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The Monmouth-Roseville Titan girls were in Rushville for their first game of their post season. The Titans took on the West Hancock Titans for the 3rd time this season. Both teams had a win under their belt against the other, with Monmouth-Roseville having the most recent win, a nine point victory a little over a week ago. Similar to the last meeting, Monmouth-Roseville jumped all over West Hancock from the outset and never let up. Carly Gillen and Ryley Huston combined for 18 first quarter points as Monmouth-Roseville led 20-9 after the first eight minutes. That lead would grow to 30-18 at the half and 47-24 heading to the final quarter. After holding West Hancock to single digits in each the first three quarters, the bench for West Hancock put up 15 points in the final quarter but it was much too late as Monmouth-Roseville will move on to tomorrow night’s regional championship game. The final total was Monmouth-Roseville 62, West Hancock 39. Gillen would end the game with 27 points, followed by Huston’s 19. Josi Radel led West Hancock with 17 and Malarie Ross chipped in with 16. With the win last night in the Class 2A Regionals in Rushville, The Monmouth-Roseville Girls Basketball team ties the program record for wins in a season with 24. That ties the 2014-2015 Titan team. Quincy Notre Dame shut out Camp Point Central/Southeastern in the first quarter and went on to blow out the Panthers 61-38. QND improved to (23-3) and will play Monmouth-Roseville tomorrow night at 7:00 at Rushville/Industry High School for the regional title.
That regional’s winner will play the winner of the Class 2A Bloomington Central Catholic winner in the sectional semifinals on Monday. The Bloomington regional final will have (27-4) Knoxville going up against the host school tomorrow night at 7:00. Last night, Knoxville knocked off Tremont 51-38 and BCC defeated Olympia 56-34.
Staying in Class 2A, Sherrard Regional top-seed Illini West beat Rockridge 51-27 and Mercer County beat Sherrard in overtime 55-51. (25-4) Illini West and (21-11) Mer Co will also play at 7:00 tomorrow night with the winner joining the Rushville and Bloomington winners at the Macomb Sectional.
The fourth team to move on to the Macomb Sectional will be the winner of the Kewanee Regional. They play their semi-finals tonight and will get a qualifier with a Friday night title tilt.
In Class 1A, Abingdon-Avon won their first game of the postseason last night in Oneida. The Lady Tornadoes knocked off North Fulton 43-35 in the quarterfinals. Stark County beat Galva 57-28 in the other quarter. A-Town and Stark will get back on the floor tonight against each other in the semis at 7:30. The first semi features Princeville and ROWVA/Williamsfield.
The championship game is set in Biggsville for the West Central Regional. The host West Central Heat fell to Annawan 46-33 in the semi-finals last night. Mady Reed led West Central with 15 points and Carley Lafary had 12 in her final game as a high school player. Annawan will take on Brimfield in the final game tomorrow. It was Brimfield over Ridgewood 72-50 in the first game at West Central High School last evening.
In boys high school basketball last night, Monmouth-Roseville got a 73-55 win over Brimfield in a non-conference match up at Monmouth-Roseville High School. Ben Anderson led Monmouth-Roseville with 18 points. Four Titans were in double figures last night, with Conner Olson scoring 15, Rashaun King with 11 and Jack Thompson with 10.
In a full night of Lincoln Trail Conference basketball, the United Red Storm lost to Wethersfield 49-35. Evan Wynne had 12 for United and Coltin Quagliano led all scorers with 26 for Wethersfield.
West Central lost to Annawan 73-53.
The Abingdon-Avon Tornadoes battled out a 48-41 win over North Fulton. Graham Struhs led A-Town with 14 points. A-Town gets their 20th win of the season against six losses.
Farmington got an important Prairieland Conference North Division win over Knoxville 54-41. The standings in the North has Abingdon-Avon and Farmington tied atop the list at (4-1). Knoxville ends their division schedule at (4-2). A-Town has (2-1) Brimfield left on their schedule, while Farmington has Brimfield as well.
The Galesburg Silver Streak boys took another big step towards a Western Big Six Conference championship. The Streaks threw down five dunks on their way to an 87-64 win over second place Geneseo. In a battle of arguably the two best players in the conference, Jaylin McCants led Galesburg with 32 points and Geneseo got 32 points out of Isaiah Rivera. Eric Price had 21 for Galesburg as well. The Silver Streaks are (25-3) overall and (10-2) in the Big Six.