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Local Sports Roundup -- 1/12/09
Men's College Basketball

Monmouth 84 (2-9, 1-3), Knox 68 (1-10, 1-3)

Monmouth converted 11 of 12 free throws in the final minute to break open a close game and down Knox 84-68 Tuesday night at Glennie Gymnasium.

The Fighting Scots never trailed after Eric Cogdill's layup with 13:44 left in the first half gave Monmouth the lead. The Scots found themselves on the ropes when the Prairie Fire trimmed it to three midway through the second half, but the Scots used a pair of Cogdill free throws to add some cushion.

Corey Gruber's three-pointer with 2:30 left gave the Scots a double-digit lead for good. The junior also canned all six of his free throws in the final 45 seconds to preserve the win.

Cogdill notched a double-double with a game-high 22 points and 14 rebounds. Zach Ott poured in 20, Gruber finished with 15 and Kendal Cox added 12. Transfer Tanner Carlson paced Knox College with 18 points. Ben Wetherbee added 14 in the loss.

(Monmouth College Athletics. WGIL Sports contributed to this story)

#4 Kishwaukee College 97, Carl Sandburg College 83

Carl Sandburg College lost on the road Tuesday night to nationally ranked Kishwaukee College, which led Sandburg 50-42 at halftime.

CSC (9-8, 1-1) was led by Jeremy Sewell with 20 points and 13 rebounds. Galesburg High School graduate Isiah Cunningham added 17 points and 7 rebounds and DT Thornton made all six of his shot attempts and chipped in with 14 points.

Sandburg coach Ryan Twaddle said Kishwaukee was firing on all cylinders on offense. "The difference in the game was Kishwaukee's shooting," Twaddle said. "We contested a lot of shots, but they were still able to knock them in. They are ranked 4th (nationally) for a reason. Our guys gave great effort all night, we just weren't able to cool them off from the field."

The Chargers travel to Freeport on Thursday to play Highland College at 7 p-m.

Women's College Basketball

Monmouth College 83 (6-5, 1-3), Knox College 72 (5-5, 1-3)

The Fighting Scots did just enough right in the final minutes to avoid squandering an 18 point lead in an 83-72 win over Knox.

Monmouth held a 64-46 lead with 11:03 left, but the Prairie Fire got hot and trimmed the deficit to four with less than a minute to go. Zipporah Williams and Lynsey Barnard took over from there, scoring Monmouth's final seven points to hold on for the win.

Barnard drained all four of her free throws in the final 16 seconds to finish with 21 points. Williams collected her second double-double with a game-high 26 points and 13 rebounds. Alison Andrews added 15 points and Colleen Forrest hit for 12 with four three-pointers.

Galesburg High School graduate Kelly Ricketts led the Prairie Fire with 18 points. Jenny Haskell scored 15, Lynn Mueller 11 and Erin Navolio 10 for Knox.

(Monmouth College Athletics. WGIL Sports contributed to this story)

Kishwaukee College 88, Carl Sandburg College 38

Carl Sandburg College struggled at Kishwaukee College in an Arrowhead Conference game.

CSC (4-9, 0-2) trailed 47-20 at the half. Michelle Storm led the Chargers with 11 points.

CSC coach Mike Bailey was disappointed in his team's effort. "We picked the wrong night to come out not playing," Bailey said. "We were down 10-0 before we had a field goal attempt and it was a struggle from there."

Bailey says the team had been showing steady improvement before Tuesday night's matchup in Malta. "(We) took a couple of steps in the wrong direction (tonight) in terms of execution and effort. Very disappointing. Our kids need to bounce back quick because the schedule coming up is pretty tough."

CSC travels to Highland Community College on Thursday. The tip-off is at 5 p-m.

High School Boys Basketball

Rowva (10-7) scored 20 or more points in the first three quarters and made nine 3-point baskets in a 75-56 win against Princeville (2-9). The Tigers' Matt Shepard made seven three-point shots and scored 21 points. Trevor McCarthy chipped in with 18 points.

Monmouth-Roseville beat Abingdon 48-33. Alex Bresnahan scored a game-high 18 points for the Titans (9-5). Clifford Moshier and Cory Link scored 11 points each for the Commandos (5-10).

United beat Galva 55-52. Alex Gavin led the Red Storm (9-5) with 20 points.

West Central defeated Ridgewood 67-63

Bushnell-Prairie City/Avon (6-8) downed Farmington (3-11) 51-40

Wethersfield (5-10) stopped Annawan (7-10) 50-40

Mercer County lost to Rockridge 56-54

South Fulton (1-14) beat Rushville-Industry 66-59

Pekin (6-10) handed Canton its second straight loss 42-39. The Little Giants fall to 10-4 overall and 1-4 in the Mid-Illini Conference.

Geneseo (8-6) defeated LaSalle-Peru 41-35

High School Girls Basketball

Monmouth-Roseville lost to Havana 65-40 at the Lady Panther Classic at Camp Point. Rebecca Gillen scored 13 points to lead the Titans (14-5). Krista McClure led the Ducks (18-2) with 11 points.

Canton lost to Pekin 64-46

Junior High Boys Basketball

Churchill Junior High School won a pair of boys basketball games against city rival Lombard Tuesday night at John Thiel Gymnasium.

The Blue Streaks jumped out to a 16-6 first quarter lead in the 7th grade game, then had to hold off the Zephyrs' 28-20 second half run in a 44-41 Churchill victory.

Christopher Anderson scored 16 points to lead the Blue Streaks. DeAntrae Mixon led Lombard with 15 points.

Churchill held Lombard scoreless in the first quarter of the 8th grade game and led 15-8 in the first half before Lombard rallied to send the game to overtime. The Blue Streaks ultimately prevailed 34-31.

Bo Purifoy scored 13 points for the Blue Streaks. Bryce Reid led the Zephyrs with 10 points, including two three-point baskets.
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