Thursday's prep highlights: Warriors win SVC tournament title

Thursday's prep highlights: Warriors win SVC tournament title

In boy's basketball

Chick-fil-A Classic

Champaign Central 55, Normandy (Mo.) 44. Central pulled away in the fourth quarter in the consolation semifinal game, outscoring Normandy 20-14 in the final 8 minutes to secure the 11-point victory. Sophomore Khailieo Terry led the Maroons (9-8) with 15 points, seven rebounds and two steals. Isaiah Jackson chipped in 11 points, and Sam Beesley finished with 10 points. Central will play in the consolation championship game at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

Nontournament

El Paso-Gridley 50, LeRoy 45. LeRoy saw its six-point halftime lead disappear by the end of the third quarter before getting outscored in the fourth in the five-point Heart of Illinois Conference loss. Nick Perry paced the Panthers (11-5, 7-2) with 11 points, while Nate Sammer and Jakob Sexton had nine points apiece.

In girls' basketball

Sangamon Valley Conference Tournament

Watseka 61, Paxton-Buckley-Loda 53. Watseka claimed the SVC tuornament championship after pulling away in the third quarter en route to the eight-point victory against PBL. Natalie Schroeder had 16 points for the Warriors (21-2), while Magan Harris added 14 points and eight assists and Kennedy Bauer finished with 10 points and seven rebounds.

Dwight 57, Cissna Park 26. A 22-5 first quarter deficit was too much for Cissna Park to overcome in the consolation championship game. Morgan Kaeb led the Timberwolves (5-20) with eight points, seven rebounds and two steals.

St. Anne 45, Iroquois West 35. Iroquois West hung with St. Anne early, but the Raiders fell behind before halftime and never recovered in the seventh-place game. Shelby Johnson, Olivia Gaytan and Ashton Miller had seven points apiece for Iroquois West (2-24) in the loss.

Little Okaw Valley Conference

Southeast Tournament

Tri-County 75, Villa Grove/Heritage 36. Four players in double figures was more than enough for Tri-County in the LOVC Southeast championship game. Parkland-bound Kiersten Price-Wilson led the Titans (19-4) with a game-high 20 points. Tayler Barry and Bella Dudley had 17 points apiece, and Harley Barry rounded out Tri-County's quartet of high scorers with 15 points. Kyleigh Block had 19 points for the Blue Devils (16-6) in the loss.

Nontournament

Arthur Okaw Christian 67, Decatur Christian 16. Amanda Franklin was a perfect 11 of 11 from the field for a game-high 23 points in Arthur Okaw Christian's blowout East Central Illinois Conference win against Decatur Christian. Alexa Franklin added 14 points and five assists for the Conquering Riders (16-6, 5-0), and Anna Houk chipped in 10 points and five steals.

Decatur St. Teresa 40, Tuscola 34. Tuscola hung with St. Teresa all night in Central Illinois Conference action, but the Warriors couldn't get over the hump in the six-point loss that snapped an eight-game winning streak. Grace Dietrich led Tuscola (17-6, 2-4) with 10 points, while Lexie Russo had three points and a team-high 10 rebounds.

Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley 40, Deer Creek-Mackinaw 29. GCMS held Dee-Mack to single-digit scoring in all four quarters in its seventh consecutive victory and 10th straight in HOIC action. Hannah Hathaway hit three three-pointers and Claire Retherford was a steady option offensively to lead the Falcons (19-4, 10-1) with a game-high 12 points apiece.

LeRoy 58, Tri-Valley 46. LeRoy took a commanding lead in the first quarter, outscoring Tri-Valley by 15, and the Panthers never let up on that advantage in their HOIC victory. LeRoy (8-11, 3-7) had three players in double figures in the win. Molly White led the way offensively with 14 points to go with two rebounds, two assists and two steals. Charly Warlow added 12 points and eight rebounds, and Layna Spratt had 11 points, five assists and five steals.

Milford 57, Judah Christian 45. The trio of Jakki Mowrey, Emma Morts and Abby Tovey — plus plenty of free throws — helped Milford put together its 12-point nonconference victory. Mowrey led the Bearcats (11-9) with 14 points, while Morts chipped in 13 and Tovey finished with 10. Mowrey went 9 of 12 from the free-throw line for most of her points. That Milford trio helped the Bearcats overcome a near triple-double by Judah Christian's Sa'kina Williams, who had 19 points, 10 rebounds and nine blocks. Michelle Miller added 14 points for the Tribe (15-10).

