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■ St. Thomas More 49, St. Joseph-Ogden 35. The visiting Sabers (18-1) earned their school-record 15th straight win behind Tori McCoy’s double-double (14 points, 10 rebounds). Randa Harshbarger added 11 points and seven rebounds for STM. Ashley Landis and Ashley Beals scored 10 points apiece for the Spartans.
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Cissna Park 42, Schlarman 26. Beau Anderson and Cole Hasselbring scored 11 points apiece for the Timberwolves in a home victory. Austin Calhoun led the Hilltoppers with 10 points.
PAXTON — Amanda Ypya and Hannah Wascher were taking turns filling the role of leading scorer Saturday night.
But Ypya, a PBL senior guard, ended up with the higher scoring output against Wascher, a Rantoul senior forward, and the last laugh in the Panthers’ 56-53 nonconference win.
BLOOMINGTON — When the mystery guest on the St. Thomas More bench could no longer be ignored, and when no one claimed responsibility, coach Chris Mennig took ownership.
As he made his way to the locker room Saturday following his team’s 72-62 girls’ basketball win at Bloomington Central Catholic, he carried two packages of orange Kool-Aid.
In boys’ basketball
B-H 64, Oakwood 42. AUSTIN TOLER had 24 points and host Bismarck-Henning took control with a 27-5 first-quarter run. ANDY BOTT added 16 points in the win. SKYLER SLADE had 15 points for the Comets.
DANVILLE — For three quarters, Schlarman Academy freshman Sierra Bell played like a ninth-grader on varsity.
She contributed but didn’t flash Player of the Game credentials. Entering the final eight minutes of Thursday’s Vermilion Valley Conference game against Georgetown-Ridge Farm, Bell had tried eight shots and scored eight points.
CERRO GORDO — The first week of the girls’ basketball season, the Cerro Gordo/DeLand-Weldon/Bement team was less prepared than most.
“We were three schools playing together and we weren’t ready,” coach Eric Helms said. “Two weeks to practice isn’t a lot of time when you’ve never played together before.”
BLOOMINGTON — The championship trophy was nice.
The confidence gained from beating a pair of state heavyweights was even better.
Centennial had plenty to celebrate Saturday after its 44-28 win against Peoria Richwoods in the large-school title game at the State Farm Classic.
CHARLESTON — Steady and solid at times. Other times, sloppy and inconsistent.
There’s a reason why teams are playing in the seventh-place game of an eight-team tournament. Rantoul and Urbana displayed both tendencies in Saturday’s seventh-place game at the Charleston Holiday Tournament, but the Eagles made their free throws late to hold on, 51-43.