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The Monmouth-Roseville Titan boys basketball team hosted the Ridgewood Spartans at the Shoebox at Monmouth-Roseville High School. The Titans squeezed out an overtime win over the Spartans at the Orion Tip-off Classic a few weeks ago. This one came down to the wire as well. Ridgewood opened the game with great energy, scoring 23 points in the first quarter. The Titans, who trailed by eight at the start of the second quarter, scored 26 themselves to go into the half tied at 41. Another great start to the third quarter gave the Spartans a 48-41 lead but the Titans would come back again and get a fun, 81-72 win. Rashaun King led all scorers in the game with 26 points for Monmouth-Roseville. King made his first 13 free throws in the contest before finally missing his last shot. Quincy Talivaa, who poured in 30 points against the Spartans the first time around, scored 17 last night. Jacob Jones was also in double figures for Monmouth-Roseville with 11. Junior standout, Ganon Greenman led Ridgewood with 24. The Titans are (5-3) overall and host Bloomington Central Catholic on Saturday night at Monmouth-Roseville High School at 6:30. BCC received votes in the first Class 2A AP poll last week. The Monmouth-Roseville JV also won last night, 59-31. Logan Bratcher led nine players in the scoring column for the Titans with 14 points.
The West Central Heat girls basketball team won a 59-34 non-conference match up with West Prairie at home in Biggsville. Carley Lafary led the (6-2) Heat with 24 points. Mady Reed also chipped in with 19.
The Illini West Chargers defeated the Abingdon-Avon Tornadoes in a Prairieland Conference cross-division game in Carthage. The (7-2) Chargers get a 56-23 win. A-Town was led in scoring by Ashley Jones with eight points. The Lady Tornadoes drop to (4-3) on the season.
The Galesburg Silver Streak girls earned a hard-fought 53-41 Western Big Six Conference win over Quincy at John Thiel Gym in Galesburg. The Streaks trailed 13-8 after one quarter but a 19-7 scoring advantage in the second quarter gave them a 7 point lead at the half. After scoring only six points in the 3rd frame, Galeburg put the game away with a 20 point final period. Kaylee Miller led Galesburg with 15 points, all from behind the 3-point arc. Riley Jenkins had 13 for the Silver Streaks, eight of those points came in the 4th quarter. Galesburg is (6-3) overall and (1-1) in the Western Big Six Conference.
Elsewhere, BPC beat Elmwood 62-42 and Macomb beat Rushville/Industry by 20, 63-43.
The ICS 7th grade boys basketball team lost the Sand Valley Tournament Championship game 50-28 to Bushnell Prairie City last night in Stronghurst. Steven Gibbs and Nick Huston led ICS with 9 points each.