Prairie Central 42, Unity 20. Prairie Central pulled away in the second half — holding Unity to just four points in the final two quarters — in the Illini Prairie Conference showdown. Elly Haberkorn hit a pair of three-pointers and led the Hawks (12-11, 2-3) with a game-high 17 points. Jordy Curtis paced the Rockets (8-16, 2-4) with eight points.

Ridgeview 52, Fisher 25. Ridgeview paired its big first quarter with an even more productive second to take a serious lead it wouldn't reliniquish in taking down Fisher in HOIC action. River Rosales paced the Mustangs (18-4, 9-1) with a game-high 15 points, while Kelly Jones added 14 points and seven rebounds in Ridgeview's fifth straight win. Sidney Hood led the Bunnies (4-20, 0-9) with 11 points. A 40-point first half for SJ-O helped the Spartans cruise to their sixth straight IPC win to remain unbeaten in conference play. Bree Trimble got SJ-O (19-4, 6-0) going with 18 of her game-high 26 points coming in the first two quarters. Peyton Crowe added 14 points for the Spartans in the win.

In wrestling

At Clinton. Clinton narrowly edged St. Joseph-Ogden 33-28 in a dual meet. Christian Reynolds had a decisive win for the Maroons with a 25-12 technical fall at 152 pounds, and Brett Reeves had the closest win of the night for Clinton with a 28-27 decision at 195 pounds. SJ-O's Peyton Holt won a 25-7 major decision at 145 pounds, while Brodie Sullivan took a 28-12 decision at 160 pounds for the Spartans.

At Heyworth. Monticello dominated the upper weight classes in its 49-30 dual meet victory aginst Heyworth. The Sages won six of eight matches between 145 and 285 pounds to take down the Hornets. Monticello's Seth Menacher made quick work of his match at 170 pounds with a pin in 1 minute, 9 seconds. Collin Jones (152 pounds), Jack Spence (160 pounds) and Matt Kerr (195 pounds) also won by pinfall.

At Mahomet. Mahomet-Seymour dropped its dual with IPC rival Pontiac but bounced back to beat Champaign Central. Pontiac's 40-32 victory came despite a fast start for the Bulldogs with Chance Decker winning by pinfall at 138 pounds and Gage Granadino blitzing his opponent at 152 pounds in a 50-second pinfall victory.

M-S returned to form with a 51-28 win against the Maroons that saw the Bulldogs win the first six matches by pinfall. Daunte Roberts' victory was the quickest in 51 seconds at 182 pounds. Central got back on track with pinfall victories of its own by Liam Potenberg at 106 pounds and Carter Hall at 113 pounds, but the early deficit was too much to overcome.

At Petersburg. LeRoy/Tri-Valley lost just three matches other than a pair of double forfeits in its 54-16 win against host Petersburg PORTA. Owen Gulley's 15-second pinfall at 132 pounds was the most dominant win of the night for LTV. Four other LTV wrestlers also won by pinfall.

At Hoopeston. Both Ridgeview and host Hoopeston Area got dual meet victories against Bismarck-Henning/Rossville-Alvin/Armstrong-Potomac. The Cornjerkers' 48-27 victory was jumpstarted by consecutive wins to start the match. Justin Jones won by pinfall in 2 minutes, 17 seconds at 138 pounds, and then Ezra Elliot did him 2 minutes better with a pinfall in just 17 seconds at 145 pounds. BHRAAP won the next three matches, including a 4-2 decision by Chris Steidel at 170 pounds, but the Blue Devils' comeback attempt fell short.

Ridgeview's 48-34 win played out in similar fashion. Coby Windle put together a win at 132 pounds in a 36-second pinfall to spark four straight victories for the Mustangs, including a one-second faster pinfall victory by Ethan Wissmiller at 152 pounds. A major decision by BHRAAP's Jacob Akins at 160 pounds got the Blue Devils on the board, and they won the next two matches before Ridgeview regained control.

In boys' swimming

At Urbana. Urbana won five events — including two event victories by Ethan Chow — but the Tigers fell 93-72 to Charleston. Chow won the 200-yard freestyle in 1 minute, 54.47 seconds and also took first place in the 100 breaststroke in 1:03.44. Urbana also won the 400 freestyle relay and got its other wins from Zach Menard in the 500 freestyle (6:23.99) and Avery Wright in 1-meter diving (189.35 points).

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