The Galva boys basketball team picked up wins in its last three outings, and improved to 4-1 in the Lincoln Trail Conference race in the process.

The Galva boys basketball team picked up wins in its last three outings, and improved to 4-1 in the Lincoln Trail Conference race in the process.

The most recent win for the Wildcats came on the road Tuesday night as the trek to West Central resulted in an 82-58 victory.

Galva’s current three-game streak includes a 59-47 LTC win at ROWVA-Williamsfield Friday night, and a 72-42 blowout of Havana at Abingdon’s Great Western Shootout Saturday.

n The Wildcats returned to LTC play with Tuesday’s lengthy jaunt to Biggsville, and rode 28 points from sophomore Peyton Sopiars to the win.

The host Heat raced to a 23-16 lead at the quarter, but Galva responded with a 43-16 run in the middle two frames to take control.

Sopiars scored nine points in the second quarter to spark a 21-9 surge and give the Wildcats a 37-32 edge at the break. The visitors broke the game wide open with a 22-7 run in the third quarter.

Joining Sopiars in double figures for the Wildcats were Cooper Hoxworth with 13 points, Ernie Heinrich 12 and Mason Kaiser 11.

n Galva stepped outside of conference play Saturday at Abingdon’s Great Western Shootout, and the Wildcats dropped a 30-point blowout on Havana in the second of seven games at the A-Town gym.

The Wildcats led 21-15 at the quarter behind 11 points from Mason Kaiser, and stretched the margin to 43-26 at the half.

The pace slowed a bit in the second half, but the Ducks couldn’t put a dent in Galva’s lead.

The Wildcats closed out the 72-42 win with a pair of crowd-pleasing 3-pointers in the waning seconds from Jared Serres and Knute Larson.

Kaiser topped the Wildcats with 16 points and Cooper Hoxworth finished with 15.

n Basketball with their football co-op partners was on the agenda Friday night in Oneida, and Galva emerged from a sluggish start to defeat ROWVA-Williamsfield 59-47.

The first quarter was all Cougars as R-W sprinted to a 19-9 lead. 

“They hit us with a big first punch and we didn’t respond very well early,” Galva head coach Chance Jones said.

The Wildcats shook off the double-digit deficit and took over in the middle two quarters. Galva drilled five 3-pointers in the second quarter to move in front 26-25 at the break, and extended the margin to 39-31 after three frames.

“When they started draining the threes with regularity, we didn’t really have an answer,” R-W head coach Bob Anderson said of the Wildcats. “They just have better long-range shooters than we do. That’s just the way it is right now.”

Galva finished with 10 3-pointers on the night, and knocked down 10-of-15 free throws in the final quarter to seal the win.

Peyton Sopiars led the Wildcats with 12 points, followed by Cooper Hoxworth and Nick Anderson with 10 apiece.

R-W’s Tucker Sams was the game’s leading scorer with 17 points, including 10 in the first quarter. Austin Batterson added 13 for the Cougars.


R-W bounces back, tops Ridgewood

Tucker Sams poured in 27 points as ROWVA-Williamsfield held off a late Ridgewood charge to defeat the Spartans 79-74 Tuesday night in Oneida.

R-W’s offense was clicking in the first half as the Cougars built leads of 22-17 at the quarter and 47-32 at halftime.

The Spartans chipped away in the second half, outscoring the Cougars 42-32, but couldn’t overtake the hosts.

Joining Sams in double figures for the Cougars were Calvin Peterson with 14 points, Isaac Cordle 13 and Bret Woodside 11.

Ridgewood’s Briar Greenman led all scorers with 29 points. Carson Osborne and Travis Kane added 14 apiece for the Spartans, while Riley Nelson finished with 10.

R-W improves to 10-12 overall and 2-3 in the Lincoln Trail Conference, while Ridgewood slips to 10-9 and 1-4 in conference.


Busy 24 hours for Ridgewood

The Ridgewood boys were busy Friday and Saturday, playing three games in less than 24 hours.

The Spartans dropped an 83-75 Lincoln Trail Conference battle with Mercer County Friday night, and split outings with United and Rockridge at Abingdon’s Great Western Shootout Saturday.

Mercer County’s Rashaun King and Quenton King scored 25 points each to lift the Golden Eagles over the Spartans at Woodhull.

Ridgewood’s Briar Greenman poured in 32 points to lead all scorers, and Travis Kane added 17.

The Spartans were right back at it for a 10:30 tip Saturday morning in Abingdon, and handled United 67-42 behind 20 points from Briar Greenman. Max Nuckles added 13 points in the win.

After a couple of hours rest, the Spartans returned to the court and were buried under a barrage of 3-pointers by Rockridge.

The Rockets drilled 15 treys, led by seven from Cody Bush, a cruised to a 71-31 win over the Spartans.

Bush led all scorers with 23 points, while Briar Greenman topped the Spartans with 14 points.


Game MVPs

Great Western Shootout organizers hand out game MVP awards after each contest and two local players — Mason Kaiser of Galva and Briar Greenman of Ridgewood — earned the honors Saturday in Abingdon.

Kaiser scored 16 points and handed out four assists in Galva’s win over Havana, while Greenman tallied 20 in Ridgewood’s win over United.


(Robb Strack, GateHouse Media Illinois, contributed to this story.)