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>Western Big Six Conference:
Galesburg (4-2, 0-1) lost to undefeated conference foe Quincy (6-0, 1-0) Friday, 71-65. Brandon Thompson led the Silver Streaks with 19 points, while Victor Davis scored 18.
*Galesburg is back in action Saturday against Metamora (2-2) in a non-conference game at Thiel Gym. Pregame coverage begins at 7:06 on WGIL AM 1400.
-Galesburg's sophomore team lost to Quincy in their season opener Friday, 60-42, dropping them to 0-1 on the season. Ryan Carl led the sophomores with 10 points.
Rock Island Alleman (1-3, 0-1) loses at Moline (4-0, 1-0) 50-21
United Township (4-0, 1-0) was victorious at Rock Island (3-2, 0-1) 65-62.
Knoxville (4-1, 1-1) lost at home to Brimfield (6-0, 1-0) (Prairieland Conference) 75-55.
Williamsfield got a home victory over ROWVA (non-conference) 74-70. Alex Ott led the Bombers with 31 points, scoring most of those from the free-throw line, while the leading scorer for the Tigers was Caleb Lepisto with 18.
Monmouth-Roseville loses at Orion (Olympic Conference) 59-51. The game wasn't close until the fourth quarter, when the Titans scored 22 points.
M-R's sophomores beat Orion 34-30.
Farmington loses at home against Sherrard (Olympic Conference) 51-29.
Ridgewood wins at Fulton Unity Christian (non-conference) 52-40.
Bushnell-Prairie City/Avon wins big at home over Rushville-Industry (non-conference) 62-38. Jake Pendarvis led the Bombers in scoring with 17 points.
B-PC/A's Sophomores also beat Rushville-Industry 38-24.
Galva loses at home to Wethersfield (Lincon Trail Conference) 65-32. Aaron DeClerq led the Flying Geese with 15 points, while Tauge Rux led the Wildcats with 9.
West Central loses at Mendon Unity (non-conference) 57-39.
Elmwood posts a win at Princeville (non-conference) 66-42.
Macomb takes the win at home versus Rockridge (Olympic Conference) 55-39.
Delevan at Elmwood
Geneseo at Rock Island
ROWVA at Rockridge
United at West Central
Illini West at Mercer County
LOCAL COLLEGE BASKETBALL
The Knox Prairie Fire men's basketball team lost to Lawrence University in its 2009 Midwest Conference opener, dropping to the Vikings 84-68. The Prairie Fire showed that they were a young, exciting team, racing out to a 23-11 lead with 10 minutes left in the first half. However, it wouldn't last as they were marred by poor free throw shooting; shooting 50% on the game, and 30% down the stretch. The Prairie Fire were led in scoring by Ben Wetherbee, who scored 22 points to go along with his four rebounds, one block and two steals. Matt Goedeke returned to all-conference form, posting a near double-double- 15 points and nine rebounds. Roger Ortiz finished with seven assists from the point guard position before fouling out with a minute left. Knox will look to get back on track, as they host Beloit College at the Memorial Gymnasium Saturday at 4pm. (Knox College Athletics)
Ripon got the hot hand in the second half to pull away from Monmouth (1-4, 0-1) for a 74-59 win at Glennie Gym. The Red Hawks shook off the Scots tenacious defense in the second half, hitting 76 percent of their shots as Monmouth struggled from the charity stripe, converting just 8-of-23 free throws. Trailing 22-21 at the half, the Scots stayed close, but an 11-0 Ripon run doomed Monmouth's comeback bid. Freshman Kevin Fay came off the bench to lead Monmouth with 14 points. Classmate Bryce Donaldson add 13 and Eric Cogdill chipped in with 10. (Monmouth College Athletics)
The Knox Prairie Fire women's basketball team opened their 2009 Midwest Conference schedule with a 76-65 win over Lawrence University. The Prairie Fire never trailed the entire game, and stretched the lead to 21 points with nine minutes left in the 2nd half. The Prairie Fire defense had 15 steals, including seven from Jenny Haskell. Haskell finished with 14 points to go along with her 7 steals and 4 assists, leading the way for Knox. Kelly Ricketts lead Knox in scoring, with 19 points and six rebounds. Erin Navolio added 13 points, 2 blocks and 2 steals. The Prairie Fire are 2-1 and will take on Beloit College at 2pm Saturday at Memorial Gymnasium on the Knox College campus. (Knox College Athletics)
The Monmouth College Lady Fighting Scots (3-2, 0-1) made a valiant effort, but fell 71-63 to Ripon in the Midwest Conference opener. Monmouth battled back from an 18 point deficit with 8:12 left in the game, but couldn't quite get over the hump. Colleen Forrest's fourth three-pointer of the night pulled the Scots to within eight with 4:30 left and a pair Alison Andrews free throws less than 30 seconds later pulled the Scots to within six before the Red Hawks stopped the bleeding and held on for the win. Lynsey Barnard poured in 24 points for the Scots and Forrest added 13. (Monmouth College Athletics)
HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS BASKETBALL
Galesburg (4-3) plays Saturday afternoon at Dunlap. Pregame coverage begins at 1:06 on WGIL AM 1400.