone looked to pass first and if you are open, then take the shot. My teammates found me and I took the shot.\"

The Knights showed that team-first attitude the entire game. In the first half, Assumption had 14 assists on the 18 field goals it made. Seven different Knights scored in the first two quarters and the starters barely played after the second quarter. For the game, Luke Fennelly had eight points, Trenton Wallace added seven points and Trent Fitzpatrick contributed eight points.

Liam Robbins had four points but eight rebounds and Dylan Peeters had nine points in just two quarters of action.

When Pauli and the reserves got out there in the last two quarters, the almost over-passed the ball, passing up many decent looks to try and find their teammates. The Knights had just nine field goals in the last two quarters but five more assists were tallied in a quick second half with a running clock.

Pauli gave the contingent of Assumption students something to cheer about by burying his three-pointers. He showed confidence in squaring up all of his attempts.

\"Andrew is a kid who works really hard and he is committed to our program,\" Matt Fitzpatrick said. \"He's just a great teammate and I am really happy for him to get out there and get some good minutes because he deserves it. He's a great shooter and he showed that.\"

Although Pauli showed off his outside skills, the biggest cheer of the evening came mid-way through the third quarter when Daniel Powers stole the ball at mid-court and went down and threw down a dunk that brought the Knights' students to their feet.

\"I was not ready for that,\" Pauli said of Powers' throw-down. \"I figured it was going to be a lay-up for sure but he can do that.\"

Noah Feldman had 19 points for the Comets (7-15) in his final high school game. Feldman also had a nice dunk off a rebound in traffic as the senior added eight rebounds for visitors. Seth Feldman had six points for the Comets as well.

The Knights seemed to be hitting their stride at the right time and a rough Mississippi Athletic Conference schedule combined with a tough non-conference slate has prepared Fitzpatrick's team for a potential run.

\"We are ready right now,\" Matt Fitzpatrick said. \"We are battle-tested and out of our 21 regular-season games, we probably only had two letdowns and other than that, we got better and played well every night and we are looking forward to playing again on Thursday.\"

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Boys basketball

Iowa districts

Class 1A District 8

Today's semifinals\u00a0

Easton Valley (12-10) at North Linn (22-0), 7 p.m.

Calamus-Wheatland (18-4) at Clinton Prince of Peace (17-5), 7 p.m.

Class 2A District 7

Today's final

At Clinton -- Camanche (20-2) vs. Northeast (18-4), 7 p.m.

Class 2A District 8

Today's final

At Muscatine -- Tipton (13-10) vs. West Branch (17-5), 7 p.m.

Class 3A District 7

Monday's scores

Dubuque Wahlert 71, Solon 68

Davenport Assumption 69, West Liberty 26

Thursday's game

At Assumption -- Dubuque Wahlert (6-15) vs. Assumption (13-9), 7 p.m.

Class 3A District 8

Monday's scores

Cedar Rapids Xavier 70, Central DeWitt 30

Mount Vernon 62, Maquoketa 46

Thursday's game

At Mount Vernon -- Cedar Rapids Xavier (11-11) vs. Mount Vernon (17-5), 7 p.m.

Class 4A Substate 5

Monday's scores

Pleasant Valley 41, Clinton 21

Linn-Mar 70, Iowa City High 52

Friday's games

Pleasant Valley (11-11) at Iowa City West (18-3), 7 p.m.

Linn-Mar (10-12) at Muscatine (14-6), 7 p.m.

Class 4A Substate 6

Monday's scores

Davenport West 71, Davenport North 54

Davenport Central 74, Burlington 40

Friday's games

Davenport West (5-17) at Bettendorf (16-5), 7 p.m.

Davenport Central (17-4) at North Scott (15-6), 7 p.m.

Illinois regionals

Class 2A at Morrison

Monday's scores

Morrison 47, West Carroll 41

Fulton 59, Prophetstown 55

Wednesday's semifinals

Sterling Newman vs. Morrison, 6 p.m.

Winnebago vs. Fulton, 7:30 p.m.

Friday's championship

Teams TBD, 7 p.m.

Class 2A at Kewanee

Monday's scores

Bureau Valley 64, ROWVA 49

Riverdale 62, Stark County 39

Today's semifinal

Kewanee vs. Bureau Valley, 6 p.m.

Wednesday's semifinal

Monmouth-Roseville vs. Riverdale, 7 p.m.

Friday's championship

Teams TBD, 7 p.m.

Class 2A at Mercer County

Monday's scores

Mercer County 58, Sherrard 34

Orion 73, Monmouth United 35

Today's semifinal

Rockridge vs. Mercer County, 7 p.m.

Wednesday's semifinal

Alleman vs. Orion, 7 p.m.

Friday's championship

Teams TBD, 7 p.m.

Class 1A at Henry

Monday's score

Wethersfield 66, Henry-Senachwine 39

Today's games

Ridgewood vs. Lowpoint-Washburn, 6 p.m.

Galva vs. Midland, 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday's semifinals

Annawan vs. Wethersfield, 6 p.m.

Galva/Midland vs. Ridgewood/Lowpoint-Washburn, 7:30 p.m.

Friday's championship

Teams TBD, 7 p.m.

Class 1A at Lanark Eastland

Monday's scores

Forreston 84, Polo 40

Pearl City 44, Erie 39

Davenport West 71, Davenport North 54

WEST (5-17) -- Kenny Clay 4-10 6-12 14, Trey Sampson 11-18 3-3 27, Bailey Garnica 1-2 0-0 3, Aaron Gilliland 0-3 0-0 0, Brett Erwin 10-17 5-6 25, Victor Howard 1-1 0-0 2, Jamil Haymond 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 27-51 14-21 71

NORTH (7-15) -- Keenan Hollingshed 4-13 0-0 9, VJ Wilmington 2-12 1-2 5, Max Taylor 4-10 1-1 11, TJ Vesey 4-8 2-3 12, Jared Beck 3-4 0-0 6, Derek Murray 1-3 0-0 2, Austin McNeal 4-7 1-1 9, Payton Henderson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 22-57 5-7 54

West;8;24;16;23;--;71

North;6;11;15;22;--;54

Three-point goals -- West 3-7 (Sampson 2-4, Garnica 1-2, Clay 0-1); North 5-13 (Taylor 2-2, Vesey 2-3, Hollingshed 1-4, Wilmington 0-3, McNeal 0-1). Rebounds -- West 28 (Sampson 13, Erwin 7); North 25 (Beck 5, McNeal 5). Turnovers -- West 13, North 17. Team fouls -- West 12, North 18. Fouled out -- West (none); North (Wilmington).

Pleasant Valley 41, Clinton 21

PLEASANT VALLEY (11-11) \u2014 Carter Duwa 1-3 0-1 3, Alex Kitzmann 1-4 0-0 3, Hunter Snyder 1-6, 0-0 2, Trevon Montgomery 2-4 4-4 9, Brian Dayman 7-11 3-3 17, Caleb Carius 1-1 1-1 3, Michael Meyer 2-2 0-0 4, Max Slavens 0-0 0-0 0, Cooper Edwards 0-1 0-0 0, Austin Halupnik 0-0 0-0 0, Daniel Romans 0-0 0-0 0, Peter Zucker 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 15-33 8-9 41.

