CLINTON — Two of the best girls high school basketball teams in the area tangled at Central Catholic Auditorium Saturday when the Morrison Fillies visited the Prince of Peace Irish.

The Morrison girls are unranked but receiving votes in the Illinois Class A poll, while Prince of Peace is currently the No. 6 team in Iowa’s Class 1A.

Saturday, Morrison built a 13-point lead in the first half then held off a valiant fourth-quarter comeback by the Irish to claim a 48-44 win.

In the nightcap of the non-conference girl/boy doubleheader between the schools Prince of Peace’s Zach Schmitz poured in a game-high 30 points to lead the Irish to a 76-54 win over the Mustangs.

It was the second loss in two nights for the Prince of Peace girls, who were 11-0 before the losses.

Morrison (17-3) led 41-28 early in the fourth quarter before the Irish charged back into the game with a 10-1 burst to make it 42-38 with 2:15 remaining.

The Prince of Peace run included three field goals by Tori Isenhour (11 points), a hoop by Kimberly Bertram and a pair of free throws by Lauren Ryan (game-high 15 points).

The Fillies scored the next five points and held on for the win, hitting six straight free throws down the stretch.

Rachel Ward, who along with Jodi Medendorp scored a team-high 14 points, hit her first of four 3-pointers to get the Fillies on the board first.

Alyssa Kenney hit a basket and a free throw to tie the game at 3-all for the Irish. Ryan came up with a three-point play to give Prince of Peace a 6-3 lead.

The Fillies answered with an 8-1 run to regain the lead at 11-7 at the end of the first quarter. Morrison led the rest of the way.

Kelly Tenboer hit a pair of field goals and Heather Andersen and Katie Tenboer added a bucket each in the Fillie flurry.

Morrison opened the second quarter with a 12-4 run to increase the margin to 23-11 with 3:07 left in the half.

Ward hit two 3-pointers in the burst, which also included a pair of buckets by Medendorp and a bucket from Andersen.

The only scoring for the Irish in the second quarter was two buckets and a pair of free throws by Kelli Krogman (11 points) and a hoop from Ryan.

The Fillies held the Irish to just five field goals and five free throws in the first half and led 27-15 at the half.

The teams exchanged baskets in the third quarter, both scoring 10 points, and Morrison led 37-25 heading into the final frame.

“This was one of the toughest games that we have played all season,” Fillies coach Mark Ernst said. “Our gals have been playing well lately and I was happy that we were able to slow the game down as the Irish have a good team. I thought it would be a higher scoring game.”

“We knew that this would be one of our toughest games of the year,” Prince of Peace girls coach Dave Nelson said. “Our girls came out with energy and played much better than (Friday, when the Irish dropped a 51-37 decision at Preston). Morrison has a quality program.”

Boys Game

Schmitz, a senior guard, poured in 13 field goals, two of them 3-pointers.

Trailing 17-16 in the first quarter, the Irish (4-8) caught fire, using a 20-2 eruption to take control.

Drew Sikkema (9 points) hit a 3-pointer and two free throws in the Prince of Peace blitz, which also included a couple of baskets each from Schmitz and Ben Lehmkuhl (16 points) and a basket and two free throws from Jacob Crigger.

The Mustangs (5-11) used an 8-0 run to cut the margin to nine as Trevor Popkin (team-high 20 points) hit a pair of field goals and Charlie Cady (10 points) and Brian Oostenryk added a basket each.

The Irish led 40-27 at the half.

Morrison outscored the Irish 18-15 in the third quarter to cut the margin to 55-45 heading into the final frame.

Prince of Peace got three baskets from Dan Schnier (9 points), a basket each from Ben Carr (8 points) and Sikkema along with a bucket and a free throw from Lehmkuhl in the third quarter.

In the fourth quarter the Irish held the Mustangs to nine points and scored 21 to put the game out of reach.

The teams exchanged baskets during the first period and the score was tied three times in the quarter, the last at 14-all with just over two minutes left.

Schmitz put the Irish on the board first with three field goals, one a 3-pointer. Lehmkuhl added a basket and a pair of free throws and Sikkema knocked down a free throw to make it 14-9.

The Mustangs’ Ryan Nelson hit a 3-pointer and a basket from Popkin tied the game at 14-all. Morrison got a three-point play from Nate McBride to take its first lead at 17-16.

“The game started out fast and our kids were focused and did a good job on the press,” Irish boys coach Gerry Murphy said. “Everything was working for us and it was a good team effort.”

“The Irish played awfully well,” Mustangs coach Dale Trott said. “I was a little disappointed that our kids didn’t step up and play with a little more energy. I know our kids will improve as the season moves along.”

The Prince of Peace teams will be back in action Tuesday when they host Bellevue Marquette in a Big East Conference girl/boy doubleheader.

Morrison’s girls host Prophetstown Tuesday. The Morrison boys are off until Friday when they host Erie.

Girls Game

Score by Quarters

Morrison 11 16 10 11 — 48

Prince of Peace 7 8 10 19 — 44

Scoring

MORRISON (48)

Abby Vock 0 2-2 4, Rachel Ward 4 2-4 14, Michaele Vock 2 2-4 6, Heather Andersen 2 0-3 4, Katie Tenboer 2 0-0 4, Lindsey Smith 0 0-0 0, Kelly Tenboer 2 0-0 4, Jodi Medendorp 5 4-7 14. Totals 17 10-18 48.

PRINCE OF PEACE (44)

Kelli Krogman 3 5-6 11, Tori Isenhour 5 1-4 11, Alyssa Kenney 1 1-2 3, Lauren Ryan 4 6-7 15, Brooke Craig 0 0-0 0, Emma Nelson 0 0-0 0, Kimberly Bertram 1 2-2 4. Totals 14 15-21 44.

3-point goals—Morrison 4 (Ward 4); POP 1 (Ryan). Total fouls—Morrison 16, POP 22.

Records—Morrison 17-3, Prince of Peace 11-2. Next games—Prophetstown at Morrison, Tuesday; Bellevue Marquette at Prince of Peace, Tuesday.

Boys Game

Score by Quarters

Morrison 17 10 18 9 — 54

Prince of Peace 23 17 15 21 — 76

Scoring

MORRISON (54)

Rustin Lindsey 0 0-0 0, Charlie Cady 4 2-6 10, Richard Nelson 2 0-0 4, Nick Vandermyde 1 0-0 2, Nate McBride 3 1-1 8, Derek Ward 0 0-0 0, Trevor Popkin 9 2-5 20, Nate Vandermyde 2 0-1 4, Dustin Jones 0 0-0 0, Brian Oostenryk 1 0-0 2, Abe Cook 0 1-3 1. Totals 23 6-17 54.

PRINCE OF PEACE (76)

Zach Schmitz 13 2-3 30, Ben Carr 4 0-0 8, Dan Schnier 4 1-6 9, Drew Sikkema 2 4-6 9, Ben Lehmkuhl 5 6-9 16, Luke Roling 0 0-1 0, Jacob Crigger 1 2-2 4, Bob Goldbeck 0 0-0 0, Ben Evers 0 0-0 0, Nathan Ancheta 0 0-0 0. Totals 29 15-26 76.

3-point goals—Morrison 2 (McBride, Ryan Nelson); POP 3 (Schmitz 2, Sikkema). Total fouls—Morrison 23, POP 16.

Records—Morrison 5-11, Prince of Peace 4-8. Next games—Erie at Morrison, Friday; Bellevue Marquette at Prince of Peace, Tuesday.