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Rockets beat Hawks on road

Warriors win, Dukes lose; Skyhawks sweep Sandburg

The Rock Falls Rockets hit the road Saturday and returned home with a 57-47 Big Northern West victory over the Oregon Hawks at the Blackhawk Center.

The Rockets trailed 16-15 after one quarter, but took control with a 20-6 scoring edge in the second period.

Jacob Mammosser had 13 points for Rock Falls (7-19, 2-8), while Aaron Frank hit three 3-pointers for nine points. Tanner Mortonson scored eight, and Austin Donoho chipped in seven points for the balanced Rockets.

Matt Murray hit four 3s and led the Hawks (6-20, 1-10) with 13 points. Trevor Otten and Jarrick Orstead chipped in 10 points apiece in Oregon's regular-season finale.

Sterling 53, IMSA 23: The Golden Warriors led 16-2 after one quarter, then outscored the Illinois Math and Science Academy 26-10 in the second half at Musgrove Fieldhouse.

Sterling Thornton knocked down three 3-pointers and led Sterling (9-13) with 17 points. Zach Rehmert added 11 points and three assists, while Rafa Sosa chipped in nine points and five rebounds.

Indian Creek 59, Dixon 47: The Dukes were outscored 32-11 in the fourth quarter of a nonconference loss in Shabbona.

Laron Carr hit four 3-pointers and finished with a game-high 17 points for Dixon (19-6), which led 11-4 after one quarter, 23-12 at halftime, and 36-27 after three periods. Cal Jarrett added 12 points, and Isaiah Roby chipped in nine.

Garrison Govig led the way with 14 points for Indian Creek, which shot 23-for-32 from the free-throw line compared to the Dukes' 5-for-12.

Men's basketball

Sauk Valley 74, Carl Candburg 65:
The Skyhawks closed the regular season on a three-game winning streak, despite losing point guard Carlos Hendrix to a knee injury 15 seconds into their Arrowhead Conference finale at home.

Hendrix was injured on a loose-ball scramble on Sauk's opening possession; the team will know how serious the injury is Monday.

On the court, Chris Stovall took over and dished 13 assists against just four turnovers, and he also scored 11 points for the Skyhawks (19-11, 7-5). Sauk overcame not only the loss of Hendrix, but also a 28-15 Sandburg edge at the free-throw line.

Jacoby Posley nailed four 3-pointers for a team-high 16 points, while Tramel Rideout added 12 points and seven rebounds, and Jeff Casseus chipped in 13 points and five boards.

Women's basketball

Sauk Valley 58, Carl Sandburg 37:
The Skyhawks clinched the Arrowhead Conference title with a makeup win at home, surging to a 34-16 halftime lead and never looking back.

Sheldeen Joseph had 22 points, five steals and four rebounds for Sauk (21-5), while Jordan Giddings added 17 points, six boards and four steals. Aleena Hammelman chipped in eight points, 10 rebounds and two assists, and Jaimie Hurd grabbed seven rebounds and dished two assists.

Saturday's stars

Sheldeen Joseph, Sauk, 22 points, 5 steals, 4 rebounds

Laron Carr, Dixon, 17 points, 4 3-pointers

Sterling Thornton, Sterling, 17 points, 3 3-pointers

Jacob Mammosser, RF, 13 points

Chris Stovall, Sauk, 11 points, 13 assists

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