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Bauer’s layup lifts Sterling over Leafs

Kaitlyn Bauer hit a layup at the buzzer of the second overtime on Friday night to give the Sterling Golden Warriors a 49-47 win over NIB-12 West rival Geneseo at Musgrove Fieldhouse.

“That lob play is always run to Kiarra, but since we had just run it out of the last timeout, Coach Schroeder told me to switch with Kiarra,” Bauer said. “I didn’t even think about it, I just caught it and shot it ... and when it went in, oh my gosh. My teammates got me open and got me the pass, and I just did it.”

Sterling points came from four players. Bauer had 10. Kiarra Harris led Sterling (7-0, 1-0) with 20 points. Gabby Sandoval followed with 18 points. Denajha Phillips made a free throw for one point.

Jamie DeFauw had 22 points for Geneseo (2-3, 0-1). The score was tied at 39 at the end of regulation. Both teams scored four points in the first extra frame, and looked to be heading to a third overtime before Bauer’s winning bucket.

Dixon 44, Streator 23: The Duchesses outscored the Bulldogs 16-4 in the second quarter to gain control of a NIB-12 West game at Lancaster Gym.

Brooke Bailey paced Dixon (3-4, 1-0) with 20 points. Carly Harle added seven points.

Morgan Sharisky had nine points for Streator (0-7, 0-1).

Galva 40, Bureau
Valley 32: The Storm finished strong in Manlius, but lost a nonconference game to Galva.

Nicole Bornsheuer had 12 points and 13 rebounds for Bureau Valley (4-5). Heaven Bennett added six points and 12 rebounds.

Curran O’Riley had 14 points for Galva.

Cornerstone 42, Faith Christian 28: Sarah Smith scored 16 points, but the Falcons lost an NICC game in Grand Detour.

Katie Cover added six points for Faith (3-2). Abby Hill scored 21 points for Cornerstone.

Women’s basketball

Sauk Valley 61, Lincoln 33: Aleena Hammelman had 10 points, nine steals, seven assists and six rebounds as the
Skyhawks won at the Lincoln tournament.

Jordan Giddings had a team-high 14 points, and she made three 3-pointers. Sheldeen Joseph had 12 points, five steals and five assists for Sauk (8-1).

Men’s basketball

Aurora JV 109, Sauk Valley 105: Chris Fritsch and Jacob Fisher each recorded double-doubles, but the Skyhawks struggled on defense and at the free-throw line in a loss at the DuPage Tournament.

Fritsch, a Sterling graduate, had 18 points and 12 rebounds for Sauk (4-3). Fisher had 15 points and 10 rebounds. Jacoby Posley and Carlos Hendrix each had 17 points for the Skyhawks.


Byron 47, Erie-Prophetstown 27: Spotting the Tigers five weight classes proved to be more than the Panthers could make up in a nonconference loss in Byron.

Erie-Prophetstown won four of the contested matches, including pins by Josh Wheeler at 138 pounds, Duke Carber at 160, and Noah Eads at 195. Jarod Cole won a 6-2 decision over Brandon Elsbury at 145 pounds for the Panthers’ other win.

Newman swept on road: A depleted Comets
wrestling team was swept at Alleman. The Comets, who did not use any wrestlers that played on last week’s state championship football team, lost 56-12 to Alleman and 36-17 to Kewanee.

The Comets’ lone win in a contested match came from Elias Edmondson, who earned a technical fall over Kewanee’s Brock Howlett at 138 pounds.

Fulton 36, Rock Falls 35: The Steamers beat the Rockets by a point at Tabor Gym. Getting pins for the Rockets were Breu Knox at 126 pounds and Lucas Newburgh at 182 pounds.

Fulton lost 39-34 in its other match at Rock Falls. The results for the match between Rock Falls and Orion were not reported.

Friday’s stars

Kiarra Harris, Sterling, 20 points

Brooke Bailey, Dixon, 20 points

Nicole Bornsheuer, Bureau Valley, 12 points, 13 rebounds

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