Balanced scoring and sharp shooting from the stripe helped the Newman Comets stave off the visiting Erie Cardinals and keep pace with Prophetstown in the Three Rivers race on Saturday night.
Rachel Hageman led Newman (8-3, 5-0) with 10 points, grabbed seven rebounds and shot 6-for-6 at the free-throw line. Mary Alice Oswalt added nine points and three steals for the Comets, who were 14-for-20 at the line as a team but trailed 16-15 at the half.
Erie coach Brian Howell was pleased with 14 points from Courtney Cobert and her sister’s “monster game” for the Cardinals (7-3, 2-3). Rachel, a freshman, had nine points and 20 rebounds.
He was less than pleased with missed bunnies.
“We can’t miss 10 shots at point-blank range and expect to win,” Howell said.
Prophetstown 45, Kewanee 30: It was steady as she goes for the Prophets in a Three Rivers victory in Kewanee.
Prophetstown (10-1, 5-0) scored 12 points in the first, 11 in the second and 13 in the third to lead 36-22 going into the final stanza. Riley Walters and Cassie Reiley led the way with 14 and 13 points, respectively. Walters had 12 points at the half, and Reiley hit three 3s.
Kewanee (5-6, 1-3) got 14 points from Jennifer Ensley.
Oregon 46, Mendota 36: Behind Emylyn Wright’s monster second half, the Hawks pulled out a road victory to stay atop the Big Northern West.
Sam Lambrigtsen led the Hawks (6-2, 3-0) with 20 points, but Wright scored all 14 of her points in the final 16 minutes. Oregon trailed 26-25 at the half and outscored Mendota (6-3, 1-1) 14-9 in the final period.
Rock Falls 46, Winnebago 16: The Rockets only allowed the Indians to make three field goals in a Big Northern West matchup in Winnebago.
Rock Falls (4-5, 1-1) senior Jordan Giddings matched the Winnebago (1-10, 0-3) point total of 16, and Morgan Mammosser added seven points, five assists and five steals for the Rockets. They blew things open with a 16-4 second-period advantage.
Forreston 51, Polo 40: A 13-0 hole through 5 minutes of play was too much for the Marcos to overcome at home against their NUIC East rival.
Aleetra Roberts got the Marcos (3-6, 2-3) on the board with two free throws with just under 3 minutes to play in the first, and got them within seven points by beating the buzzer with a putback at the end of the third that made it 41-34 Cardinals (8-2, 4-0).
Roberts led all scorers with 17 points and grabbed nine rebounds, and Keeley Meyer posted a double-double with 11 points and 14 boards. Anna Drake scored nine of her team-high 14 points in the second half for Forreston.
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Eastland 58, Orangeville 32: The Cougars overwhelmed the Broncos for three periods, then got minutes almost all the way down the bench.
Lexis Macomber led Eastland (9-1) with 13 points, Courtney Walker hit two 3s to add 12, and Hannah Hake rounded out the Cougars’ double-digit scorers with 11.
River Ridge-Scales Mound 50, Fulton 33: After trailing just 21-18 at the half, the Steamers were outscored 18-2 in the third period.
Morgan Wierema scored a game-high 17 points for Fulton (4-6), while Ashley Brandt and Katie Schnitzler led RRSM (6-3) with 15 and 14 points, respectively.
Sauk Valley 76, Daley 60: Brianna Richardson scored a game-high 22 points, leading the Skyhawks to the nonconference road win Saturday in Chicago.
Kayla Barlow, Lydia Box and Sheldeen Joseph added 13 points apiece for Sauk (6-4), which led 38-34 at the half before pulling away.
Rachel Hageman, Newman, 10 points, 7 rebounds, 6-for-6 at line
Rachel Cobert, Erie, 9 points, 20 rebounds
Sam Lambrigtsen, Oregon, 20 points
Emylyn Wright, Oregon, 14 points, all in second half
Aleetra Roberts, Polo, 17 points, 9 rebounds
Keeley Meyer, Polo, 11 points, 14 rebounds