Thursday's highlights: Myers, McCall lead Monticello

Thursday's highlights: Myers, McCall lead Monticello

In girls' basketball

Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond 51, Cumberland 15. The Knights used stifling defense in the second quarter to take a 34-6 lead into halftime and never looked back in a home triumph. Marissa Herschberger scored 13 points, grabbed eight rebounds, made five steals and handed out three assists to spark ALAH (3-2). Mackenzie Bowles added 10 points and Janette Comstock supplied eight points, nine steals and four assists, helping the Knights shut out the Pirates in the second quarter.

Arthur Okaw Christian 40, Arcola 36. The Conquering Riders earned a close road win as Lindsey Mast tallied a team-high 12 points and Lillian Messmore registered 11 points for AOC (3-0). Arcola (1-4) trailed 23-13 at halftime before cutting its deficit to 27-23 to start the fourth quarter. KayLee Hohlbauch poured in a game-high 16 points for the Purple Riders.

Clinton 54, Shelbyville 23. The host Maroons rolled to the Central Illinois Conference win, holding the Rams to single-digit scoring totals in each quarter. Jayd Rich scored a team-high 14 points to spark Clinton (3-5), while Madison Filkin (12 points) and Destiny Schlesinger (11 points) also reached double figures.

El Paso-Gridley 54, Fisher 32. The visiting Bunnies suffered a Heart of Illinois Conference loss. Fisher fell behind 29-18 at halftime. Becca Clanton finished with 13 points and five rebounds for Fisher (3-3), while Alivia Spenard added seven points.

Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley 43, Flanagan-Cornell 26. The visiting Falcons held Flanagan-Cornell to only five points combined in the first and third quarters, using those strong defensive efforts to earn an HOIC win. Megan Moody scored a team-high 14 points for the Falcons (3-3), who also received 10 points from Makenzi Bielfeldt and eight points from Claire Retherford.

Iroquois West 50, Momence 46. Meara Tilstra dropped in a team-high 25 points, surpassing 1,000 career points in the process, to lead the host Raiders to a Sangamon Valley Conference win. Maya Sanchez chipped in eight points for IW (3-4) during its third straight win.

Maroa-Forsyth 46, Argenta-Oreana 36. The visiting Bombers led 31-30 to start the fourth quarter, but couldn't produce a nonconference win. Camilyn Newbanks led A-O (2-3) with 12 points, while Lydia Hays finished with eight points.

Monticello 85, Mt. Pulaski 46. The host Sages scored a season-high in points and remained undefeated on the season. Zanna Myers scored all of her game-high 31 points in the first three quarters, making 12 of 13 free throws in the process and draining three three-pointers. Tatum McCall equaled Myers' output from beyond the three-point line en route to 20 points. Cloe Clark (nine points) and Jayna Burger (eight points) also chipped in for Monticello (5-0).

Oakwood 40, Chrisman 8. The visiting Comets controlled throughout in a Vermilion Valley Conference win, holding the host Cardinals without a point in the second quarter en route to a 27-2 halftime lead. Katelyn Young led all scorers with 20 points, while Shaelyn Turner added eight points for Oakwood (9-0). Lexi Brinkley scored five points for Chrisman (3-6).

Paxton-Buckley-Loda 43, Dwight 34. The visiting Panthers (4-3) pulled out an SVC win thanks to 12 points from Ariana Gentzler to go along with 11 points apiece from Liberty Jamison and Mackenzie Bruns.

Ridgeview 49, LeRoy 21. The host Mustangs used strong second and third quarters to distance themselves from the Panthers in HOIC action. Ridgeview (6-0) outscored LeRoy (1-4) 31-12 in those two decisive quarters as Mya Tinsley (13 points) and River Rosales (10 points) led the way for the Mustangs. Megan Woltkamp scored a team-high nine points for the Panthers.

St. Thomas More 41, Centennial 21. The host Sabers picked up a nonconference win, outscoring the Chargers 14-3 in the third quarter to break away after only leading 18-14 at halftime. Brianna Hopper scored a game-high 10 points for STM (1-5), which also received nine points from Hayes Murray to go along with eight points apiece from Kaia Bowen and NaKaya Hughes. Taliah Pemberton and Amia Wright each had six points to pace Centennial (1-4).

Salt Fork 57, Georgetown-Ridge Farm 10. Madison Kirby led the scoring charge for the host Storm as she dropped in a game-high 19 points, one of eight Salt Fork players to score in a VVC victory. Carsyn Todd (eight points), Mackenzie Russell (six points) and Jaiden Baum (six points) all chipped in for Salt Fork (2-4). Ashlee LaGrand had five points for the Buffaloes (0-8).

Schlarman 56, Bismarck-Henning/Rossville-Alvin 29. Anaya Peoples poured in 21 points and Sydney Gouard tallied 12 points, easily lifting the visiting Hilltoppers (6-0) to a VVC win. Capria Brown chipped in with eight points for Schlarman, which outscored the Blue Devils 23-5 in the first quarter. Emily Meidel carried BHRA (5-2) with 21 points.

Tuscola 51, Sullivan 50. Lexie Russo only made one shot in the fourth quarter, but she made it count. The Tuscola junior sank a buzzer-beating field goal, finishing with five points and lifting the host Warriors to a CIC win. Natalie Bates (16 points), Grace Dietrich (11 points) and Cassie Russo (10 points) all finished in double figures for Tuscola (4-1). Chloe Riley led all scorers with 17 points and teammate Avery Still added nine points for Sullivan (2-3).

Villa Grove/Heritage 48, Uni High 36. The visiting Blue Devils left Kenney Gym with a win thanks to a game-high 20 points by Aliya Holloman. Jordyn Ray complemented Holloman's output with 14 points for VG/H (3-5). Sarah Grosse-Perdekamp scored a team-high 12 points for the Illineks (2-7).

Watseka 65, Clifton Central 19. Summer Cramer scored a game-high 16 points as the host Warriors (7-0) stayed unbeaten with an SVC victory. Kennedy Bauer (10 points), Kate Norder (eight points) and Emily Bunting (eight points) chipped for Watseka.

In wrestling

At Champaign. Champaign Central edged Morton 37-36 at home. Dylan Gunn at 220 pounds came through with a takedown in 51 seconds and teammate Jackson Skube recorded a pin in 3:02 at 145 to propel the Maroons to the close victory.

At Bismarck. Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley/Fisher defeated Bismarck-Henning/Rossville-Alvin/Armstrong-Potomac 56-18, with Cole Maxey registering a pin in 34 seconds at 120 pounds, one of five the Falcons compiled. Chris Steidel had a pin in 58 seconds at 170 for the Blue Devils.

At Monticello. Clinton came away with a 54-21 win on the road against Monticello, with Caiden Turner at 113 pounds producing a pin in 36 seconds. Turner was one of seven Maroons to pin his opponent. Seth Menacher of Monticello at 195 had the quickest of three pins by the Sages, with Menacher doing so in 1:16.

At Decatur. Argenta-Oreana split a pair of matches, defeating Decatur Eisenhower 42-24 in a match that saw 12 forfeits. A-O lost 48-15 to Auburn in a triangular at Eisenhower. Makail Stanley won by pin in 4 minutes, 34 seconds at 160 pounds during A-O's match against Auburn.