Thursday's prep highlights: Sullivan, Arcola earn regional crowns
In girls’ basketball
Class 2A regionals
■ Bloomington Central Catholic 71, Clinton 53. The second-seeded Maroons only trailed top-seeded BCC by six points at halftime before the Raiders steadily pulled away in the second half of the championship game. Megan Tool (16 points) and Haley Ginger (15 points) paced Clinton.
■ Sullivan 84, Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond 77. The top-seeded Redskins pulled off the regional title-game win in double overtime behind a game-high 29 points from Emily Neuhauser, who sank six three-pointers. Brittin Boyer (15 points), Elissa Stewart (12 points) and Maggie Plank (10 points) chipped in for Sullivan. The Lancers had four players finish in double figures, led by Emily Seegmiller’s 22 points.
Class 1A regionals
■ Arcola 50, Neoga 47. The top-seeded Purple Riders trailed at the end of every quarter, except the most important one, to claim the program’s first regional title since 1988. Samantha Reece scored half of her team-high 16 points in the fourth quarter to help lift Arcola.
At St. Anne
■ Iroquois West 40, Milford 34. The regional final game needed overtime to decide the winner, and the top-seeded Raiders did not allow Milford to score in the extra four-minute session. Skylar Small finished with 11 points for IW, which led 13-2 at the end of the first quarter. Grace Schroeder chipped in 10 points by making 6 of 9 at the free throw line for the Raiders. Cornisha Allen scored all 11 of her team-high points for the Bearcats after halftime.
■ Cissna Park 47, Schlarman 38. The third-seeded Timberwolves outscored fourth-seeded Schlarman by nine points in the fourth quarter to break a 28-28 tie and win. Addison Stoller scored a game-high 18 points and pulled down 22 rebounds to lead Cissna Park, which received 11 points from Lexi Knake. Sierra Bell (12 points) and Shelby Mascari (10 points) finished in double figures for the Hilltoppers.
■ Fisher 35, LeRoy 34. Olivia Heffernan broke the tie and hit the game-winning free throw in the closing seconds as the top-seeded Bunnies held off the Panthers on their home court. Fisher’s Hannah Varner tallied a game-high 14 points, including eight in the first quarter, and Caitlin Cole added nine points. The Bunnies won their second straight regional title. Kelsey Walker paced LeRoy, which trailed 29-22 to start the fourth quarter, with 10 points.
■ Bloomington 65, Urbana 38. Kiara Moses scored a game-high 23 points and Krista Broom contributed 11 points for the visiting Tigers in a Big 12 loss.
■ Danville 51, Normal West 50. Michaela Jones scored the game-winning basket on a drive with 11 seconds left as the Vikings won a road Big 12 game. Jones finished with 11 points. Alexis Hoskins had a near double-double (19 points, nine rebounds) to spark Danville.
■ Mattoon 47, Mahomet-Seymour 45. Maggie Schmidt scored a team-high 19 points to go along with six rebounds, three assists and three steals for the host Bulldogs in a nonconference loss.
In boys’ basketball
■ LeRoy 59, Urbana University High 45. Matt Chastain scored a team-high 18 points and Nick Aupperle pitched in 12 points as the visiting Panthers won a nonconference game. Taharka Baraka paced the Illineks with a game-high 22 points and 14 rebounds.
■ St. Thomas More 86, Clifton Central 78. The Sabers rallied from a nine-point deficit at the start of the fourth quarter to force overtime and pull out the Sangamon Valley Conference win. Doug Wallen scored a game-high 27 points and grabbed 18 rebounds for STM, while teammates Clavin Davis (24 points) and Storm Joop (16 points, eight rebounds) contributed.
■ Villa Grove/Heritage 54, Atwood-Hammond 46. Jordan Wolf (13 points) and Lucas Vandeventer (12 points) led the host Hawks. Jordan Feagin scored 16 points for the Rajahs.