Monday's prep highlights: Sages bounce Rockets
In boys’ basketball
Class 2A Regionals
■ Monticello 60, Unity 54. The fourth-seeded Sages held off their Okaw Valley Conference rivals by making 10 of 12 free throws in the fourth quarter. Monticello’s Nick Stokowski led all scorers with 29 points and grabbed 18 rebounds. Maclaine Stahl scored all eight of his points in the second half for the Sages, who trailed 31-24 at halftime. Colby Mumm made four three-pointers and paced fifth-seeded Unity with a team-high 18 points.
■ Tuscola 62, Villa Grove/Heritage 49. The third-seeded Warriors — who made 30 of 46 free throws — used 19 points from Nick Bates and 17 points from Tommy Watson to pull away from the sixth-seeded Hawks in a regional quarterfinal. Chance Lemmon (16 points) and Lucas Vandeventer (15 points) led VG/H, which trailed 27-12 at halftime.
At St. Joseph
■ Oakwood 47, Georgetown-Ridge Farm 41. Parker Lee made 5 of 6 free throws in overtime and finished with a game-high 16 points to lead fourth-seeded Oakwood past the Buffaloes. Jeremy Watson added 12 points for the Comets, while teammate Skyler Slade finished with 10 points. Tyson Reed (11 points), Chase Hughes (10 points) and Dylan Bina (nine points) paced G-RF.
■ Maroa-Forsyth 56, Argenta-Oreana 34. The fourth-seeded Bombers trailed 29-13 at halftime and could not mount a comeback in a regional quarterfinal defeat. Keegan McHood led A-O with 14 points.
■ Cerro Gordo/Bement 82, Clinton 50. The third-seeded Broncos cruised behind balanced scoring and steady free throw shooting. Connor Gross had a game-high 18 points for CG/B, which made 20 of 25 at the foul line. Fellow Broncos Josh Hayes (17 points), Cole Blickensderfer (13 points) and Nathan Lovekamp (12 points) also contributed. Tanner White led Clinton with 11 points.
Class 1A Regionals
■ Tri-County 69, Atwood-Hammond 45. Drake Kirchner made all four of his three-point attempts and finished with a team-high 26 points to lift the third-seeded Titans in their regional opener. Teammate Preston Skinner pitched in with 14 points, 10 during the third quarter, after Tri-County led 29-25 at halftime. Jordan Feagin scored a game-high 30 points for the Rajahs in their final game. A-H will consolidate with Arthur-Lovington High School next season.
■ Chrisman 62, Shiloh 52. Ty Bolen dropped in 23 points and Wyatt Avenatti complemented his scoring production with 10 points, five rebounds and six steals to spark the fourth-seeded Cardinals. Andrew Donithan (15 points, eight rebounds) and Eli Furgeson (13 points) led the fifth-seeded Raiders.
At Farmer City
■ LeRoy 66, Normal Calvary 37. The fourth-seeded Panthers — who outscored the Knights 22-7 in the second quarter to build a 39-19 halftime lead — received a game-high 25 points from Matt Chastain to win the regional quarterfinal.
■ Judah Christian 57, Iroquois West 50. The fifth-seeded Tribe outscored the fourth-seeded Raiders 15-3 in the fourth quarter to prevail. Dylan Hamilton made all three three-pointers for Judah and poured in a game-high 28 points. Logan Chitty added 11 points for the Tribe. Cristian Lucas (20 points) and Austin Zirkle (15) paced IW.
At Mount Pulaski
■ Sangamon Valley 65, DeLand-Weldon 55. Dee Woods — who reached 1,000 career points in the regional quarterfinal — led D-W with a game-high 25 points, but it wasn’t enough for the fifth-seeded Eagles. Jay Woods (12 points, 14 rebounds) and Dalton Woolridge (11 points) each chipped in for D-W.
In girls’ basketball
■ Arthur Okaw Christian 43, Victory Christian Academy (Ind.) 39. Amanda Franklin had a game-high 22 points and Hanna Erwin had 10 points and nine steals for the Conquering Riders in the opening round of the regional tourney in Dyer, Ind.