The Dixon Duchesses are in the driver’s seat for a Big Northern title, handing Rockford Lutheran its first loss in conference play with a 46-40 win in Rockford on Tuesday.
Zoe Carr scored 15 points for Dixon, with Britney Pitzer adding 14.
The Duchesses led 36-35 after three quarters, then held the Crusaders to just five points over the final 8 minutes.
With the win, Dixon is 9-0 in the BNC and will face a Byron team with one conference loss in Byron on Friday.
Sycamore 54, Sterling 42: Grace Gould led the Golden Warriors with 10 points in a road loss to the Spartans.
Kylie Feuerbach poured in 24 points for Sycamore.
Genoa-Kingston 41, Rock Falls 38: The Rockets hit the road and couldn’t get past the Cogs in a Big Northern Conference contest.
Eastland 69, West Carroll 40: Erin Henze scored 14 of her 18 points in the first half to lead the Cougars to a rout of the Thunder in Savanna.
Henze also had five rebounds, three steals and three assists.
Lydia Coatney added 17 points, four rebounds and three steals for Eastland.
Maddie Meek had 12 points for West Carroll, and McKenna Sullivan added 10.
Aquin 45, AFC 43: Madeline Prestegaard had 17 points to become the leading scorer in program history, but the Raiders were edged by the Bulldogs in Ashton.
Madeline Prestegaard also had 11 rebounds. Jaynee Prestegaard had 20 points, seven boards, seven blocked shots and six steals.
Dakota 49, Milledgeville 47: The Missiles fell to the Indians in an NUIC East home game despite leading 15-10 after the first quarter, and a game-high 21 points from Mady Frederick.
Milledgeville trailed 40-39 heading into the fourth, but couldn’t get over the hump. Rebecca Waite added nine points for the Missiles.
Ellie Packer led Dakota with 13 points.
Durand 61, Polo 32: The Marcos fell in an NUIC East matchup at home, falling behind 19-12 after one quarter and being outscored 12-6 in the second.
Rilley Peterson led Polo with nine points. Alex Dusing added eight.
Sterling 3,329 DeKalb 3,065: Olivia Zinanni was nearly perfect again.
After a spare in the fifth frame of her third game spoiled a bid at 300 earlier this season against Dixon, she came within two points of a perfect third game against DeKalb.
She did manage to break the 200-mark three times with games of 215, 225 and 298 for a series of 738.
Kyleigh Glazier had games of 200 and 223 on her way to a 605 series. Zoey Paone added a 213 game and a 579 series.
Taylor Dunaway led DeKalb with a 614 series and her team’s high game of 243.
Geneseo 3,334, Oregon 2,890: The Hawks fell in a nonconference meet on the road.
Rebbeca Meyers led Oregon with a 527 series. Taylor Wilson rolled a 522 series. Sammantha Meyers had the Hawks’ high game with a 204.
Emily Pobanz led the Leafs with a 616 series.
Sauk Valley 67, Malcolm X 41: The Skyhawks held Malcolm X to just 19 points in the first half in a road win.
Kennedy Kuykendall scored 15 in the first half on her own, finishing the game with 28 points. Jaida Carson added 13 points. Isabelle Shiaras added eight.