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Basketball roundup: Rockets cruise in Stillman Valley

Don’t let the margin of the Rock Falls boys basketball team’s 68-56 Big Northern West road victory over Stillman Valley fool you. It wasn’t that close.

The Rockets (15-4, 4-2) built a 54-31 lead through three periods Thursday night before the Cardinals made things respectable with a 25-14 fourth-period advantage.

Jace Anderson hit six 3s and hit all six of his free-throw attempts to pace Rock Falls with 26. Steven Armoska added 17. Tyler Herlihy paced Stillman Valley with 18.

Faith Christian 67, Galesburg Christian 36: The Falcons got ahead early and never looked back in a nonconference win on the road.

Blake Hudson led Faith (12-5) with 17 points and five steals, while Adam Dettman scored 12 points. Isaac Weber added eight points, 10 rebounds, seven steals and three blocks for the Falcons, who led 37-13 at halftime.

Girls basketball

Amboy 39, Erie 28: The Clippers seized a 15-4 lead after one period on their home floor and led wire to wire in a Three Rivers upset.

Autumn Smith and Kaitlyn Liebing both scored 12 points for Amboy (12-8, 5-5), and Brooke Lovgren hit two 3s.

Courtney Cobert led the Cardinals with nine points and hit their lone 3, but was 2-for-7 at the free-throw line.

Erie shot 8-for-49 from the field and 11-for-21 at the stripe.

“You can’t win games with that,” Erie coach Brian Howell said.

Prophetstown 58, Morrison 23: The Prophets held the Fillies to just two points in the first period of both halves and easily picked up a Three Rivers victory in Morrison.

Corrie Reiley led Prophetstown (21-3, 9-1) with 17 points, all scored in the first three periods. Riley Walters added 11, and Cydney Westen hit two 3s in the fourth period to chip in 10 points off the bench.

Ashley Greul led Morrison (3-18, 1-10) with 10 points.

Fulton 49, Bureau Valley 27: Morgan Wierema scored a game-high 15 points before fouling out of a Three Rivers game in Manlius.

Samantha Raab added 10 points for Fulton (8-16, 3-6), which took a 24-8 halftime lead. Shannon Reuter led BV (1-21, 0-9) with six points.

Thursday’s stars

Jace Anderson, Rock Falls boys, 26 points, 6 3s, 6-for-6 FTs

Blake Hudson, Faith boys, 17 points, 5 steals

Cydney Westen, Prophetstown girls, 10 points off bench, 2 3s

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