Thursday's prep highlights: Villa Grove's Helm reaches career milestone
In girls’ basketball
Heritage 52, Cerro Gordo 51. DALLAS McCORMICK had 18 points and five steals as the Hawks rallied from nine points down in the fourth quarter. DESIRAE WESTERFIELD added 10 points, including a clutch three-pointer in the rally. Freshman ALEAH NICKELSON had five points, including the go-ahead basket late. STEPHANIE SHOOK had 23 points in the loss.
Villa Grove 45, Tri-County 42. COURTNEY HELM (eight points) reached 1,000 career points as the Blue Devils won on Senior Night. Senior LIZZY SMITH had 28 points as Villa Grove (5-0) stayed perfect in the Little Okaw Valley Conference. AUTUMN MEYER had 23 points in the defeat.
St. Thomas More 86, Clifton Central 30. RANDA HARSHBARGER’s second career triple-double (21 points, 10 steals, 10 assists) helped the visiting Sabers wrap up their sixth Sangamon Valley Conference title in nine years. ERICA WALLEN had 17 points and seven rebounds for the top-ranked Sabers. JADE BRINKOETTER scored 13 and COURTNEY WAX 11 for STM.
SJ-O 41, Iroquois West 27. ASHLEY LANDIS and BAILEY TRIMBLE each scored 13 points for host St. Joseph-Ogden, which pulled away in the second half. ASHLEY BEALS had eight points and 11 rebounds for the Spartans. ELENA SANCHEZ had 10 points for the Raiders.
Centennial 57, Eisenhower 26. STACIA SIMMONS scored 12 points and the visiting Chargers used a 36-4 run bridging the second and third quarters to stay perfect in Big 12 play. CHANTAL MEACHAM buried three three-pointers and CHELSEA CROSS had 10 points for Centennial.
Central 47, Normal Community 33. LAURA LITCHFIELD scored 19 points on 8-of-13 shooting and DANYAE SCHOFFNER added 11 points and six rebounds for the visiting Maroons (13-9, 6-5 Big 12).
Bloomington 34, Urbana 31. JESSICA MACK had 11 points and KARIDIA SHELBY added 10 for the host Tigers.
Normal West 44, Danville 27. The host Vikings, who were led by ALEXUS JIMSON-MILLER’s 10 points, trailed 22-9 at the break.
BCC 62, Mahomet-Seymour 45. MAGGIE SCHMIDT’s 17 points weren’t enough for the Bulldogs in Corn Belt action at Bloomington Central Catholic.
Prairie Central 55, Rantoul 44. KIANA COOMBER had 15 points, CASSIE SOMERS 14 and GABBY WEBER 13 as the visiting Hawks rallied in the fourth quarter in Corn Belt play. HANNAH WASCHER led Rantoul with 26 points.
G-RF 38, A-P 19. BRITTANY HAY’s 16 points and CALLAN HALL’s seven steals led host Georgetown-Ridge Farm.
Watseka 55, PBL 29. DEVIN CURRY was too much, totaling 26 points, 13 rebounds and six assists for the host Warriors. AMANDA YPYA had 13 points for Paxton-Buckley-Loda.
Milford 28, B-H 22. On Senior Night, senior SAMANTHA WILKEN had eight points, seven rebounds and four steals for the Bearcats. KYLIE THRUSH had 10 rebounds and senior GOLENE THRUSH sparked the defensive effort in the win. LINDSAY ANDREWS led Bismarck-Henning with 12 points.
Salt Fork 37, Chrisman 35. TAYLOR VICE led a balanced scoring attack with seven points as the Storm rallied in the fourth quarter. ABBY BUSH had 12 points and nine rebounds for the Cardinals.
Westville 33, Oakwood 30. ASHLEY HUFFMAN had 10 points and the Tigers used a 14-5 second-quarter run to pull away. MaKAYLA GAYLER led the host Comets with 12 points.
Judah Christian 40, AOC 26. LESLEE CHAMBERS (19 points, four blocks) and KRISTINA LEE (15 points, 10 rebounds, five steals) led the visiting Tribe. ELIZABETH URBECK had 13 rebounds and seven points for Arthur Okaw Christian.
A-L/A-H 53, Martinsville 33. EMILY SEEGMILLER (14 points), ASHLEY TABB (13) and ALEX MILLER (10) led a balanced scoring attack for Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond (12-8).
HOIC/McLean County tournament
El Paso-Gridley 56, LeRoy 39. LAUREN RUSSELL had nine points for the Panthers at Illinois Wesleyan.
Okaw Valley Tournament
Central A&M 56, Clinton 39. In the title game, HALEY GINGER had 14 points and MEGAN TOOL 10 for the Maroons.
Sullivan 56, Maroa-Forsyth 53. EMILY NEUHAUSER had 16 points, ELISSA STEWART 13 and BRITTIN BOYER 11 for the Redskins in the third-place game.
Meridian 40, A-O 36. KANDIE BLOCH had 18 points for Argenta-Oreana.
In boys’ basketball
Judah Christian 61, DeLand-Weldon 34. DYLAN HAMILTON scored 17 points and AUBREY DAVIS added 11, and the Tribe raced to a 15-4 lead. DEE WOODS had 19 points in the loss.
First Baptist 51, Danville Calvary 47. JONNY GARVER had 22 points in the win.
LeRoy 36, Pontiac 32. ALEX MATLOCK (106 pounds), BRANDON BODINE (170) and LANE LINDSTROM (182) won by fall for the host Panthers (10-1).
At Hoopeston Area. JACOB VARNS (195) and JUSTIN KINDLE (285) had pins as the Cornjerkers beat Danville 35-32 in a three-team meet.
M-S 55, Mount Zion 21. KOLTON TAYLOR (113), THOMAS BANE (170), BILLY ROUNTREE (182) and PARKER OVERMYER (220) won by pin as the Bulldogs finished the regular season 22-8.