Wednesday's prep highlights: Smith sparks Danville at home

Wednesday's prep highlights: Smith sparks Danville at home

In boys' basketball

Cissna Park 42, St. Anne 20. A day after experiencing a tough nonconference loss at state-ranked Teutopolis, Cissna Park rebounded with a convincing nonconference win. Keegan Boyle sank four three-pointers to account for all of his game-high 12 points for the Timberwolves (22-3), while Christian Stadeli finished with 10 points.

Danville 79, Crete-Monee 42. The host Vikings cruised to a nonconference win as Tevin Smith paced Danville (21-3) with 17 points. Nathaneal Hoskins and Sean Houpt aided the cause for Danville with 13 points apiece as the Vikings won their second straight game.

St. Joseph-Ogden 66, Olympia 41. SJ-O won its eighth straight game thanks to 21 points from Joel Orcutt as the host Spartans (17-7) cruised in Illini Prairie Conference play.

In girls' basketball

IHSA Regionals

Class 2A

Herscher Regional

Watseka 57, Herscher 52. The top-seeded Warriors led 30-18 at halftime, only to see that advantage disappear in the second half before holding on for an overtime win against the seventh-seeded host Tigers.

Paxton-Buckley-Loda 55, Reed-Custer 53. Sixth-seeded PBL trailed 45-37 to start the fourth quarter before mounting a late rally and knocking off the fourth-seeded Comets. PBL (17-12) will face Watseka (24-3) at 7 p.m. on Thursday in the regional championship game.

Warrensburg-Latham Regional

Sullivan 41, Warrensburg-Latham 31. The top-seeded Redskins fended off the host Cardinals in a regional semifinal game win to clinch a spot in the regional title game as Emily White scored a team-high 10 points for Sullivan.

Villa Grove/Heritage 55, Maroa-Forsyth 44. The fourth-seeded Blue Devils went into halftime ahead 28-16 and kept up their double-digit advantage in the second half to claim the win. VG/H (22-7) will tangle with Sullivan (24-3) at 7 p.m. on Thursday in the regional championhip game.

Pana Regional

Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond 44, Tuscola 40. The fifth-seeded Knights advanced to Thursday's regional title game at 7 p.m. against host Pana by beating the third-seeded Warriors in a regional semifinal game. Marissa Herschberger scored a team-high 15 points for ALAH (18-9), with teammate Mackenzi Bowles adding 14 points. Natalie Bates (15 points) and Grace Dietrich (eight points) led Tuscola (21-9).

Class 1A

Schlarman Regional

Schlarman 70, Uni High 16. The top-seeded Hilltoppers relied on stingy defense and a game-high 25 points from Anaya Peoples to collect its 13th straight win. Uni High (6-18) received 10 points from Dina Hashash.

Armstrong-Potomac 34, Cissna Park 30. The fourth-seeded Trojans outlasted the sixth-seeded Timberwolves (5-23) in a regional semifinal win. A-P (15-16) will try to upset defending state champion Schlarman (27-2) at 7 p.m. on Friday in the regional championship game.

Grant Park Regional

Judah Christian 59, Grant Park 21. The second-seeded Tribe (19-12) had little trouble in closing out a regional semifinal win, taking a 32-10 lead into halftime and never letting the host Dragons back into the game.

Milford 60, Tri-Point 50. Kaylee Warren scored 17 points and Emma Morts scored 16 points to lift the third-seeded Bearcats (15-11) into Thursday's regional title game against Judah Christian.

Decatur Lutheran Regional

Mt. Pulaski 56, Fisher 43. The seventh-seeded Bunnies trailed 35-23 at halftime and couldn't recover in a regional semifinal defeat. Sidney Hood scored a team-high 22 points for Fisher (5-25) and Kylee Bishop chipped in 11 points.

Arcola Regional

Tri-County 79, Martinsville 10. Top-seeded Tri-County lived up to its billing with a dominating regional semifinal game win to advance to Thursday's 7 p.m. regional title game against Arcola. Tayler Barry scored a game-high 17 points for the Titans (25-4) in their eighth straight win, while Maiya Eskew (12 points, eight steals, five assists) and Bella Dudley (14 points, five rebounds) also chipped in.

Arcola 60, Neoga 43. The fifth-seeded Purple Riders trailed 14-10 at the end of the first quarter, but picked up a regional semifinal win on their home court. Arianna Warren delivered 16 points to lead the Purple Riders (13-14), while teammates KayLee Hohlbauch (15 points) and Olivia Key (11 points) also contributed.

Nontournament

Danville 58, Crete-Monee 33. The host Vikings earned their third straight win, this time with a nonconference triumph. Erin Houpt scored a game-high 21 points for Danville (14-13), with Nau'tika Conaway (13 points) and Tharija Rose (11 points) hitting double figures.

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