Feb. 10, 2017
DIXON — The Carl Sandburg College women’s basketball team moved to within a victory of clinching its second straight Arrowhead Conference title after a 71-57 victory Thursday night at Sauk Valley.
With sole possession of first place on the line against the Skyhawks, Maddy Lowe (Dunlap, Ill./Dunlap) scored 17 of her team-leading 21 points in the second half to help the Chargers (14-8, 5-1) pull away after taking a 31-29 lead into the locker room.
Sandburg needs a win in one of its final two conference games — 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at home against Black Hawk or 5:30 p.m. Thursday at home against Illinois Valley — to claim at least a share of the Arrowhead title. A pair of victories would give the Chargers the outright championship for the second season in a row.
Willow Porter (Wyoming, Ill./Stark County) added 12 points, and Sabrina Clay (Galesburg, Ill./Galesburg) hauled in a team-best eight rebounds for Sandburg. Clay was also one of three Chargers to finish with nine points.
Dabriona Williams had 34 points and nine rebounds for the Skyhawks (12-9, 4-2) in a losing effort.
“With the exception of a three-minute stretch late in the first half, we controlled the game. We are showing signs of becoming a complete ball club at the right time,” Chargers coach Mike Bailey said. “We didn’t let a great player’s huge night deter us from our goal, and that is real growth for our team. Two big wins on the road this week and two big ones at home next week. We’ll see what happens, but the confidence is growing with our young group.”
Sandburg’s game against Black Hawk is Pink Night to raise awareness for breast cancer. The Chargers will wear special pink uniforms in addition to selling pink T-shirts and raffling off gift baskets. The College will also recognize at the conclusion of the game the 58 Sandburg student-athletes who earned academic honors during the fall semester.