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The Lincoln Trail Conference boys basketball tournament kicked off last night with four games at the United High School Fieldhouse and the former Warren High School gymnasium. At the Fieldhouse, the Galva Wildcats and West Central Heat played the first game of the night. The Wildcats pick up the high-scoring win, 88-74. Galva was led by Cooper Hoxworth with 25 points. West Central was led by a pair of career-best nights by Bradon Annegars and Nathan Bigger. Annegars scored 30 points, followed by Nathan Bigger’s 28. In the second game of the night at the Fieldhouse, the United Red Storm fall to Annawan 67-42. The Red Storm only trailed by 10 points at the half but were outscored 19-8 in the 3rd quarter to fall behind 52-32 heading to the fourth. United got 13 points from both Toby Whitsitt and Jackson Lee. Annawan was led offensively by Owen Landwehr’s 25 points. In the nearby alternate gym, it was Mercer County over Stark County 66-39. Mer Co was led by Anthony Ruggles’ 21 points. In the final game of night-one, Wethersfield defeated ROWVA/Williamsfield 68-60. ROWVA/Williamsfield’s Austin Batterson scored 26 to lead the Cougars and Jacob Schwerbrock led Wethersfield with 27. Tonight, at the Fieldhouse, Wethersfield plays Stark County and United battles West Central for the fourth time this season. At the former Warren High School gym, Ridgewood takes on Galva and ROWVA/Williamsfield plays Princeville. Game one starts at 6:00, followed by the nightcap at 7:30.
The Knoxville Blue Bullets traveled to Lewistown for an important Prairieland Conference matchup between two of the better teams in our listening area. Lewistown gets the hard-fought win over the Bullets 57-46. Knoxville, who falls to (23-5) overall and (8-2) in the Prairieland, was led by Breena Shreeve’s 20 points. Lewistown’s balanced scoring attack was led by Hannah Burdess’ 14 points. The Indians are (23-4) overall and is a half game up on Farmington in the league standings at (8-1). Lewistown finishes their conference slate with BPC on Monday and Elmwood on Thursday. Farmington has three games remaining on their Prairieland schedule.
Elsewhere in the Prairieland last night, A-Town defeated the Peoria Heights/Quest co-op 50-26 and BPC got 21 points from Madison Allen in a 49-46 win over Havana. Farmington defeated North Fulton 46-33.
In the West Central Conference, West Hancock beat Macomb 72-55 and CPC/SE gets a huge upset win over state-ranked Illini West 34-31 in overtime.
The Galesburg Silver Streak girls basketball team put on a defensive clinic last night in their Western Big Six Conference win over the Alleman Pioneers in Rock Island. The Streaks led the Pioneers 15-8 after the first period but hold Alleman to nine points over the final three quarters, including a shut-out in the 3rd period. Galesburg gets a 43-17 victory to get themselves back to the .500 overall mark on the season at (13-13) and (3-4) in the Big Six. Andrea Sampson leads Galesburg with 11 points.
The Silver Streak sophomores also blew out Alleman in the first game, 61-28. Tiara Pendleton lead Galesburg with 14 points. The Galesburg sophomores are (11-5) overall and (4-3) in conference play.
The ICS Trojan 7th grade boys basketball team defeated Williamsfield 36-28 last night in the Class 1A Williamsfield Regional championship game. The Trojans will now take on LaSalle Trinity Catholic on Wednesday night in Williamsfield at 6:30 at Williamsfield High School for the Sectional championship and a spot in the Class 1A State Finals in East Peoria the following weekend. CJ Johnson led the Trojans in scoring last night with 10 points. Nick Lewis-Bresnahan chipped in with 8 points.
The Monmouth-Roseville junior high volleyball teams split a pair of matches against West Central last night in Stronghurst. The 7th grade Titans won 25-15, 25-8. Jordin Mason led Monmouth-Roseville with 10 service points, including eight aces. The Titans are now (3-2) overall. The 8th grade Titans fell in three sets, 21-25, 25-16, 28-26 to Heat. Karleigh Ashby had five kills in the match for Monmouth-Roseville.
Also on a busy night for local junior high sports, the Monmouth-Roseville Titan wrestling team lost a 53-24 decision to Rockridge. Getting pins for the Titans was Mourtala Thioubou, Cody Wilcox. Monmouth-Roseville then lost to Galesburg 66-15. Nolan McIntyre, Norman Oeth, Alfredo Garcia and David Ramirez all got wins for the Titans.