Irish lose to Eagles

Rachael Keating/Clinton HeraldPrince of Peace freshman Paige Kuehl (12) goes up to make a shot during the third quarter of Friday night’s game against Midland at Central Catholic Auditorium. The Irish lost to Midland 53-29.

Rachael Keating 2018

BETTENDORF — The Clinton River Queens tied the game  late in the fourth but couldn't pull off the upset in a 33-31 loss to the Bettendorf Bulldogs on the road Friday night.

The Queens started the fourth quarter down by four but chipped away and tied it at 29-29 by the two-minute mark. They tied it  again at 31 but couldn't hang on.

The River Queens played from behind most of the game but never far behind. They didn't trail by more than five.

Coach Andy Eberhart called it a "great team effort", noting the defense and saying there was good offensive execution at times. He called it "something to build on."

Both Macy Mulholland and Megan Gandrup had nine points for the River Queens, while Madison Eberhart added six and Sarah Goldensoph pitched in four. Mulholland and Eberhart hit Clinton's only 3-point field goals of the game.

The River Queens fell to 4-10 and will take on Muscatine at home Tuesday.

Irish lose to Midland

CLINTON — The Prince of Peace Irish saw a close girls basketball game slip away late in the third quarter in a 53-29 loss to the Midland Eagles on Friday at Central Catholic Auditorium.

The Irish were meeting Midland for the second time this season. The previous game, the Irish took a 43-point loss on the road.

“I was really pleased as far as the first half,” Prince of Peace head coach Dave Nelson said. “That’s the best half we’ve played this year. Some things are starting to come together for the girls.”

Prince of Peace was without starter Emma Kitteringham, who was sick. There were other Irish athletes who weren’t feeling their best as well.

“We’re minus a starter, and I had three of my other starters leaving the game and running to the restroom not feeling well,” Nelson said. “To have them gut it out, I’m really pleased.”

Anabel Blount drove the middle of the lane to put in an easy layup to start the second half, and then the Irish found Emma Kuehl down the floor wide open for another two. That left the Eagles up 24-21 with 6:15 left in the third quarter.

Midland’s Callie Markmann scored on two consecutive possessions to pull ahead by seven, but then Isabel Hansen grabbed her own offensive rebound to score. Midland went on a 7-0 run before the Irish scored again.

“I think it was the legs,” Nelson said. “I tried to rotate early in the game to keep people fresh. The reality was a couple of plays here and there were the difference. We couldn’t hit free throws and they did and the thing opened up on us.

“We have to do a better job of conditioning and getting the players ready.”

The Eagles went into the fourth quarter up 40-25. To make matters worse, both Kuehl and Blount fouled out in the third quarter, with Paige Kuehl fouling out early in the fourth.

“Generally, we’ve been accused of being too soft, and we knew we needed to get physical with this team,” Nelson said. “That’s the way we’re going to have to play if we’re going to compete with the remaining schedule.”

With three starters and two of the leading scorers on the bench, some other athletes took control on the floor.

“The bench did a really nice job tonight,” Nelson said. “I got more minutes out of my bench tonight than I have all season. We didn’t have a big falloff, so that was encouraging.”

Hansen saw a lot of the action, running the offense for the Irish.

“I tried to carry the team and did what I could to score more points and get people the ball so they could score more points and get the score up,” Hansen said. “A lot of the bench players stepped up and did really well.”

Midland outscored Prince of Peace 11-4 in the fourth quarter to solidify the win.

The Irish gave up 13 offensive rebounds, including seven in the third quarter when the Eagles extended their lead.

Prince of Peace had a hefty 21 turnovers, although it still forced 16 from Midland. Another sore spot was the free-throw line — the Irish shot 50 percent on the night. That has been an issue all year, as the team is shooting just under 50 percent on the season, although it has attempted more than most teams in the Tri-Rivers East.

“We’ve struggled at the line, and it’s oftentimes the front end of a one-and-one,” Nelson said. “Those are costly, but we’re making headway.”

Blount led the scoring effort for the Irish with 11 points, eight of them coming in the first half. Paige Kuehl and Hansen each added seven. Both Drew Jensen and Calli Markmann had 17 each for the Eagles.

Prince of Peace fell to 0-18 and will take on Marquette Catholic (11-7) on Tuesday night in Bellevue.

Camanche routs West Liberty

WEST LIBERTY — Marly Bussa buried seven 3-pointers and almost outscored West Liberty by herself Friday night in an 82-31 River Valley Conference win for Camanche.

The Indians raced to a 25-7 lead in the first quarter and led 47-16 at halftime.

Bussa finished with 23 points, nine above her season average, to help the Indians improve to 12-4, 9-4 in conference play. She had plenty of scoring help from her teammates, too. Sami Puckett (15 points), Hanna Nissen (13) and Lea Lefebure (12) also scored in double digits. Puckett made four 3-pointers, Nissen three.

Camanche connected on 19 3-pointers, a season high. Its previous best was 11 on three occasions.

Macy Akers, who was 7-of-8 from the free-throw line, led West Liberty (2-14) with 11 points.

Wilton beats Northeast

WILTON — Five Wilton players scored in double digits Friday in a 73-36 win against visiting Northeast in the River Valley Conference.

Kortney Drake scored 18 points to lead Wilton (11-6, 8-6 RVC). She had nine points in the first quarter as Wilton built a 21-8 lead.

Emily Lange added 16 points, Aubrey Putman had 11 and Linsey Ford and Kali Milder scored 10 each.

Claire Abbott was the lone double-digit scorer for Northeast (3-14), which suffered its ninth consecutive loss. She finished with 12 points.

