Monday's highlights: Bloch, A-O pull away late to advance
In girls’ basketball
Class 2A Regionals
■ Argenta-Oreana 49, Cerro Gordo 48. Kandie Bloch scored 34 points, including 13 at the foul line, to lift the fourth-seeded Bombers past fifth-seeded Cerro Gordo. A-O trailed by three at halftime and took a 33-32 lead into the fourth quarter. The Bombers then pulled ahead by as many as 10 points before surviving a late CG rally.
“We were just able to get a little run in the fourth quarter and got enough to carry us to the win,” A-O coach Jeff Shumate said. “Cerro Gordo kept chipping away and hit a three at the buzzer.”
The teams split two regular season meetings before the Bombers prevailed in this quarterfinal showdown.
Arionna Gant led the Broncos with 19 points, one more than teammate Stephanie Shook.
■ Paris 60, Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond 52. The fifth-seeded Lancers took a one-point lead into the fourth quarter but couldn’t hold off fourth-seeded Paris. The Tigers outscored A-L/A-H 23-14 in the final period. Ashley Tabb led the Lancers with 17 points, four assists and three steals. Teammate Alex Miller contributed seven rebounds.
■ Meridian 46, Tuscola 40. The third-seeded Warriors lost to sixth-seeded Meridian despite 15 points from Erin Weaver and 10 from Morgan Little.
■ Unity 51, GCMS 23. The third-seeded Rockets rode a strong defensive effort to move on to the regional semifinals.
Unity held sixth-seeded Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley to single-digit scoring in each quarter and broke the game open with a 14-5 advantage in the second quarter.
“We’ve talked all year long about how our defense is our strength and kind of the heart and soul of our program,” Unity coach Kelly Gallick said. “We expect our defense to generate our offense. It’s the motor for us.”
The Rockets (16-12) held the Falcons to 10 points in the second half, including four in the fourth quarter.
“We didn’t shoot the ball well,and the credit goes to them,” GCMS coach Kyle Bielfeldt said. “They put a lot of pressure on the ball, and we struggled with that early. They were allowed to set the tempo of the game.”
Unity was led in scoring by Kennedy Hartman, who tallied nine second-quarter points and made three three-pointers en route to a game-high 16 points.
“She’s a senior, and you can see that out on the floor,” Gallick said. “She’s had a great second half of the season. It’s nice to see her playing so well given that it’s the last year for her.”
The Rockets will face No.2 seed Paxton-Buckley-Loda in the regional semifinals at 7:30 p.m. today. The winner of that game will play for the regional title at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
For GCMS (3-24), seniors Annie Schultz and Katie Massey led the scoring effort with eight and six points, respectively.
■ Tri-Valley 49, Monticello 47. Despite 22 points from Chrissy Gadbury, the fifth-seeded Sages fell just short against fourth-seeded Tri-Valley. Megan Garrett added 11 points for Monticello.
■ Bismarck-Henning 28, Oakwood 24. Brooke Walsh scored the lone field goal of overtime as the fourth-seeded Blue Devils outscored the fifth-seeded Comets 4-0 in the extra session. Walsh and teammate Addie Voyles finished with 10 points apiece. Delaney Durst paced Oakwood with 11 points.
Class 1A Regionals
■ Salt Fork 42, Milford 32. The fifth-seeded Storm outscored fourth-seeded Milford 30-12 in the middle two quarters to take command en route to the victory. Heather Ellis scored a game-high 11 points for Salt Fork. Kylie Thrush led the Bearcats with 10 points.
■ Schlarman 61, Buckley Christ Lutheran 19. Sydne Bryant scored all of her game-high 14 points in the first quarter as the third-seeded Hilltoppers raced to an early 26-2 lead in beating sixth-seeded BCL. Janelle Marion added 10 points for Schlarman, which received points from 12 players. Billie Lohrbach paced the Crusaders with seven points.
■ Ridgeview 54, Normal Calvary 31. The third-seeded Mustangs beat their sixth-seeded opponent behind Paige Jones’ 15 points and Carissa Tinsley’s 10 rebounds.
At Villa Grove
■ Chrisman 46, Martinsville 32. The fourth-seeded Cardinals jumped out to a 17-5 lead after one quarter and held off fifth-seeded Martinsville thereafter. Sarah Ellis sank four three-pointers and scored 16 points for Chrisman. Teammate Shelby Warner added 10 points.
■ Centennial 60, Normal Community 34. The Big 12 champion Chargers overcame a slow start and outscored Normal Community 49-21 over the final three quarters to roll to a conference road victory. Katelynn Martinez scored 16 points for Centennial, while Stacia Simmons (15) and Chelsea Cross (11) of the Chargers also reached double figures.
In boys’ basketball
■ La Salette 58, Urbana Uni High 39. Jerome Dailey scored 17 points and Joel Wurm added 14 for La Salette in a road win. George Voulgaris led the Illineks with 19 points, seven rebounds and four steals.