Saturday's prep highlights: Hudson lifts Purple Riders
In boys’ basketball
Little Okaw Valley Tournament
Arcola 54, Atwood-Hammond 41. Nick Hudson scored half of his 20 points in the first quarter to propel the Purple Riders to a win. Andy Webb and Jordan Feagin each scored 10 points for the Rajahs.
Villa Grove 64, Cerro Gordo 58. Lucas Vandeventer scored 13 points in the fourth quarter and overtime to lift the Blue Devils. Vandeventer finished with 20 points. Andrew Nailer led a balanced Broncos attack with 11 points.
Heritage 62, Bement 60. The Hawks rallied from a 10-point deficit entering the fourth quarter to pull out a win. John Taylor scored 14 of his 23 points for Heritage in the final period. Connor Gross and Tyce Rittenhouse scored 24 and 21 points, respectively, for Bement.
Tri-County 48, Martinsville 39. Luke Clapp scored 15 points for Tri-County, which outscored Martinsville 16-4 at the foul line.
Heart of Illinois/McLean County Tournament
Ridgeview 63, GCMS 36. Brock Heimer and Cory Winterland combined for 27 points for the Mustangs in the win. Ben Eads had eight points and five rebounds for the Falcons.
Flanagan-Cornell 58, LeRoy 50. Dalton Stewart scored 17 points for the Panthers.
Blue Ridge 66, Fisher 43. Michael Plunk racked up 28 points for the Knights in a win. Kyle Williams led Fisher with 13 points.
Deer Creek-Mackinaw 46, GCMS 39. Nick Retherford and Eads scored 13 and 12 points, respectively, for the Falcons.
At Lake Zurich
Arthur Okaw Christian 45, Hammond Baptist 28. Adam Beachy scored 18 points and Isaiah Lowry added 15 as the Conquering Riders advanced to the championship game.
Quentin Road 55, Arthur Okaw Christian 43. Despite Wes Henningsen’s three three-pointers and 13 points, the Conquering Riders fell in the title game.
Urbana 55, Charleston 51. Trailing by three points entering the fourth quarter, the Tigers outscored Charleston 16-9 to pull out a road win. Donald McKinley produced a double-double (23 points, 15 rebounds) for Urbana and finished with five assists. Conner Gremer had 11 points and 13 rebounds.
PBL 43, Judah Christian 42. Drew Schrodt scored eight of his game-high 18 points in the fourth quarter to help the Panthers pull out a narrow road win. Dylan Hamilton led the Tribe with 16 points, and teammate Nick Berger contributed 14 points and nine rebounds.
Kankakee Bishop McNamara 63, Cissna Park 46. The Timberwolves were outscored 18-2 in the third quarter in a home loss. Cole Hasselbring led CP with 16 points.
St. Joseph-Ogden 68, Tuscola 42. The Spartans outscored Tuscola 27-6 in the first quarter and remained in control in a road win. Chase Patton led SJ-O with 15 points. Christian Wood scored 11 points for the Warriors.
Schlarman 47, Covington (Ind.) 32. Chris Kuchefski scored 15 points and Schlarman scored 17 points in the fourth quarter to pull away to a home win.
Prairie Central 66, Watseka 45. The Hawks won at home behind Addison Bounds’ game-high 21 points. Justin Moyer paced Watseka with 10 points.
Illinois Lutheran 65, Iroquois West 63. Austin Zirkle and Keaton Zirkle each scored 19 points in the loss.
In girls’ basketball
Sangamon Valley Tournament
St. Thomas More 66, Watseka 38. The Sabers didn’t let their No. 1 ranking (Class 2A) go to their head, pulling away for their sixth conference tournament title in nine years. LEXI WALLEN had 21 points and seven rebounds and sister ERICA WALLEN added 12 points and six rebounds as St. Thomas More (23-2) rolled in coach CHRIS MENNIG’s 200th game. TORI McCOY added 10 points for the Sabers, who took control with a 15-6 second-quarter run. DEVIN CURRY had 13 points — all in the second half — for Watseka.
SJ-O 53, PBL 37. Fourth-seeded St. Joseph-Ogden rebounded from its semifinal loss to the Sabers in the third-place game.
