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Rock Island's Brea Beal gets a finger on the shot by North Scott's Grace Boffeli during Saturday's finale at the 15th annual IHMVCU Shootout at Augustana's Carver Center.

MOLINE — Iowa did it again at the IH Mississippi Valley Credit Union Shootout.

After falling behind 2-0 to Illinois in Saturday’s 15th annual girls' basketball battle at Augustana’s Carver Center, the Hawkeye State won the next four games to claim cross-river bragging rights for the third consecutive year.

Rock Island's victory in the finale of the seven-game extravaganza cut Iowa's margin in the head-to-head matchups to 4-3.

Illinois still owns a dominating 9-3-1 edge in the event — with two no-contest years when an Iowa vs. Illinois format was unable to be followed. Iowa also continues to trail in the all-time head-to-head showdowns, 51-32.

Here's a game-by-game recap of this weekend's action, with links to each individual game story and photo gallery.

Game 1: United Township celebrated the return of senior Brandi LaFountaine with a dominating 65-32 win over Davenport West. LaFountaine sat out the Panthers’ first 16 games with a sore shoulder and returned Saturday to score 22 points and grab nine rebounds.

She had help with Jasmine Bell also scored 22 points and Jade Hunter with a huge double-double with 14 points and 24 rebounds.

Game 2: The Sherrard Tigers fell behind early and were behind throughout the first three quarters. Finally, the Tigers broke the Davenport Central pressure, got some easy scores and won 43-39.

Sydney Adamson hit a big 3-pointer to tie the game, then a free throw and inside basket by Carly Witsell put the Tigers ahead to stay. Taylor Barber led Sherrard with 16 points. 

Game 3: Assumption used its pressure defense and deft 3-point shooting in the first half to break the game open early and roll past Alleman 51-43. The Knights forced 13 first-half turnovers and made seven of 15 from beyond the 3-point arc.

Allie Timmons had a huge night with 19 points (including fve 3-pointers) and grabbed 13 rebounds. Gabbi Loiz led Alleman with 11 points and DeAjah Woods added 11. 

Game 4: Annawan ran into a Davenport North team that was just two big and two athletic in a 58-40 Wildcats win. The Bravettes were done in by a pair of Illinois transfers.

Former United Township guard Bella Sims finished with 17 points, five rebounds and five steals and Rock Island transfer Anne Awour had eighth points, eight rebounds and three blocks. 

Game 5: Moline was so close, again, but could not finish off Bettendorf. After losing on a last-second a year ago, the Maroons could not quite get over the hump this year.

The Maroons got double-doubles from Cierra McNamee and Megan Pittington but had their comeback hopes come up shy in a 51-47 Bulldogs win. 

Game 6: The Geneseo Maple Leafs did what they wanted to do for most of the first half against unbeaten Pleasant Valley but things fell apart quickly. The Spartans scored the final nine points of the first half to turn a 19-16 Leafs lead into a 25-19 halftime deficit.

Making matters worse, the Geneseo bench was called for a technical foul with less than a second remaining and the two free throws put PV up 25-19. Geneseo then went 7:49 in the third quarter without a made field goal and PV rolled to the 48-37 win. 

Game 7: Brea Beal was Brea Beal, especially in the second half. The Rock Island senior scored 22 of her 33 points in the Rocks 53-40 win over North Scott in Saturday’s finale.

The Rocks were tied at 19 at halftime but Beal scored eight quick points in the third quarter and the Rocks raced away to the win. Beal also had 16 rebounds, four steals and four blocks in the win. 

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Jeff is a sports reporter for Dispatch-Argus-QCOnline.com.

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