RANTOUL — Turnovers are often the telltale factor in basketball games. The team with the most usually has the fewest points.
Wednesday was an unusual night in the Rantoul High School gymnasium.
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Champaign Central vs. Normal U-High and Centennial vs. Mahomet-Seymour in the semi-final games of the Rantoul 3A Regional at Rantoul High School on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015.
Monticello girls’ basketball
Why she was chosen: The Sages senior and future Parkland Cobra did what she’s done all season, with 22 points in Monticello’s Class 2A Maroa Regional semifinal win against Warrensburg-Latham and 22 more in the championship-game victory against Clinton.
In boys’ basketball
■ Christ Lutheran 47, DeLand-Weldon 46. Bailey Fink scored 20 points for the Eagles in their loss to Buckley Christ Lutheran.
EFFINGHAM — Taylor Edwards had 17 points, six rebounds and five steals to lead the Arcola Purple Riders to a 47-39 victory against Palestine-Hutsonville on Tuesday night in a Class 1A sectional semifinal at Effingham St. Anthony.
Arcola (21-7) advances to Thursday’s sectional final.
HOOPESTON — It’s hard to beat a good team three times in a season no matter who you are.
It’s a good thing St. Thomas More has a senior like Lexi Wallen.
GILMAN — The Cissna Park defense was too much for LeRoy on Tuesday night in a Class 1A sectional semifinal.
The Timberwolves won 47-25.
The Panthers shot 18 percent from the field, facing long scoring droughts they couldn’t overcome in a physical contest.
DANVILLE — Basketball, in its organized form, is 5-on-5.
For much of Tuesday’s Class 4A girls’ regional semifinal game, it morphed into a 4-on-1 contest. Translation: Normal West had four of its seniors in the starting lineup and brought another senior off the bench. Danville’s lone senior, Michaela Jones, hardly ever left the game.
ST. THOMAS MORE GIRLS’ BASKETBALL
Coach Jay Price’s second-ranked Sabers (26-3) captured the school’s fourth consecutive regional championship in Class 2A, posting double-digit wins against two Okaw Valley Conference foes, Unity and St. Joseph-Ogden. Liz Bristow scored 31 points in the two regional games. Lexi Wallen had 30 points, and Ariana Smith had 14.