CLINTON (9-13) \u2014 Jaden Mixon 1-7 0-0 2, Jamiere Broughton 2-9 0-0 5, LJ Henderson 0-1 3-4 3, Louis Harris 0-0 0-0 0, Makai Hart 2-4 1-2 5, Lincoln Thomas 0-5 0-2 0, Brennen Lemke 0-4 1-2 1, Quavon Jones 1-6 0-0 2, Demonte Jones 1-3 0-0 3, Keaton Comstock 0-0 0-0 0, Ricky Clay 0-0 0-0 0, Ty McGruder 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 7-40 5-10 21.

Pleasant Valley;10;5;16;10;\u2014;41

Clinton;3;4;10;4;\u2014;21

3-point goals \u2014 PV 3-12 (Montgomery 1-1, Kitzmann 1-2, Duwa 1-3, Dayman 0-1, Zucker 0-1, Snyder 0-4); Clinton 2-21 (Broughton 1-6, D. Jones 1-2, Mixon 0-4, Thomas 0-3, Lemke 0-3, Q. Jones 0-3). Rebounds \u2014 PV 32 (Dayman 15, Montgomery 6); Clinton 22 (Q. Jones 5, Mixon 4). Turnovers \u2014 PV 9, Clinton 5. Total fouls \u2014 PV 12, Clinton 13. Fouled out \u2014 none.\u00a0

Davenport Central 74, Burlington 50

BURLINGTON (0-22) \u2013 Austin Brown 6-14 2-2 15, Ryle Koenig 6-12 0-0 12, Daxton Washington-Smothers 3-7 3-5 9, Riley Gilpin 1-5 0-0 2, Mason Leinbach 0-6 0-0 0, Taven Harris 0-5 0-2 0, JJ Connor 0-1 0-2 0, Karon Allen 1-1 0-0 2, Charley Carlson 0-2 0-0 0, Ladamion Ross 0-0 0-0 0, Kevonne Peterson 0-1 0-0 0 0. Totals 17-54 5-11 40.

DAVENPORT CENTRAL (17-4) \u2013 Tirique Randolph 2-8 0-0 4, Zachary Taylor 1-2 0-0 2, Tyrique Vesey 5-8 2-5 15, Nathan Tyson 5-11 4-5 14, Ray Miller 9-13 6-10 24, Manny Mack 1-2 1-1 3, Daejon Thorpe 1-2 1-1 3, Cole Montgomery 0-6 0-0 0, Rayshawn Bourrage 0-0 0-0 0 , Isaiah Litt 0-1 0-2 0, Jordan Andrews 1-5 0-1 2, Monterius Bullock 3-6 1-1 7, Cameron Hart 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 29-66 15-26 74.

Burlington;10;5;13;12;--;40

Davenport Central;18;19;22;15;--;74

3-point goals \u2013 Burlington 1-16 (Brown 1-6, Harris 0-1, Connor 0-1, Peterson 0-1, Carlson 0-2, Gilpin 0-2, Leinbach 0-3); Davenport Central 0-15 (Miller 0-1, Bullock 0-1, Tyson 0-2, Andrews 0-2, Randolph 0-4, Montgomery 0-5). Rebounds \u2013 Burlington 37 (Washington-Smothers 10); Davenport Central 40 (Taylor 7). Total fouls \u2013 Burlington 20; Davenport Central 15. Fouled out \u2013 Leinbach. Turnovers \u2013 Burlington 20; Davenport Central 9.

Davenport Assumption 69, West Liberty 26

WEST LIBERTY (7-15) -- Elias Rocha 0 0-0 0, Seth Feldman 2 0-0 6, Nathan Schemmel 0 0-0 0, Noah Feldman 9 0-3 19, Spencer Daufeldt 0 1-2 1, Leodan Lopez 0 0-0 0, Austin McMichael 0 0-0 0, Scott Pace 0 0-0 0, Gavin Chown 0 0-0 0, Colton Kaalberg 0 0-0 0, Kurtis Minor 0 0-0 0. Totals 11 1-5 26

ASSUMPTION (13-9) -- Luke Fennelly 3 0-0 8, Trenton Wallace 3 0-0 7, Trent Fitzpatrick 4 0-0 8, Ray Thrapp 1 0-0 3, Liam Robbins 2 0-0 4, Dylan Peeters 4 0-0 9, Landon Dugan 1 0-0 3, Thomas Wahl 1 1-1 3, Brock Grenier 1 1-2 3, Erik Wadsager 1 0-0 2, Andrew Pauli 4 0-0 12, Daniel Powers 2 0-0 5, Anthony Valainis 0 2-2 2. Totals 27 4-5 69.

West Liberty;1;2;14;9;--;26

Assumption;24;19;14;12;--;69

3-point goals -- West Liberty 3 (S. Feldman 2, N. Feldman); Assumption 11 (Pauli 4, Fennelly 2, Wallace, Thrapp, Peeters, Dugan, Powers). Total fouls -- West Liberty 7, Assumption 11. Fouled out -- none.

Mercer County 58, Sherrard 34\u00a0

SHERRARD -- Green 0 0-0 2 0, Lucas 1 0-0 0 2, Mullen 1 0-0 3 2, Secor 2 1-1 5 5, Wolford 0 0-0 0 0, Bradley 1 0-0 1 2, Minch 0 0-0 0 0, Corken 5 3-4 4 14, Hatlestad 3 2-2 4 9, Bizarri 0 0-1 1 0, Earl 0 0-0 0 0, Barber 0 0-1 0 0. Totals 13 6-9 20 34.

MERCER COUNTY -- Xavier Cortez 0 0-0 0 0, Jacob Dellitt 0 2-2 1 2, Evan Lilly 0 0-0 0 0, Benjamin Nichols 2 2-4 4 7, Rashaun King 1 6-7 1 8, Jeff Garrett 0 0-0 0 0, Anthony Ruggles 3 0-0 2 7, Jaden Dellitt 0 2-2 2 2, Jordan Metcalf 6 5-7 3 17, Quinton King 6 0-0 15. Totals 18 17-22 15 58. \u00a0

Sherrard;3;6;13;12;--;34

Mercer County;23;12;14;9;--;58

3-point goals -- Sherrard 2 (Corken, Hatlestad); Mercer County 5 (Quinton King 3, Jaden Dellitt, Nichols). Fouled out -- Sherrard (Secor)

Orion 73, United 35

ORION -- Schroeder 1 0-0 0 2, Ditzman 1 0-0 0 2, Gambon 3 0-1 0 7, Ketron 3 0-0 0 8, Grafton 2 0-0 0 6, Anderson 1 0-0 0 3, Seth West 1 0-0 0 2, Sam West 0 0-0 0 0, Clark 3 3-5 2 9, Caleb Allen 6 3-3 1 15, Johnson 1 0-0 1 2, Andrae 2 1-2 1 5, Minas 3 0-0 2 8, Seth Allen 1 2-5 1 4, Schulenberg 0 0-0 1 0. Totals 28 9-13 9 73.\u00a0

