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Missiles down Bulldogs

NUIC East race heats up; Duchesses win on road

Published: Friday, Feb. 14, 2014 12:19 a.m. CDT

The Milledgeville Missiles pulled within a game of the NUIC East leaders by beating frontrunner Aquin 63-61 on Thursday in Milledgeville.

Jordan Harris paced Milledgeville (18-4, 7-3 NUIC East) with 16 points and four assists. Kameron DawTyne chipped in 12 points, while Blake Kappes was a rebound short of a double-double, with 11 points and nine rebounds.

Aquin (18-5, 8-2 NUIC) was led by Aiden Chang, who hit a pair of 3's en route to a game-high 20-points. 

Eastland 59, Pearl City 45: Eastland (20-3, 12-0 NUIC West) remained perfect in conference by handily beating Pearl City (5-21, 1-9 NUIC) in Lanark. 

The Cougars were paced by Dalton Schaner, who poured in 25 points, which included an 8-for-8 performance from the line. 

A 22 point second quarter blew the game open for Eastland, who held a 36-25 lead at the break. Blake Janssen added 14 points. 

Girl's Basketball

Dixon 40, Geneseo 33, OT: Brooke Bailey tallied half of the Duchesses' points in Geneseo, as they avenged loss from earlier in the season to the Maple Leafs in overtime. 

Dixon (16-10, 6-4 NIB-12) held Geneseo (15-13, 6-4 NIB-12) to single-digit scoring in all four quarters and overtime. With the score knotted up at 27, the Duchesses outscored the Leafs 13-6 in the extra frame. 

Bailey went 11-for-12 from the free-throw line in overtime to seal the deal for Dixon on the road.

LaSalle-Peru 57, Sterling 51: A very balanced LaSalle-Peru attack was too much for the Golden Warriors (18-11, 6-4 NIB-12 West) to handle, as they lost a tough one on the road at the hands of the Cavaliers.

Kaitlyn Bauer had a double-double for Sterling, scoring 26 points and grabbing 11 rebounds, both career highs. Gabby Sandoval chipped in 13 points.

LaSalle-Peru (13-15, 3-7 NIB-12 West) was paced by Hannah Wolfe, who poured in 15 points.

Men's basketball

Highland 74, Sauk Valley 66: The Skyhawks lost a close one to their rival at home.

Sauk (13-13, 5-5 Arrowhead) was within four-points with 5 minutes to go. The fouling tactic worked, but Highland (19-6, 8-1 Arrowhead) grabbed multiple offensive rebounds off of their misseed free throws to take control. 

Jacoby Posely paced Sauk with 19 points on six 3-pointers, five assists, and no turnovers. Tiger Greene added 10 points. 

Highland was led by former Rochelle standout Grant Prusator, who hit four 3-pointers en route to a 19-point game.

Women's basketball

Sauk Valley 89, Highland 47: The Cougars couldn't do much to stop the Skyhawks, as Sauk cruised to a conference victory. 

The Skyhawks (18-4) were led by Jordan Giddings, who poured in 25 points and grabbed six rebounds. Aleena Hammelman and Sheldeen Joseph were right behind her, adding 18 and 17 points respectively. Hammelman also had eight rebounds and five assists, while Joseph also contributed eight assists, six rebounds, and three steals. 

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