Referee Steve McIntyre raises the hand of Thunder wrestler Matt Ross in victory after Matt defeated Durand/Pec’s Tyler Flory in a 7-4 decision on Thursday night in Savanna. (PA photo/Craig Lang)
West Carroll’s Tyler Westerman goes for the pin against Durand/Pecatonica’s Caleb Walton on Thursday night in Savanna. Tyler won the match by a fall and West Carroll defeated Durand/Pec 63-12. (PA photo/Craig Lang)
The West Carroll Thunder wrestler’s held their senior night on Thursday, January 13th and honored Danielle McIntyre, statistician, seen here with her parents Jeff and Sue McIntyre. (PA photo/Craig Lang)
West Carroll Thunder wrestler Trey Enloe is honored during senior night. Trey is pictured here along with his parents Renee and Don Enloe. (PA photo/Craig Lang)
Eastland Rolls Over East Dubuque
The Eastland Lady Cougars jumped out to an early lead and rolled to the 61-39 victory over the Lady Warriors from East Dubuque on Monday night in Lanark. Eastland took an eighteen to thirteen lead into the second quarter and extended their lead to eleven points at the half. A big third quarter propelled the Lady Cougars, as they outscored the Lady Warriors twelve to four to take a fifty to thirty three lead into the final period. Eastland’s Courtney Blair led the Lady Cougars, dropping in thirteen points with Kerby Kniss adding nine.
Pearl City traveled to Milledgeville on Monday night and took control of the game early, rolling to the easy 49-24 win. The Lady Wolves held Milledgeville scoreless in the first quarter, jumping out to a nineteen to nothing lead. Pearl City extended that lead to twenty four to eight at the half and thirty eight to fifteen going into the final quarter. The Lady Wolves were led on the score board by Kelsie Kluck’s fifteen points with teammate Danielle Koning adding a dozen. The Lady Missiles were led by Rebecca Whitmarsh who scored eight points.
3 Point Field Goals: Pearl City: 5 (Doubler 2, Kurth 2, Kluck 1)
Milledgeville: 1 (Herin)
Fouled Out: None
Lady Thunder Edge Warren
West Carroll played almost even basketball with the Warren Lady Warriors Monday evening in Savanna. Warren held very slim leads in the first half and the game was knotted at thirty four to begin the final quarter. The Lady Thunder managed to have enough to squeak out a fourth quarter thirteen to ten scoring advantage to take the narrow victory. West Carroll head coach Travis Findlay said, “We started off shaky but had a great second half. Katy Cook started to feel it from the outside and Audre Francke and Sarah Boyer did a great job in the post. I was just happy to see that our girls refused to lose and finished strong.” The Lady Thunder were led by Katy Cook, who dropped in sixteen points.
Lady Cougar Taylor Ruter drives to the bucket as Pearl City’s Kelsie Kluck defends. Taylor led all scorers in the game with seventeen points as the Lady Cougars fell to Pearl City by two points. (PA photo/Craig Lang)
Pearl City’s Kelsie Kluck eyes the basket as she releases a shot over Eastland’s Marissa Harris on Wednesday night in Lanark. Kelsie shared scoring honors for the Lady Wolves, dropping in thirteen poins in the Pearl City two point victory. (PA photo/Craig Lang)
The Pearl City Lady Wolves battled back despite being behind for much of the game to defeat Eastland on Wednesday evening at EHS 45-43. The Lady Cougars jumped out to an eleven to four first quarter lead and took a nineteen to sixteen lead at the half. They extended that lead to seven points at thirty two to twenty five going into the final quarter. Pearl City began the fourth quarter with a twelve to one run to take a four point lead. Eastland was stifled by a stiff Pearl City defense that didn’t allow another basket by the Lady Cougars until Courtney Blair was able to score with just over two and a half minutes left to play. With just under a half minute to play Eastland’s Taylor Ruter nailed a three to tie the game and Pearl City’s kelsie Kluck drove to the bucket and was fouled with twelve point five left. She sank both free throws and a three pointer from Lady Cougar Kerby Kniss at the buzzer failed to fall. Free throws down the stretch proved to be a major factor as the Lady Wolves converted on eight of twelve attempts while Eastland shot six for eleven from the charity stripe. Ashley Cropper and Kelsie Kluck led the Lady Wolves, each scoring thirteen points. Eastland was led by Taylor Ruter’s seventeen points.
The Milledgeville Lady Missiles trailed the AFC Lady Raiders for much of the game on Thursday night but used an eight point second half scoring advantage to overtake AFC 34-31. Milledgeville trailed by two points after the first quarter and were down by five points at the half. They then outscored AFC twelve to eight in the third quarter and ten to six in the final quarter to pull out the narrow victory. Rebecca Whitmarsh led the Lady Missiles with ten points and Brianna Herin chipped in with nine. Grace Kennay led the Lady Raiders with thirteen points.
