Sanders' double-double lifts PBL in squeaker
TOLONO – Dani Gooch had 12 points, nine rebounds and seven assists in Unity's 47-26 win against Maroa-Forsyth on Thursday in girls' basketball. Aeriel Fender added 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Rockets.
St. Thomas More 52, Momence 28. Maggie Fitzgerald scored a game-high 14 points and nine rebounds to boost St. Thomas More. Lisa Clarkson had 10 points and five steals, and Gina Hinders added 12 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks for the Sabers (10-1).
GIBSON CITY – Cody Gaesser's bucket with 1.4 seconds left lifted Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley to a 58-56 boys' prep basketball victory against Tri-Valley on Tuesday.
Gaesser scored 14 of his team-high 21 points in the second half. Teammate Tyler Buhs added 16 points.
Norton's theft in double overtime steals win for Hoopeston
CHAMPAIGN – Okeima Hampton scored a team-high 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as Champaign Central beat Decatur MacArthur 72-66 in a Big 12 girls' basketball game Thursday. Jakeenya Evans (20 points, seven steals) and Kierra Robinson (17 points, 12 rebounds) also contributed for the Maroons.
HUME – Lauren Bogle had 19 points and teammates Taylor Hawkins and Lindsey Ross added 18 apiece as Shiloh beat Urbana University High 73-50 on Tuesday in girls' prep basketball.
The Raiders broke open a close game by outscoring the Illineks 25-11 in the second quarter.
MAHOMET – Freshman Kristin Belyea scored a game-high 14 points and grabbed four rebounds to lead Mahomet-Seymour to its first win of the season, a 45-31 triumph against Urbana on Monday in girls' basketball action.
Kelsie Donley added eight points and Hillary Veitch scored six for the Bulldogs (1-5).
WINNETKA – If there's ever a stage to post your best time, it would have to be the state finals. And Champaign Central's Emma Newman took advantage of the opportunity Friday in the preliminaries of the state swimming championships at New Trier, qualifying for the finals in the 100-yard breaststroke with the state's ninth-best time (1 minute, 6.72 seconds).
"That's the best I've ever done, so I was pretty happy with that," Newman said. "It was awesome. I've worked so hard, and it just pays off, and it's the best feeling in the world."
Unity, Chrisman cruise in girls hoops openers; Heritage wins
PAXTON – Erin Wachtel had 20 assists and five digs to lead St. Thomas More to a 25-17, 25-13 victory against Paxton-Buckley-Loda on Thursday in the Sangamon Valley Conference volleyball tournament.
Becca Millage and Jenna Einck each belted eight kills for the Sabers, while Megan Casagrande and Morgan Buerkett added four blocks apiece.