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Basketball Roundup: Meiners' big night leads RF

Sanderson paces Steamers to win; Polo girls advance

Austin Meiners poured in a game-high 27 points in Rock Falls’ 69-33 road win over Stillman Valley in Big Northern Conference play.

Meiners outscored Stillman 19-12 in the first half alone, as the Rockets led 44-12 at intermission. Kyle Ellefsen added 11 for the Rock Falls, while Keyon Wolber chipped in nine.

Dylan Boyd led the Cardinals with nine points.

Sterling 57, Sycamore 39: The Golden Warriors raced out to a 17-8 lead after the first quarter and closed well by outscored the Spartans 17-6 in the fourth to win a NIB-12 crossover game on the road.

Micah Kendrick scored a game-high 13 points, while Sean Gingrich added 12 for Sterling. Tyler Willman and Isaiah Ryan chipped in 10 apiece.

Quinten Petit led Sycamore with 12 points, all coming from beyond the 3-point line. The Spartans hit 10 3-pointers in the game.

Rockford Christian 52, Dixon 46: The Dukes got 20 points from Beau Bailey, but Rockford Christian’s Malik Marshall matched that with 20 of his own for a Royal Lions win in Rockford.

Oscar Van Sickle scored 13 for the Dukes.

Rockford Christian led 15-11 after one quarter and 28-19 at halftime. The Dukes outscored Rockford Christian 16-11 in the third, but could not come all the way back.

North Boone 65, Oregon 50: The Hawks fell behind 28-13 at halftime and never caught up in a Big Northern loss to the Vikings at the Blackhawk Center.

Trey Woolsey scored a team-high 15 points for Oregon. Cody Ebens added eight.

Corey Yarc had a game-high 18 points for North Boone, and Britton Morris chipped in 13.

Milledgeville 58, Pearl City 50: Kyle Ottens scored 30 points as the Missiles topped the Wolves in Pearl City.

Cade Schave added 11 for Milledgeville, and Blayne Kappes scored eight.

Brock Smargiassi led Pearl City with 15.

Fulton 59, Morrison 47: The Mustangs got off to a good start, leading 19-16 after one quarter, but the Steamers’ defense locked down over the next three quarters and Fulton came away with its 20th win of the year.

Fulton outscored Morrison 16-9, 9-8 and 18-11 in the second, third and fourth quarters.

Cody Sanderson led the Steamers with a career-high 30 points. Tyler Bruggenwirth added nine.

Ben Brackemyer led the Mustangs with 14 points. Britt Ottens added 11.

Bureau Valley 77, Prophetstown 54: The Storm had five players reach double figures in a TRAC East home win over the Prophets.

Corbin Endress had 17, Tyler Gustafson finished with 15, Kale Barnett added 14, Andrew Petros poured in 12, and Nate Paup contributed 10 for Bureau Valley. The Storm led 23-7 after the first quarter, and 49-27 at the half.

Brayton Lavine paced Prophets-
town with a game-high 18 points, while Dawson Haggard pitched in 13.

Orion 58, Erie 50: The Cardinals led 10-8 after the first quarter, but trailed 26-21 at the half and couldn’t catch up in a TRAC West home loss to the Chargers.

Erie nailed eight 3-pointers in the game, four coming from Kyle Stover for his 12 points. Josh Hammer also had 12 for the Cardinals.

Seth West and Drew Minas scored 14 points apiece to lead Orion.

Girls basketball

Kaneland 59, Sterling 40: The Golden Warriors fell at Musgrove Fieldhouse, being outscored 12-5 in the first quarter, 22-12 in the second and 13-5 in the third.

Josi Borum led the Warriors with 19 points. Katelyn Grell added six.

1A Forreston Regional

Polo 48, Hiawatha 21: The Marcos are moving on following a win over Hiawatha in which they outscored the Hawks 12-2 in the second quarter and 16-8 in the third.

Alex Dusing led Polo with 17 points. Rilley Peterson added seven points to the balanced attack.

2A Riverdale Regional

West Carroll 49, Morrison 32: The No. 9 seed Thunder bested the No. 11 seed Fillies in a regional quarterfinal in Port Byron.

West Carroll advances to take on Elgin Harvest Christian Academy at 6 p.m. today.

Women’s basketball

Sauk Valley 60, Carl Sandburg 54: The Skyhawks held the Chargers to six points in the third quarter to gain the edge in a tight game and come out with the win.

Sauk trailed 18-13 after one quarter and 31-29 at halftime before baskets by Bre Scheidegger and Jaida Carson put the Skyhawks in front early in the third.

That lead held until early in the fourth, when Jordan Price set up Katie Droste for a 3-pointer to make it 47-46. Carson answered with a 3-pointer of her own moments later, and Sauk led the rest of the way.

Kennedy Kuykendall led Sauk with 18 points. Carson added 16.
Scheidegger scored 11, and Isabelle Shiaras added 10.

Madison Lowe led Sandburg with 16, Alivia Cummings added 13, and Price scored nine.

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