Hilltoppers breeze to final

Hilltoppers breeze to final

DECATUR — Through one quarter of Monday's Class 1A St. Teresa Sectional semifinal versus the host school, Schlarman girls' basketball faced a 13-all tie.

The Hilltoppers quickly took steps to ensure the game wasn't that close the rest of the night.

Coach Keith Peoples' program held the Bulldogs scoreless in the second quarter, giving Schlarman a big push toward a 62-32 victory and landing the Hilltoppers a spot in the sectional final.

Anaya Peoples drained 30 points for Schlarman (29-2), hitting 8 of 9 free throws on the evening. She was backed by Capria Brown's 16 points and Janiah Newell's 10.

The defending 1A state champions now will take on Ridgeview in Thursday's 7 p.m. title bout.

Mustangs survive. Mya Tinsley posted six of her 11 points in the fourth quarter to help Ridgeview outlast Milford 41-39 in the other Class 1A St. Teresa Sectional.

Kelly Jones added nine points for the Mustangs (24-7). The Bearcats (16-12) earned 13 points from Brooke Sobkoviak, 11 from Kaylee Warren and 10 from Emma Morts.

Titans roll forward. Tri-County pulled out to a 37-17 halftime lead and never looked back in a 68-45 victory over Effingham St. Anthony in the Class 1A Central A&M Sectional semifinals.

Harley Barry recorded a double-double for the Titans (27-4), posting 15 points and 10 rebounds to go with six assists and six steals. Supporting her were Tayler Barry with 20 points and Kiersten Price-Wilson with 12 points.

Tri-County will take on Altamont (29-3) in Thursday's 7 p.m. sectional final at Moweaqua.

Redskins stall foe. Sullivan overcame a 23-18 halftime disadvantage in a Class 2A Tuscola Sectional semifinal, eventually running away with a 65-43 win versus Edwards County.

Avery Still hit 19 points for the Redskins (26-3), who shot 16 of 23 from the free-throw line and added 17 points from Lilly Null and 14 from Esther Miller.

Sullivan will face Teutopolis (30-4) in the sectional final at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Bulldogs trump Maroons. A balanced offense and strong rebounding led ninth-seeded Mahomet-Seymour past eighth-seeded Clinton 54-31 in a Class 3A Clinton Regional quarterfinal.

Maddy Wade's 14 points and Kailyn Northrup's 13 points paced the Bulldogs (14-15), who had nine players tally at least a point apiece. Keida Nichols hauled in 13 of M-S' 32 boards as well. The Bulldogs return to play at 6 p.m. today against No. 1 Charleston (28-0) in the semifinal round.

The Maroons (16-13) landed 12 points from Maddie Stevens in defeat.

Maroons soar. Chanice Willis piled up 22 points for fifth-seeded Champaign Central in a 78-40 rout of 11th-seeded Rantoul in the Class 3A Clinton Regional quarterfinals.

Morgan Browning and Jayden Wilson dished out 18 and 13 points, respectively, for the Maroons (17-12), who match up with No. 4 Urbana (18-11) in today's 7:30 p.m. semifinal.

The Eagles (7-19) garnered 18 points from Mye'joi Williams in the loss.

Hawks cruise. Seventh-seeded Prairie Central limited ninth-seeded Streator to two first-quarter points en route to a 54-26 triumph in the Class 3A Pontiac Regional quarterfinals.

Elly Haberkorn's 19 points and Hannah Austman's 11 points keyed the Hawks (15-14), who draw No. 2 Washington (23-6) in a semifinal at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Chargers ousted. Eleventh-seeded Centennial ended its season with a 1-27 record after a 53-33 setback to eighth-seeded Chatham-Glenwood in the Class 4A Quincy Regional quarterfinals.

Vikings squeak by. Erin Houpt produced her 1,000th career point among a game-high 23 as seventh-seeded Danville outlasted eighth-seeded Bloomington 59-54 in the Class 4A Bloomington Regional quarterfinals.

Makayla Gray (11 points) and Nau'tika Conaway (10) also hit double figures for the Vikings (16-14), who take on No. 2 Normal Community in today's 6 p.m. semifinal.

In boys' basketball

Bunnies slip up. Fisher fell behind 24-11 after eight minutes and couldn't recover in a 64-53 Heart of Illinois Conference loss to visiting Flanagan-Cornell. Will Delaney potted 18 points for the Bunnies (11-16), who received another 14 points from Carson Brozenec.

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