UNITED -- Whitsitt 2 0-0 0 4, Dunn 1 0-0 1 2, Butler 1 0-0 2 2, Marshall 3 0-0 1 6, Brownlee 1 0-0 1 2, Moore 0 0-0 1 0, Clark 0 0-0 0 0, VanNorman 1 0-0 2 2, Allaman 1 0-0 1 2, Lee 5 0-0 3 13, Kane 0 0-0 0 0, Frieden 1 0-0 3 2, Colbrese 0 0-0 0 0. Totals 16 0-0 15 35.\u00a0

Orion;26;22;15;12;--;73

United;10;2;10;13;--;35

Orion 8 (Minas 2, Ketron 2, Grafton 2, Anderson, Gambon); United 3 (Lee 3)\u00a0

Riverdale 62, Stark County 39

RIVERDALE -- Matt Ibarra 0 0-0 0 0, Brett Murphy 5 2-2 0 16, Scott Murphy 1 0-2 2 2, Dalton Beale 5 0-0 1 13, Tyler Bussert 4 0-0 1 13, Wainright 1 0-0 0 3, Parker Carson 0 0-0 0 0, Cody Young 0 0-0 0 0, Blake DeClerq 2 1-3 1 5, Connor Hughes 0 0-0 1 0, Jake Barnett 3 0-0 3 6, Anthony Ruthey 1 1-2 0 3, Pratt 1 0-0 0 2. Totals 23 4-9 6 62.

STARK COUNTY -- John Groter 1 0-2 0 2, Cade Tuthill 1 0-0 0 2, Jared Code 0 0-0 2 0, Bryce Knowles 0 0-0 1 0, Jared Stevens 0 0-0 0 0, Brock Stotler 2 0-0 3 6, Cody Minder 0 0-0 0 0, Payton Browning 0 0-0 2 0, Canaan Gerber 3 2-5 2 8, Daegan Porter 2 0-0 1 4, Logan Knobloch 3 2-2 2 10, Troy Hippen 3 0-0 0 7. Totals 15 4-9 20 39.\u00a0

Riverdale;10;14;19;19;--;62

Stark County;9;9;9;12;--;39

3-point goals -- Riverdale 12 (Brett Murphy 4, Bussert 4, Beale 3, Wainright); Stark County 5 (Knobloch 2, Stotler 2, Hippen)

Morrison 47, West Carroll 41

MORRISON -- Britt Ottens 3 2-2 3 9, Bryce Smith 2 4-6 3 10, Ben Brackemyer 5 3-3 3 13, Ethan Medenblik 2 0-0 0 5, Evan Ernst 0 0-0 0 0, Steven Kramoski 2 0-0 1 4, Nick Klimson 3 0-0 3 6. Totals 17 9-11 13 47.\u00a0

WEST CARROLL -- Ko. Plottenberger 2 0-0 4 4, Ka. Plottenberger 2 3-3 1 8, Wurster 0 2-6 2 2, Jones 2 4-6 2 8, Stines 1 0-0 1 2, Anderson 2 2-2 1 7, Dunk 5 0-0 1 10, Appel 0 0-0 0 0. Totals 14 11-17 12 41.\u00a0

Morrison;9;13;11;14;--;47

West Carroll;6;10;12;13;--;41

3-point goals -- Morrison 4 (Smith 2, Medenblik, Ottens); West Carroll 2 (Anderson, Ka. Plottenberger)

Fulton 59, Prophetstown 55

PROPHETSTOWN -- J. Pierceson 0 0-0 2 0, Wetzell 3 4-5 3 10, Cady 1 2-2 3 5, H. Ames 1 0-0 2 2, J. Ames 3 1-2 5 7, N. Pierceson 4 1-2 4 10, Behrens 6 0-2 2 17, Robinson 2 0-0 2 4. Totals 20 8-13 23 55.\u00a0

FULTON -- Collachia 0 1-4 0 1, McClary 1 3-4 1 5, Sanderson 3 6-9 1 15, Schroeder 2 1-2 1 5, Bruggenwirth 3 5-13 2 11, Mason 2 1-1 1 5, Schipper 3 2-2 3 9, Wierema 3 2-4 1 8, Kloepping 0 0-0 0 0. Totals 17 21-39 10 59.\u00a0

Prophetstown;12;14;13;16;--;55

Fulton;18;11;11;19;--;59

3-point goals -- Prophetstown 7 (Behrens 5, Cady, N. Pierceson); Fulton 4 (Sanderson 3, Schipper). Fouled out -- Prophetstown (J. Ames)

Girls basketball\u00a0

Iowa regionals

Class 1A Region 5

Monday's score

Bellevue Marquette 53, Lynnville-Sully 46

Class 1A Region 6

Monday's score

Burlington Notre Dame 49, Easton Valley 42

Class 2A Region 7

Monday's score

Iowa City Regina 69, Bellevue 57

Class 4A Region 5

Today's final

North Scott (17-5) at Western Dubuque (21-1), 7 p.m.

Class 5A Region 2

Today's final

Bettendorf (15-6) at Cedar Falls (20-2), 7 p.m.

Class 5A Region 6

Today's final

Pleasant Valley (19-3) at Waukee (17-4), 7 p.m.

Class 5A Region 7

Today's final

Davenport North (18-4) at Johnston (18-4), 7 p.m.

Iowa state tournament

at Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines

Class 1A

Quarterfinals\u00a0

Monday, Feb. 27

Springville (22-2) vs. Burlington Notre Dame (19-6), 10 a.m.

Bellevue Marquette (21-3) vs. Kingsley-Pierson (23-1), 11:45 a.m.

Turkey Valley (21-3) vs. Janesville (24-0), 1:30 p.m.

Exira/Elk Horn-Kimballton (23-1) vs. Sidney (23-1), 3:15 p.m.\u00a0

Class 2A

Monday, Feb. 27

Iowa City Regina (25-0) vs. Logan-Magnolia (21-3), 5 p.m.\u00a0

Western Christian (22-2) vs. North Linn (24-1), 6:45 p.m.\u00a0

Treynor (25-0) vs. Van Meter (21-3), 8:30 p.m.\u00a0

Tuesday, Feb. 28

Central Decatur (24-0) vs. Cascade (22-2), 10 a.m.

Class 3A

Tuesday, Feb. 28

Sioux Center (24-0) vs. PCM (20-4), 11:45 a.m.

Crestwood (22-1) vs. Cherokee (20-3), 1:30 p.m.

Center Point-Urbana (21-3) vs. Davenport Assumption (16-7), 3:15 p.m.

Pocahontas Area (24-1) vs. Clear Lake (21-3), 5 p.m.

Illinois sectionals

Class 4A

At Normal

Monday's scores

Rock Island 70, Bradley-Bourbannais 31

Edwardsville 67, Springfield 47

Thursday's final

Rock Island vs. Edwardsville, 7 p.m.

Illinois supersectionals

Class 2A

Monday's score

Byron 56, Sherrard 20

Class 1A

Monday's score

Annawan 55, Galena 44

Burlington Notre Dame 49, Easton Valley 42

EASTON VALLEY (15-7) \u2013 Sadie Zaruba 2-7 4-5 8, Lauren Banowetz 0-1 0-0 0, Lexi Theisen 2-13 2-2 7, Hannah Bormann 3-6 0-0 6, Sarah Driscoll 1-4 2-2 5, Kiley Petersen 6-9 0-2 12, Melissa Strait 2-2 0-0 4. Totals 16-42 8-11 42.

