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Tri-County Press, Forreston Journal / • Friday, December 21, 2018




Polo defeats Hawks 57-40 at Blackhawk Center BY CODY CUTTER The Polo and Oregon boys basketball teams squared off at the Blackhawk Center in Oregon on Dec. 13. The Marcos won the game 57-40. The Hawks (4-4) missed their first nine shots and were buried in a hole against the sharp-shooting Marcos (8-1), who led 19-5 after the first quarter.  Brady Webb and Braiden Soltow provided the bulk of the Marcos’ offense in the first half; Webb poured in 14 points, and Soltow had all 11 of his points before halftime. Soltow proved tough for the Hawks to get around at the top of the key in the second quarter, when he came away with four of his five steals.  “We locked in on defense, and that’s what Coach [Matt Messer] wanted us to do,” Soltow said. “We’re going to need that to get a far run going in the Forreston Tournament, and hopefully win it.” Polo, which emptied the bench in the final quarter, led 37-14 at half, and kept its lead at more than 20 points until Eli Rufer’s three-point play with 4:13 to play in the game brought the Hawks within 19. Oregon missed all but two of its first 17 shots, and ended up shooting 14-for-57. Rufer led the Hawks with 11 points. “I didn’t think we took that bad of shots, and forced just a few, but with our shot selection, we just couldn’t throw a ball into an ocean,” Hawks coach Quinn Virgil said. “If you’re not shooting well against a team like Polo, it’s a hole right off the bat that’s so hard to fight out of.” Oregon turned the ball over 12 times in the first half. “We needed to lock down on defense,” Webb said. “Not every night your shots are going to fall, so we can always rely on defense. We’ve definitely bought into it.” Oregon’s Noah Campo (11) battles Polo’s Tucker Mumford (34) for a loose ball during Dec. 13 action at the Blackhawk Center.

SPORTS ROUNDUP GIRLS BASKETBALL Newman 62, Polo 27: Kiley Sanders tossed in 14 points to lead a balanced Comet attack in a win against the Marcos on Dec. 15. Marah Blake led Polo with nine points. Rockford East 73, Polo 45: Mallory

Patterson scored 13 points for the Marcos in a loss to the E-Rabs on Dec. 15. Polo 55, Oregon 45: Marah Blake paced a balanced attack with 15 points to lead the Polo girls basketball team to a 55-45 win against Oregon on Dec. 17 at the Polo Tournament. Also for the Marcos, Lexi Cox had


had four double-figure scorers, but it wasn’t enough to prevent a loss to the Wolves at Forreston on Dec. 15. Leading the way for Polo were Brady Webb (18), Justin Young (17), Braiden Soltow (11) and Draven Wells (10). Brock Smargiassi hit seven 3s and

Pearl City 66, Polo 63: The Marcos

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12 points, and Mallory Patterson, Lizzy Stamm and Becca Wagner added eight apiece. Olivia Lambrigtsen poured in 23 points to lead the Hawks.

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