Thursday's prep highlights: Crowe, Knudsen both tally 1,000th point in IPC play

Thursday's prep highlights: Crowe, Knudsen both tally 1,000th point in IPC play

In boys' basketball

LeRoy 75, Blue Ridge 30. Nick Perry put away four three-pointers to help the host Panthers (10-4) to a non-league win over the Knights (10-9). Perry finished with 24 points, and Nate Sammer contributed nine points to aid LeRoy's cause. Zach Stephens piled up 13 points for Blue Ridge.

Uni High 53, Decatur Christian 51. Arav Jagroop zipped to 17 points as the host Illineks (2-11) collected an East Central Illinois Conference victory.

in girls basketball

Arcola 62, Cerro Gordo/Bement 34. A 19-4 first-quarter edge kept the host Purple Riders (9-9) ahead for good in Little Okaw Valley Conference play. Arianna Warren led a trio of Arcola scorers in double figures with 18 points, joined by Olivia Key (16) and KayLee Hohlbauch (14). The Broncos (5-17), who hit 15 of 34 free-throw attempts, garnered 12 points from Megan Hart.

Armstrong-Potomac 40, Milford 35. Destiny Fitzsimmons and Kayla Roe combined for 11 first-quarter points, aiding the host Trojans (10-12) in a Vermilion Valley Conference victory versus the Bearcats (10-8). Fitzsimmons and Roe concluded with 13 and 10 points, respectively, for A-P to go with four three-pointers from Nicole Sprague. Kaylee Warren also drilled four triples en route to 16 points for Milford.

Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond 55, Blue Ridge 18. Jolynn Barbee deposited a trio of three-pointers en route to 11 points as the host Knights (12-8) zoomed to an LOVC triumph over the visiting Knights (4-17). Hitting 10 points for ALAH were Marissa Herschberger and Alexa Miller. Katie Bowns delivered eight points for Blue Ridge.

Arthur Okaw Christian 68, Cowden-Herrick 46. Amanda Franklin roared to 36 points, and Alexa Franklin turned in a double-double with 25 points and 10 rebounds, pushing the visiting Conquering Riders (15-6) to a non-league win. Amanda Franklin finished a rebound shy of her own double-double.

Danville 59, Champaign Central 53. The visiting Vikings (7-11) etched a 21-5 fourth-quarter advantage to overcome the Maroons (11-9) in Big 12 Conference action. Erin Houpt soared to 30 points for Danville, hitting 11 of 14 free-throw attempts, and Makala Gray added 15 points. Pacing Central were Chanice Willis (13 points), Aija Gwin (13 points) and Jayden Wilson (11 points).

Effingham 49, Mahomet-Seymour 35. Permitting 17 free throws to the Flaming Hearts — who made 15 — doomed the host Bulldogs (8-12) in an Apollo Conference game. Maddy Wade boasted 13 points for M-S, and Makayla Rosenbery added 10.

Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley 65, Heyworth 56. Despite being outscored 15-7 in the final frame, the host Falcons (17-4) prevailed for the fifth consecutive time, this one in Heart of Illinois Conference play. Megan Moody banked 19 points for GCMS, which also earned 14 points from Makenzie Bielfeldt and 12 points from Hannah Hathaway on the strength of four three-pointers.

Hoopeston Area 48, Chrisman 34. The host Cornjerkers (6-15) exploded for 25 points in the last quarter, giving them the edge over the Cardinals (4-17) in VVC action. Lexie Breymeyer (17 points) and Ali Watson (14 points) did the majority of Hoopeston Area's damage. Chrisman landed 10 points from Hannah Mitchell and nine from Halle Watters.

Judah Christian 71, Westfair Christian 10. Michelle Miller's 20 points was the top mark for the host Tribe (14-9) in a nonconference victory. Sa'kinah Williams and Megan Wolf joined Miller in that category for Judah with 12 and 10 points, respectively.

Oakwood 50, Salt Fork 36. Katelyn Young accounted for half the points for the host Comets (17-5), netting 25 in a VVC victory versus the Storm (12-10). Madison Kirby was Salt Fork's lone double-digit producer, finishing with 12 points.