NOTRE DAME (19-6) \u2013 Anna Tillo 0-1 0-1 0, Johanna Myers 8-21 10-13 29, Hailey Blythe 2-9 0-0 4, Kaelyn Hoambrecker 1-5 0-1 2, Catherine Lillie 0-1 0-0 0, Tyalor Ackerman 0-2 0-0 0, Emma Lynch 4-16 5-8 14. Totals 15-55 15-23 49.

Easton Valley;9;6;9;18;--;42

Notre Dame; 12;5;19;13;--;49

3-point goals \u2013 Easton Valley 2-12 (Zaruba 0-2, Theisen 1-5, 0-1, Driscoll 1-4); Notre Dame 3-16 (Tillo 0-1, Myers 3-10, Blythe 0-2, Hoambrecker 0-1, Lillie 0-1, Ackerman 0-1). Rebounds \u2013 Easton Valley 31 (Petersen 10, Zaruba 10); Notre Dame 21 (Lynch 11). Turnovers \u2013 Easton Valley 25, Notre Dame 10. Total fouls \u2013 Easton Valley 20, Notre Dame 17. Fouled out \u2013 Easton Valley -- Strait.

Iowa City Regina 69, Bellevue 57

BELLEVUE (17-7) -- Emma Ketchen 6 0-0 12, Giana Michels 7 1-2 19, Kailey Miller 2 0-0 4, Camryn Reeg 2 0-0 5, Rebecca Schroeder 4 1-1 9, Lindsey Banowetz 2 1-2 6, McKenzey Till 1 0-0 2, Totals 24 3-5 57.

IOWA CITY REGINA (25-0) -- Mary Crompton 7 5-6 24, Sarah Lehman 6 4-8 17, Greyson Dumont 0 0-0 0, Kennedy Wallace 1 0-0 3, Alex Wiese 8 2-5 21, Alexa Lehman 1 0-0 2, Lauren Gaarde 1 0-1 2, Katie Dunn 0 0-0 0, Totals 25 11-20 69.

Halftime \u2014\u00a0Regina, 42-34. 3-point goals \u2014\u00a0Bellevue 6 (Michels 4, Banowetz, Reeg), Regina 10 (Crompton 5, S. Lehman 2, Wallace, Wiese).

Byron 56, Sherrard 20

SHERRARD (28-4) -- Callie Minch 2-12 0-0 4, Emma Hofmann 0-3 0-0 0, Claire Crippen 3-6 0-0 6, Spenser Strandgard 2-2 1-2 5, Kendra Mattingly 1-1 1-4 3, Jenna Vestal 0-1 0-0 0 Bailey Iverson 0-0 0-0 0, Kaitlynn Shouse 0-0 0-0 0, Faith Anderson 1-1 0-0 2, Schylar Hawotte 0-0 0-0 0, Courtney Whitsell 0-0 0-0 0, Korie Morrison 0-0 0-0 0, Carly Whitsell 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 9-26 2-6 20.

BYRON (32-2) -- Lexi DeVries 5-8 2-3 14, Paige Holloway 3-11 2-3 8, Sydney Jackson 0-0 0-0 0, Bailey Burrows 3-4 6-7 12, Sarah Hopkins 6-10 0-0 14, Meghan McCarey 0-3 0-0 0, Kayla Miller 0-0 0-0 0, Kendra Jackson 1-1 0-0 2, Eryn Murphy 0-0 0-0 0, Emmi Keller 0-0 0-0 0, Tamya Vaultonburg 1-4 0-0 4, Abby Richardson 1-1 2-2 4, Kelsey Thatcher 0-0 0-0 0, Monica Barracks 0-0 0-0 0, Ralee Corkran 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 20-42 14-18 56.

Sherrard;5;4;6;5;--;20

Byron;14;10;15;17;--;56

3-pointers -- Sherrard 0-9 (Minch 0-7, Hofmann 0-1, Jenna Vestal 0-1), Byron 2-8 (DeVries 0-1, Holloway 0-3, Hopkins 2-3, McCarey 0-1). Rebounds -- Sherrard 21 (Strandgard 6); Byron 20 (DeVries, Hopkins and Vaultonburg 4 each). Turnovers -- Sherrard 22, Byron 7. Total fouls -- Sherrard 14, Byron 8. Fouled out -- none.

Girls bowling\u00a0

Iowa state tournament

Class 1A

at Plaza Lanes, Des Moines

Team results -- 1. Louisa-Muscatine 2955; 2. Camanche 2885; 3. Charles City 2837; 4. LeMars 2629; 5. West Delaware 2550; 6. Vinton-Shellsburg 2518; 7. Creston 2225; 8. Shenandoah 2023

Individual results -- 1. Andrea Salow (West Delaware) 192-249--441, 2. Shadyn Bishop (L-M) 184-255--439, 3. Macy Ross (Charles City) 227-211--438, 4. Brooke Keil (Cam) 212-201--413, 5. Jordan Smith (Cam) 208-204--412

Louisa-Muscatine -- Shadyn Bishop 184-255--439, Whitney Morse 188-217--405, Randyn Carter 201-185--386, Hayley Anderson 187-191--378, Lauren Bodman 199-159--358, Madisyn Martin 154-164--318

Camanche -- Brooke Keil 212-201--413, Jordan Smith 208-204--412, Kendall Wright 227-152--379, Neva Waidelich 181-179--360, Madisson Determan 143-184--327, Courtney Booth 172-149--321

MAC all-conference teams

First team -- Christin Swank, sr., Muscatine; Emily Payne, fr., Muscatine; Gabi Evans, so., Muscatine; Caley Crausby, sr., Davenport Central; Ragan Cary, jr., Muscatine; Miranda Miller, sr., Davenport North

Second team -- Jaelynn Klein, jr., Muscatine; Tabitha Zarazinski, sr., Davenport North; Maddie Smith, fr., Davenport Central; Emily Bergthold, sr., Davenport West; Kayla Riggs, sr., Davenport West; Amber Brewer, so., Davenport Central

Honorable mention -- Kayla Vance, sr., Bettendorf; Anna McClain, sr., Burlington; Rachel Heimbaugh, jr., Clinton; Grace Herington, jr., Davenport Central; Lyndy Holdt, sr., Davenport North; Brianna McCollom, sr., Davenport West; Alexandra Dillon, sr., North Scott; Alicia Staver, sr., Pleasant Valley

Bowler of the year -- Christin Swank (Muscatine)

Coach of the year -- Jan Edwards (Davenport North)

Boys bowling\u00a0

State Bowling Championship

at Plaza Lanes, Des Moines, IA\u00a0

Team results -- 1. West Delaware 3143; 2. Maquoketa 3091; 3. Fairfield 3067; 4. LeMars 3009; 5. Charles City 2891, 6. Louisa-Muscatine 2866; 7. Shenandoah 2741; 8. Knoxville 2739

Individual results -- 1. Jeff Boeckenstedt (West Delaware) 219-262--481, 2. Alex Schnieders (West Delaware) 246-226--472, 3. Isaac Anderson (Maq) 226-226--452, 4. Tie, Drew Mitchell (Charles City) 224-224--448, Jeremiah Dawson (Shenandoah) 212-236--448

