Cal Jarrett scored 24 points as the Dixon Dukes nearly knocked off the Geneseo Maple Leafs Friday on the road. The Maple Leafs were able to hold off the Dukes for a 55-49 win to close the regular season.
Jarrett made 8 of 13 field-goal attempts, and he also had six rebounds, three assists and two blocks for Dixon (3-24, 1-9 NIB-12 West). Matt Coffey added 13 points.
"It was a lot more competitive than the last time we played," Dixon coach Jason Mead said. "We lost by 28 the last time. So it's a good sign of the improvement the team has made. For playing a lot of freshmen and sophomores, we have been competing in every game."
Aquin 39, Annawan 38: Sophie Brunner took a pass from Elayna Erdmier and threw up a shot to put the Bulldogs ahead by one-point with 6 seconds left in a Class 1A state semifinal game at Redbird Arena in Normal.
Brunner led the defending champions with 21 points and 12 rebounds. Katie Stykel added eight points for Aquin (30-3), who will play Mt. Pulaski in the championship game at 2 p.m. Saturday.
Morgan VanHyfte led Annawan (29-3) with 16 points. Her sister, Celina, added 12 points.
Mt. Pulaski 49, Cowden-Herrick 41: Andrea Dickerson had 18 points and Jessica Awe added 15 as Mt. Pulaski outsccored Cowden-Herrick 18-9 in the final quarter to advance to the state championship game against Aquin.
Awe also had 11 rebounds for Mt. Pulaski (29-4).
Micah Jones had 26 points and 21 rebounds for Cowden-Herrick (26-5).