Olympia 45, Unity 44. Elyce Knudsen's 1,000th career point wasn't enough to lift the visiting Rockets (7-15) in Illini Prairie Conference action. Rysa Stacy totaled 14 points for Unity, which netted 13 more from Knudsen.

Ridgeview 60, Tri-Valley 32. After building a 40-15 lead through the first half, the visiting Mustangs could not be stopped in HOIC play. Mya Tinsley notched 17 points and eight rebounds for Ridgeview, which got 10 points from River Rosales.

St. Joseph-Ogden 50, Prairie Central 34. Peyton Crowe bagged her 1,000th career point for the visiting Spartans (17-4) in their fourth straight win, an IPC outcome versus the Hawks (9-11). Bree Trimble's 19 points paced SJ-O, and Crowe finished with eight. Elly Haberkorn potted 12 points for PC.

St. Thomas More 60, Centennial 38. NaKaya Hughes tallied 19 of her game-high 25 points in the first half, pushing the visiting Sabers (4-12) to their first win streak of the season. Backing Hughes in the nonconference result were Hannah Shields with 11 points and Abby Leibach with 10. The Chargers (1-16), who produced just three points in the first period, earned 17 points from Silvia Du and 10 from Alayah Biggers.

Schlarman 48, Bismarck-Henning/Rossville-Alvin 15. The visiting Hilltoppers (16-2) won their fourth in a row, limiting the Blue Devils (18-5) to two points in the second half. Anaya Peoples (20 points), Capria Brown (12 points) and Janiah Newell (11 points) all reached double digits scoring for Schlarman. Emily Meidel's 11 points paced BHRA.

Sullivan 49, Clinton 38. Esther Miller's 16 points and nine rebounds keyed the host Redskins (19-1) in a Central Illinois Conference result against the Maroons (11-9). Sullivan's 15th consecutive win also included 13 points from Josie Orris. Clinton took in 17 points from Mallory Cyrulik.

Tri-County 70, Martinsville 23. Kiersten Price-Wilson recorded a 19-point, 11-rebound double-double as the visiting Titans (17-3) cruised in LOVC play. Tayler Barry added 14 points for Tri-County, which got eight points and 10 steals from Harley Barry.

Watseka 63, Cissna Park 13. The visiting Warriors (18-2) permitted no more than five points in any quarter, leading to a Sangamon Valley Conference win over the Timberwolves (4-18). Watseka's sixth consecutive victory also was keyed by 22 points from Magan Harris and 12 from Mallory Drake. Kenadee Edelman's five points paced Cissna Park.

Westville 42, Georgetown-Ridge Farm 13. Jasman Severado procured 15 points for the host Tigers (12-9) in a VVC triumph against the Buffaloes (0-17). Aiyana Austin contributed 11 points for Westville. Sophia Ashby accounted for most of the G-RF scoring with 10 points.

In wrestling

At Champaign. St. Thomas More won all of its contested matches against Rich South and Warrensburg-Latham, but a small roster meant the Sabers got neither team victory. Jacob Dobbins (138 pounds), J.D. Sexton (152) and Hunter Howell (170) all succeeded twice for STM, and Jason Palmberg (106) notched one triumph.

At Lincoln. Mahomet-Seymour came out of an Apollo Conference triangular with two wins, topping host Lincoln 42-25 and Charleston 70-12. Double contested victors for the Bulldogs were Payton Ragona at 106 pounds and Wyatt Heimann at 170.

At Westville. August Balsamello pinned his opponent at 152 pounds, securing a 42-33 win for Westville/Georgetown-Ridge Farm over Vermilion Valley Conference foe Bismarck-Henning/Rossville-Alvin/Armstrong-Potomac. The Tigers' other contested wins came from Brayden Edwards (170), Dawson Pruitt (220) and Hayden Copass (285). BHRAAP took contested wins from Marshall Gudauskas (138) and Donnell McClure (182).

In boys' swimming

At Champaign. Deniz Taskan and Damien McMullen each posted an individual-event victory as host Centennial (60 points) placed second in a triangluar meet with Normal West (101) and Bloomington Central Catholic (25). Taskan won 50-yard freestyle in 25.20 seconds, and McMullen collected the best diving score at 257.60.

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