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Rock Island's Chrislyn Carr shoots a 3-pointer against Moline during first half action Thursday at Wharton Field House. The Rock Island Lady Rocks hit a total of 20 3-point shots against Moline.


MOLINE — Tracy Sant Amour does not think any high school girls' basketball team anywhere would have beaten the Rock Island Rocks on Thursday.

The Moline coach and her Maroons could only watch in amazement as the Rocks hit one 3-pointer after another en route to a 95-64 Western Big 6 Conference win at Wharton Field House.

In all, the Rocks (16-7, 6-0 in the Big 6) made 20 of 30 shots from beyond the arc, some of those from well beyond 20 feet.

"There is no defending that," said Sant Amour, whose team fell to 14-9, 4-2. "They were just amazing. They came ready to play, and even though I thought we played very well, we had no chance. And you can't take the ball away from everyone. They were all hitting them."

No one hit more than Brea Beal and Chrislyn Carr. The duo combined to make 14 of 21 triples in a 1-2 scoring punch that led to Beal scoring 35 points (plus seven rebounds and six assists) and Carr adding 34 (with four assists).

That coming from two players who struggled mightily from beyond the arc last weekend in four games in DeKalb.

"We have definitely had our bumps this season," Beal said. "Every team goes through them, and we did a lot of talking. Chrislyn and I knew that if we started the game well, the rest of the team would follow in, and they sure did.

"We have been struggling with our 3s lately, especially me, and we made an effort to get plenty of shots up in warmups and get ready for a big game."

There was a sense that the Rocks came to play right from the game's outset. They came out with more enthusiasm than they have since before Christmas.

"I think part of it was some of the stuff the Moline players were saying in the media this week," Carr said. "We wanted to come out early and show them we are still here and ready.

"It all starts with practice. We had a great practice (Wednesday) and the enthusiasm was as high as it has been in a long time. I'd say this was the most hyped we have been all season. We wanted this bad for ourselves."

That is what RI coach Thad Hoover has been waiting for since a month ago.

"First of all, I'm not sure we can shoot any better than that," Hoover said. "We had outstanding energy, and we got a lot off transition.

"I think the big thing is we were due for rewards. It has been a very tough last month where we lost some games we should have won and then had some very poor games. I will continue to say that we are very good and now is the time for us to show that."

While Beal and Carr were dominant, they had plenty of help. Lauren Hall missed just one of her five shots and scored nine of her 11 points in the first half. Sophia Thomer, who had just seven made 3s for the season, made three straight to start the second half to finish with a season-high nine points.

"That was so huge for them," Sant Amour said. "We talked at halftime that they wouldn't shoot that well in the second half and that we will let (Thomer) go. What does she do, hits three straight. What can you do?"

In fact, the Rocks made their first six 3s of the second half and finished two shy of the all-time IHSA record of 22 3s in a game.

"One of the negatives of our trip to Washington, D.C., is that teams had no scouting report, and they really defended all of our girls," Hoover said. "Brea and Chrislyn could get their shots, but the others had trouble. When you double on Brea and Chrislyn, the others are more than capable of making shots."

Alannah Crompton continued her double-double streak, making it 17 straight with 17 points and 11 rebounds to lead four Maroons in double figures. Hannah Thiele had 13, and Bralee Trice and Letecia Billups added 11 each.