|High School Boys Basketball
Western Big Six:
Galesburg (9-7, 1-3) earned its first Western Big Six win against Rock Island Alleman (4-11, 0-5) 58-38 Friday night at Thiel Gymnasium on Alumni Night.
The Silver Steaks led by five points at halftime (20-15) thanks to hot shooting from three-point range. Six of Galesburg' seven baskets were from long-range.
Alleman scored to open the third quarter and edged closer, 20-17, but the Streaks put together a 9-3 run to outscore the Pioneers 16-10 in the quarter and go into the fourth stanza with a 36-25 lead.
Alleman scored five of the first seven points in the fourth to get within 38-30. Galesburg put the game away with a 7-0 run and outscored the Pioneers 38-23 in the second half.
Brandon Thompson scared a career-high 21 points to lead Galesburg. Chad Thompson added 14 points. The two combined to sink six of GHS's eight three-point baskets in the game.
Leading scorer Victor Davis was saddled with foul trouble all night long and scored just 3 points. The senior standout scored his only field goal with 3:23 to play in the game and finished with 7 rebounds.
The Galesburg sophomore team (5-9) beat Alleman 42-35. The Streaks broke open a close game with an 8-0 run in the fourth quarter that sealed the win. Zach Wilke scored 10 points to lead Galesburg.
Galesburg's varsity team plays twice Saturday in the King Tournament: at 1 p-m against Maine South (13-3) and at 8 p-m against Chicago Heights Marion Catholic (4-11). Coverage begins around 12:40 p-m for the Maine South game and at 7:40 p-m for the Marion Catholic contest on AM 1400 WGIL and online at www.wgil.com.
In other Western Big Six games:
Moline (10-5, 2-2) won a game that was close throughout at home against United Township (9-3, 3-1) 47-45 to hand the Panthers their first loss in league play
Rock Island (13-4, 4-1) handed Quincy (8-5, 3-1) its first conference loss with a 49-44 victory at the Rock Garden
Monmouth-Roseville (10-5, 2-2) won at Sherrard 68-60
Macomb cruised past Farmington 66-39
#6 Orion won big at Rockridge 71-49
Abingdon won on the road at Bushnell-Prairie City/Avon 40-31
Knoxville lost at home to Peoria Heights 67-65
Lewistown beat Hartsburg-Emden 64-57
Lincoln Trail Conference:
Stark County defeated United 47-38
Wethersfield downed West Central 51-41
Mercer County won at Galva 70-52
Princeville got past Annawan 52-48
@ ICAC Tournament - Cuba:
Williamsfield lost to Illini Bluffs 65-49
#2 Brimfield downed Elmwood 51-42
Delavan beat North Fulton 62-52
Local College Basketball
Both Monmouth College and Knox College lost road games Friday night in Midwest Conference play.
The Fighting Scots (2-10, 1-4) lost to Lawrence University (6-5, 3-1) 73-62 in Appleton, Wisconsin. Monmouth shot just 36 percent in the game and committed 16 turnovers while the Vikings connected for 42 percent shooting and turned the ball over only 11 times.
Lawrence led 32-29 at the half. The Scots scored seven of the first eight points in the second half to go up 36-33 with 15:20 to go in the game. But the next 12 minutes belong to the Vikings, which outscored Monmouth 22-9 over that stretch to take a commanding 55-45 lead they'd never give up.
Corey Gruber led the Scots with 16 points to go with 7 rebounds. Gruber hit three of his team's eight 3-point buckets in the game (8-of-21). Kendall Cox added 12 points and Eric Cogdill contributed 10 points and 7 rebounds for Monmouth.
John Dekker scored a game-high 28 points for Lawrence. Dekker made three shots from long distance and was 11-of-15 from the free-throw line. Dustin Lee added 18 for the Vikings, which beat Monmouth for the fifth consecutive time and the 11th time in the last 13 games.
The Fighting Scots play at Carroll College Saturday afternoon.
Meanwhile, the Prairie Fire (1-11, 1-4) lost to nationally ranked St. Norbert College (11-1, 5-0) 60-47 in DePere, Wisconsin.
Knox hung with the Green Knights for much of the game. St. Norbert led 26-20 at the intermission after both teams struggled to shoot the basketball - the Prairie Fire 28 percent (7-for-25) and the Green Knights 31 percent (11-for-36). St. Norbert was especially cold from three-point range: 2-for-11.
St. Norbert took control in the second half by outscoring the Prairie Fire 34-27. Knox shot much better, 9-for-18, but was hurt by 22 turnovers. The Prairie Fire defense played well, holding SNC to 34 percent shooting in the game while Knox wound up at 37 percent. The Fire was able to stay close by making 12-of-17 from the free-throw line while the hosts made 7-of-11 and shot a chilly 7-for-24 from three-point range.
No Knox player scored in double-figures. Joe Kozak had 9 points and 11 rebounds. Jacob Lewis came off the bench to tie Kozak for team scoring honors with 9. Lukas Shaw had a big game on the glass. He grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds to go with 4 points. Ben Wetherbee, one of Knox's leading scorers, was held to 5 points on 1-of-7 shooting.
Knox continues its swing through Wisconsin with a game Saturday afternoon at Ripon.
Dave Wipperfurth led SNC with 17 points. Chris Peterson scored 11 and grabbed a team-high 8 rebounds.
Knox College (5-6, 1-4) lost at St. Norbert (8-3, 3-2), 78-52.
The Knights got out of the gates fast and blistered the nets in the first half. Knox found itself down 46-27 at halftime and could never recover. SNC shot 7-for-15 from 3-point range and 32-for-61 overall while Knox made just 1-of-9 from long distance and shot 19-for-42 overall while getting outrebounded 38-22.
Lynn Mueller led three Prairie Fire players in double-figure scoring with 12 points. Kelly Ricketts added 11 and Krystyna Williams had 10. Denise Heuser scored a game-high 20 points for SNC.
Monmouth College (7-5, 2-3) got a big game from Zipporah Williams and beat Lawrence (2-8, 0-4) 60-51.
Williams scored 20 points on 9-of-14 shooting and grabbed 9 rebounds. Alison Andrews contributed 16 points and 8 rebounds and Lynsey Barnard scored 13 and plucked 6 rebounds.
The Scots' defense forced 22 Viking turnovers and held Lawrence to 25 percent shooting in the second half and 30 percent overall. Monmouth shot 39 percent for the game and outscored the hosts 38-25 over the final 20 minutes to earn the win.
Cathy Kaye led Lawrence with 19 points.
Monmouth College plays at Carroll College Saturday afternoon. Knox College visits Ripon.
High School Girls Basketball
Galesburg High School goes for its third straight victory on the road Satuday at Normal West.
The Silver Streaks (13-8) are coming off back-to-back victories against Queen of Peace and Quincy, the latter victory the Silver Streaks' first win in Western Big Six play. Galesburg is 12-3 non-conference games. Coverage on WGIL AM 1400 and www.wgil.com begins immediately after the Galesburg High School boys game against Maine South in the King Tournament. The scheduled tip-off time is at 2:30 p-m.
The 2010 Lincoln Trail Conference Tournament begins with two games. Galva plays at West Central at 11 a-m and Mercer County heads to Rowva for a meeting with the Tigers at 1:30 p-m.