March 29, 2017 Light Rain / Windy, 46F

Hawks fall for 1st time in BNC

The Oregon Hawks suffered their first Big Northern West loss of the season Tuesday, falling 53-48 on the road to Rockford Lutheran.

It was a little revenge for the Crusaders (16-3, 6-2), who lost to the Hawks (17-5, 5-1) by three, 58-55, in their other conference meeting Dec. 4. Lutheran, which also beat Oregon at the season-opening Oregon tournament, leads the season series 2-1.

Sam Lambrigtsen scored 19 points, and McKaylee Beeter had 14 for the Hawks. Emy Wright, who had the game-winning three-point play in the December meeting, finished with seven points.

Rachel Konieczki paced Lutheran with 25 points, and Sam Rundblade chipped in 15.

Rock Falls 65, Mendota 55: Seniors Morgan Mammosser and Jordan Giddings scored 18 points apiece to lead the Rockets to a Big Northern West win on the road.

Mammosser also had seven rebounds, six assists and three steals for Rock Falls (9-12, 3-4), while Giddings added six rebounds, three steals and two assists. The Rockets, who outscored the Trojans (12-8, 3-4) 37-29 after halftime, also got 12 points and four rebounds from Bailey Schrader, while Linsey Brown and Aubree Johnson scored six points each; Johnson also had four assists the three boards.

Erie 50, Morrison 29: The Cardinals shut out the Fillies in the first quarter as Erie won a Three Rivers game in Morrison.

Paige Rus had 12 points and six rebounds for the Cards (17-6, 6-3), while Des Lawson scored 11 points. Courtney Cobert scored seven and Rachel Cobert added six points and eight boards.

Chelsea Eads’ 12 points paced the Fillies (3-17, 1-9), and Lakin Goodman scored eight.

Kewanee 50, Fulton 41: The Steamers (7-16, 2-6) couldn’t match Monday’s Three Rivers
upset of Newman, falling to the Boilermakers (11-10, 5-4) on
Tuesday in Kewanee.

AFC 60, South Beloit 57: Sophomore Alisyn Essex had a career night for the Raiders. hitting four 3-pointers and pouring in 29 points to lead the Raiders to an NUIC East win on the road.

Sarah Matson had 13 points, and Lauren Heal added eight for AFC (9-10, 2-7), which rallied from a 17-10 first-quarter deficit to beat the SoBos (1-9, 0-7) for the second time this season. Emily Kirichkow scored 25 for South Beloit.

Dakota 48, Milledgeville 25: The Missiles were outscored 35-15 in the second and third quarters of an NUIC East loss on the road.

Courtney Swalve scored 12 points for Milledgeville (4-14, 2-7). Jaycee Cleaver had 14 points for Dakota (13-6, 7-2).

Pecatonica 65, Polo 46: Keeley Meyer’s double-double wasn’t enough to lift the Marcos to an NUIC East win on the road.

Meyer finished with 17 points and 11 rebounds for Polo (5-13, 4-5), which was outscored 31-13 in the second and third periods. Lauren Owens led all scorers with 23 points for Pec (12-9, 6-1).

East Dubuque 64, Eastland 53: Playing without the services of sophomore post Lexis Macomber, the Cougars dropped an NUIC West contest in Lanark.

Courtney Walker hit three 3-pointers and scored 19 points for Eastland (16-7, 5-2), which was outscored 26-14 in the first and third periods. Katrina Hatheway added 10 points, but the Cougars were outscored 18-9 at the free-throw line.

Michaela Marty had 28 points for East Dubuque (9-5, 4-3), including two 3s and a 10-for-13 performance at the foul line.

Faith Christian 47, Tri-State 18: Amanda Smith scored 19 points for the Falcons, who zipped out to a 20-2 lead after one quarter and didn’t look back.

Also for Faith Christian (13-1, 7-0 NICC), Sarah Smith had 12 points.

Women’s basketball

Sauk Valley 68, Carl Sandburg 62: The Skyhawks erased a nine-point halftime deficit on the road by outscoring their Arrowhead Conference foe 37-22 in the second half.

Lydia Box had 28 points, four rebounds and three steals for Sauk (9-5, 1-1), while Brianna Richardson added 14 points and seven boards. Sheldeen Joseph and Holly Nicklaus stuffed the stat sheet for the Skyhawks, as Joseph had 11 points, six assists, five rebounds and five steals, and Nicklaus finished with nine points, eight assists and three steals.

Makenzie Frank hit seven 3-pointers and led Sandburg with 23 points.

Tuesday’s stars

Lydia Box, Sauk, 28 points, 4 rebounds, 3 steals

Alisyn Essex, AFC, 19 points, 4 3-pointers

Sam Lambrigtsen, Oregon, 19 points

Courtney Walker, Eastland, 19 points, 3 3-pointers

Morgan Mammosser, RF, 18 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 steals

Keeley Meyer, Polo, 17 points, 11 rebounds

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