Saturday's highlights: Simmons, Centennial nab Big 12 win
In boys’ basketball
St. Thomas More 47, Unity 31. JOSHUA KOERNER had 18 points and MIKE PLECKI added 11 as the host Sabers held the Rockets to 10 first-half points. ZACK THORSON led Unity with 10 points.
Uni High 57, Fisher 55. George Voulgaris had 18 points and 10 rebounds and PATRICK WONG added 14 points for the host Illineks (4-3). The Bunnies got 30 points from GRANT POINTER and 21 from KYLE WILLIAMS.
Clifton Central 65, Hoopeston Area 47. MASON LAYDEN had 17 points for the visiting Cornjerkers.
Tri-County 49, Cumberland 45. WES MOTLEY’s 23 points and 10 rebounds helped rally the host Titans, who got 11 points and seven rebounds from WYATT FLESNER.
LeRoy 55, Clinton 38. Nick Aupperle had 25 points and Dalton Stewart added 16 for the host Panthers (5-4). COLTEN REEVES had 13 points in the loss.
In girls’ basketball
Centennial 67, Urbana 30. Stacia Simmons scored a game-high 15 points for the visiting Chargers in Big 12 action. The Tigers were led by Karidia Shelby, who scored 14 points.
Champaign Central 61, MacArthur 40. Laura Litchfield had 18 points, six assists and six rebounds for the visiting Maroons, who got a career-high 16 points from freshman Airiana Smith.
Tuscola 44, Shiloh 35. AMBER MILLER had 18 points and four steals and ERIN WEAVER added 13 points, seven rebounds and six steals for the host Warriors.
A-O 54, A-L/A-H 51. Kandie Bloch poured in a game-high 35 points for host Argenta-Oreana. Ashley Tabb (16 points, 11 rebounds) had a double-double for Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond.
Monticello 43, Villa Grove 33. Elise Pontious scored a team-high 12 points for the visiting Sages. The Blue Devils were led by Lizzy Smith (15 points).
Marshall 49, Arcola 32. Taylor Edwards had 12 points and two steals for the host Purple Riders, who got five rebounds from Samantha Reece.
Unity 57, Heritage 39. Megan Bingaman and Hannah Stone led the host Rockets with 11 points and 10 points, respectively. Cedar Richardson and Dallas McCormick each had eight points for the Hawks.
At Iroquois West tourney. Taylor Cultra’s 23 points led the Raiders to a 67-20 win against Gardner-South Wilmington. In IW’s 43-23 win against Herscher, Andrea Fuoss scored a team-high 10 points.
Cissna Park 37, Fisher 28. Addison Stoller led the host Timberwolves with 14 points and three steals. Hannah Varner paced the Bunnies with 10 points.
Clinton 66, Blue Ridge 42. Jessica Scott scored 16 points for the visiting Maroons. The Knights got 15 points from Jamison Brandt.
St. Joseph-Ogden 44, Salt Fork 11. TORI MASTER had 11 points and three steals as the host Spartans held the Storm to three first-half points. The Spartans’ defense was keyed by 14 steals. BAILEY TRIMBLE, ASHLEY LANDIS and ASHLEY BEALS each added eight points.
At Pontiac. Second-place Mahomet-Seymour received titles from Kolton Taylor (113 pounds) and Cody Hooper (132) at the Pontiac Invitational. Joliet Central Catholic won the team title by 10 points. Brandon Dalton (120) and Tyler Moxley (126) were second.
At Springfield. Centennial’s Arnie Lack, Terrace Davis and Austen Schott went undefeated at the Springfield Southeast Super Dual Invite. Indy Whalen (152) and Toby Rivera (195) were among the Maroons who earned pins in their victory against Macomb. Kenton Walker (126) had a pin in Central’s win against Normal University High.
At Decatur. Urbana’s Jesus Ibarra (152) won by decision against Eisenhower and by pin against MacArthur. The Tigers swept the quadrangular, also defeating Rantoul.
At Monticello. St. Joseph-Ogden’s Wesley Kibler (195) won by decision against Mercer County and by pin against Orion. The Sages received pins from Austin Hyde (126), Andrew Koss (138), Brendan Menacher (182), Dylan Benson (220) and Ryan Burns (285) in their 41-26 victory against SJ-O, which got pins from Gage Haga (132), Tanner Modglin (145) and Austin Upton (170).
At Clifton. Bismarck-Henning’s Jarod Noel won by pinfall and technical fall, respectively, in matches against Manteno and Clifton Central. B-H’s Tyler Pasley (145) won by pin against Manteno and by decision against Rich East.
At Petersburg. BEN TRAUB won at 138 as Prairie Central placed second. NATE JOZSA (132), ROB LANE (145) and TYLER ORTMANN (285) won for third-place Argenta-Oreana.
At Plano. Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley/Fisher’s JOSH WALLICK won at 285 and teammates Cameron Schwing (113), Chet McClure (138) and Jake Shubert (182) finished second.