Iroquois West 34, Cissna Park 30. The Raiders took a two-point lead into the fourth quarter and held on to win the fifth-place game. Morgan Small led IW with 10 points. Alexis Knake and Addison Stoller scored seven points apiece for CP.
Little Okaw Valley Tournament
Shiloh 49, Tri-County 42. The Raiders scored 21 points in the second quarter to build a 12-point halftime lead and then held off a Tri-County rally to win the championship game. Shelby Smith hit 12 of 14 free throws and scored 18 points for Shiloh. Teammate Lauren Moses added 16 points. Autumn Meyer led the Titans with 19 points, while Amber Meyer contributed 16.
Villa Grove 51, Arcola 32. Lizzy Smith scored 18 points and Courtney Helm added 17, leading the Blue Devils to a win in the third-place game. Arcola’s Samantha Reece scored all of her team-high 13 points in the second half.
Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond 46, Cerro Gordo 30. Ashley Tabb had 16 points, four assists and seven steals to lead the Lancers to victory in the consolation championship game. Stephanie Shook paced the Broncos with 10 points.
Okaw Valley Tournament
Maroa-Forsyth 58, Unity 52. KENNEDY HARTMAN had 16 points and REBECCA MAXWELL had 15 for the Rockets.
Central A&M 59, Monticello 36. Layne Buzan and Elise Pontious combined for 21 points for the Sages.
Sullivan 71, Tuscola 68. Asia Morrison poured in 37 points to help the Redskins fend off Tuscola. Erin Weaver scored 30 points for the Warriors.
Clinton 68, Decatur St. Teresa 58. Haley Ginger’s 13 points led the Maroons’ balanced attack in a 10-point win.
Heart of Illinois/McLean County Tournament
LeRoy 77, GCMS 37. Shannon Steffen and Lauren Russell scored 16 points apiece for the Panthers, who built a 28-2 first-period lead en route to the win. Kayla O’neal led the Falcons with 10 points.
Tri-Valley 82, Blue Ridge 37. Gabby Pearl scored 14 points for the Knights.
Ridgeview 46, Fisher 38. Dani Washington and Paige Jones combined for 29 points to lead the Mustangs to victory. Hannah Varner of the Bunnies scored a game-high 22 points.
Eisenhower 42, Urbana 34. The host Tigers were outscored 29-13 in the second half. Kiara Moses and Jessica Mack scored nine points apiece for Urbana.
Danville 39, Normal Community 17. The Vikings outscored Normal Community 31-9 in the first three quarters in rolling to a road victory. Alexus Jimson-Miller scored 15 points for Danville.
Champaign Central 73, Rockford Auburn 57. Senior Laura Litchfield recorded her first career triple-double (27 points, 12 rebounds, 11 steals) to lead the Maroons to a win at the MLK Dream Classic at Chicago. Litchfield also had eight assists. Meme Evans contributed 19 points and seven rebounds to the victory.
At Argenta. Austin Upton (170 and 182 pounds) won all three of his matches — two by pin — for St. Joseph-Ogden, which went 1-2 in dual meets. Jeff Leach (120) and Paul Garcia (132) each had two pins and won three matches for Prairie Central, which went 2-1 in duals.
At Mahomet. Kolton Taylor (113 and 120), Tyler Moxley (126), Kyle Heller (145) and Thomas Bane (170) each won four matches as Mahomet-Seymour went 2-2 in dual meets.
At Vandalia. John Shobe (126), Kye Reczek (160) and Scott Oakman each won two contested matches for Clinton, which went 0-3 in dual meets.
At LeRoy. The Panthers advanced five wrestlers to the finals and won three weight divisions to capture the title of the 16-team Randy Bowman Invitational. Tate Ruffner (113), Tyler Walsh (120) and Caleb Wilson (160) finished first for LeRoy. Third-place Monticello produced two champions: Dylan Knisley (145) and Brendan Menacher (182). Morgan Supergan of Bismarck-Henning earned the title at 285.
In boys’ swimming
At St. Charles. Champaign Central’s Evan Miller placed third in the 100-yard breaststroke and sixth in the 200 individual medley at the St. Charles North Invitational. The Maroons finished last in the eight-team field.