Rock Island 60, Galesburg 48: Maybe the halftime words of wisdom of Rock Island boys’ basketball coach Thom Sigel were kindled by the steamy conditions in the Thiel Gymnasium visitors locker room.
“Coach told us to turn up the heat on defense,” said RI junior JaMir Price, who heeded those words and three quick, third-quarter steals to spark a 17-1 run that led to a 60-48 Rocky victory in the Western Big 6 Conference opener for both.
“I’m one of our leaders; I wanted to lead by example in the second half,” said Price, who finished with five steals and led the Rocks with 21 points. He was 9-of-13 shooting after missing his first five shots of the game.
The Rocks also got a big game from Ben Ellis, who had 12 points, nine rebounds and four assists.
— Marc Nesseler, Lee News Network
Cedar Rapids Prairie 64, North Scott 54: North Scott allowed the final 10 points of the game in a loss to Cedar Rapids Prairie.
The game was tied with 96 seconds left before Prairie finished out the game.
North Scott led 25-23 at halftime and the game was tied 41-41 after three quarters.
Corvon Seales, Gary Morgan and Reece Sommers each had 10 points for the Lancers.
Muscatine 63, Washington 23: Joe Wieskamp scored a game-high 37 points, 27 in the first half, to lead the Muskies to a season-opening win Friday night.
Lex Hahn added 10 points in a game in which the Muskies led 41-11 at halftime.
Wieskamp is now nine points back of Ricky Davis for the all-time MAC scoring mark with 1,610 career points.
Burlington 64, Davenport West 10: Tarae Warner led the way with 24 points for Burlington, which shut out Davenport West in the first and fourth quarters on its way to a lopsided victory.
Five different girls scored two points each for West.
Bettendorf 70, Davenport Central 60: Kylie Wroblewski scored 21 points and Emily Ivory chipped in 17 as Bettendorf defeated Davenport Central Friday.
Central was led by K'Breonna Collins with 18 points.
Bettendorf used a big second quarter to pull away. After leading just 15-13 after the first quarter, Bettendorf outscored Central 27-15 in the second quarter to take a 14-point lead into intermission.
Pleasant Valley 62, Muscatine 30: Kira Arthofer led three Spartan scorers in double figures with 16 points as Pleasant Valley handled Muscatine.
Ellie Spelhaug added 15 points while Carli Spelhaug scored 10 as 11 total Spartans recorded at least one basket.
The Spartans used their zone defense to flummox the Muskies, building a 32-12 cushion at halftime off the back of eight takeaways in the second quarter.
Alicia Garcia led the Muskies with nine points and eight rebounds.
North Scott 42, Clinton 33: The Class 4A No. 6 Lancers pulled out to a 20-9 halftime lead and then hung on to beat the River Queens Friday at Yourd Gymnasium.
North Scott led 37-21 after three quarters.