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Clippers take 3rd place

Rockets split last two games at State Farm Classic

The Amboy girls basketball team finished its own tournament in style on Friday with a 53-29 win against Ridgewood in the third-place game.

The Clippers led 31-2 at halftime and cruised home from there. Taylor Stevens led the way with 20 points, 10 rebounds and four assists.

Also for the Clippers, Abi Payne had nine points and six assists, Breanna Fisher had eight points and nine boards, Kallie Appleman had eight points, and Noelle Jones added four points and eight rebounds.

Grayce Spicher had 13 points for Ridgewood.

State Farm Classic

Rock Falls 50, Rockford Lutheran 31: The Rockets took care of their Big Northern rivals at Normal Community High School.

Rock Falls outscored Lutheran 16-5 in the third quarter. Molly Buck led a balanced effort on the offensive end with 14 points, as eight Rock Falls player scored. Taylor Hoefler added eight.

Ambranette Storr paced the Crusaders with 16 points.

Champaign St. Thomas More 53, Rock Falls 50: The Rockets capped the tournament with a close loss to the Sabers in the fifth-place game at Bloomington Central Catholic High School.

Rock Falls trailed 37-27 after three quarters, and despite a 23-point fourth quarter, fell just short. Buck scored 14 points for the Rockets, while Hoefler and Abigail Peyton added nine and eight points, respectively.

St. Thomas More had three players in double figures, led by Nakaya Hughes’ 15 points.

Dixon Holiday

Eastland 63, Aquin 46: The Cougars claimed fifth place with a win over the Bulldogs at Lancaster Gym.

Eastland outscored Aquin 21-6 in the second quarter to build a comfortable 31-15 halftime lead. Lydia Coatney led the Cougars with 14 points, while Erin Henze had 13 and Katie Krogman pitched in 11.

Abby Barr paced Aquin with 14 points.

Aquin 36, Dixon 34: The Duchesses finished with just nine field goals in a loss to the Bulldogs at Lancaster Gym in a second-round consolation game.

Dixon led 24-21 after three quarters of play, but couldn’t hold on in the fourth. Britney Pitzer scored 11 points, while Gretchen Bushman and Caylyn Kimmel added eight apiece.

Abby Barr had a game-high 14 points for Aquin. Addie DeMichele chipped in 11.

Eastland 54, Byron 40: The Cougars led the entire way in a win over the Tigers at Lancaster Gym in Dixon.

Coatney led the way with 15 points for Eastland, which also got 12 from Jordan Miller and 11 from Katie Krogman. Sage Walrath added eight.

Tamya Vaultonberg paced Byron with 11 points.

United Township 59, Sterling 33: The Golden Warriors were outscored 22-7 in the second quarter after being tied 8-all in the first, and couldn’t catch up to the Panthers in a consolation bracket game at Reagan Middle School in Dixon.

Grace Gould led Sterling with nine points. Izabella Sims scored 18 points to pace United Township.

Sterling 60, Rochelle 48: A big game from Josi Borum helped the Warriors begin the day with a win against the Hubs.

Borum tossed in 22 points to lead Sterling. Gretchen Gould finished with 14 points, and Gabbi Schilling added 11.

Rochelle’s Abby Lundquist led all scorers with 28 points.

Rochelle 43, Newman 39: The Comets fell behind 25-17 at halftime and couldn’t catch up to the Hubs at Reagan Middle School.

Savannah Skinner led Newman with 12 points. Abby Lundquist poured in a game-high 23 points for the Hubs.

Stillman Valley 55, Oregon 39: The Hawks fell to their Big Northern rivals at Reagan Middle School in Dixon.

Oregon led 29-17 at halftime and 35-30 after the third quarter, but the Cardinals outscored the Hawks 25-4 over the final 8 minutes.

Bailey Montavon finished with a game-high 17 points for Oregon. Jessica Hunt added nine. Anna Broski and Georgia Ballard had 13 points apiece for

Oregon 43, LaSalle-Peru 40: Bailey Montavon paced a balanced attack with 11 points as the Hawks slipped past the Cavaliers by going on a 19-10 fourth-quarter run.

Meredith Gelander scored 10 points for Oregon, and Jessica Hunt added eight.

Rhea Skoog led L-P with 16 points, and Kamryn Olson added 13.

Warkins Cardinal Classic

Orion 61, Morrison 41: The Fillies led 17-15 after the first quarter, but couldn’t keep up with the Chargers at Erie.

Peyton Tegeler poured in a game-high 31 points for Morrison. Danielle Taets scored 30 to lead Orion.

Erie 51, South Beloit 26: The host Cardinals dealt the SoBos a blowout loss.

Erie’s defense limited South Beloit to just eight points at the half and only 14 after three quarters. Whitney Bramm led the way for the Cardinals with 17 points, and Skylar Steimle tossed in 12.

Kaya Lervik and Madison Pasienezik had seven points apiece for South Beloit.

Bureau Valley 38, Rockridge 28: Ellen Johnson had 12 points, Christen Hurley had 11 and Emily Fordham added nine as the Storm handled the Rockets.

Jessica Stice led Rockridge with eight points.

Mercer County 30, Fulton 25: Brooke Huizenga scored eight points for the Steamers in a loss to the Titans.

Dani Hagens led Mercer County with nine points.

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