Sterling scored 13 points in the first quarter and held off NIB-12 rival LaSalle-Peru for a 38-30 win on the road on Thursday.
The Golden Warriors led 22-10 at halftime before the Cavaliers scored 10 in the third and 10 more in the fourth, but Sterling held on.
Gabbi Schilling led Sterling with 12 points. Josi Borum added 10 points and 14 rebounds. Gretchen Gould had nine points and eight rebounds.
Eastland 63, Galena 41: Lydia Coatney’s 21 points paced the Cougars to a home NUIC win.
Erin Henze added 14 points and had five steals and six assists. Karlie Krogman scored 10 and grabbed eight rebounds. Katie Krogman had eight points and seven rebounds.
Eastland led 16-14 after one quarter, then broke the game open by outscoring Galena 15-9 in the second and 20-12 in the third.
St. Bede 42, Erie 40: The Cardinals fell to the Bruins in a home Three Rivers game.
St. Bede led 14-7 after one quarter and 21-17 at halftime. Erie outscored the Bruins 18-12 in the final 8 minutes, but the rally fell short.
Whitney Bramm scored 13 points, Skylar Steimle added 12 and Riley Redell scored 10 for the Cardinals.
Prophetstown 38, Princeton 32: The Prophets led 26-15 after three quarters, then held off a Tigers’ rally as Princeton scored 17 points in the final 8 minutes.
Courtney Pierceson scored 17 points for the Prophets, shooting 6-for-15 from the field. She also had four steals in the game. Dena Johnson added nine points.
Rockridge 35, Fulton 33: The Steamers got scoring from seven different players, but fell to the Rockets at home.
Abby Willging led the balanced attack with seven points. Kylee Sweenie and Rylee Leitzen each had six.
Fulton trailed 7-6 after one quarter and 13-11 at halftime, then scored 12 points in the third quarter to take a 23-22 lead, but could not hold it.
Forreston 50, AFC 41: The Raiders jumped out to a 26-20 halftime lead, but the Cardinals scored 23 points in the third to pull out the NUIC win in Forreston.
Caleb Drew scored 19 points and Adam Hart added 15 for AFC.
Dixon 3,333, Rock Island 3,102: The Duchesses closed their regular season in style on Senior Night at Plum Hollow, winning two of the three games and the overall pinfall over the Rocks.
In the final home dual of her career, Melissa Bates rolled games of 213 and 214 en route to a match-high 616 series. Riley Kavanaugh added a 581 series and a 212 game, while Allison Bay had a team-high 229 game and a 560 series for Dixon (9-2). Senior Annie Hantke rolled a 212 in her final game for a 510 series.
Lynzee Quade and Heather Motley led Rock Island with matching 569 series.