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Tri-County girls basketball

The Tri-County girls basketball team won its third straight Class 1A regional championship Thursday, beating Arcola 70-31. Members of the 26-4 team are front row, Hugar Morrisey, Tayler Barry, Meredith Smith, Maiya Eskew, Harley Barry and Izzy Carroll. Back row, head coach Joe Morrisey, Caroline Smith, Melia Eskew, Grace Burnside, Kiersten Price-Wilson, Lillie Cox, Bella Dudley, assistant coach Alyssa Childress and athletic trainer Alli Antkiewicz. 

BOYS BASKETBALL

Casey-Westfield wins LIC game

CASEY—The Casey-Westfield boys basketball team defeated Little Illini Conference foe Lawrenceville 63-65 Friday.

The two teams played evenly in the first ending with a 15-15 tie before the Warriors pulled out to a 34-29 halftime lead.

Luke Richards led the Warriors with 24 points, seven rebounds and a block. Will Hosselton and Noah Livingston also scored in double figures with 18 and 15 points, respectively. Marcus Downs also grabbed seven rebounds and had two steals. Ethan Gilbert had five assists.

Casey-Westfield improves to 23-3 overall, 7-0 in the conference, and travels to Newton for another conference game Tuesday.

Cumberland defeats Tri-County in LOVC-SE

TOLEDO—Cumberland beat Little Okaw Valley Conference Southeast division foe Tri-County 59-50 Friday.

The teams played to a 16-16 tie in the first quarter and only one point separated them at halftime when the Pirates held a 39-38 lead. The Titans outscored Cumberland 16-15 in the third quarter leading to a 38-38 tie before the Pirates outscored the Titans 21-12 in the final period for the win.

Zach Wolke scored 28 points to lead the Pirates.

Trenton Pinnell led the Titans with 20 points and Blake Lee also broke into double digits with 12 points.

Tri-County falls to 15-14 overall, 1-2 in the conference, and hosts Martinsville at Oakland for another conference game Tuesday.

Cumberland is now 17-11 overall, 3-0 in the conference, and hosts Villa Grove-Heritage on Tuesday for another LOVC-SE game.

Sullivan loses to Decatur St. Teresa

SULLIVAN—Sullivan lost to Decatur St. Teresa 45-34.

Sullivan was led by Ian Plank and Caden Ellis both scoring 11 points each.

This loss puts Sullivan to a 4-21 season record.

Sullivan will be playing in the CIC/NTC Shootout on Saturday.

WSS defeats Neoga

WINDSOR — WSS defeated Neoga 50-39 Thursday in a National Trail Conference game. 

WSS was led by Gavin Wernsing with 15 points.

Neoga was led by Trevor Roy with 14 points.

GIRLS' BASKETBALL

AOC wins non-conference game

ARTHUR—The Arthur Okaw Christian girls’ basketball team defeated Rantoul 60-47 Friday in a non-conference game, its 13th straight win.

Rantoul took an 11-10 lead in the first quarter but AOC outscored Rantoul 14-6 in the second period to take a 24-17 lead at the half and continued to dominate in the third quarter with a 24-12 rout extending the lead to 48-29. Rantoul outscored AOC 18-12 in the final period.

Amanda Franklin led the Conquering Riders with 22 points and seven steals. Lyla Kauffman and Alexa Franklin also broke into double figures with 15 and 10 points, respectively. Alexa Franklin also had eight rebounds and five assists.

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AOC improves to 25-6 and is to play in the Association of Christian Schools International Mid-America Tournament in Kankakee starting next Thursday, Feb. 14.

WRESTLING

Three from area advance to sectional semi-finals

CARTERVILLE — Two Cumberland wrestlers and one from Shelbyville advanced to the semi-finals of the Carterville Class 1A Sectional by winning Friday.

Cumberland’s Rayce Zike and Iysten Syfert along with Luke Brown from Shelbyville are just two wins away from state.

Zike (28-5) defeated Oakwood’s Joe Lashuay in the quarterfinals and is to face Isaiah Bernal (34-7) from Althoff in the semi-finals Saturday at the 126 weight class.

Syfert (25-10) won over Chase Michaelis from Carlinsville and Anna’s Chris Johnson to advance to the semi-finals at 152 pounds.

Brown, a Shelbyville grappler with a 28-11 record, defeated Matthew Hobler from Vandalia and wrestles Murphysboro’s Patrick Campbell (21-20) Saturday.

Preston Quick (12-4), also from Shelbyville, lost to Althoff's Matthew Minick at the 106 class and faces Trenton Schach (28-18) from Frankfort.

Cumberland’s Kade Warner (22-15) fell to Jack Erlson from Wood River at 170 pounds. Michael Carpenter (21-8) fell to Sparta’s Mason Ajster and is to wrestle Jonah Harkins (23-14) from Hillsboro on Saturday.

The sectional concludes Saturday.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Third quarter helps Sullivan to regional title

WARRENSBURG — Sullivan and Villa Grove/Heritage were deadlocked at 25 at the half of Thursday's Class 2A regional championship when the Lady Redskins outscored the Lady Blue Devils 22-9 in the third and went on to win its second straight regional title, 59-46. 

Esther Miller had a triple-double for Sullivan with 17 points, 10 rebounds and 13 steals. Avery Still had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds, while Lilly Null had 11 points and Emily White 15 for the 25-3 Lady Redskins.

Villa Grove/Heritage's Aliya Holloman had a game-high 30 points and earned the praise of Sullivan coach Sheri McCain.

"I would like to give a huge shoutout to Holloman because we played tough defense on her and she still scored 30 points," said McCain. "Our guards held the rest of their team in check with tenacious perimeter defense. I am so proud of how hard these young ladies fought tonight. They played with so much heart and determination." 

Sullivan is to play Edwards County at 6 p.m. Monday in the Tuscola Sectional semifinals. 

A-L-A-H falls in fourth

PANA — After three quarters, Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond and Pana were evenly tied at 42. In the fourth, the Lady Panthers outscored the Knights 15-8 to win 57-50. 

Pana was 15-of-22 from the free-throw line to help to victory. 

Marissa Herschberger and Alexa Miller led the 18-10 Knights with 20 and 10 points, respectively. Miller led in rebounds with six, while Miller and Mackenzi Bowles had four steals each. Bowles also had four blocked shots. 

Arthur Okaw Christian falls to Paris

ARTHUR — Arthur Okaw Christian led Paris 18-14 at the half, but fell behind 27-24 going into the fourth and lost 45-38. 

Alexa Franklin led the Conquering Riders with 12 points. 

AOC is 24-7. 

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