Galesburg 40, Alleman 33: The Galesburg girls’ basketball team solved its free-throw-shooting dilemma before the Alleman Pioneers could, the biggest reason for the Silver Streaks’ 40-33 Western Big 6 win on Thursday night at Thiel Gymnasium.
The other big reason was, well, the Streaks were just bigger, leading to a sizable rebounding advantage.
“The two things I pointed out to the girls were the lack of rebounding and knocking down free throws,” lamented Alleman coach Megan McCracken, her Pioneers now 3-6, 0-3 in the WB6.
Emily Meinert, at 5-foot-11, and Yvonne Mixon, at 5-10, accounted for much of the Streaks’ 37-22 board advantage with 11 rebounds apiece.
As for the free-throw shooting, the two teams were a combined 2-for-12 through three quarters as the Pioneers were just a long field goal away from a tie with the Streaks leading 26-23. With 4:13 left in the game, and the Streaks 2-for-4 and the Pioneers 0-for-4 at the line in the quarter, the outcome turned on which team could solve that puzzle from 15 feet away.
First Kelsi Legge swished a pair of free shots, then Meinert, who was 3-for-9 at the time, bounced in two straight. Legge returned to swish two more and suddenly the Streaks (5-3, 1-1 WB6) were up 36-28 with about three minutes to go.
Alleman finished out the game 4-for-6 from the line, all by Kiah O’Neal, but were 5-of-14 for the game.
— Marc Nesseler, Lee News Network
Rock Island 55, Quincy 24: After a cold-shooting first quarter, Class 4A second-ranked Rock Island outscored Quincy 22-3 in the second quarter to post a lopsided Big Six victory Thursday night on the road.
Rock Island was a dismal 2 of 13 from the field in the opening quarter and led by only a point. It cranked things up in the second eight-minute period to seize control.
Chrislyn Carr finished with a game-high 22 points. Brea Beal had 19 points and 15 rebounds through three quarters. Rock Island improved to 9-1 overall, 3-0 in league play.
North Scott cruises twice: Mississippi Athletic Conference preseason favorite North Scott opened its dual season Thursday night with a bang. The Lancers crushed Clinton 65-8 and Muscatine 78-0 in Muscatine.
The Lancers dropped only two bouts in the win over the River Kings.
Mikey Wheeler (132), Collin Lewis (145), Jake Matthaidess (160), TJ Yates (170) and Zach Petersen (220) had a pair of pins for the Lancers.
Clinton knocked off Muscatine in the other dual, 65-15. Isaac Larkin (138) and Ethan Barry (195) recorded two wins each for the River Kings.
Assumption dominates: Assumption pounded Davenport North (68-6) and Davenport West (58-15) to win Thursday's triangular at North.
Kole Kreinbring (160) and Clay Harland (170) had a pair of pins for the Knights. Seth Adrian edged Dakota Wright in a close tilt at 195, 5-4.
North upended West in the other dual, 42-30. Tony Pena (132), Sam Hamma (145), Noah Schoephorster (152) and Wright had falls.
PV downs Central, Burlington: Carter Sergeant had two pins to pace Pleasant Valley past Burlington (48-24) and Davenport Central (54-21) on Thursday night in a conference triangular at PV.
Sergeant pinned Central's Brady Miller in 33 seconds and stuck Burlington's Mason Hartman in 2:43 at 220 pounds.
Alex Clemons (106), Justin Harrington (126), Eli Loyd (132), Tysen Sparbel (138) and Brock Redecker (145) also went 2-0 for the Spartans.
Central lost to Burlington in the other dual, 49-30. Manny McGowan (285) had two wins for the Blue Devils as did Brody Erlandson (152) and Levon Bellemy (170).