They didn't make 'em all but they did when it counted.|
The Geneseo girls took to the free-throw line Tuesday, and outlasted Dixon 52-43 in overtime of a pivotal Northern Illinois Big 12 matchup.
The Leafs were just 1-for-8 from the line in the fourth quarter as the Dutchesses went into their "hack and hope" defense. It worked, although Dixon also made just 4-for-8 in final frame of regulation.
In overtime, though, the Leafs were good, knocking down 9-of-16 from the line. They scored 13 points in the four-minute overtime, nearly totaling their first half of 20.
"We played to their pace in the first half," Geneseo coach Scott Hardison said. "We weren't putting on our press the way we need to. We had to push the ball and get inside."
In the third quarter, Jamie DeFauw scored nine of her 13 points to give the Leafs a seven-point lead heading into the fourth.
The Leafs (9-10, 3-2 NIB-12) move into second in the conference, two games behind undefeated Sterling. Geneseo has won three straight and four of their last five. With games Thursday and Saturday, they could get above .500 for the season.
"I knew we'd play with some big dogs at State Farm and after Christmas we'd be ready and we're right on schedule," Hardison said. "That's a testament to the girls. We had five or six girls on the bench tonight who saw little to no minutes screaming from the bench to switch and helping on defense. We're playing as a team."
Emily Ford scored a team-high 19 points. Molly DeBrock added nine, four of them coming in overtime.
Prep boys' basketball
Orion 31, Princeton 29 OT: The Chargers had eight players add to the scoreboard in their overtime win. Orion's Dylan Schultz scored a team-high eight points, and Clay VanderHeiden scored another six.
Annawan 64, United 40: The Braves jumped out a a 37-14 halftime lead and cruised to the win behind 14 points from Mike Smith.
Wethersfield 48, Mercer Co. 42 (OT): The Geese were 6-for-6 from the free-throw line in OT as Tyler Litton scored six of his team-high 11 points in the extra frame. Mercer County's Tanner Matlick led all scorers with 17, but it wasn't enough.
Kewanee 80, Fulton 51: The Boilers easily rounded up the Steamers as Matt Gustafson dropped in 16 points, 14 of them coming in the first three frames as Kewanee jumped out to a 27-point lead.
Stark County 65, West Prairie 55: The Rebels' Jake Bertold scored a game-high 20 points, and Tanner King chipped in another 18 points.
Galva 62, Princeville 29: Galva's Dexter Ingels nearly outscored the competition on his ow,n scoring a game-high 22 points. The Wildcats's Reece Hoxworth scored 14 points, and David Jeffries added 13.
Prep girls' bowling
Moline 2800, Galesburg 2225: The Maroons' Jessica Howell rolled her way to an impressive 288 in her first game against Western Big 6 rival Galesburg. Howell's high level of play continued as she rolled her way to a three-game high 698. Moline's Aimee Becht rolled her way to a three-game series of 547, the second-highest pin total.
Galesburg 39, Rockridge 30: The Rockets were unable to comeback after trailing 27-12. Rockridge's Dillon Gerischer (195) won by pin in 2:18, and Jayson Moody won by pin in 1:05.
Moline 44, Sherrard 21: The Maroons took a decided advantage by starting the meet by winning six of the first eight matches. Moline's Abe Driscal (152) won his match by pin in 1:38, and (170) Austin Vanstoy won by pin in 1:18. Eddie Prez earned a win by pin for the Maroons in 3:03, but Sherrard came roaring back. The Tigers Hunter Spengler (106) won by pin 5:26, and Jacob Hast took his man to the mat with a pin in 2:12.
Prep boys' swimming
Moline 62, Davenport Central 32: The Maroons swept all 11 varsity events in their cross-river rivalry. The Maroons' Fermann Flowers touched first in the 200-yard freestyle (1:52.08), and 100 breaststroke (1:10.05). Moline's James McNeil swam inspired with wins in the 200 individual medley (2:15.07) and the 100 backstroke (1:00.61), and it was a good night for older brother Jack McNeil a winner in the 500 free (5:34.82). Alec Michna was a double-winner in the 50 free (23.44), and the 100 free (51.40). Andrew Gerdes continues to dominate for Moline in the 100 butterfly (1:00.38).
Galesburg 97.5, United Township 87.5: The Panthers only got one win in the pool as Austen Willhite won the 500-yard freestyle by six seconds, swimming in 5:27.68. At the diving well, UT's Jordan Witherspoon beat his teammate Mark Cervantes 182.15-166.70, but UT couldn't catch the Streaks.