Tom Batters
Richwoods coach John Gross goes over a play with Maddie Nieukirk and Danielle DesJardins during a 59-32 win at Manual Tuesday night.

Manual got off to a 3-0 lead on Richwoods Tuesday night, but the Lady Rams' run was short-lived. Richwoods (18-2), the No. 3 ranked team in the state, went on an 11-0 run and won the road game, 59-32.

The Lady Knights have not lost since early December when conference-foe Peoria Central beat them at home. Richwoods travels to Peoria Central Tuesday in the most important Mid-State 6 Conference game so far this season.

Woodruff (11-5, 2-2) made the conference race interesting when it beat Peoria Central, 46-41, at home Tuesday night to complete a season sweep of the Lady Lions. Woodruff also beat Central in December at Central. Peoria Central is now 2-2 in the conference.

Richwoods is now along in first place in the conference with just one loss.

"That's going to be a critical game Tuesday (against Central)," said Richwoods coach John Gross. 'we're on a roll, but we haven't played anyone like Central in a while. That will be a good test fr us. It will show us how good we really are, or think we are."

Maddie Nieukirk led Richwoods with 15 points against Manual.

"Maddie is scoring a lot more for us," Gross said. "She's getting more confidence and maing more shots."


Dunlap beat Limestone, 52-37, at home Tuesday night to stay in the Mid-illini Conference race.

The Lady Eagles are now 14-4 overall and 4-3 in the conference.

Jenni Erlandson had 20 points for Dunlap.