THURSDAY

Fulton rallies for big win

FULTON, Ill. — After spotting Riverdale the first 10 points Thursday, Fulton battled back and upended the Rams 36-31 in Three Rivers Conference action.

It was the Steamers’ second game this week against a team tied for first in the conference standings, the other a loss to Sherrard on Monday.

“A signature win was what we needed,” Fulton Coach Mike Menchaca said.

Rylee Leitzen, Brooke Huizenga and Kylee Sweenie each scored nine points to pace the Steamers (10-14, 3-4 conference).

“Abby (Willging) and Brooke and Racheal (Huizenga) have been here with me since Day One,” Menchaca said. “We are happy to get a win but probably more happy with how they stuck together as a team. They deserved it.”

Fulton almost erased the early 10-point deficit by the end of the opening quarter, but despite a couple of comeback attempts the Steamers still trailed 22-21 heading into the fourth quarter.

Fulton took its first lead, 23-22, with five minutes remaining off an inbounds play to Emily Schipper.

Fulton made it 25-22 when Leitzen found Willging for a press-break layup. Riverdale drew even at 25, but Sweenie made two free throws and then added a step-back jumper on the baseline for a 29-25 edge.

Sweenie pushed it to 31-25 with 2 1/2 minutes left with a deep two-point basket off an inbounds play.

A 3-point basket and a transition score from Molly Sharp (10 points) brought Riverdale within 31-10 with just under a minute left, but Fulton responded.

“With 34 seconds and up one, we executed an out-of-bounds set, and Brooke Huizenga stepped up yet again,” Menchaca said. “We tried to get them biting on Schipper coming down the middle and throw up top to Brooke. I was going to have them drive and kick, but Brooke was ready. And that’s what good shooter do — finish games. She would nail a huge 3-pointer to put us up 34-30 with 34 ticks left.”

CAMANCHE 82, WEST LIBERTY 31

CAMANCHE — Lea Lefebure 6 0-0 12, Cam Carstensen 1 0-0 3, Maddie Michels 0 0-0 0, Madi Parson 1 0-0 2, Sami Puckett 5 1-2 15, Hanna Nissen 5 0-0 13, Marly Bussa 8 0-1 23, Emily McElroy 1 0-1 2, Paige Waltz 2 0-0 6, Alexandra Nielsen 1 0-0 3, Kam Vogel 1 0-0 3, Emy Seeser 0 0-0 0, Erin Short 0 0-0 0, Maci Sloane 0 0-2 0. Totals 31 1-6 82.

WEST LIBERTY — Haylee Lehman 3 1-3 7, Madison McIntosh 0 0-0 0, Cora Wickham 2 0-0 5, Macy Akers 2 7-8 11, Alex Torres 0 0-0 0, Maya Morales 0 0-0 0, Averi Goodale 2 0-2 5, Lindsey Loughlin 0 0-0 0, Isabel Morrison 0 1-2 1, Martha Price 0 0-0 0. Totals Janey Gingerich 1 0-2 2. Totals 10 9-18 31.

Camanche 25 22 19 16 — 82

West Liberty 7 9 5 10 — 31

3-point goals — Camanche 19 (Bussa 7, Puckett 4, Nissen 3, Waltz 2, Carstensen, Nielsen, Vogel); West Liberty 2 (Wickham, Goodale). Total fouls — Camanche 12, West Liberty 11. Fouled out — None.

WILTON 73, NORTHEAST 36

NORTHEAST — Bree Mangelsen 1 0-0 3, Gabrielle Scott 0 0-2 0, Neveah Hildebrandt 0 0-0 0, Jacey House 1 0-0 2, Casidy Dondiego 2 4-8 8, Alexis Ehlers 2 0-1 5, Jaden Smith 0 0-0 0, Claire Abbott 4 4-4 12, Valerie Spooner 2 2-5 6, Makenna McDonald 0 0-0 0. Totals 12 10-20 36.

WILTON — Becca Ball 0 0-0 0, Lexi Walker 0 0-0 0, Kortney Drake 6 6-7 18, Kali Milder 4 0-3 10, Lexi Mauer 0 4-4 4, Emily Lange 5 3-4 16, Makayla Brock 1 0-0 2, Aubrey Putman 4 3-4 11, Taylor Goldermann 1 0-0 0, Linsey Ford 4 2-2 10, Taylor Garvin 0 0-0 0. Totals 25 18-24 73.

Northeast 8 4 12 12 — 36

Wilton 21 19 15 18 — 73

3-point goals — Northeast 2 (Mangelsen, Ehlers); Wilton 5 (Lange 3, Milder 2). Total fouls — Northeast 18, Wilton 14. Fouled out — None.

THURSDAY

FULTON 36, RIVERDALE 31

RIVERDALE — Hanrahan 2 5-15 9, Lodico 0 0-0 0, Sharp 4 0-0 10, Hass 0 0-0 0, Garrett 2 5-8 9, Smeltzly 1 0-0 3, Walls 0 0-0 0, Weaver 0 0-0 0, Caves 0 0-0 0. Totals 9 10-23 31.

FULTON — Leitzen 2 4-5 9, B. Huizenga 3 0-0 9, Schipper 1 0-2 2, R. Huizenga 0 0-0 0, Willging 2 0-1 4, Fish 1 0-0 3, Lindeman 0 0-0 0, Sweenie 3 2-2 9, Norman 0 0-0 0, Kohrt 0 0-0 0. Totals 12 6-10 36.

Riverdale 10 8 4 9 — 31

Fulton 9 3 9 15 — 36

3-point goals — Riverdale 3 (Sharp 2, Smeltzly); Fulton 6 (B. Huizenga 3, Leitzen, Fish, Sweenie). Total fouls — Riverdale 12, Fulton 18. Fouled out — Schipper.

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