Thursday's prep highlights: Zirkle pours in 33 for Raiders
In boys’ basketball
Iroquois West 63, Armstrong-Potomac 45. Keaton Zirkle hit four three-pointers en route to 33 points and grabbed 14 boards to lead the host Raiders, who outrebounded A-P 43-24. The Trojans, who played to a first-half tie at 26 apiece, were led by Dentler Loschen (17 points) and Wade Rogers (15).
In girls’ basketball
Watseka 47, Cissna Park 36. Devin Curry and Trisha Martin scored 10 points apiece to lead the Warriors (17-4) at home. Kaitlyn Redeker led CP with nine points.
Armstrong-Potomac 46, Milford 25. Morgan Zindars nailed five three-pointers and finished with a game-high 24 points to lead the host Trojans. Johanna Bruens chipped in 10 points for A-P, which led 24-6 at halftime. The Bearcats were led by Cornisha Allen’s nine points.
Paxton-Buckley-Loda 93, Clifton Central 33. Amanda Ypya scored 26 points to lead a Panthers attack that saw five players score in double figures. Kandace Hofer (18), Kellyn Maynard (12), Erin Lemley (12) and Kirstin Schnabel (11) also chipped in for PBL (15-4).
Shiloh 58, Heritage 26. Shelby Smith had 17 points and five steals, and Lauren Moses added 16 points and eight boards to pace the Raiders (17-5) to a road win. Betsy Bogle chipped in nine points, five steals and four assists in the win. Jennifer Lannon had seven points for the Hawks, who also got seven rebounds from Elissa Baxter.
LeRoy 69, Blue Ridge 38. Lauren Russell had 16 points and Shannon Steffen added 14 to pace a Panthers team that featured seven players with six or more points. Kelsey Walker had nine points, and Alyssa Aupperle, Karalee White, Ali Dial and Audra Dial all poured in six points apiece for LeRoy, which forced 41 turnovers. Jamison Brandt paced the visiting Knights with 20 points.
Heyworth 58, GCMS 34. Katie Massey had 15 points for the host Falcons.
Judah Christian 39, Normal Calvary 22. Kristina Lee scored 14 of her 22 points in the second half as the host Tribe expanded a 17-9 halftime lead. Leslee Chambers had six points, seven assists, six steals and three blocks.
Fisher 44, Flanagan 42. Hannah Varner had a double-double (10 points, 12 rebounds) and Caitlin Cole (17 points) was one rebound shy of matching the feat as the Bunnies rallied for a home win. Fisher trailed 34-31 entering the fourth quarter.
Oakwood 54, Salt Fork 46. Sadie Edwards hit 7 of 11 free throws in the fourth quarter for the host Comets. Edwards finished with 19 points, and Harlena Hardin scored 17. Taylor Vice (12) and Logan Sanford (11) finished in double figures for Salt Fork.
Schlarman 50, Bismarck-Henning 38. Sierra Bell had 20 points, Janelle Marion chipped in 15 and the Hilltoppers pulled away in the fourth quarter for a road win. Brooke Walsh scored 14 to lead B-H, which trailed by two entering the fourth quarter.
Hoopeston Area 45, Chrisman 38. Tori Smock scored nine points and Haley Dixon was 6 for 6 from the free throw line as the host Cornjerkers outscored the Cardinals 24-13 in the fourth quarter to rally for the win. Smock finished with a game-high 13 points and eight rebounds, Olivia Smith added 10 and Dixon finished with eight. Shelby Holzinger had 13 rebounds — including 10 on the offensive end. Sarah Ellis had 11 points to lead the Cardinals.
Unity 57, Meridian 35. Kennedy Hartman had 21 points and seven steals to lead the Rockets to a home win.
Arcola 68, Martinsville 24. Cara Edwards had 19 points, 12 rebounds and six steals on her Senior Night to lead the Purple Riders. Fellow senior Rachel Fishel chipped in 12 points, and Taylor Edwards added 16 points and seven rebounds for Arcola, which owned a 40-11 second-half advantage.
Tri-County 75, Cerro Gordo/Bement/DeLand-Weldon 49. Autumn Meyer had 25 points and Amber Meyer added 20 to lead a Titans rout. Arionna Gant had 16 points to lead the Broncos.
St. Teresa 55, Monticello 53. Elise Pontious had 15 points and 12 rebounds and Layne Buzan had 11 points and eight rebounds, but the Sages were outscored 11-7 in the fourth quarter of a home loss.
Rantoul 58, Olympia 35. Hannah Wascher poured in 31 points as the Eagles cruised to a home win.
St. Thomas More 84, Iroquois West 30. Tori McCoy (18 points, eight rebounds) and Randa Harshbarger (16 points, seven rebounds, seven steals) led the host Sabers, who broke the school record by shooting 62.5 percent from the field. STM, which improved to 19-1, also got 11 points from Lexi Wallen ahead of Saturday’s visit from Whitney Young.
Eureka 54, Mahomet-Seymour 52. Maggie Schmidt had 19 points — including 11 from the free throw line — as M-S tried to rally for a home win. The Bulldogs, who trailed 43-39 entering the fourth quarter, also got 10 points from Makenzie Joop.
Georgetown-Ridge Farm 52, Westville 51. Brittany Hay scored 29 points and Maya Green 13 as the Buffaloes held on for a road win. Danielle Gabehart had 17 points to lead the Tigers.
Clinton 64, Tuscola 53. Haley Ginger led a balanced attack with 21 points for the Maroons, who had five scorers with eight or more points. Erin Weaver had a double-double (15 points, 10 rebounds) and Susan Ponder had 17 points for the host Warriors.
Sullivan 79, Argenta-Oreana 50. Katie Massey (19), Asia Morrison (17), Brittin Boyer (17) and Emily Neuhauser (15) scored in double figures to pace the visiting Redskins, who shot 33 free throws compared with 15 for the Bombers. Kandie Bloch scored 17 points to lead A-O.
At Fairbury. Paul Garcia (132 pounds), Tyler Keneipp (170), John Kupferschmid (182) and Alex Rhoda (195) pinned their opponents to lift Prairie Central past Pontiac 43-34.
Cody Hooper’s pin at 132 helped Mahomet-Seymour knock off the Hawks 37-31. PC’s Kupferschmid and Keneipp ended the day with two wins.
At Westville. Nick Tankersley (113) and Austin Hyde (132) won by pin to lead Monticello past Bismarck-Henning 40-19. B-H got a pin from Morgan Supergan at 285.
Hyde, Will Eades (126), Seth Chitwood (138), Dylan Knisley (145) and Zach Armstrong (220) posted pins in a 59-6 win against Salt Fork/Westville/Georgetown-Ridge Farm.
Supergan also had a pin in the Blue Devils’ 42-24 victory against the Storm.
In boys’ swimming
Normal West 128, Centennial 52. Logan Starks (500 freestyle) and Jordan Young (100 breaststroke) were the lone winners for the host Chargers in a Big 12 dual loss.