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After an issue with a positive covid test just before their schedule began, the Monmouth-Roseville Titan boys basketball team finally got a chance to get their season started. The Titans hosted West Hancock at Monmouth-Roseville and got off to a great start, leading 21-9 at the end of the first quarter. Monmouth-Roseville turned West Hancock over multiple times in the first eight minutes, with many of those turned into points. Quincy Talivaa scored eight points in the first period, on his way to a game-high 23 points for the night. Ben Anderson put up eight points of his own in the second period, as Monmouth-Roseville took a 45-20 lead into the halftime break. An 8-0 run by West Hancock cut the lead to 17 points early in the third quarter but Monmouth-Roseville got their offense back on track and led 62-34 after three quarters. Early in the fourth quarter, Monmouth-Roseville opened up a 30 point lead to start the mercy-rule, running clock and the final score read 70-42. Four Monmouth-Roseville players ended up in double figures. Joining Talivaa with 23 was Jack Thompson with 12, Anderson with 11 and Connor Thompson with ten. Isaac Siegfried scored 19 to lead West Hancock, who falls to (0-4) on the season. Monmouth-Roseville hits the road on Saturday night to Camp Point Central High School. Our Sunny 97.7 WMOI pregame show will start at 6:15. The Monmouth-Roseville girls are also in Camp Point and we’ll have their game on AM 1330 WRAM with the pregame show starting at 6:15.
The Abingdon-Avon Tornado girls basketball team took their (5-0) record into their road game at Peoria Heights last night. Heights was also unbeaten in their first two ballgames. It was the Lady Tornadoes that ended the game still undefeated, as A-Town was victorious 48-30. Brook Pieper scored a season-high 27 points for Abingdon-Avon to lead all scorers. The Tornadoes have tonight off before hosting Ridgewood on Saturday afternoon.
The Macomb Bomber girls basketball team improved to (2-3) after beating Rushville/Industry 55-24 in Rushville. Ainsley Holthaus had 20 points to lead Macomb.
The Knoxville Blue Bullet girls bounced back from a loss to Monmouth-Roseville on Wednesday night with a 50-32 win over Elmwood to get their overall record to (5-2).
Swimming and Diving
United High School swimmer Ethan Elswick placed fourth in the 200 yard freestyle race last night in a meet against Macomb, Dunlap and Kewanee Wethersfield. He also placed 2nd in the 500 yard freestyle.
The United Red Storm junior high volleyball team hosted Alwood on Thursday night. The United 7th grade team fell 25-13, 25-12 in an exhibition match. Alwood did not have enough 7th grade girls to play an actual match. Maguinlee Tierney and Willow Lewis each had three kills. The Red Storm 8th grade won their match, as well, 25-11, 25-8. Ava Anderson had four service aces. Emma Robinson smashed six kills, with Cameron Anderson leading United with three assists.