Saturday's prep highlights: PBL claims SVC title

Saturday's prep highlights: PBL claims SVC title

In boys' basketball

Chick-fil-A Classic

St. Mary's (Mo.) 70, Champaign Central 69. The Maroons (10-7) were edged by St. Mary's as the Dragons secured a third-place finish in the Chick-fil-A Classic. A'Kieon Gill dropped 24 points and dished out six assists for Central, while Tim Finke recorded 17 points and grabbed seven rebounds.

McLean County/HOIC Tournament

Eureka 65, Fisher 63. Despite 26 points from Kade Thomas and 19 points from Ryan Meents, the Bunnies (11-9) were outhopped by Eureka in the McLean County/HOIC Tournament consolation game.

Ridgeview 53, Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley 50. Third-seeded Ridgeview toppled top-seeded GCMS to win the McLean County/HOIC title. The Mustangs were led to the win by Jacob Donaldson's game-high 29 points, while GCMS had 16-point and 14-point contributions from Bryce Barnes and Ryland Holt, respectively.

LOVC Northwest Tournament

Arcola 45, Argenta-Oreana 44. Arcola's Nick Vaughn led all scorers with 15 points as the Purple Riders held off the Bombers. Other key factors for Arcola were Myles Roberts (13 points) and Hugo Garza (12 points), while A-O was paced by Logan Batson (11 points) and Cameron Meyer (10 points).

Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond 69, Cerro Gordo-Bement 46. Will Cohan (22 points), Adam Day (13 points) and Colton Romine (11 points) powered the Knights past the Broncos, who were led offensively by Timothy Winters (15 points).

LOVC Southeast Tournament

Villa Grove/Heritage 70, Martinsville 59. The Hawks (8-12) soared past Martinsville, with three players notching 15 or more points for VGH: Jared Stevens (19), Evan Wilson (15) and Stuart Wolff (15).

Nontournament

Mahomet-Seymour 67, Morton 62. The Bulldogs squeaked past Morton thanks to a game-high 27 points from Cory Noe. Noah Benedict chipped in 22 points to help secure the Bulldog victory.

Monticello 63, Meridian 53. Meridian had no answer for Monticello's Calvin Fisher. The senior recorded 27 points and grabbed nine rebounds, while Luke Stokowski added 14 points to seal the win.

St. Joseph-Ogden 74, Prairie Central 50. Jordan Brooks' 16-point effort and Riley Baker's 15-point, seven-rebound showing lifted SJO past Illini Prairie rival Prairie Central. Flying high for the Hawks was Eddie Shumaker, who tallied six points and seven rebounds.

In girls' basketball

Sangamon Valley Conference Tournament

Paxton-Buckley-Loda 42, Watseka 39. Liberty Jamison's 21-point performance powered PBL past Watseka in the SVC Tournament title game, giving them the championship and handing the Warriors their first loss of the season. Kennedy Bauer led the Warriors with 11 points.

Clifton Central 49, Iroquois West 43. The Raiders were defeated in the seventh-place game of the Sangamon Valley Conference Tournament. Iroquois West's Meara Tilstra scored 23 points, with Taylor McTaggart dropping in an additional six.

McLean County/HOIC Tournament

El Paso-Gridley 50, Ridgeview 45. The Titans locked up third place in the McLean County/HOIC Tournament despite a 10-point, five-rebound performance from Ridgeview's Mya Tinsley. Kelly Jones also finished with five rebounds and scored 11 points.

Heyworth 47, Gibson City/Melvin-Sibley 33. The Falcons (13-10) fell to Heyworth despite 11 points from Claire Retherford and eight points from Makenzie Bielfeldt.

LOVC Tournament

Tri-County 58, Okaw Valley 52. In the Little Okaw Valley Tournament title game, Tri-County brought home the hardware behind 19 points from Harley Barry and 17 points from Kiersten Price-Wilson. Price-Wilson also grabbed nine rebounds for the Titans.

Central Illinois Conference Tournament

Cissna Park 42, Dwight 36. The Timberwolves downed Dwight to finish the CIC Tournament in third place. Gabby Wessels and Anna Jennings led the Cissna Park charge with 16 and 11 points, respectively.

Sullivan 49, Clinton 43. The Redskins took the lead in the first quarter and never looked back, cruising past Clinton behind a 14-point effort from Lizzie Green. Clinton's Madison Filkin led all scorers with a stellar 27-point performance.

Nontournament

Mahomet Seymour 59, Champaign Central 41. Despite Central's Chanice Willis pouring in a game-high 15 points, the Maroons (8-12) were downed by host Mahomet-Seymour (12-6). The Bulldogs attack was led by Kailyn Northrup, who scored 11 points.

Schlarman 68, Milford 23. Capria Brown (17 points) and Destiny Dye (12 points) led the way for the Hilltoppers, who cruised to a home win against Milford. Emily Duis paced the Bearcats with seven points.

St. Thomas More 42, East Dubuque 31. The Sabers rolled to a nonconference win behind 13 points from Hayes Murray and 10 points from Emma Blomberg.

In wrestling

At Oak Park. Urbana's A.J. Fox (195 pounds) and Luke Luffman (220) both won their respective weight classes at Saturday's Oak Park River Forest Invitational.

In boys' swimming

At St. Charles. Champaign Central placed ninth as a team at the St. Charles North Invitational. Ryan Wierschem was the Maroons' most successful swimmer, finishing third in the 100-yard freestyle and fifth in the 50 freestyle.

Joey Wright