MONTICELLO – One coach's dream game ended up as another's nightmare.
Monticello (7-1) made an early statement for February's regional, knocking off St. Thomas More 63-50 on Tuesday night.
CHAMPAIGN – When Todd Anderson looks around the St. Thomas More gym, he's proud to be a part of a school that has built a rich athletic tradition in a relatively short amount of time.
Fourteen banners hang from the west wall in the Sabers' gym, recognizing regional champions, sectional champions and state placers.
ST. JOSEPH – Lizzy Kern scored 16 points to lead Rantoul past St. Joseph-Ogden 64-40 in nonconference girls' basketball action Monday night. Shana Calhoun (11) and Traci Osby (10) also hit double figures for Rantoul, which outscored SJ-O in every quarter.
HILLCREST – James Kinney scored a game-high 22 points to help Centennial rebound from its first loss of the season earlier in the week with a 65-58 win against Hillcrest Saturday in boys' basketball nonconference action Saturday.
Jeff Johnson chipped in 21 points for the Chargers (14-1), who trailed 30-29 at the break and were tied at 44 entering the fourth quarter.
Clasberry helps Central finish fifth at Centralia
KANKAKEE – Centennial's first loss of the season cost the Chargers a tournament title.
PONTIAC – If progress is measured by improvement, then Danville's boys' basketball team is more than halfway there.
The Vikings scored first and led the opening 18 minutes, 46 seconds of Wednesday's consolation semifinal game against Oak Park-River Forest in the 78th Pontiac Holiday Tournament.
PONTIAC – Danville's first two games this season were against schools that currently have a combined 23-2 record.
BROADLANDS – Ryan Anderson had 13 points to pace Salt Fork's 62-52 win against Clifton Central on Tuesday to claim the Hayden's Athletic Classic championship.
KANKAKEE – Not all basketball victories are created equal.
BROADLANDS – Senior Jacob Browning had 25 points – and didn't score in the fourth quarter – as Fisher broke out early and held on for a 65-45 victory against Schlarman on Monday at the Hayden's Athletic Classic.
Pat Rodgers scored all nine of his points in the fourth quarter for the Bunnies, who led 35-15 at halftime.