In boys' basketball
McCluer North (Mo.) 74, Champaign Central 51. CORVON BUTLER had 14 points and 15 rebounds for the Maroons in a loss at the Highland Shootout.
CPCI 55, Schlarman 19. The visiting Timberwolves got points from 10 different players, but none more than STERLING YOUNG, who had 13. RICK TRASK added eight for CPCI. The Hilltoppers got six points from ANDREW KELLEY.
In girls' basketball
RANTOUL — When two schools separated by 10 miles play, fans want to see a good basketball game.
They got one Saturday night in Rantoul. Paxton-Buckley-Loda held off a final surge by the Eagles to prevail 50-48. PBL junior guard Amanda Ypya hit a pull-up 15-foot jump shot with 40 seconds left in what turned out to be the eventual game-winning basket.
Ypya finished with 12 points, and her three-pointer late in the third quarter boosted PBL's lead to 38-30 to start the fourth quarter.
"That's huge not only for us as a team tonight, but she's struggled confidence-wise really here the past month," PBL coach Travis Duley said of Ypya. "To come up with that big jumper there is just enormous for her confidence going forward the rest of the season."
PBL (11-5) had a chance to close the game out without any last-second dramatics, but a key steal by Rantoul freshman guard Jasmine Riggs (six points, four assists, three steals) prevented the Panthers that opportunity. Riggs, however, turned the ball over with 12 seconds left and the Eagles still down two.
Rantoul fouled PBL senior guard Cheyenne Weber with 6.3 seconds remaining, but the senior guard — who had hit four timely three-pointers in the game and ended up with a team-high 16 points — missed her one-and-one foul shot. Rantoul brought the ball past halfcourt and Eagles coach Jeff McKaufsky called timeout with 2.2 seconds left to draw up a play. Rantoul (3-15) brought junior forward Hannah Wascher off a screen near the three-point line, but Ypya came up with a steal.
"After that screen, we were looking for Hannah Cargo to pop out in the corner, but they played tough defense on both Hannahs," McKaufksy said. "They didn't allow either one open."
Time ran out on the scoreboard, but the officials ruled Ypya had traveled with the ball and put one second back on the clock. It didn't matter, however, as Rantoul turned the ball over with 0.4 second left, and PBL successfully inbounded the ball to eke out the win.
Wascher enjoyed a big night offensively for the Eagles with 24 points and 12 rebounds.
St. Joseph-Ogden 48, Tuscola 30. JOSEY FRUHLING led all scorers with 21 points and grabbed nine rebounds to power the host Spartans. HANNAH GAYLORD had 11 points and five rebounds. Tuscola was led by SAMMI KOHLBECKER's 12 points.
Bloomington Central Catholic 61, St. Thomas More 55. LEXI WALLEN scored 20 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. ERICA WALLEN had nine points and five boards for the host Sabers.
Centennial 54, Danville 31. CHANTAL MEACHAM and STACIA SIMMONS each scored 11 points to lead the visiting Chargers. JASMINE KYLER chipped in with 10. Danville was led by J'LYNN AYERS' 14 points.
Iroquois West 33, Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley 30. JEN COX scored 10 points and grabbed seven rebounds and HALEY PENCE scored eight to lead visiting Iroquois West. GCMS got 10 points from ANGEL GAESSER.
Urbana University 34, Fisher 27. The visiting Illineks were led by JAMIE BLUE (15 points, 12 rebounds) and EMMA HOYER (seven points, 10 rebounds). JAKI VIPOND contributed eight points. Fisher got seven points apiece from CHANEY MILLER and CAITLIN COLE.
Springfield Southeast 59, Champaign Central 57. The visiting Maroons fell despite getting 33 points and 10 steals from JAKEENYA EVANS. JOHYNN-A EVANS scored 11 points for the Maroons.
Clinton 62, Lexington 57. JESSICA SCOTT scored 13 of her 19 points in the fourth quarter to propel the visiting Maroons. HALEY TOOHILL (12 points) and MADI BEVINS (11) also contributed.
CPCI 37, Judah Christian 32. ALEXIS KNAKE (four steals) led all scorers with 14 points to lead the host Timberwolves. CPCI also got six points and nine rebounds from MADISON OVERBEY. MADDIE JOHNSON had 13 for the Tribe, and LESLEE CHAMBERS added 12.
Neoga 42, Sullivan 35. PAIGE NEUHAUSER and ASIA MORRISON each scored eight points for the host Redskins.
At Mahomet. TYLER MOXLEY and KOLTON TAYLOR picked up three wins apiece for Mahomet-Seymour, which lost matches to Sandwich and Springfield and beat Troy Triad.
DEREK GRANT, TYLER MIDDLETON, AUSTIN ARMETTA, PARKER OVERMEYER and JORDAN GEESE all won twice for the Bulldogs.