Thursday’s prep highlights: Oakwood, Salt Fork dominate in VVC motion | Sports activities
In boys basketball
Prairie Central 80, Dwight 43. Prairie Central was able to go deep into the bank and win all 12 Hawks of game time when he beat Dwight. Trey Bazzell led with 27 points and seven rebounds, 7 of 9 from the field and 3 of 3 from the three-point area. Tyler Trachsel added 12 points from the bench for the Hawks (3-1).
In girls’ basketball
Arcola 48, Okaw Valley 41. Arcola returned with a win over .500 Thursday night, converting his early lead into a seven-point Lincoln Prairie Conference win. KayLee Hohlbauch went up and down the Purple Riders (3-2) with 16 points, and Ariana Warren hit two three-points and added 11 points to the win.
LeRoy 38, Lexington 33. LeRoy led by four points at halftime, holding onto that advantage so the Heart of Illinois Conference win could return to .500 for the season. Tiffany Bargmann scored 19 points for the Panthers (3-3), adding three rebounds, two assists and two blocks to victory.
Lincoln 48, Mahomet-Seymour 38. Mahomet-Seymour lasted a quarter, but Lincoln retreated for a seven-point lead at halftime that the Bulldogs could not bounce back from at the Apollo Conference showdown. Cayla Koerner led MS (4-3) with 21 points while Savannah Orgeron scored 14 points.
Oakwood 42, Georgetown-Ridge Farm 18.Oakwood had a double-digit lead to the end of the first quarter, holding Georgetown-Ridge Farm at single digits in all four, and outperforming its Vermilion Valley Conference opponent by 24.Addie Wright led the comets ( 1-3) with 14 points, while Ashlynn Pinnick dropped 11 points in the win. Kendall Roberts hit two three points and put up eight points to lead the Buffalo (0-3).
Paxton-Buckley-Loda 58, Iroquois West 56. A last-second shot was the decisive factor in the Paamon-Buckley-Loda’s victory at the Sangamon Valley Conference. Lorena Arnett went up and down with 21 points on the undefeated Panthers (4-0), while Hannah Schwarz won with 13 points and Baylee Cosgrove with 11 points. Shea Small finished the game with 25 points and led the Raiders (2-2).
Prairie Central 56, Pontiac 45. Prairie Central’s double-digit quarter-game lead disappeared at halftime with a Pontiac rally, but the Hawks (2-3) regained a foothold in the third quarter to win the Illinois Prairie Conference . Chloe Sisco drove the Prairie Central rally forward in the second half, scoring 16 of her 24 game-strong points in the last two quarters. She was connected in the double digits by Madison Kinkade with 15 points and Mariya Sisco with 10 points.
St. Joseph-Ogden 44, Unit 29. A double doubles from Taylor Wells and a late attacking strike from Ella Armstrong helped St. Joseph-Ogden, an early deficit and rally in the second half for a 15-point win Overcome Illinois Prairie. Armstrong scored 14 of their 16 strong points in the second half and threw four three-point points down, while Wells finished with 10 points and 12 rebounds for the Spartans (4-0). Ashlyn Lannert also had 10 points in the win. Chloee Reed led the Rockets (1-4) with 10 points.
St. Thomas More 46, Illinois Valley Central 28. St. Thomas More took advantage of a dominant third quarter that left IVC 17-3 behind to reverse a half-time deficit and beat their rival in the Illinois Prairie. Kennedy Ramshaw led the Sabers (1-1) with 17 points, while Ava Dickerson finished with eight points.
Salt Fork 60, Westville 17. Salt Fork combined a suffocating defense with a fairly effective attack to outperform Westville in VVC action. Mackenzie Russell led the undefeated Sturm (4-0) with 20 game points and was assisted by Carsyn Todd with 14 points in double digits, while eight other players scored a goal. Lydia Gondzur had six points for the Tigers (2-2).
Sullivan 66, Clinton 45. A second-quarter breakout put Sullivan’s lead in double digits at halftime and helped the Redskins win the Central Illinois Conference. Emily White dominated for Sullivan (5-1) with 35 points, 10 rebounds and two steals while knocking down seven three-pointers. Mallory Cyrulik and Kaitlyn Rauch each scored 18 points for Clinton (6-2).
Watseka 55, Cissna Park 22. A fifth win in a row for Watseka was never in doubt on Thursday evening. The unbeaten Warriors (5-0) took the lead after a quarter of a year with a 16-point lead and achieved a 33-point victory. Allie Hoy led Watseka with 13 points and was one of 10 Warriors to score in victory. Kennedy McTaggart and Kinzie Parsons scored eight points and six rebounds each. Mikayla Knake and Emma Morrical had six points apiece for the Timberwolves (2-4).
When boys swim and dive
At Champaign. Centennial won all 11 events and beat Big 12 rivals Danville 122-32 on Thursday. The chargers had seven different event winners. Only Alex Geissler won twice and took first place in the 100-yard butterfly and in the 500-yard freestyle in 5: 26.74 in 59.91 seconds. He won the last race with almost 35 seconds.
In Lincoln. Mahomet-Seymour won eight of twelve events to knock out Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin and Lincoln 127-116-36 at Lincoln College. Aron Varga put together a great performance for the Bulldogs and played a role in four event wins: 200-yard freestyle (2 minutes, 3.89 seconds), 100 backs (1: 02.56), 200 medley relay ( 1: 56,80) and 400 free relays (4: 02.59). Mitch McAnally served in both the aforementioned seasons and the triumphant 200 Free Season (1: 51.50) while Carter Logsdon anchored the 200 Medley and 200 Free Seasons while also winning the 50 Free Season (25.84) .
Scott Richey is a reporter who covers college basketball for The News-Gazette. His email is [email protected] and you can follow him on Twitter (@srrichey).