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AREA ROUNDUP: Serena, Newark, E-L score Little Ten triumphs

SOMONAUK — The Serena Lady Huskers opened Little Ten Conference play Thursday night with a 33-17 win over the Somonauk Lady Bobcats.

Susan Tuftie scored seven points, had 10 rebounds, handed out four assists and swiped four steals to lead Serena (3-2 overall, 1-0 LTC). Emily Hook grabbed 12 rebounds.

Jessica Christiansen had five points for Somonauk (1-5, 0-2).

Newark 62, Hiawatha 17

At Kirkland, the Lady Norsemen (8-0, 2-0) beat the Hawks in an LTC game behind Meggie Scott's triple-double of 13 points, 17 assists — tying herself for eighth all-time in state history for a game (also against Hiawatha, 364 days ago), according to the IHSA website — and 15 steals (tied for ninth). Jocelyn Mitchell scored 17 points and took in seven rebounds for Newark.

Earlville-Leland 61, Paw Paw 35

At Earlville, the Raiders led 12-6 after one quarter, 26-15 at the half and 39-21 through three periods of play.during their LTC win over the Lady Bulldogs. Alex Koontz scored 17 points to lead four Raiders in double figures. Taylor Weymouth added 12 points, while Jadyn Pickert and Kylie Koontz had 10 apiece. Kylie Koontz grabbed 12 rebounds and Alex Koontz 11. Julia Niles handed out four assists and swiped three steals. Joslyn Hopkins had 10 points and 10 assists for Paw Paw. LeeAnn Smith had 10 rebounds.

Fieldcrest 49, Tri-Valley 45

At Downs, the Knights used a 20-14 third period to defeat the Lady Vikings in a Heart of Illinois Conference contest. Lexi Jochums scored 14 points to lead Fieldcrest. Leah White and Addie Goodrich added nine points each.

GCMS 43, FCW 26

At Flanagan, Jadyn Mitchell had 16 points for Flanagan-Cornell/Woodland during its HOIC loss to Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley.

Sandwich 64, Wilmington 14

At Wilmington, the Lady Indians (3-3) moved to 2-0 in Interstate Eight Conference play with their beating of the Ladycats. Jaylynn Vana scored 15 points to pace four Lady Indians in double figures. Sarah Ness added 12 points, while Ezbeydy Rivera and Josie Ness had 10 apiece.

Wrestling

Geneseo 42, Ottawa 20

At Geneseo,the visiting Pirates fell behind 12-0 in the NIB 12 Conference showdown before Matt Snyder got OHS on the board with a 10-3 decision. Austin Howard (15-0 technical fall), Riley Hanson (7-5 decision), Rafael Munoz (decision) and Ethan Harsted (pinfall) also scored victories for the Pirates.

"Unfortunately, we didn't wrestle our best tonight," said OHS coach Pete Marx. "We needed to be at our best, and we just weren't. We lost several very close matches and we didn't get the bonus points we needed, and they did. We also had a couple of kids run out of gas tonight. That is very uncharacteristic of them, but I will take some responsibility for that. We have been quite heavy with technique in practice without a lot of live wrestling. We will address that in the coming weeks.

"I think there is such a thing as a good loss, and this has the potential to be one of those. We came in to a hostile environment against a very solid Geneseo team and came up short, but I think this loss with make us better in the long run."

Sophomore girls basketball

Marquette 29, Hall 22

At Bader Gym in Ottawa, the Lady Crusaders took control with an 11-3 third quarter and then hung on for the win. Molly Snook popped in 12 points in the win, while Aubrey McCallum added eight. Zoey Morris led the Lady Demons with 14 points.

JUCO men's basketball

Illinois Wesleyan JV 76, IVCC 74

At Bloomington, the Eagles were edged by the Illinois Wesleyan junior varsity team. Keymonta Johnson had 21 points, 14 rebounds, five assists, five steals and two blocks for IVCC (6-4). Isaiah Tubbs, Julian Jones and Ty Bland had 16, 14 and 13 points, respectively.

JUCO women's basketball

IVCC 70, Lake County 44

At Oglesby, the Lady Eagles beat the College of Lake County in a nonconference game. Julia Pohar scored 24 points, which included five 3-pointers, to lead IVCC (7-3). Lauren Tomasson and Marquette Academy graduate Hunter Wright added 12 and 10 points, respectively. Fellow MA alumna Cassidy Murphy contributed six points.

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