Elam powers Central to nonconference win
MONTICELLO – Hope Elam had a game-high 33 points, leading Champaign Central to a 58-40 nonconference girls' basketball victory Tuesday night.
Elam made 13 free throws. The Sages' Lucy Coleman notched a double-double.
STM 63, Prairie Central 60. St. Thomas More (18-9) fell behind by as many as 15 points in the second quarter at home before recovering to win for the 10th time in its last 11 games. Kassie Jones had 16 points and seven rebounds for the Sabers, and teammate Maggie Fitzgerald had 12 points and six rebounds. Stephanie Sabol had nine rebounds and seven points. Jara Bachtold led the Hawks with 20 points in the nonconference contest.
In boys' basketball:
At Gilman. Clayton Reiser scored 20 points as St. Thomas More defeated Iroquois West 65-57 at the Sangamon Valley Conference tournament. Neil Hollingsworth had 18 points for the Raiders, who led by one at halftime but surrendered 41 points in the final 16 minutes.
In other tourney action, Isaiah Olson had 13 points and five rebounds as St. Joseph-Ogden got out to a 22-11 first-quarter lead to beat Clifton Central 58-30.
At Paxton. Quinn Steffen scored 19 points, Patrick Doggett added 16 and Andy Leppard scored 14 points to lead the Timberwolves past Paxton-Buckley-Loda 60-39 in the SVC tournament. Tyler Overstreet had a game-high 24 points, going 6 of 6 from the free throw line.
In other tournament action, Watseka got 15 points from Brandon Moyer and Jake Schroeder as the Warriors squeaked past Momence 60-57 in overtime. Watseka only made one field goal in the extra period, while going 7 of 9 from the free throw line.
Urbana University 59, Decatur Christian 38. Michael Renner had 19 points, seven steals and six rebounds as Uni won the East Central Illinois Conference game at home behind a 20-5 first quarter.
Judah Christian 76, Normal Calvary Baptist 54. John Miller had 23 points, seven rebounds and five assists and Tyler Faulkner added 14 as the Tribe moved to 15-4, 7-1 in the East Central Illinois Conference. Judah's offense found its rhythm in the second half, scoring 45 points to NCB's 26.
M-S 66, Rantoul 57. Jason Seaman had 15 points for visiting Mahomet-Seymour in Corn Belt Conference action.
Tyler Patterson and Matt Davis (10 rebounds) both scored 14 points for the Eagles.
Herscher 46, Prairie Central 41. Brett Crane scored 16 points for the Hawks, making four three-pointers.
Dee-Mack 49, Blue Ridge 42. Chris Plunk scored 17 points, but the Knights gave up 22 fourth-quarter points to Deer Creek-Mackinaw in the Heart of Illinois home loss.
Fieldcrest 71, GCMS 69. Cody Birky scored 24 points and Casey Cline had seven of his 18 points in the fourth quarter as the Falcons lost a one-point fourth-quarter lead at home in HOI action.
Fisher 60, Heyworth 56. Jared Hayden scored 16 points and Mitch Elkins added 13 to lead the host Bunnies in the HOI contest.
Unity 51, Villa Grove 35. Shane Woodcock scored 17 points and Colby Schaffer added 12 as the host Rockets pulled out the nonconference win. Drew Sappenfield scored 14 points for the Blue Devils.
In girls' gymnastics:
At Naperville. Centennial's Kathryne Zunich, Carsen Welch and Norah Cetin and Champaign Central's Lauren Fiscus qualified for sectionals after strong showings at the Naperville Neuqua Valley Regional.
Zunich placed second in the all-around and bars; Welch was third in floor; and Cetin was fifth in floor.
Fiscus earned second in balance beam and fourth in all-around.
Sectionals will be Feb. 8 at Oswego High School.
Lovington 89, Okaw Valley 49. Dan Bolsen scored 28 points, including seven three-pointers, and the host Panthers won the LOVC matchup with a 50-point second half.
Arcola 59, Tri-County 47. Adam Cook had 10 points and 11 rebounds for the host Purple Riders, who had five players score in double digits.
in LOVC action.
The Titans were led by Jake Montgomery and Patrick Miller, who both scored 11.
Sangamon Valley 75, Tuscola 69. Dane Winn scored 20 points and Clayton Meyer added 18, but the Warriors lost the LOVC road game.
Cerro Gordo 63, Shiloh 46. Drew Minton scored a game-high 21 points to lead the Broncos to a home LOVC victory.
Bement 65, Arthur 53. Dan Comerford (22 points, seven steals) and Kyle Taylor (20 points, 12 rebounds) did most of the damage as Bement rolled to an LOVC home win.
Wes Dukeman had 15 points for the Knights.
LeRoy 59, El Paso-Gridley 42. Brent Alexander had a game-high 19 points and 12 rebounds as the Panthers shot 51 percent from the field to win the Heart of Illinois game in El Paso. LeRoy pushed the game out of reach with a 19-7 fourth quarter.
Ridgeview 72, Decatur Lutheran 41. Tyler Harper scored 13 points and 12 Mustangs made the score sheet in an easy nonconference win on the road.
Schlarman 43, Bismarck-Henning 39. Jared Lazzell scored 17 points to lead Schlarman to a Vermilion Valley Conference upset of 12th-ranked Bismarck-Henning. Brandon Roberts had 13 points to lead the Blue Devils, who lost their second game of the season (22-2).
Westville 55, G-RF 34. Eli Williams and Brandon Glascott combined for 34 points as the Tigers tamed the visiting Buffaloes.
Tyler Cunningham scored 12 points for Georgetown-Ridge Farm in the VVC showdown.
Salt Fork 66, Oakwood 57. Jared Jones scored 22 points and Bryn Eakle had 16 as the Storm won the Vermilion Valley road game despite only getting four players into the scoring column.
Aaron Pratt had 15 points and 10 assists for the Comets.
Chrisman 70, Hoopeston 36. Will Redman had 19 points and Chaise Barrett added 17, making 7 of 8 free throws, and the Cardinals used a 31-17 halftime advantage to win the VVC road game.
Michael Silver and Clayton Snyder both scored nine points for Hoopeston Area.
In girls' basketball:
Champaign Central 58, Monticello 40. Hope Elam had a game-high 33 points, making 13 free throws as the Maroons rolled. Lucy Coleman notched a double-double for the host Sages.
St. Thomas More 63, Prairie Central 60. St. Thomas More (18-9) fell behind by as many as 15 points in the second quarter at home before recovering to win for the 10th time in its last 11 games. Kassie Jones had 16 points and seven rebounds for the Sabers, and teammate Maggie Fitzgerald had 12 points and six rebounds. Stephanie Sabol had nine rebounds and seven points. Jara Bachtold led the Hawks with 20 points in the nonconference contest.
DeLand-Weldon 45, Buckley Christ Lutheran 44. Hannah Day scored 19 points to lead the Eagles to the East Central Illinois Conference road win. The Eagles used a 17-10 fourth quarter to come back from a 19-9 halftime deficit. BCL was led by Nikki Kaufman's 15 points.
Iroquois West 51, St. Anne 34. Kattie Albrecht had 12 points and the visiting Raiders won by getting out to a 26-15 halftime lead.