1. Rock Island (8-1, LW: 1)

The Class 4A second-ranked Rocks beat Moline 52-35 last Thursday with Brea Beal leading the way with 25 points and 15 rebounds. They lost to Indiana powerhouse Carmel (10-0) 63-42 Saturday in the Chicagoland Invitational Showcase. Beal and Chrislyn Carr each had 14 points.

Next up: Today at Quincy

2. Pleasant Valley (4-0, LW: 2)

The Spartans have held their first four opponents below 40 points. After a close encounter on the road against Cedar Rapids Kennedy last Saturday, PV used a big second-quarter run to clobber Assumption on Tuesday. Ellie Spelhaug is averaging a team-high 17.8 points per game.

Next up: Friday at Burlington; Tuesday vs. North Scott

3. North Scott (4-1, LW: 3)

Iowa Class 4A sixth-ranked North Scott posted wins over Clinton, 42-33, and Muscatine, 58-53, in the last week. Junior Rylie Rucker averaged 16.5 points in those games while sophomore post Grace Boffeli recorded 12. North Scott's next three games are against upper-division teams.

Next up: Friday at Assumption; Tuesday at Pleasant Valley

4. Bettendorf (5-0, LW: 4)

Coach Brian Tritt's team has won three straight games by double figures. Junior post Kylie Wroblewski is averaging 15.8 points and 8.4 rebounds per contest while senior Emily Ivory has made 11 3s. Bettendorf, ranked 11th in Class 5A, has outscored its last three foes 48-17 in the third quarter.

Next up: Friday vs. Davenport West; Tuesday vs. Burlington

5. Moline (4-3, LW: 5)

Moline lost to Rock Island 53-35 Thursday, giving the league-leading Rocks a decent test for three quarters. On Saturday, Moline beat Dunlap 54-48 in a non-conference game behind 16 points from Hannah Thiele and 11 from Alannah Crompton.

Next up: Today vs. United Township

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Sports Editor

Prep sports editor, with emphasis on covering the Mississippi Athletic Conference and Iowa area high schools. I've been in sports journalism for 17 years, the last five at the Quad-City Times.