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When dealt a bad hand in poker, it's often an easy decision to fold and take your chances hoping for a better draw in the next round. Lincoln's girls have drawn some bad luck recently, but in high school girls basketball, there's no reshuffling of the deck for a new hand.

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North Knox and South Knox have similar slates, while Rivet doesn’t play at all among the county’s Blue Chip Conference teams this week.

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SAN DIEGO — Top-ranked Jon Rahm and Justin Thomas made the birdies they needed to keep pace on the easier North Course at Torrey Pines on Thursday and shared the lead with hard-charging Vincennes golfer Adam Schenk after two rounds of the Farmers Insurance Open.

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Lincoln's Nate Harris and North Knox's Beau Noland are each the top seeds in their weight classes, and several others in the county have aspirations of advancing through the sectional this weekend as the IHSAA wrestling state tournament gets started Saturday.

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Rivet went toe-to-toe with one of the top teams in southwestern Indiana on Thursday, but the Patriots lacked the final push to finish off Evansville North.

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BICKNELL — Graycie Poe scored 20 points, and North Knox forced Barr-Reeve into 28 turnovers in rolling to a 51-26 Blue Chip Conference girls basketball victory Thursday.

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CASEY, Ill. — Red Hill managed just five first-half field goals, and the ninth-seeded Salukis couldn't slow Casey as the Warriors took off early in a 62-33 consolation bracket victory Wednesday in the Little Illini Conference Tournament.

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CENTRALIA, Ill. — Some might think that the Vincennes University men's basketball season is on life support, but the Trailblazers' pulse is getting stronger.

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Lincoln has dealt itself plenty of self-inflicted wounds during this boys basketball season, but there has also been some bad luck mixed in as well.

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Dani Kroeger continued her scorching offensive pace for Lincoln on Tuesday, and the Alices used a 10-point start to the third period to bury visiting Olney, Ill., 57-34, for a girls basketball win at Alice Arena.

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Rivet scored the game’s first 21 points, and the Class A No. 7 Patriots were never tested in rolling to a 60-14 girls basketball win Tuesday over Lawrenceville, Ill., at Holscher Gym.

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Macie Couchenour and Kaitlyn Williams played the lead roles, combining for 11 3-pointers, and the Lady Spartans eliminated a three-game losing streak Tuesday with a 76-45 Blue Chip Conference basketball win over Shoals.

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LOOGOOTEE — Loogootee threw North Knox an early curveball on Tuesday, but the Warriors' defense was up to the task, and they limited the Lions to single digits in every quarter on their way to a 45-17 Blue Chip Conference girls basketball victory.

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The odds have collectively favored Knox County's girls basketball teams for the IHSAA state tournament draw in recent years, seemingly giving at least one team a bye each season. But all four found out Sunday they'd have to go the long route this year.

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NEWBURGH — Led by a runner-up finish from Ty Henderson, Lincoln had over half of its wrestlers place in the top six, and the Alices finished eighth in the Southern Indiana Athletic Conference wrestling meet Saturday at Castle.

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Lincoln's girls basketball team shot an impressive percentage most of the night against visiting North Knox Saturday, but the Alices saved their best for last.

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It wasn't looking good for the Vincennes University men's basketball team, but in this struggle of a season that's nothing new.

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Dakota Candler completed a productive weekend with 19 points, and South Knox's boys basketball team overcame some sluggishness to dispose of Eastern Greene, 48-34, Saturday at South Knox.

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CASEY, Ill. — The reward for upending its county rival wasn't just for Red Hill's boys basketball team Saturday.

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It’s another opportunity for the Vincennes University men’s basketball team to straighten out its season when it hosts Lewis & Clark in a Region 24 game at 7 p.m. today and gets another try at Kaskaskia at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

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DUBOIS — Rivet's boys basketball team had to wait a long time to get on the court against Northeast Dubois for the Jeeps' homecoming game Friday. It turned out it wasn't worth the wait.

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Both Lincoln and South Knox haven't been playing their best basketball recently, but the Alices and Spartans have the chance to right their respective ships today, when the county foes square off at Alice Arena.

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NEWBURGH — With Castle celebrating senior night and hoping to move a step closer in capturing the Southern Indiana Athletic Conference title, Dani Kroeger and her Lincoln teammates threatened to spoil the Knights' festivities Thursday.

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Poor shooting dooms Spartans in conference loss to Vikings

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In her trips through southern Indiana as a member of the South Knox track & field team, Talia Small said she's never met a shorter long jumper than herself.

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PARIS, Ill. — Lawrenceville's girls managed just two points in the opening quarter, and never got going in Newton's 48-20 basketball victory in the consolation bracket of the Little Illini Conference tournament on Wednesday.

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County Blue Chip Conference teams Rivet and North Knox both have one-game weekends, while the Warriors add a make-up game Tuesday.

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MARSHALL, Ill. — Red Hill failed to keep up with Marshall in the first and third quarter, and the Lions put three in double figures on their way to a 65-50 Little Illini Conference boys basketball win on Tuesday.

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BICKNELL — North Knox had its best scoring quarter of the season to open up against North Central on Tuesday. The Warriors followed it up with one of their worst offensive periods, but their defense and free-throw shooting ensured the Thunderbirds never took the lead.

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Lincoln's boys basketball team had its offense going early in the first half against Evansville Mater Dei on Tuesday, but midway through the second period, the Alices' scoring went silent.

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LYNNVILLE — In what very well could have been a girls basketball regional preview in less than a month, it was the Class A No. 6 Tecumseh that struck first against Class A No. 7 Rivet on Tuesday.

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PARIS, Ill. — Gracie Stallings tied her career-high with 15 points, and the Lawrenceville girls posted a second-quarter shutout in their 48-19 basketball romp in the Little Illini Conference tournament Monday.

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Macie Couchenour scored 20 points, but South Knox's late burst wasn't enough to catch up to Class 3A honorable mention Evansville Memorial in a 57-50 girls basketball defeat at the Spartans' gym Monday.

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