Maquoketa -- Isaac Anderson 226-226--452, Zach Lanning 186-246--432,\u00a0Connor Schnoor 203-225--428, Lucas Brame 214-195--409, Devin Ehlers 193-186--379, Seth McDermott 146-209--355

Louisa-Muscatine -- Brock Hahn 224-205--429, Dustin Beaham 216-193--409, Connor Scheidler 158-177--335, Sean Odegard 161-169--330, Treyvon Butler 153-165--318, Brandon Doehrmann 177-133--310

MAC all-conference teams\u00a0

First team --Tyler Harris, jr., Muscatine; CJ Bakoylis, sr., Davenport North; Jordan Czubara, sr., Bettendorf; Brady Brunson, sr., Clinton; Devin Lentz, so., Pleasant Valley; Joshua DelCorso, so., Pleasant Valley

Second team -- Scott Henrichs, sr., Pleasant Valley; Donny Klutho, sr., Bettendorf; Kevin Wayt, fr., Davenport Central; Brandon Loos, sr., Davenport West; Brant Carter, so., Davenport North; Nate Hausman, jr., Davenport North; Matt Rozzell, fr., Bettendorf

Honorable mention -- Trever Rogan, jr., Bettendorf; Drake Loerger, sr., Burlington; Jace Houzenga, sr., Clinton; Kade Koops, jr., Davenport Central; Tyler McCumsey, jr., Davenport North; Zach Hainline, so., Davenport West; Caleb Sterbenz, fr., Muscatine; Trevor Diffenderfer, sr., North Scott; Cory LaBarge, so., Pleasant Valley

Bowler of the year -- Tyler Harris (Muscatine)

Coach of the year -- Pat Meyer (Pleasant Valley)

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CLINTON \u2014 Pleasant Valley\u2019s boys basketball team lost twice to Clinton during the regular season. The Spartans made certain it didn\u2019t happen a third time.

Clinton mustered only two field goals in the first half and shot 17.5 percent for the game as PV waltzed to a 41-21 victory in a Class 4A substate opener Monday night at Yourd Gymnasium.

\u201cThe first two times we played them, we just wanted to play offense, and that isn\u2019t going to win us a lot of games,\u201d PV junior Brian Dayman said. \u201cIt was just our defensive intensity tonight.\u201d

The reward for the Spartans (11-11) is a substate semifinal against top-ranked Iowa City West on Friday night in Iowa City.

\u201cBasketball is all about opportunities,\u201d PV coach Steve Hillman said. \u201cThey\u2019re really good. We\u2019re going to get prepared this week and go over there with the right mindset, compete and the pressure is on them.\u201d

Clinton post Makai Hart had his way against PV during the regular season, including 15 points and 12 rebounds in the last meeting.

The Spartans made it a focal point to double team him with Dayman and Alex Kitzmann. Trevon Montgomery, meanwhile, locked up the River Kings\u2019 leading scorer Jaden Mixon on the perimeter.

Hart and Mixon combined for only seven points and 11 shot attempts.

The River Kings (9-13) made just one basket in the first 10 minutes, 45 seconds, a stark contrast from the regular season when they led 11-4 and were tied 11-all after the opening period.

\u201cYou can\u2019t have a bad start and fall behind Pleasant Valley,\u201d Clinton coach Chris Powers said. \u201cWe got good looks but couldn\u2019t knock them down.

\u201cThen, I thought we got a little content on shooting the three a few possessions and settled instead of playing inside-out. It fell into their hands.\u201d

The Spartans weren\u2019t an offensive juggernaut themselves. They shot 33 percent in the first half to take a 15-7 lead into the locker room.

\u201cWe were so focused and keyed in defensively that we told our guys, \u2018Hey, we do want to make a basket once in a while, too,\u2019\u201d Hillman said.

PV scored 16 points in the third quarter to build a 14-point cushion. Dayman led the Spartans with 17 points and 15 rebounds. Montgomery chipped in nine points and six boards.

Defense, though, was PV\u2019s calling card. It was the fourth time in the last five games the Spartans have limited an opponent below 45 points.

Clinton was 7 of 40 from the field, including 2 of 21 from beyond the arc.

\u201cWe pride ourselves on defense,\u201d Montgomery said. \u201cThat\u2019s where we start and how we\u2019re going to get wins. It was huge for us.\u201d

Clinton, projected to finish ninth in the Mississippi Athletic Conference, finished just one game out of fifth. It graduates three starters in Mixon, Hart and Jamiere Broughton.

\u201cFrom a win-loss standpoint, we weren\u2019t supposed to have a good year,\u201d Powers said. \u201cI thought these guys overachieved and defied odds.\u201d

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Girls basketball

Annawan headed to state: The Annawan girls basketball team is headed back to the Illinois Class 1A state tournament for the third time in five years after Monday's 55-44 victory over No. 3-ranked Galena.

The No. 9 Bravettes, who won a state championship in their last trip to Redbird Arena in 2014, were in control throughout much of the game before holding off a fourth-quarter rally by Galena.

Star Jayde VanHyfte had 23 points and 12 rebounds through three quarters to help Annawan build a 39-21 lead entering the fourth quarter.

The Bravettes, who have won 19 games in a row, will face Harvest Christian Academy in a state semifinal Friday at 11:15 a.m. Calhoun and Mendon Unity will meet in the other semifinal.

Bellevue Marquette to state:\u00a0Marissa Schroeder scored 27 points and added 14 rebounds to lead Class 1A No. 6 Mohawks (21-3) to the Iowa state tournament with a 53-46 win over No. 15 Lynnville-Sully.

Bellevue Marquette faces seventh-ranked Kingsley-Pierson (23-1) in the state quarterfinal game at 11:45 a.m., Monday, Feb. 27 at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.

Schroeder had 14 points and six rebounds in the second half after the Mohawks took a 19-11 halftime lead.\u00a0

Iowa City Regina 69, Bellevue 57: Mary Crompton scored 24 points and Alex Wiese added 21 to lead unbeaten and top-ranked Iowa City Regina (25-0) to the Iowa Class 2A state tournament with a win over Bellevue (17-7).

Giana Michels led the Comets with 19 points, including four 3-pointers, and Emma Ketchen added 12 points for Bellevue, which trailed Regina 42-34 at halftime.

Boys basketball

Mount Vernon 62, Maquoketa 46: The Cardinals (6-16) fell behind 21-3 after the first quarter in a Class 3A district opening loss to the Mustangs (17-5).

Cedar Rapids Xavier 70, Central DeWitt 30: Xavier (11-11) used a 19-6 second quarter run to take a 33-13 halftime lead and roll to a Class 3A district-opening win over the Sabers (5-17).

Iowa state bowling

Falcons, Indians 1-2 in Class 1A: The Louisa-Muscatine girls bowling team claimed its first state bowling championship in nine years Monday with a 2,955 total in the Class 1A meet at Plaza Lanes in Des Moines.

Camanche, seeking a third straight championship, finished second at 2,885.

Louisa-Muscatine freshman Shadyn Bishop was the individual runner-up with a 439 total, one of three Falcons in the top 10. Camanche was led by fourth-place Brook Keil and fifth-place Jordan Smith with 413 and 412 two-game series, respectively.

