Bailey Coffman led the way with 23 points and Lauren Shanks added 17 in an all-around performance Saturday as the Central Catholic girls basketball team notched a 56-49 nonconference win over Kankakee McNamara in Bloomington.
"We played good defense," said Saints coach Debbie Coffman, whose team moved to 4-2. "We watched them before and they're fast, they're quick. We took away their drive and we took away their 3-pointers. We played a good four quarters."
Shanks also had eight rebounds, eight steals and four assists. Katie Steinman grabbed 10 boards and Coffman chipped in with seven.
Precious Browning led the Irish (6-3) with 14 while Alison Berg added 13.
Normal West 60, Centennial 27: Whitney Bozarth scored a game-high 15 points as the Wildcats cruised to victory in their Big 12 Conference opener at Normal. Tresior Newsom notched seven steals and five assists for West (5-2 overall), which led 21-7 after one quarter and 39-11 at halftime.
NCHS 71, Champaign 54: Summer Stoewer turned in a Senior Night performance of 15 points, six assists and four steals as host Normal Community toppled Champaign Central in its Big 12 opener. Hannah Johnson added 10 points for the Iron (7-2 overall) while Abby Feit and Kylee Schneringer had six rebounds apiece. Chanice Willis scored 16 to lead the Maroons.
Bloomington 60, Manual 56: Ellie Weltha had 20 points and Bett O'Neal added 14 as the Purple Raiders outscored host Peoria Manual 17-11 in the fourth quarter to win their Big 12 opener and even their record at 3-3.
Springfield 61, U High 47: Chelsie Price netted 16 points for University High (0-7, 0-2) in a Central State Eight loss to Springfield at Normal. Ozzy Erewele led the Senators with 18.
Havana 53, Tremont 51: The Turks' Abby Scott scored 10 of her team-high 13 points in the second half but host Havana got 14 points from Taylor Sarnes and outscored Tremont 19-11 in the fourth quarter to claim the victory.
Dwight 51, Streator 42: Chloe Butterbrodt's 20 points led the way as the Trojans improved to 2-3 with a nonconference win at Streator. Leah Flynn added 12 points and 14 rebounds for Dwight. Natalie Haynes paced the Bulldogs with nine.
Cissna Park 47, Ridgeview 44: Ridgeview's Mya Tinsley finished with 13 points and seven rebounds, but Cissna Park closed with a 19-4 fourth quarter to claim a nonconference win at Colfax. Kelly Jones added 10 points for the Mustangs, who led 21-4 after the first quarter. Gabby Wessels scored 16 to lead a trio of Timberwolves in double figures.
Mount Pulaski 75, Warrensburg-Latham 57: Skylar Hayes poured in 29 points and Isabella Wade added 20 as the Hilltoppers charged to victory at Warrensburg. Savanah Moore added 15 for Mount Pulaski.
Clinton 44, Indian Creek 33: Alyssa Saulsbery led the way with 13 points as the Maroons notched a victory in the Amboy Shootout.
Fisher 54, Rantoul 44: Sidney Hood buried four 3's and had 24 points, four assists and six rebounds to lead the Bunnies to a nonconference win at Rantoul. Becca Clanton added 12 points and eight rebounds with Alivia Spenard contributing eight points and 10 rebounds for Fisher.
Eureka 54, Roanoke-Benson 10: Eureka raced to a 24-5 first quarter lead and cruised to a nonconference win at Eureka. Tessa Lemjan led the Hornets with 17 points with Courtney Heffren adding 13.
Fieldcrest 49, Orion 38: Cam Grandy booked 18 points and nine rebounds in sparking Fieldcrest to a nonconference victory over Orion at Minonk. Derek May added 14 points for the Knights (2-1).
Tolono Unity 57, Clinton 35: Seth Westfall scored 20 points for the Maroons in their nonconference loss at Clinton.
Eureka wins two titles at Seneca: Eureka's Gabe and Asher Weigand each won their weight classes in the 15-team Seneca Invitational. Gabe Weigand won the 106-pound bracket by pinning Clifton Central's Max McTaggarat, while Asher Weigand claimed the title at 126 with a 5-1 decision over Mendota's Tony Aughenbaugh.
Dwight's Daniel Gutierrez was declared the champ at 138 when his opponent was disqualified. Mike Dunkleberger of Streator took the crown at 145 by pinning the Trojans' Jordan Emmons.
Dwight's Cameron Klinger placed second at 195 after an injury default in the title bout. Streator's Luis Lopez, who had the fast pin of seven seconds in a 113-pound semifinal, dropped a major decison in his final.
NCHS 3rd at Macomb: The Normal Community swim team scored 271 points to finish thrid in the 11-team Macomb Invitational. Metamora was sixth (184) and Lincoln 11th (53). Moline won with 357.
The lone area winner was Metamora's Justin Alderson in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:01.43. NCHS came away with three third-placers in its 200 medley relay (1:46.99), 200 freestyle relay (1:38.33) and Ethan Lowder in the 50 freestyle (22.50).