Friday's prep highlights: Peoples' 30 points, 15 boards lead Schlarman

Friday's prep highlights: Peoples' 30 points, 15 boards lead Schlarman

In boys' basketball

Bloomington Central Catholic 59, Unity 42. Jared Routh came alive late and scored 10 of his team-leading 15 points in the second half, but the Rockets (10-8) were taken down at home in their Illini Prairie Conference opener. Evan Miebach added seven points for the hosts.

Central A&M 67, Clinton 44. A pair of double-digit scoring efforts from Zeke Hickman (12 points) and Cal Case (10 points) were unable to turn the tide after a slow start for the Maroons (6-12), who dropped the Central Illinois Conference matchup at home. Skyler Williamson added six points on two three-pointers for Clinton.

Decatur Lutheran 60, Arthur Okaw Christian 45. Sean Mast scored a team-high 15 points, while Ian Lowry tacked on another 10 points, but the lone two double-digit scorers for the Conquering Riders (11-7) were unable to help the visitors to a road win in non-league play.

Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley 74, Heyworth 49. The Falcons (15-2) kept their perfect streak in Heart of Illinois Conference play alive, claiming its sixth league win at home behind a trio of double-digit scorers. Bryce Barnes led the way with 19 points, while Ryland Holt (15 points) and Connor Birky (13 points) added to the winning effort.

Judah Christian 62, Arcola 30. A 1-2 punch from Philip Coulter (19 points) and Connor Lash (16 points) carried the Tribe (17-2) to a dominant home victory in nonconference play. Josh Candler chipped in for another 12 points for Judah, while Myles Roberts' seven points led the way for the Purple Riders (5-15).

Mattoon 59, Rantoul 57. The Eagles (6-11) came up short in a narrow nonconference loss at home, despite their 23-point surge in the fourth quarter. Kamryn Rome's 15 points paced Rantoul's scoring effort, while Hayden Cargo added 13 points.

Monticello 49, Paxton-Buckley-Loda 47. The Sages (13-3) knocked down a season-high nine three-pointers on their way to a nonconference win over the visiting Panthers (10-7), getting 15 points from Ethan Miller and 13 more from Ryan Reeder — both career highs. Benton Singleton added 10 rebounds for the hosts, while Kyle Poll's 14 points and Austin Gooden's 11 points led PBL.

Pontiac 72, Prairie Central 64. Trey Bazzell hit a pair of treys and finished with a team-high 14 points for the Hawks (8-9), who fell in their IPC opener on the road. Connor Haab added 12 points, while Kaden King and Wyatt Steidinger tallied 10 points apiece.

Shelbyville 62, Tuscola 55. While Jalen Quinn reprised his starring role — sinking all eight of his free-throw tries on his way to a game-high 25 points — the Warriors (11-5) were dealt their first loss in CIC play on the road. Brayden VonLanken tallied another 15 points for Tuscola.

Tri-County 66, Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond 58. Mason Hutchinson's 21 points keyed the Titans (12-8) to a non-league road victory, while a slow start to the second half for the Knights (1-14) did away with their seven-point halftime lead. Mitch Pollock added 19 points for Tri-County, while the hosts got similar efforts from Austin Romine (21 points) and Adam Day (19 points) in the loss.

Watseka 66, Iroquois West 38. Blake Castonguay drained four three-pointers and finished with a game-high 25 points, as the Warriors (12-3) stomped past the host Raiders (4-15) in Sangamon Valley Conference play. Anthony Quinn also sunk three treys, finishing with nine points, for Watseka, while Max Grant's 18 points led IW.

In girls' basketball

Schlarman 81, Tri-County 48. Scoring 30 points in the first quarter got the Hilltoppers (17-2) off to a strong start before claiming their fifth straight victory, as Anaya Peoples dropped 30 points on the Titans (17-4) and grabbed 15 rebounds in the non-league home game. Sydney Gouard (17 points), Capria Brown (14 points) and Janiah Newell (10 points) all joined Peoples as double-digit scorers for Schlarman, while Tayler Berry's 17 points paced Tri-County.

In wrestling

At Clinton. Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley/Fisher claimed a narrow margin of victory, 41-35, over host Clinton at the Clinton Quad meet, as Andrew Ferguson (120 pounds) and Cole Maxey (126) posted the only wins by decision of the matchup for the Falcons. Dakota Matthews (132), Braylen Kean (160) and Garrett Wright (220) won their bouts for GCMS, while Trevor Willis (113), Christian Reynolds (145), Kaedyn Sloat (152) and Kolby Winter won by pinfall for the Maroons.

 

At Tolono. Prairie Central prevailed against St. Joseph-Ogden 52-28 at the Illini Prairie Conference meet, with Corbin Moser (145 pounds) and Connor Casner (152) pinning their opponents to get the Hawks off to a quick start. AJ Wagner's 40-second victory by pinfall at 106 pounds was the leading effort for the Spartans.

SJ-O did, however, prevail 59-12 in their matchup with St. Thomas More, which got victories from J.D. Sexton (152) and Hunter Howell (170). Host Unity later became the second to prevail over SJ-O, 41-32, thanks to wins from brothers Pate (145) and Connor Eastin (195). Isaiah Moore (106), Isaiah Immke (132) and Peyton Holt (138) all finished with four bout victories on the day for SJ-O, including triumphs in the team's 38-30 win over Pontiac.

Meanwhile, Rantoul/Paxton-Buckley-Loda went down 42-27 against Olympia, despite Rashon Allen (132) and Nolan Roseman (152) each pinning their opponents.

JORDAN J. WILSON

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