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Earlier this season, Bettendorf's Kylie Wroblewski made her presence felt against Davenport North, scoring 19 points in a win over the Wildcats.

Tuesday night was a pretty similar story.

The junior once again led all scorers with 19 points as the Class 5A No. 13 Bulldogs beat the Wildcats 56-48, earning a sweep in the season series.

"I just tried to do my best to help my team and they did a great job of helping me get open and I tried to do the same thing for them," Wroblewski said. "I think we just play off each other and that allowed us to get the win.

"I knew I had the skills to score and I just started believing in myself."

Wroblewski scored the first seven points of the game as the Bulldogs (10-3, 7-3) jumped out to a 11-1 lead. North rallied back, cutting the lead to 13-10 after the first quarter and took a 16-15 lead less than three minutes into the second.

Bettendorf closed out the quarter strong, however, led by another five points from Wroblewski and a buzzer-beating 3 from Emily Ivory to take a 32-24 lead at halftime.

North (6-5, 5-5) got the deficit back down to two points with 3:45 left in the third quarter but the Bulldogs never let the gap get any closer.

"We just wanted to stay calm because there were times they started to creep up and we could have panicked and we just wanted to make sure we were playing at our pace," Wroblewski said.

Ivory and Erin Hatch each added nine points while Jordan Ratigan and DeAjah Woods each scored seven for Bettendorf.

The Bulldogs came out of the holiday break shaky with a 48-33 loss to Assumption but have rebounded with two solid wins, including a last-second 45-44 win over Moline on Saturday that had coach Brian Tritt worried about a possible emotional letdown against the Wildcats.

"We didn't want that hiccup game coming off a super high on Saturday coming into a tough conference road game," Tritt said. "But we got off to a good start, North fought back like we'd expect them to but coming out of here with some success is good for us."

For North, there were certainly positives. Paige Bradford appears to be rounding into form, scoring 18 points after pouring in 19 on Saturday. Camry Dillie added 11 and Reese Ranum scored seven for the Wildcats.

But it's the second straight game North came out flat to start and though they rallied in Saturday's win over Pekin and got back into the game against Bettendorf, it's a trend the Wildcats need to overcome.

"We had two great practices leading into this, we were playing fast in practice, maybe as much energy as we've seen all season so yeah, it kind of shocked me that we were kind of halfway out there and didn't get our jump start.," North head coach Matt Hoeppner said. "Once we did the energy was there ... I think we might have to change up the way we do pregame, make that more intense so we're coming off something intense before the start of the game."


Sports reporter for the Quad-City Times