On the boys side, West Delaware compiled a 3,143 pin total for the championship. Maquoketa was second at at 3,091 and Louisa-Muscatine sixth at 2,866. Maquoketa's Isaac Andersen was third with back-to-back games of 226 for a 452 series. Zach Lanning had a 432 for the Cardinals.

The Class 2A coed state meet is today and 3A teams compete Wednesday.

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MUSCATINE\u00a0\u2014 Easton Valley found itself fighting an uphill battle Monday night.

So, trailing by 12 points heading into the fourth quarter of a Class 1A regional final Monday night, the River Hawks turned up the pressure.

Easton Valley got within two points with three minutes left but could get no closer as Burlington Notre Dame held off the River Hawks for a 49-42 victory at the MHS Fieldhouse in Muscatine to grab its fifth straight state tournament berth.

\u201cWe have a core group that I knew could make the comeback happen,\u201d Easton Valley coach Joe Kilburg said. \u201dIf I knew we would lose from free throws I probably would have switched to the press earlier in the game, but we opted to try and beat them doing our thing.\u201d

The comeback was needed because Notre Dame outscored the River Hawks 19-9 in third quarter to open up the double-digit lead.

Notre Dame (19-6) led by just two, 17-15, at the half but Nikes senior Johanna Myers scored 12 of her game-high 29 points in the third quarter as Notre Dame seized control. The River Hawks (16-7) were focused on containing Myers at all cost Monday, but Notre Dame's ball movement and miscommunications allowed her to get open.

\u201cJohanna is a big threat and we knew that ahead of time,\u201d Easton Valley senior guard Lexi Thiesen said. \u201cShe is a good player and we did our best to stop her.\u201d

The Achilles heel for the River Hawks on Monday, for three quarters, was the Notre Dame press, which resulted in 25 Easton Valley turnovers. The turnovers often resulted in scoring opportunities near the basket for the Nikes.

Once Easton Valley figured out how to beat the pressure in the fourth quarter, the offense started to flow. Kailey Petersen, who led Easton Valley with 12 points, and Sadie Zaruba, who added seven, combined for 10 of the River Hawks' 18 fourth-quarter points.\u00a0

\u201cI told them we had to play like seniors and be the bigger dog in the fight, especially that close to our basket,\u201d Kilburg said of beating the press. \u201cI was extremely proud of the way our girls kept battling.\u201d

That mentality was bred through the play of Easton Valley's eight seniors, many of whom have played together on varsity for four seasons.

\u201cThese girls went from a team with a three-win season to a team that made it a game away from state,\u201d Kilburg said. \u201cThey never doubted each other or me throughout our entire time together and we are like a family in there. It will be hard to see such a group like this not be back for us next year.\u201d

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Facing winless Burlington, the Davenport Central boys basketball team was a little rough around the edges Monday in its 74-40 Iowa Class 4A substate win at George Marshall Gym.

\u201cWe played well in spurts, but that won\u2019t cut it Friday,\u2019\u2019 Blue Devils coach Craig Wurdinger said, referencing the Blue Devils\u2019 7 p.m. substate semifinal game at North Scott.

\u201cEverybody has got to bring their \u2018A\u2019 game from here on out. We didn\u2019t get that tonight. I don\u2019t think we showed up ready to play. We did pick it up a bit in the second quarter and we played well in spurts, but it wasn\u2019t the type of consistent effort we\u2019ll need.\u2019\u2019

Central broke the game open in the second quarter, shortly after the Grayhounds\u2019 Austin Brown hit the only 3-point basket either team would make in a combined 31 attempts to cut the Blue Devils\u2019 lead to 18-13.

But, baskets by Tyrique Vesey and Tirique Randolph fueled a 19-2 run by Central over the final seven minutes of the opening half, leaving Burlington in a 37-15 hole at the break.

Ray Miller followed by scoring 10 of his game-high 24 points in the third quarter, helping the Blue Devils build a 59-28 lead before the start of a fourth quarter which did not include a single shot attempt by any of Central\u2019s starters.

\u201cThey overwhelmed us at times with their defensive pressure. The easy baskets they got off of turnovers and on the offensive glass were big for them. Those have been issues all season,\u2019\u2019 said Grayhounds coach Chris Chavers, whose team was led by 12 points from Ryle Koenig.

\u201cOur first quarter was about as good of a start as we\u2019ve had. We\u2019ve had a tendency to start slow and then regroup, but we came out and competed early on before this one got away from us.\u2019\u2019

The loss was the 45th straight for Burlington, which finished the current season 0-22 and last won when it beat Ottumwa in its 2015 postseason opener.

Wurdinger suspects that only added to the challenge the Blue Devils (17-4) faced in getting ready to play.

\u201cBefore the game, we talked about the things we needed to talk about,\u2019\u2019 Wurdinger said. \u201cPlay hard. Play smart. Play together. We talked about doing all the detail things, boxing out, taking good shots, making good passes, but as much as you talk, in a game like this it can hard for high school players to do that.\u2019\u2019

Wurdinger did like the way Central shared the ball, building on a late-season trend, but that will only be a starting point for the Blue Devils as they move forward.

\u201cThis is the time of year when you have to do the fundamental things for all four quarters. You need good inside and out balance,\u2019\u2019 Wurdinger said, pointing to his team's 0-for-15 game from behind the arc. \"We have to be better than that.''

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MONMOUTH, Ill. \u2014 With its best player, Faith Anderson, out with a torn right ACL, the Sherrard girls basketball team had to feel like it fell into a bit of a trap in Monday night's Class 2A supersectional at Glennie Gymnasium at Monmouth College.

The Tigers were facing the defending state champs and No. 1-ranked Byron, a team that had already beaten Sherrard by 25 points, with Anderson, back on Jan. 28 at the Galesburg BSN Shootout.

Add the fact that Byron\u2019s effective 1-3-1 zone trapping defense was moving with plenty of quickness and confidence Monday, and Byron dominated from the outset en route to a 56-20 victory over the Tigers.

The loss ends the Tigers' season at 28-4, one win short of a trip to the state semifinals, but the furthest any Sherrard team has advanced.

\u201cNot the way we wanted to finish things off, going out like that,\u201d said Sherrard coach Doug Swanson. \u201cBut give credit to Byron. They are a really, really good team. They\u2019re the No. 1 team in the state, the defending state champs. They are that for a reason.

\u201cEverybody kind of thought they were going to repeat. We battled and battled, and it just wasn\u2019t in the cards for us.\u201d

The aggressive zone trap from Byron (32-2) set the tone early, forcing Sherrard into 12 first-half turnovers and 22 for the game. Sherrard, which did get some open looks, made just 9-of-26 from the field for the game and failed to convert a 3-pointer in nine tries.

\u201cIt\u2019s always our gameplan,\u201d said Byron\u2019s Sarah Hopkins, who scored 14 points, including all 10 of her team\u2019s second-quarter points, helping it to a 24-9 halftime lead.

Byron\u2019s constant movement in its zone made it hard to tell just what kind of zone it was. Byron not only trapped out top after Sherrard crossed half court, but also on the wings and even down low, often swatting the ball away from behind to a teammate.

It\u2019s a very difficult defense to prepare for, Swanson said.

