Tuesday's highlights: Wolf lifts Heritage boys in OT
In boys’ basketball
■ Cissna Park 48, Momence 45. Cole Hasselbring had 14 points as the Timberwolves pulled away in the second half, outscoring Momence 28-23.
■ Clifton Central 40, Watseka 32. Jake Lyznicki and Alex Gocken (three threes) scored nine apiece, but the Warriors were outscored 19-8 in the second half.
■ Heritage 56, Fisher 53. Jordan Wolf sank two free throws with 29 seconds left in overtime to break a 53-53 tie, and the Hawks held on for a home win against the Bunnies.
Wolf, a sophomore guard who finished with 10 points, didn’t figure to fill the role of hero. But when senior Brandon Richardson (team-high 17 points) went down with an ankle injury after a foul, Hawks coach Andy Place summoned Wolf off the bench for the Hawks (12-11).
“I was really nervous,” Wolf said. “I haven’t had many free throws this year, but I was just thinking, ‘Knock these down to take the lead and take deep breaths.’ When he got injured, I was thinking, ‘Am I going to come in and shoot these free throws?’ All I was thinking was making the free throws and get back on defense.”
Grant Pointer led Fisher with a game-high 18 points, and his running floater in the lane with 17 seconds in regulation forced overtime.
■ Bismarck-Henning 46, Georgetown-Ridge Farm 33. Austin Reinken and Austin Toler combined to go 9 of 10 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter to preserve the Blue Devils’ road win. Reinken finished with 15 points and Toler had 12 for B-H, which rallied from a 20-14 halftime deficit.
■ Westville 63, Armstrong-Potomac 27. Tanner Cox had eight of his 18 points in the fourth quarter, and Layn White chipped in 15 to pace the host Tigers. Wade Rogers had 10 to lead A-P, which was outscored 39-17 in the second half.
■ Salt Fork 68, Schlarman 60. Austin Callahan (24 points) and Andrew Kelley (21) combined for 19 fourth-quarter points, but the host Storm hit 12 of 16 free throws to hold off the Hilltoppers. Salt Fork was led by Ross Learnard’s 22 points.
■ Hoopeston Area 60, Oakwood 57. Brennan Crose scored seven of the Cornjerkers’ 12 points in overtime to complete a rally on the road. Crose and Daniel Lawson each scored 19 points in the win. Parker Lee had 27 points and Kyle Elliott added 20 for the Comets.
■ Arthur-Lovington 63, Arcola 34. Jeremy Plank (12), Tyler Schuring (10) and Nick Martina (10) paced a balanced Knights attack, which had seven players score at least five points.
■ St. Joseph-Ogden 71, Iroquois West 38. Chase Patton had 15 points for the host Spartans, who held the Raiders to two first-quarter points. Brent Schluter had 14 points, Nate Michael chipped in 12 and Dalton Walsh added 11 for SJ-O. Keaton Zirkle led IW with 12 points.
■ Blue Ridge 51, Deer Creek-Mackinaw 46. Michael Plunk hit two threes and finished with 13 points, and Clint O’Neal (11) and Mark Plunk (10) also hit double figures for the host Knights, who led by three at halftime despite being outscored 11-4 in the first quarter.
■ LeRoy 82, Urbana Uni 59. Dalton Stewart nailed nine three-pointers en route to 35 points to pace the Panthers, who outscored the Illineks 31-8 in the second quarter. Cole Pliura (15) and Nick Aupperle (14 points, seven assists, five steals) also hit double figures for LeRoy. Taharka Baraka had 19 points and 11 rebounds and George Voulgaris added 18 points for Uni.
■ Fieldcrest 80, GCMS 34. Ben Eads had nine points, but the host Falcons were outscored in each quarter and trailed 38-9 at halftime.
■ Ridgeview 56, Decatur Lutheran 47. Josh Weier’s double-double — 17 points, 10 rebounds — powered the host Mustangs, who forced 20 turnovers. Matt Barnes had 10 points, and Trevor McIntosh hit two three-pointers and dished out six assists for Ridgeview (17-6).
■ Arthur Okaw Christian 68, Normal Calvary 49. Seniors Wes Henningsen had 17 points and Adam Beachy 13 to help the Conquering Riders win in their final home game.
■ Tri-County 68, Villa Grove 54. Luke Clapp scored 21 points, and Tyler Wright (14), Wes Motley (12 points, eight rebounds) and Wyatt Flesner (11 points, nine rebounds) also chipped in for the Titans, whose 26-11 third-quarter spurt was the difference. Noah Palmer (29 points) and Gabe Palmer (19) paced the Blue Devils.
■ DeLand-Weldon 63, First Baptist 57. Dee Woods’ 33 points paced D-W’s win in Danville. Ethan Cunningham scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half. Jonathan Garver (26 points) hit five threes for DFB, which couldn’t overcome a 27-20 halftime deficit.
In girls’ basketball
■ Centennial 62, Bloomington 27. Chelsea Cross had 13 points and Stacia Simmons added 12 to pace the Chargers (24-3), who improved to 12-0 in the Big 12. Eleven Chargers scored in the home win.
■ Danville 65, MacArthur 40. Lynette Buggs scored 11 of her team-high 15 points in the third quarter, and Alexis Hoskins had 12 of her 13 points in the fourth for the host Vikings, who outscored the Generals 46-20 in the second half. Alexus Jimson-Miller added 12 points in the win.
■ Normal West 68, Central 45. Averi Simpson had a career-high 12 points and Laura Litchfield added 10 points, but the visiting Maroons trailed 45-23 at halftime and saw their three-game win streak snapped.
■ Georgetown-Ridge Farm 55, Hoopeston Area 52. Brittany Hay had 27 points — including eight in the fourth quarter — as the Buffaloes held on for a road win. Callan Hall had eight points and cleared 12 rebounds for G-RF. Olivia Smith had 14 points to pace the Cornjerkers, who had eight players score.
■ Fieldcrest 57, GCMS 39. Taylor Boma (12 points) and Annie Schultz (six) each hit a pair of threes, but the visiting Falcons fell behind 23-10 in the first quarter and couldn’t recover.
■ Watseka 90, Donovan 22. Mariah Carroll (15 points) was one of four Warriors to score in double figures in a road win. Devin Curry (12), Katie McTaggart (11) and Hayley Gray (10) also chipped in for Watseka, which had eight players score at least six points.
■ Iroquois West 56, Wilmington 17. Elena Sanchez had 13 points and Taylor Cultra added 12, and the Raiders held the hosts to six first-half points. Andrea Fuoss had eight points and 12 rebounds.
■ At Fairbury. Five Prairie Central wrestlers notched pins to power a 52-6 victory against Putnam County. Grant Ricketts at 220 pounds had the quickest fall, in 1 minute, 24 seconds. Nick Kauffman (132), Evan Bahler (145), John Kupferschmid (182) and Alex Rhoda (195) also won via pin for the Hawks.