The Dixon Duchesses closed out the regular season with a 56-26 win at Genoa-Kingston on Saturday afternoon.
Abby Guthrie and Elle Jarrett each scored 11 points, Madelyn Chesley added 10 and Caylyn Kimmel scored nine for Dixon (22-7, 8-2 BNC), which secured a tie for second in the Big Northern Conference.
Dixon led 14-13 after one quarter and 31-19 at halftime, then outscored the Cogs 11-6 in the third quarter and 11-1 in the fourth.
Faith wins NICC title: The Falcons downed Galesburg Christian 54-50 in the championship game of the NICC Tournament in Alexis, and finished the season unbeaten in conference play.
Faith Christian led 26-21 at halftime and 42-35 after three quarters in the title game, and was led by Meghan Van Buren’s 22 points and three steals. Kara Hodson added 11 points and 10 rebounds, Gabby Rydzynski had nine points and nine boards, and Sara DiGrazia scored six points.
The Falcons got to the title tilt with a 55-25 victory over Fulton Unity. Hodson had 16 points and nine rebounds, and Van Buren added 12 points and six steals. Rydzynski finished with seven points and seven rebounds, while Megan Babler, Rachel Barrett and Katelyn Fassler each added six points; Babler also grabbed six rebounds, and Barett had five boards.
Van Buren won the NICC Christian Character Award, and she and Rydzynski were both named first-team all-conference.
Sterling 6th at Minooka: The Golden Warriors finished sixth as a team at the Minooka Sectional, missing out on advancing to state by two spots. But senior Kyleigh Glazier punched her ticket to state with a fifth-place finish individually.
Glazier rolled a six-game series of 1,259; winner Brooklin Chavez of Joliet West bowled a 1,388. Joliet West also won as a team with a 6,124, and advanced to state along with Joliet Central (5,971), Minooka (5,096) and Lincoln-Way East (5,792). Sterling tallied a 5,370.
Glazier’s total included a 215 opening game, and afternoon games of 221, 254 and 247. Olivia Zinanni (1,115) and Grace Schultz (1,023) also reached quadruple digits, and Zoey Paone (999) and Kylie Bresley (974) also bowled for Sterling.
Hawks 8th in Rockford: Oregon finished eighth and Dixon was ninth at the 12-team Jefferson Sectional at Don Carter Lanes.
The Hawks had a pinfall 4,990, eight more than the Duchesses. Harlem (6,320), Sycamore (5,901), South Elgin (5,574) and Freeport (5,477) advanced to the state tournament that begins Friday at the Cherry Bowl in Rockford.
Oregon was topped by Rebecca Meyers with a six-game total of 1,082, including an opening game of 235. Sammantha Meyers was next at 1,064.
The Duchesses were paced by Alyssa Bonnette (1,061), Tori Baker (1,045) and Allison Bay (1,044).
Sauk Valley 49, Carl Sandburg 46: The Skyhawks rallied from a 37-35 deficit after three quarters to win an Arrowhead Conference game at home.
Bre Scheidegger’s 16 points paced Sauk, while Karlee Doege scored 14 and Isabelle Kimpel added 11. Doege (3) and Scheidegger (2) combined to hit all five of the Skyhawks’ 3-pointers.
Fulton grad Jordan Price scored six points for Sandburg, with West Carroll alum Hailey Guilinger adding three points.
Kyleigh Glazier, Sterling bowling, 1,259 series to place 5th at Minooka Sectional & earn state berth
Meghan Van Buren, Faith basketball, 34 points, 9 steals in 2 games at NICC tournament
Kara Hodson, Faith basketball, 27 points, 21 rebounds in 2 games at NICC tournament