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Rockets rally past Cards

Erie girls win at home; Sauk splits in Malta

The Rock Falls Rockets roared back from a halftime deficit Thursday, outscoring Stillman Valley by 17 points in the third quarter of a 59-56 Big Northern West win.

The Rockets (5-10, 1-2) trailed 31-24 at the break, then went on a 23-6 run in the third period. Rock Falls then held off the Cardinals' answer for the road victory.

Austin Donoho led the Rockets with 17 points, seven rebounds, six steals and four assists. Jacob Mammosser, Cory McCallister and Connor Cain scored nine points apiece, with Mammosser grabbing seven boards, and McCallister dishing four assists.

Trevor Gerig poured in 27 points for Stillman (2-11, 1-4).

Girls basketball

Erie 47, Bureau Valley 39: Rachel Cobert had 17 points and six rebounds, and the Cardinals won a Three Rivers North game at home.

Erie (15-7, 5-3) held the Storm to three points in the third quarter to take control of the game.

Helena Osk Arnadottir had 19 points for Bureau Valley (7-11, 0-6).

Riverdale 51, Fulton 41: Lauren Claus' 28 points were too much for the Steamers to overcome in Port Byron.

Faith Kennedy scored 12 points, and Averi Leitzen and Camerin Huizenga added seven points apiece for Fulton (3-18, 0-7 Three Rivers North), which trailed 25-16 by halftime.

Megan Groves added nine points, and Sydney Mericle chipped in eight for Riverdale (13-8, 6-2).

Aquin 63, AFC 44: Alisyn Essex scored 15 points, but the rest of Raiders' offense struggled to get going in a NUIC East loss in Ashton.

Hope Friday and Bekki Matson both added seven points for AFC (10-6, 3-3).

Haley Chang scored 19 points for Aquin (11-7, 7-0).

Men's basketball

Kishwaukee 77, Sauk Valley 74:
The Skyhawks suffered "one of the toughest regular-season losses" of coach Russ Damhoff's 28-year tenure, as a seven-point lead vanished over the final 2 minutes in Malta.

After a nip-and-tuck affair all the way through, Sauk (9-7, 1-2 Arrowhead) pulled ahead by seven with a 3-minute surge with 5 minutes to play. But missed free throws and turnovers, as well as some timely shooting by the Kougars, turned that lead into a deficit in the final minute.

"We spread it out, went to the four corners to run time," Damhoff said, "then we turned it over a few times and missed some foul shots. They hit a real tough 3, then got another one going to the basket for a three-point play, and we couldn't convert in the last 6 seconds.

"We played awful good, probably the best we've played all year, and did everything right – but we only did it for 38 minutes."

Chris Fritsch had 11 points and 11 rebounds, and John Murphy finished with 12 points and eight boards for the Skyhawks. David Newton led the way with 17 points, and Eric Naples chipped in 14, including a pair of 3s.

Women's basketball

Kishwaukee 61, Sauk Valley 56: Morgan Dean had 18 points and eight rebounds, but the Skyhawks lost an Arrowhead Conference game in Malta.

Aleena Hammelman added 16 points, 12 rebounds and three assists for Sauk Valley (11-3), and Jordan Giddings had 11 points and seven rebounds.

Dixon graduate Catie Cox had six points for Kishwaukee.

Thursday's stars

Helena Osk Arnadottir, Bureau Valley, 19 points

Morgan Dean, Sauk Valley women, 18 points, 8 rebounds

Austin Donoho, RF, 17 points, 7 rebounds, 6 steals, 4 assists

Rachel Cobert, Erie, 17 points, 6 rebounds

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