Behind a huge game from Courtney Blair, the Eastland Lady Cougars made easy work of the Oregon Lady Hawks, beating them 63-46, a night after falling to Pearl City. Eastland jumped out to the twenty to fourteen first quarter lead and widened that lead to thirty four to twenty two at the half time break. A slight third quarter advantage for Oregon made the lead ten points going into the final quarter but the Lady Cougars used a seventeen to ten fourth quarter edge to make the final margin of victory. Blair led all scorers in the contest, dumping in twenty nine points with teammate Taylor Ruter adding eleven.
3 Point Field Goals: Oregon: 4 (Bellows 2, Beeter 1, Lambrigtsen 1)
Eastland: 1 (Ruter)
Fouled Out: None
F/S Score: Eastland 62 Oregon 29
River Ridge/Scales Mound Tops Lady Wolves
Pearl City stayed close for the first quarter of Saturday Night’s game with River Ridge/Scales Mound. The Lady Wildcats then took control of the game to come away with the 50-27 victory. River Ridge/Scales Mound took a twenty five to fifteen lead into the half and extended their lead to seventeen points going into the final period. The fourth quarter difference was ten to four Lady Wildcats to assure the victory for RR/SM.Whittney Kieffer led the Lady Wildcats with seventeen points while teammate Courtney Busch added sixteen. Kelsie Kluck led Pearl City with eleven points.
The Raiders traveled to Milledgeville on Tuesday night and the Missiles took control to take the 41-34 win. The Missiles jumped out to the sixteen to seven first quarter lead and led by eight points at the half. A twenty to nineteen scoring advantage in the second half accounted for the final margin of victory. The Raiders held Milledgeville to two third quarter points while putting seven on the board but the damage was already done and they could not make up the difference. Brady Kness and Keegan Neubauer shared scoring honors for the Missiles, each dumping in nine points. The Missiles had eight different players put points on the score board.
The West Carroll Thunder took a nineteen to nine first quarter lead and cruised to the 54-39 victory in Pearl City on Tuesday evening. The Thunder went into the locker room at the half leading twenty five to eighteen and extended that lead to eleven points going into the last quarter. Brady Edwards of West Carroll led all scorers in the contest with twenty three points while teammate Eric Naples added ten points. Jason Kurth led the Wolves with seventeen points. Thunder head coach Josh Knuth commented, “We played well for three quarters but had a bad second quarter. We played some solid defense in the second half which was key to the victory. We must take better care of the ball and do some of the little things better in order to become a better team.”
The Mustangs jumped out to a seventeen to eleven first quarter lead and held on for the 53-49 victory over the Fulton Steamers on Tuesday night in Morrison. Fulton clawed their way back to trail by four points at the half and only a single point going into the fourth quarter. The Mustangs took a sixteen to thirteen advantage to make the final margin for the win. Morrison’s Bill Bos led the Mustang’s with sixteen points and Will Bird added thirteen.
3 Point Field Goals: Morrison: 3 (Heusinkveld 2, Bird 1)
Fouled Out: Fulton: 2 (Hutton, Tiesman)
Morrison: 1 (Bos)
Missiles Fall To Marcos
The Missiles Mitchel Rahn drives the baseline to the basket on Friday night against the Polo Marcos. Mitchel scored two of the Missiles forty eight points. (PA photo/Craig Lang)
Milledgeville’s Brady Kness lets a jump shot go over the Marcos Matt Sullivan on Friday night in Polo. Brady led the Missiles with twelve points in the Marcos 72-48 victory. (PA photo/Craig Lang)
Polo jumped out to an early lead and cruised to the 72-48 victory over the Milledgeville Missiles on Friday evening in Polo. The Marcos led fourteen to seven going into the second quarter and widened that lead to thirty four to thirteen at the halftime intermission. The lead grew to fifteen points going into the final quarter and Polo outscored the Missiles twenty two to thirteen in the final quarter to make the final margin of victory. Polo’s run and gun offense allowed them to get easy baskets under the hoop for much of the contest. The Missiles fought valiantly to claw themselves back into the game but every run they made was countered by the Marcos. Polo was led in scoring byShane Geary who scored twenty one points with teammate Landyn Montross adding seventeen. The Missiles were led by Brady Kness’s twelve points with Keegan Neubauer adding eleven.
3 Point Field Goals: Milledgeville: 5 (Ebersole 2, Kness 2, Feltenz 1)
Polo: 7 (S. Geary 3, Buck 2, Montross 2)
Fouled Out: Milledgeville: 1 (Rahn)
West Carroll Cruises Past Panthers
The Thunder traveled to Chicago on Saturday to take on the CICS-Longwood Panthers and came away with the 60-44 victory. West Carroll jumped out to the twenty to nine first quarter lead and led thirty one to seventeen at the half. The Panthers cut that lead to ten points going into the final quarter but West Carroll was able to open the game up and roll to the sixteen point victory. Thunder head coach Josh Knuth commented on his teams performance, “We played well for most of the game with the exception of a four minute stretch in the third quarter. We were able to get some stops and rebounds which allowed us to extend the lead to twenty in the fourth quarter. We have to continue to get better on the glass and defense in order to be the team we want to be.” Brady Edwards led all scorers with twenty three points while Eric Naples added ten points.