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Annawan clips St. Bede in battle of I-80

Two of the best two girls’ basketball teams on the Interstate 80 corridor met in Annawan Saturday where the host Bravettes topped St. Bede 61-42.

Annawan (9-0), ranked second in Class 1A, jumped to a 20-9 first-quarter lead and never looked back.

“I saw some good things and some bad things this afternoon from us. I am hoping most of the bad is due to the fact we have not played in over a week,” AHS coach Jason Burkiewicz said. “As a team, we did not shoot the ball particularly well tonight. I think our shooting percentage took a hit tonight, but I fully expect us to bounce back from that.

“Our biggest struggle has been our schedule. We will finally play two games next week before another lay-off leading into the State Farm Classic. Hopefully, during that tournament, we can start to get things going consistently.”

Celina VanHyfte paced the Bravettes with 24 points with Paige Randall adding 17.

For St. Bede, Raley Mauck had 12 points and Lydia Stariha nine.

AFC 69, LaMoille/Ohio 41: The Lady Raiders buried seven three-pointers and L/O coach Dick Gross said his Lady Lions “could not recover from that.”

Shiela Browning led the Lady Lions (0-12) with 18 points. Kaitlyn Hughes had 12 rebounds and Elizabeth Geuther had nine reboounds

Putnam County 46, Peoria Heights 24: Daniela Pavlovich had 12 points and Taylor Pettit added 12 for the Lady Panthers on the road Saturday.

Kewanee 61, Bureau Valley 19: Heaven Bennett had 10 points in defeat for the Storm Saturday.

Boys’ basketball

Rockridge 57, Princeton 30: Aaron Ray had eight points and Josh Kieffer added seven as the Tigers fell on the road Friday to the Rockets, a future foe in the Three Rivers Conference next year.

Henry 52, El Paso-Gridley 51 (OT): Nathan Helle had 14 points, Kyle Henderson 13 and Trent Richards 12 for the Mallards Saturday.

Earlville/Leland 65, LaMoille/Ohio 55: Brandon Morris scored 19 points and Julian Gonzalez 11 in defeat for the Lions Friday.

At Oregon (freshmen); Sycamore beat Princeton 39-37 to capture fifth place in the Oregon Invite on Saturday. Skye Behrends led the Tigers with 14 points.

Also Saturday, PHS beat Burlington Central 41-36 behind Isaac Salazar (13) and Behrends (10). On Friday, PHS beat Stillman Valley 33-29 with Behrends netting 10 points and lost to Byron 43-30 with Tanner Kuhne and Behrends each scoring 10 points.

Jr. college basketball

IVCC 104, Aurora JV 87: St. Bede alum Alec Schwab was on fire on the Hilltop Saturday, scoring 33 points with five three-pointers for the Eagles. Princeton’s Michael Murray added 18 points.

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