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Local Sports Roundup -- 2/4/10
High School Girls Basketball

It was another exciting game, and unfortunately for Galesburg High School, it was another win for Rock Island Alleman.

The Pioneers (20-9, 8-2), the #4 ranked team in Class 2-A, held off a rally by the Silver Streaks (17-11, 3-6) late in the game and won the Western Big Six Conference showdown 64-62 to complete the season sweep of GHS. Alleman won the previous game 79-73 in OT at Don Morris Gymnasium.

The Silver Streaks cut a five-point deficit to one when Jamie Johnson banked in a three-point shot with 24 seconds left in the game, got fouled on the shot, and made the free-throw to get her team within one at 63-62. Alleman then split a pair of free-throws to give the Pioneers a 64-62 lead. A three-point shot at the buzzer by Galesburg sophomore Paige Klinck rimmed out and Alleman picked up the hard-fought win.

Johnson led the Silver Streaks with 15 points. Senior Sara Baker added 11 while Jessica Howard and Shelby Pacheco scored 10 points apiece. Angie Ledford led four Pioneer players in double-figures with 16 points.

The sophomore game was also a close one that went to Alleman 68-67. The Silver Streaks trailed by seven going into the fourth quarter (49-42) and despite outscoring the Pioneers 25-19, came up a little short. Jessica Lieber connected on six three-point baskets for GHS and led all scorers with 30 points.

Abingdon managed just two points in the third quarter and lost at South Fulton 49-28. Melissa VonKannon led the Commandos with 11 points. Tiffany Churchill scored 11 for the Rebels and Laci Porter added 10.

Monmouth-Roseville won the Olympic Conference title with a 50-49 overtime victory at Sherrard. It's the first Olympic championship in the five years of the Monmouth-Roseville consolidation. Rebecca Gillen hit the game-winning shot for the Titans. She scored 19 points to lead M-R in scoring. Claire McGuire added 12 points and Lynsey Webber contributed 11.

Farmington held off a fourth quarter rally by Macomb and beat the Bombers 38-37. Rachel Stobaugh scored 13 points to lead the Farmers.

United rolled to a 74-51 victory against Rowva. Gina Long scored a game-high 24 points for the Red Storm (13-12). Kelsey Kovacik led the Tigers with 15 points.

Bushnell-Prairie City/Avon blew out Peoria Heights 62-25. Kendra Pierce led the Spartans (11-14) with 16 points. Bridjet Blount added 14 for BPCA.

#1 Brimfield took down Illini Bluffs 67-37

#5 Havana held off North Fulton 57-51

Lewistown beat Elmwood 49-36

Wethersfield downed Morrison 54-47 in a non-conference game. Becca Mahnesmith led the Flying Geese (9-16) with 13 points. She also grabbed six rebounds. Kayla Bennett added 12 points and eight boards.

High School Boys Basketball

LTC Tournament:

United defeated West Central 55-41 to move into the semifinals of the consolation round and will face Galva. Alex Gavin led the Red Storm with 20 points.

Princeville came back from a huge deficit to beat Ridgewood 79-76. The Princes trailed 34-14 after the first quarter and 45-23 at the half. Princeville outscored the Spartans 56-31 in the second half, including a 32-12 run in the fourth quarter, to stun Ridgewood and move on to the consolation semifinals against Annawan.
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