\u201cYou just can\u2019t. You can\u2019t simulate what they\u2019re going to do against you. You can try, try to do this and that to help you out. But nothing is like that. What they do offensively and defensively, they are really good at\u00a0\u2014 at both ends of the floor. And that\u2019s why they are going to be ready to repeat and go to state again.\u201d

Bailey Borrows scored 12 points for Byron despite missing all of the second quarter with two fouls. And pesky guard Lexi DeVries added 14, scoring early off of steals to set the tone for the game.

Claire Crippen led Sherrard with six points and Claire Crippen added five.

Among Sherrard\u2019s 20 total points was two from Anderson, who was injured early in the Tigers' sectional final win over Eureka. She entered late in the game and made an unguarded layup before exiting just as quickly.

Surgery awaits her, Anderson said afterward, while also expressing thanks to the entire Sherrard community for its support as it filled half the gym and cheered loudly.

\u201cIt was not easy sitting there on the sidelines but I had faith in my team,\u201d Anderson said. \u201cIt was tough. I wouldn\u2019t want to cheer on any other girls.\u201d

She also had praise for Byron, who many expect to bring home the championship hardware again Saturday.

\u201cByron is a fantastic team,\u201d she said. \u201cThey are perfect in every way it seems like. It stinks that we had to face them in the supersectional but that\u2019s how it works out. They\u2019re just a great team, and they are going to do great things down at state.\u201d

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Davenport West features one of the more formidable frontcourts in the Mississippi Athletic Conference.

Monday night, Trey Sampson and Brett Erwin showed just how dangerous they can be.

The 6-foot-6 Sampson and 6-8 Erwin combined for 52 points, 20 rebounds and six blocks to lead the Falcons to a 71-54 win over rival Davenport North in a Class 4A regional opener at North High School.

The Falcons face MAC champion Bettendorf on Friday at 7 p.m., at Bettendorf High School.

Sampson's 27 and Erwin's 25 points are both career highs, and a big positive after an inconsistent regular season from West (5-17).

\"We've never had it translate to the games,\" Sampson said. \"We've had some games where it would translate for two or three quarters but it just seems like in the fourth quarter we'll give it away. This time we finished it all the way through.\"

North (7-15) won its only matchup against West earlier this season, 64-45, and held Sampson and Erwin to just 17 points in that contest. Monday night, the Wildcats had no answer for the duo, nor could they contend with the playmaking ability of conference assist leader Kenny Clay, who had 11 assists to go with 14 points.

\"The big guys obviously made the buckets but Kenny, we couldn't stay in front of him,\" North coach Joe Ewen said. \"We got out of our zone early and he just got down there and created and dumped it off for those guys.

\"When Kenny gets them going, they're tough to stop.\"

West opened up its offense after taking an 8-6 lead after the first quarter. The Falcons jumped out to a 32-17 halftime lead, spurred on in part due to Erwin's play on defense. The junior had three of his five blocks in the first half and took away North's ability to drive the lane.

TJ Vesey led the Wildcats with 12 points while Max Taylor had 11, all in the second half.

\"We knew they really liked to drive to the middle so we were trying to push them to the baseline and have me and Trey and our long arms and long bodies there to help them,\" Erwin said. \"We started getting blocks off that and we knew when they don't get good shots they start getting frustrated and we wanted to take advantage of that.\"

Behind Taylor's second-half surge, the Wildcats battled back in the third quarter, cutting the lead to 41-32 with 2 minutes, 34 seconds left in the quarter before turnovers took away momentum.

The Wildcats committed 17 turnovers in the game and the Falcons took advantage on the other end, especially in the fourth quarter, which turned into a West romp as both Sampson and Erwin had dunks that fueled the Falcon fan fervor.

\"We've been playing better the last few weeks and it's just a matter of putting a whole game together,\" West coach Mark Bigler said. \"We played as a team tonight, which we've been doing but I think it turned around after a (55-51 loss on Feb. 14 to Muscatine). It meant something to them finally. Sometimes, kids learning how to win, they have to understand that losing means something.\"

North's season ends with disappointment, but the Wildcats do return all five starters next year, including leading scorer VJ Wilmington.

\"We return almost 46 points a game next year with all those guys,\" Ewen said. \"Everything we did this year, the close games, hopefully tonight, they learn from it and we're better next year.\"

West's big men will be put to the test Friday when they face Bettendorf, and 6-6 Iowa football signee Mark Kallenberger. The Bulldogs beat the Falcons both times they played this season, including a 69-54 win in the regular season finale last Friday.

\"It's just confidence. We've got to believe we can play with anybody,\" Erwin said. \"We can't be scared of anyone and don't care if they have big, strong, athletic guys. Just be confident and know we can beat them.\"

Davenport West 71, Davenport North 54

WEST (5-17) -- Kenny Clay 4-10 6-12 14, Trey Sampson 11-18 3-3 27, Bailey Garnica 1-2 0-0 3, Aaron Gilliland 0-3 0-0 0, Brett Erwin 10-17 5-6 25, Victor Howard 1-1 0-0 2, Jamil Haymond 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 27-51 14-21 71

NORTH (7-15) -- Keenan Hollingshed 4-13 0-0 9, VJ Wilmington 2-12 1-2 5, Max Taylor 4-10 1-1 11, TJ Vesey 4-8 2-3 12, Jared Beck 3-4 0-0 6, Derek Murray 1-3 0-0 2, Austin McNeal 4-7 1-1 9, Payton Henderson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 22-57 5-7 54

West;8;24;16;23;--;71

North;6;11;15;22;--;54

Three-point goals -- West 3-7 (Sampson 2-4, Garnica 1-2, Clay 0-1); North 5-13 (Taylor 2-2, Vesey 2-3, Hollingshed 1-4, Wilmington 0-3, McNeal 0-1). Rebounds -- West 28 (Sampson 13, Erwin 7); North 25 (Beck 5, McNeal 5). Turnovers -- West 13, North 17. Team fouls -- West 12, North 18. Fouled out -- West (none); North (Wilmington).

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IOWA CITY \u2014 The younger players on the Iowa basketball team hear it all the time and they admit that it\u2019s nice to hear.

With six freshmen and four sophomores among their 13 scholarship players and with many of those youngsters playing prominent roles, it\u2019s a foregone conclusion that the Hawkeyes are going to be good in the future.

But they\u2019re still harboring hopes of being good in the present.

\u201cWe don\u2019t want to wish away our freshman year,\u2019\u2019 first-year point guard Jordan Bohannon said Monday. \u201cYeah, we\u2019re looking toward the future, but we have to realize the next game is the most important game of our lives.\u2019\u2019

That next game comes tonight at home against an Indiana team that is just as hungry for a victory as the Hawkeyes. The Hoosiers (15-12, 5-9 Big Ten) have lost four in a row, six of their last seven, and are desperate for a win to revive their postseason hopes.

The Hawkeyes know the feeling. They have lost three straight and are 14-13, 6-8 in the Big Ten. With rough road games at Maryland and Wisconsin looming beyond tonight, they really need a win.

