Pleasant Valley 61, Muscatine 24: On a night when Ellie Spelhaug was recognized as the school's all-time leading scorer, the Bradley recruit outscored the Muskies by herself.
Spelhaug finished with 25 points and Kira Arthofer had 12 as Class 5A fourth-ranked PV improved to 13-0 overall and 11-0 in conference.
The Spartans led 14-8 after a quarter and pushed the margin to 17 points by halftime. Tessa Kerr paced the Muskies with six points.
North Scott 50, Clinton 28: Grace Boffeli had a dozen points and Presley Case finished with 11 as Class 4A fourth-ranked North Scott remained on PV's heels in the conference race with a convincing home win.
The Lancers (12-2, 10-1) led 28-12 at halftime and the margin swelled to 46-19 after three quarters.
Molly Chapman led Clinton with seven points.
Burlington 69, Davenport West 22: Tarae Warner had 21 points and Terria Baker chipped in 14 as Burlington cruised to a road win over winless Davenport West.
The 22 points were a season high for the Falcons. Naveah Thomas and Hannah Willers each had seven points for coach Frank Dexter's team.
Pleasant Valley 59, Muscatine 50: Class 4A 10th-ranked Pleasant Valley overcame a three-point deficit in the fourth quarter to collect a big road win at Muscatine.
Hunter Snyder knocked down three 3-pointers and finished with 21 points. Brian Dayman tallied 16 for the Spartans (10-1, 8-1), who remained a half-game behind North Scott for the league lead at the halfway point.
Muscatine's Joe Wieskamp finished with a game-high 36 points. Wieskamp was 13 of 26 from the field and 6 of 6 at the foul line. It pushed his career point total to 1,913.
Davenport West 63, Burlington 35: Brett Erwin tallied 15 points to lead four Davenport West players in double figures as it clobbered Burlington on the road Friday night.
The Falcons (8-3, 6-3) led 20-2 after the opening quarter and extended the lead to 32-11 by halftime.
Balene Mitchell, Kenny Clay and Trey Sampson each had 10 points for West, which moved into sole possession of third place in the conference at the midway point.
Moline 56, Galesburg 40: The Moline boys’ basketball team is emphatically putting its stamp on Friday nights.
The Maroons closed out the first half of their Western Big 6 season with a perfect 5-0 record and left little doubt as to the outcome early on by rolling to a win over the Galesburg at John Thiel Gymnasium.
“There are only 10 of them, so we’ve got to make the most of them,” said Moline junior Drew Wiemers, one of several stars for the Maroons in this romp. He finished with 10 points, six rebounds and a pair of steals.
Ben Monroe sees a team that has come out on fire in each of its conference games. “We want to turn it up a whole ‘nother level,” he said of having five down and five to go.
Moline (14-4 with a home game at Wharton Field House tonight against Ottawa) stepped hard on the gas pedal against the 12-6, 2-2 Streaks. Most impressive, though, was the Maroons’ defense.
“What was it, allowing just four points in the first quarter?” said Monroe. “And it wasn’t much more than that by halftime.”
Moline led 13-4 after the first eight minutes. Brody Harding had 16 points for the Maroons.
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Quincy 61, United Township 48: Quincy remained a game in back of Moline for the conference lead with a home win over the Panthers.
The Blue Devils (12-4, 4-1) had four players finish in double figures. Jean Luc Wilson had 16 points to pace UT (7-9, 0-4).
Bettendorf Midwest Shootout: The host Bulldogs were sixth after the first day at the Midwest Shootout.
A trio of Bettendorf wrestlers finished the day unbeaten. At 126 pounds T.J. Cole won both of his contested matches along with picking up a bye, and Mason Morris did the same in the 145-pound bracket. Will Jefferson went 3-0 at 138 pounds, picking up three pins for the Bulldogs.
Assumption stood in eighth place after the first day. Matt Robertson pinned all three of his opponents at 132 pounds and Julien Broderson did the same to both of his at 182 to collect his 100th career victory. Adam Laubenthal also finished the day unbeaten at 138 pounds, going 3-0 with one pin.
Camanche and Pleasant Valley both had two wrestlers finish the day unbeaten.
Camanche's Baylor Crigger swept his three matches at 152 pounds, and Kolby Snodgrass won both of his contested bouts at 220 pounds.
For PV, Eli Loyd pinned all three of his competitors at 132 pounds and Max O'Brien went 3-0 at 195 pounds.
Geneseo Invitational: North Scott sits in second place after the first day of the Geneseo Wrestling Invitational, with the Lancers qualifying five wrestlers for today's semifinals.
Caleb McCabe (126), Deven Strief (138), Colin Lewis (145), Jake Matthaidess (160) and Zach Petersen (220) are still alive in the championship bracket.
Trevelle Teague is still alive in the championship bracket at 120 for United Township.
Rock Island's Jesse Lynch (195) and Victor Guzman (132) will also compete in the semifinals today.