Monday's prep highlights: Central, Centennial and Urbana all march on in playoffs

Monday's prep highlights: Central, Centennial and Urbana all march on in playoffs

In girls' basketball

Class 4A Chatham Glenwood Regional

Centennial 36, Quincy 33. Centennial picked the right time for its first win streak of the season. The 10th-seeded Chargers pulled an upset on No. 6 Quincy in a regional quarterfinal game, setting up a 6 p.m. regional semifinal game on Wednesday against No. 2 O'Fallon. Shoentera Russell led the way for Centennial — which enjoyed narrow leads after the end of each quarter — by producing a game-high 17 points, including 11 in the first half as the Chargers (7-19) built a 22-17 halftime lead. Amia Wright scored nine points and sank Centennial's only three-pointer while Taliah Pemberton added six points.

Class 3A Rantoul Regional

Urbana 51, Unity 42. Urbana won its first game in 2018 to keep its season intact and ended a nine-game losing streak with its regional quarterfinal triumph. The eighth-seeded Tigers (5-17) received a team-high 14 points from Chian Scott — all in the second half — and 12 points from Lauryn Cross. Amaya Bahler (nine points) and Alarea Jackson (eight points) also chipped in for Urbana, which faces No. 2 Effingham at 6 p.m. on Wednesday in a regional semifinal game. Elyce Knudsen scored a game-high 21 points to go along with six rebounds and three steals to power the Rockets (11-17) and Hannah Rutledge contributed 15 points.

Champaign Central 67, Rantoul 28. The sixth-seeded Maroons put an end to their 11-game losing streak with a convincing regional quarterfinal win. Central led the host Eagles 14-1 at the end of the first quarter and expanded its advantage to 50-19 by the start of the fourth quarter. Lela McCoy led Central (9-19) with a team-high 15 points, while Morgan Browning (10 points) and Kayla Wilson (eight points) complemented McCoy's effort. In all, Central — which advanced to face No. 3 Paris at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday in a regional semifinal game — received at least two points from 12 players. Myejoi Williams led No. 11 Rantoul (3-25) with a game-high 16 points.

Class 3A Bloomington Central Catholic Regional

Decatur MacArthur 65, Clinton 33. The ninth-seeded Maroons (12-15) couldn't extend their season, losing in a regional quarterfinal game.Class 3A Herscher RegionalMorris 48, Prairie Central 35.The ninth-seeded Hawks (9-16) fell short in a regional quarterfinal game loss.

Class 2A Effingham St. Anthony Sectional

Sullivan 45, Marshall 41. Sullivan rallied from a 25-19 halftime deficit to secure a spot in the Sweet 16 and continue their surprising postseason run. The Redskins (16-12) outscored Marshall 16-6 in the third quarter to take a 35-31 lead into the fourth quarter, where they fended off the Lions. Emily White sank four three-pointers to finish with a team-high 12 points and Lizzie Green contributed 11 points for Sullivan, which faces Teutopolis at 7 p.m. on Thursday in the sectional title game.

Class 1A Ridgeview Sectional

Schlarman 66, St. Teresa 37. Schlarman took control of the second sectional semifinal game in Colfax early, seizing a 22-5 lead at the end of the first quarter and never letting up en route to its 15th straight victory. Anaya Peoples tallied a game-high 22 points to spark the Hilltoppers (29-1) — who will face Lexington at 7 p.m. on Thursday in a sectional title game — while Sydney Gouard (15 points) and Janiah Newell (14 points) joined Peoples in double figures.

Lexington 52, Cissna Park 38. The Timberwolves saw their season come to a close with a loss in the first sectional semifinal game in Colfax. Cissna Park (21-10) fell behind 17-10 at the end of the first quarter, but responded and cut its deficit to 31-29 to start the fourth quarter before the Minutemen pulled away. Gabby Wessels supplied a game-high 21 points on the strength of four three-pointers while pulling down five rebounds and teammate Anna Jennings chipped in seven points for Cissna Park.

Class 1A North Clay Sectional

Tri-County 57, Oblong 46. The pesky defense, along with reliable scoring, from Tayler Barry and Maiya Eskew came through for the Titans in a sectional semifinal win in Louisville. Barry scored a game-high 21 points and made five steals for Tri-County (27-4) in its 13th consecutive win. Eskew recorded a double-double with 15 points and 10 steals while also handing out four assists. Kiersten Price-Wilson also reached double figures with 12 points for the Titans, who led 38-33 at the end of the third quarter against Oblong before holding on for the win. The Titans will play Okaw Valley at 7 p.m. on Thursday in the sectional championship game.

Matt Daniels