\u201cOur expectations are still high,\u2019\u2019 Bohannon said. \u201cWe still have a lot that we can accomplish. We just need to keep working on things that haven\u2019t gone our way these last couple of games. We can\u2019t get down on each other. We can\u2019t get down on ourselves. We just have to keep working and stay confident.\u2019\u2019

Bohannon admitted a few of the recent defeats \u2014 especially a double-overtime setback at Minnesota \u2014 are \u201ca little hard to wrap our heads around,\u2019\u2019 but he said it\u2019s too early to start contemplating next season no matter how positive the long-term future may be.

\u201cObviously, that\u2019s what we hear all the time,\u2019\u2019 fellow freshman Cordell Pemsl said. \u201c\u2018These guys can be really good. They\u2019re going to be really good in the future.\u2019 But we want the future to be our next game. We want to be good now, not wait for something that\u2019s supposed to happen.\u2019\u2019

Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said he has seen no sign of a let-up on the part of any of his players, despite their recent struggles.

\u201cI always look at it like this: How was yesterday's practice?\u2019\u2019 McCaffery said. \u201cWere they moping? Were they down? They grinded. They came to work. They were here early and we grinded.\u2019\u2019

Thanks, Mom: One of the key moments in Saturday\u2019s 70-66 loss to Illinois was when Bohannon, an 87.5-percent free throw shooter for the season, missed two foul shots with 2 minutes, 14 seconds to go with the Hawkeyes trailing by just one point.

He said he couldn\u2019t recall ever missing two free throws in a row and he said his family \u2014 including three older brothers who played Division I basketball, a father who played quarterback at Iowa and even his mom \u2014 aren\u2019t likely to let him forget about it.

\u201cThey\u2019re always in my ear talking to me about it,\u2019\u2019 Bohannon said with a smile. \u201cSo the first thing when I went up into the stands, my mom was like \u2018What the heck? How did you miss two free throws in a row?\u2019 So I kind of have to live with that. That\u2019s probably why my mistakes stay with me a little bit longer.\u2019\u2019

Bohannon said older brothers Jason, Zach and Matt all got the same treatment.

\u201cYou\u2019d get in the car after an AAU game and my dad\u2019s screaming in the car and my mom\u2019s trying to calm my dad down,\u2019\u2019 he said. \u201cThat\u2019s the kind of house that we lived in.\u2019\u2019

Jones bobblehead: The first 1,500 fans in attendance at tonight\u2019s game will receive a free Dale Jones bobblehead.

Jones has played only six minutes in three games this season. He is listed as a senior, but already has been granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA although McCaffery said it\u2019s possible he might leave the Iowa program.

\u201cThat would be his call,\" the coach said. \u201cHe will graduate. If you graduate, you have the opportunity to go wherever you want. Does he want to come back? Does he want to go somewhere else? Does he want to play professionally. Once you graduate, it's your call. I'm happy he's going to graduate. He's done everything we've asked him to do.\"

Sinking Hoosiers: Indiana comes to town in the midst of a tailspin that has dropped the Hoosiers from expected Big Ten contender to a tie for 11th place in the standings.

Head coach Tom Crean lashed out at his players recently, criticizing their play under pressure in a loss to Michigan a week ago Sunday

\u201cI\u2019ve never coached a team with this lack of maturity when they face adversity,\u2019\u2019 he said.

He added after that game that he thought sophomore center Thomas Bryant was \u201ctrying to make up for a group of juniors who have no ability to see past themselves and what it takes to be successful as a team.\u2019\u2019

Emerging CWill: McCaffery praised the recent play of sophomore guard Christian Williams, who had three steals in a span of about two minutes in a recent loss to Michigan State and who also had some good moments against Illinois. He said he thinks Williams\u2019 confidence has grown as the season has progressed.

Williams agreed with that assessment and said he expects to play a prominent role in trying to slow down Indiana\u2019s potent backcourt tonight.

\u201cThey like to drive and kick and get to the paint a lot so I think with my length and quickness, I think I\u2019ll be able to alter that a little bit,\u2019\u2019 he said.

Trimble wins award: The Hawkeyes will run into the reigning Big Ten player of the week on Saturday when they visit Maryland. The Terrapins\u2019 Mel Trimble won the weekly award Monday after averaging 29.5 points in a pair of games last week.

Michigan State\u2019s Miles Bridges was named the Big Ten freshman of the week.

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INDIANA AT IOWA

WHEN: 8:05 p.m.

WHERE: Carver-Hawkeye Arena, Iowa City

TV: ESPN

RADIO: WOC (1420 AM), WMT (600 AM)

STORYLINES

\u2022 Iowa is in the midst of a three-game losing streak with the most recent setback being a 70-66 loss to Illinois on Saturday. Peter Jok had team-high totals of 16 points and 10 rebounds in that game, but is averaging only 13.8 points over his past seven games, dropping his season average from 22.9 to 20.4.

\u2022 Indiana has lost four games in a row and six of its last seven but all six defeats have come against teams projected to make the NCAA Tournament. The Hoosiers have not played since a 75-74 loss at Minnesota last Wednesday.

\u2022 Indiana has been riddled with injuries with center Thomas Bryant being the only player who has started every game. James Blackmon missed four games although he is back in the lineup and scored 22 points against Minnesota. Senior forward Colin Hartman was sidelined by a knee injury before the season even began and forward O.G. Annunoby also is out for the season with a knee injury.

PROBABLE STARTING LINEUPS

Iowa (14-13, 6-8)

Peter Jok;6-6;sr.;20.4

Ahmad Wagner;6-7;so.;5.1

Tyler Cook;6-9;fr.;11.7

Isaiah Moss;6-5;fr.;6.8

Jordan Bohannon;6-0;fr.;9.2

Indiana (15-12, 5-9)

James Blackmon;6-4;jr.;17.0

De\u2019Ron Davis;6-10;fr.;6.2

Thomas Bryant;6-10;so.;13.1

Devonte Green;6-3;fr.;3.8

Josh Newkirk;6-1;jr.;8.7

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Virginia Tech coach Kevin Dresser, an Iowa native who was the 2016 National Wrestling Coaches Association coach of the year, is the new leader of Iowa State's struggling wrestling program.

Director of athletics Jamie Pollard announced Monday that the 54-year-old native of Humboldt, Iowa who was a two-time all-American at Iowa had agreed to a seven-year contract to replace Kevin Jackson as the Cyclones' head coach.

He inherits a program which completed a 1-12 dual season Sunday with Big 12 and NCAA tourneys remaining on its schedule.

Dresser has guided Virginia Tech to top-10 finishes in the NCAA Championships in each of the past four seasons and is leaving a program currently ranked fifth nationally. He has a 160-51 dual record in 11 seasons with the Hokies.

\"Kevin is joining our team because he wants to restore Iowa State to its historic place\u00a0\u2014 one that includes eight NCAA championships\u00a0\u2014 on the national wrestling landscape,'' Pollard said in a statement. \"He shares our vision that it has been too long since we won our last team championship (1987).''

Dresser, who begins work at ISU this week, said in a statement he believes the pieces are in place for the Cyclones to be successful.

\"The administrative commitment\u00a0\u2014 both facilities and operating budget\u00a0\u2014 along with a devoted and knowledgeable fan base make Iowa State one of those few programs in the nation that has the foundation to compete for elite national status annually,'' Dresser said.

Dresser's contract with Iowa State includes $2.25 million in guaranteed salary plus incentives, beginning with a $300,000 base salary next year.

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