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Comets, Rockets to meet at State Farm; BV, Erie both win twice

Duchesses dominate at own tourney

The Dixon Duchesses roared out to a double-digit first-quarter lead and never let up Friday at their own tournament, defeating Earlville 60-21 in a consolation bracket quarterfinal at Lancaster Gym.

Dixon (8-5) led 17-2 after one period and 36-11 at halftime, then outscored Earlville 24-10 in the second half.

Brooke Bailey scored 18 points, Tyler Smith added nine, and Carly Hartle chipped in eight as nine different Duchesses scored in the game.

State Farm Classic

Prairie Central 49, Newman 34: The Comets were outscored in each of the first three quarters in a loss at Normal Community High School.

Mary Alice Oswalt scored 13 points for Newman (3-9), and Aubree Schmitt added eight points, including both Comet 3-pointers. Laura Crane’s 20 points paced led Prairie Central.

Tri-Valley 45, Rock Falls 40: The Rockets tried to rally from a 25-18 halftime deficit, but Maddie Merritt’s four 3-pointers and game-high 24 points were too much at Normal Community High School.

Emily Sauer led Rock Falls (6-9) with 13 points, while Dallas Clevenger added nine and Chelsi Blair scored eight.

Alleman 55, Newman 26: The Comets trailed 15-5 after one quarter and 31-9 at halftime in a loss at Normal Community High School.

Aubree Schmitt’s seven points led Newman. Michaela Hird had 10 points for the Pioneers, who had 11 players score in the game.

Pana 50, Rock Falls 47: The Rockets couldn’t pull out a nip-and-tuck affair down the stretch at Normal Community High School.

Bailie Smith scored 12 points, and Danica Fortune and Dallas Clevenger both scored eight for Rock Falls, which made just two of its 10 free throws and couldn’t quite overcome a 27-19 halftime deficit.

Rachel Alde’s 17 points led three Pana players in double figures.

Rock Falls will meet Newman in the seventh-place consolation game at noon Saturday at Normal Community High School.

Erie tournament

Fulton 37, Galva 26: The Steamers outscored Galva 31-16 after the first quarter in a win at the Warkins Cardinal Classic.

Betsy Leonard scored 15 points, and Jordan Price added nine for Fulton (3-11). Curran O’Riley’s 10 points paced Galva.

Erie 35, Mercer County 24: The Cardinals used a balanced effort to beat the Golden Eagles at the Warkins Cardinal Classic.

Rachel Cobert scored nine points, while Lexi Floming and Emily Cox each had seven for Erie (8-4), which had seven different players score. Michaela Baker hit three 3s and finished with 11 points for Mercer County.

Rockridge 45, Morrison 40: The Fillies’ fourth-quarter comeback bid fell short at the Warkins Cardinal Classic.

Ashley Greul had 11 points, and Emma Sitzmore scored 10 for Morrison (8-8), which trailed 40-30 heading into the final period. Beth Meier and Michaela Stoneking scored nine points each for the Rockets.

Bureau Valley 46, Ridgewood 44: The Storm led 15-6 after one quarter, and went on to hold off Ridgewood at the Warkins Cardinal Classic.

Nicole Bornsheuer’s 14 points led BV (7-6), with Darcy Kepner adding eight points. Jasmine Jefko scored 12 for Ridgewood.

Monmouth-Roseville 51, Morrison 31: The Fillies fell behind 33-16 by halftime and never recovered at Erie.

Lakin Goodman scored 10 points for Morrison. Kim Jensen had 12 points for Monmouth-Roseville.

Bureau Valley 48, Stockton 44: The Storm outscored the Blackhawks 31-19 in the second and third quarters, then made it stand up at Erie.

Irini Petros scored 14 points, and Darcy Kepner added 12 for BV. Kaitlyn Reusch and Kara Wright had 14 points apiece for Stockton (4-6).

Knoxville 65, Fulton 32: The Steamers fell behind 24-4 after one quarter and never recovered at Erie.

Jordan Price had eight points, and Averi Leitzen added seven for Fulton. Megan Axcell’s 18 points led Knoxville.

Erie 63, Wethersfield 46: The Cardinals led 23-13 after one quarter, then outscored the Geese 27-19 in the second half in Erie.

Rachel Cobert scored 16 points, Courtney Cobert had 15, and Lexi Floming added 14 for Erie. Kristen Parsons hit six of Wethersfield’s nine 3-pointers and finished with 23 points.

Prophetstown tournament

Rockford Christian 49, West Carroll 19: The Thunder fell behind 15-5 after one quarter and trailed 34-10 by halftime in a loss in Prophetstown.

Abby Maike’s six points paced West Carroll (3-11). Alexis Lanquist scored 13 for the Royal Lions.

Prophetstown 63, Orion 40: The Prophets turned a three-point game after one quarter into a blowout at their own tournament, thanks to a 48-28 scoring edge the rest of the way.

Clare Kramer scored 14 points, Corrie Reiley had 12, and Heather Strike added 11 for Prophetstown (15-2), who will play LaSalle-Peru in the championship at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Amboy tournament

Amboy 46, AFC 29: The Clippers put away a close game with a 23-12 scoring advantage in the second half at their own tournament.

Kaitlyn Liebing had 10 points, and Micaela McCoy scored nine for Amboy (8-4), which will face Indian Creek for the tourney title at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Allison Prestegaard and Cassidy Koning finished with eight points apiece for the Raiders (10-3), who will play Marquette for third place at 6 p.m. Saturday.

Friday’s stars

Brooke Bailey, Dixon, 18 points

Rachel Cobert, Erie, 16 points in win over Wethersfield

Betsy Leonard, Flton, 15 points in win over Galva

Courtney Cobert, Erie, 15 points in win over Wethersfield

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