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.
“We’ve been knocking them down all tournament,” Rantoul coach Jeff McKaufsky said of his team, which went 22 of 31 from the free throw line while Urbana was 4 of 12. “That was huge. In close games you’ve got to knock them down, and that proved to be the difference.”
Jasmine Riggs made 4 of 4 in the final 19 seconds to help the Eagles (6-10) snap a seven-game losing streak. The Tigers (1-14), meanwhile, are in search of their first win since Dec. 13.
Freshman guard Kiara Moses led Urbana with 17 points.
“She’s one of those players who just has a natural instinct for the game, but she knows that she has plenty to work on to,” Urbana coach Aimee Smith said.
Karidia Shelby added 10 points and nine rebounds and Jessica Mack chipped in 11 points for the Tigers.
Hannah Wascher had 24 points and grabbed 19 rebounds for the Eagles. Against Decatur Eisenhower on Friday, she surpassed the 1,500-point plateau. The four-year starter goes into Thursday’s game against Bloomington Central Catholic with 1,527 career points, trailing only Yolanda Smith (1,596) on Rantoul’s all-time list
“It’s exciting because not many people can say they’ve reached 1,000 points by their senior year, let alone by the time they graduate,” Wascher said. “To reach 1,500 points is an accomplishment. It’s definitely a milestone in my high school career.”