Friday's prep highlights: Chargers drop first Big 12 game
In boys’ basketball
■ Normal Community 59, Centennial 43. The visiting Chargers were outscored 45-29 over the final three quarters and absorbed their first Big 12 Conference loss of the season. Nine Centennial players scored, but none reached double figures. Phillip Wright led the Chargers with eight points.
■ Normal West 58, Urbana 42. Deandre Carter-Sanders scored 13 points and Donald McKinley added 12 for the host Tigers.
■ Danville 51, Eisenhower 47. The Vikings halted a 10-game losing streak by prevailing at Decatur. Danville improved to 2-7 in the Big 12 with its second victory of the season against a Panthers team that remained winless in the conference.
■ Monticello 48, Sullivan 45. The host Sages made 9 of 14 foul shots after intermission, including three in the deciding overtime.
“We’ve got the target on our back. Everybody’s going to bring their A-game, everybody’s going to be fired up to play us,” Monticello coach Kevin Roy said. “We just came out and didn’t have much emotion, didn’t have much fire. We have to come out at a high level and play to our ability.”
Nick Stokowski led the Sages (15-2, 5-1 OVC) with 12 points and nine rebounds. Bryan Phipps added 10 points, Ryan Donohue nine, Matt Kruse eight and Isaac Bales seven.
Sullivan’s Andy Brown had 17 points.
Sullivan (6-10, 2-4 OVC) nailed 6 of 7 three-pointers in the third and fourth quarters, and it hit two more in the four-minute overtime.
“I wasn’t real pleased with our defensive effort as a whole,” Roy said. “I thought we did a nice job the second quarter, but that’s about it this game.”
■ Heyworth 61, Fisher 40. Thirty turnovers. No made three-pointers. No players in double figures. The host Bunnies had a rough game against their Heart of Illinois Conference opponent.
“I think Heyworth just came out, popped us in the mouth, and we hit the canvas,” Fisher coach Ron Ragle said. “I talked to them about the person they’ve got to please is the one they look in the mirror. I told them after this game I wanted them to look in the mirror and see if they did their part for 32 minutes.”
Tate Estes led Fisher (3-16, 2-8 HOIC) with eight points and six rebounds as the Bunnies went 0 of 15 from three-point range.
“Fisher was outplayed, outcoached (and) outhustled the entire night,” Ragle said. “I give Heyworth all the credit. Their kids play hard. We knew what was coming. We just didn’t do anything that we practiced.”
■ St. Thomas More 57, Clifton Central 46. Joshua Koerner and Mike Plecki each scored 18 points for the Sabers in a road win. With the victory, STM clinched the No. 3 seed in the Sangamon Valley Conference tournament.
■ Mahomet-Seymour 54, Pontiac 39. The Bulldogs hit 9 of 11 shots in the fourth quarter, scoring 21 points to secure a road win. Connor Diedrich shot 10 of 14 and scored 23 points for M-S.
■ St. Joseph-Ogden 53, Cissna Park 48. Louis Acklin scored 13 points to lead a balanced attack that carried the Spartans to a road victory. Beau Anderson paced the Timberwolves with 13 points.
■ Tri-County 59, Martinsville 55. Trailing by four points entering the fourth quarter, the Titans rallied to pull out a road victory behind Luke Clapp’s 22 points. Wyatt Flesner and Wes Motley each contributed 13 points to the win.
■ Cornerstone Christian Academy 52, DeLand-Weldon 36. Johnny Becker had 10 points and six assists for the Eagles in a home loss. Ethan Cunningham scored 12 points for D-W, and teammate Dylan Johnson finished with eight points and eight rebounds.
■ GCMS 38, Deer Creek-Mackinaw 28. The Falcons outscored DC-M 13-2 in the fourth quarter to pull away to a home victory. Nick Retherford led GCMS with 19 points.
■ Shelbyville 49, Argenta-Oreana 42. The Bombers built a 22-13 halftime lead but couldn’t hold on in a road defeat. Gage Eller scored 17 points for A-O.
■ Unity 62, Warrensburg-Latham 46. Matt Restad sank six three-pointers and scored 26 points for the Rockets in a home victory.
■ El Paso-Gridley 66, LeRoy 39. In a game with 17 three-point field goals, the Panthers fell on the road. Cole Pliura scored 13 points for LeRoy, which recorded nine of its 12 field goals from three-point range.
■ Judah Christian 58, Urbana Uni High 26. The Tribe jumped to an 11-2 first-quarter lead and stayed in control en route to a road win. Nick Berger led Judah
with 15 points. Taharka Baraka had 10 points and nine rebounds for the Illineks.
■ Watseka 64, Momence 51. The Warriors outscored Momence 17-6 in the fourth quarter to pull away to a home win. Alex Gocken and Austin Blair combined for 33 points for Watseka.
■ Rantoul 72, Bloomington Central Catholic 62. Johnny Jones racked up 25 points and the Eagles outscored BCC 21-9 in the fourth quarter to prevail on the road. Talon Hardin added 16 points for Rantoul. “Our defense really stepped up,” Eagles coach Brett Frerichs said. “Johnny was the leader tonight, controlling both ends of the floor.”
■ Central A&M 65, Tuscola 60. The Warriors scored 24 points in the fourth quarter but their rally fell short in a home loss. Freshman Nick Bates led Tuscola with 21 points.
■ PBL 70, Iroquois West 52. Tyler Rubarts scored 22 points to lead the Panthers to a victory at Onarga. Keaton Zirkle led IW with 24 points.
■ Heritage 52, Atwood-Hammond 47. The Hawks outscored A-H 14-9 in the fourth quarter to rally to a road win. John Taylor and Brandon Richardson combined for 29 points for Heritage. Jordan Feagin led the Rajahs with 21 points.
■ Cerro Gordo 83, Okaw Valley 66. The Broncos sank nine three-pointers, including four by Cole Blickensderfer, in a home victory. Blickensderfer and teammate Nathan Lovekamp finished with 22 and 21 points, respectively.
■ Normal U-High 56, Prairie Central 42. Kyler Hoffman and Addison Bounds each scored 12 points for the Hawks in a road loss. Bounds scored his 1,000th career point.
■ Fieldcrest 55, Ridgeview 40. Cory Winterland sank five three-pointers and scored 17 points for the Mustangs in a home loss.
■ At Mahomet. Tyler Moxley earned the 100th victory of his varsity career, helping Mahomet-Seymour roll to a 54-14 victory against Herrin on Senior Night. Moxley (126 pounds) scored a pin in 3 minutes, 3 seconds.