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No. 9 Peoria

Amber Nanni scored 13 points Saturday as the University High School girls basketball team put three players in double figures and overcame a 14-point halftime deficit to beat Class 3A No. 9 Peoria High 45-43 in opening the Galesburg MLK Tournament at Peoria.

Addy Loeffler added 12 points and Raven Hughes added 10 with 12 rebounds for the Pioneers, who were outscored 22-4 in the second quarter before rebounding with a 29-13 advantage in the second half. Jailynn Lawson scored 23 for Peoria (13-5).

Morton 48, U High 40: Hughes had 13 points and Loeffler followed with 10 as U High (15-3) fell to 3A No. 1 Morton in their second game in the tourney at Morton. Josi Becker had 10 points to lead the Potters (19-1), who gave coach Bob Becker his 400th career win. The Pioneers continue the tourney Monday at Lincoln-Way Central.

BHS 68, Rockford Auburn 57: Ellie Weltha's 13 points led Bloomington to a first-round win over Rockford Auburn in the Galesburg MLK Tournament at Galesburg. Olivia Falls added 12 points and Ciara Mosely 10 for the Purple Raiders (12-8). BHS plays again in the tourney on Wednesday at home vs. Champaign St. Thomas More.

Bradley Bourbonnais 52, West 35: Kennedy Weigt scored 20 points to lead Bradley Bourbonnais to the nonconference victory at Normal West. West (7-11) was led by Jess Jacobs with 12 points.


Olympia wins Girardi invite: Wesly Litwiller won the 113-pound bracket and Keaton Fogler placed first at 220 as Olympia claimed the championship in the 10-team George Girardi Invitational at Normal.

The Spartans, who finished with 215 points to outdistance Clinton (174), also got runner-up finishes from Austin Weaver (106), Lane Litwiller (120), Jake Short (126), Xian Graden (160) and Mason Moore (195).

Clinton saw Christian Reynolds (138), Kolby Winter (152), Luke Shobe (160) and Logan Winter (170) win their brackets. El Paso-Gridley (144) placed fifth a first place from Jamie Gregory (106).

Host University High (135) came in sixth with championships from Dylan Carey (126), Zack Franz (132) and Packard Otto (285). Streator's Jayson Goplin topped the field at 195.

West 2nd at Mahomet: Normal West, led by 113-pound champion Aaron Shaw, scored 524.5 points to trail only Naperville Central's 574 in the 17-team Marty Williams Invitational at Mahomet.

Mahomet-Seymour placed third (516.5) followed by Bloomington (497). Pontiac was eighth (372).

BHS winners included Savion Haywood (132), Stevie Lee (126) and John Ridgeway (285). Runner-ups for the Purple Raiders were Javon Jamison (113) and Ryan Gardner (120).

Hunter Crowley won at 195 for Mahomet-Seymour. Pontiac had a pair of champions in Kevin Gschwentner (160) and Jake Lanning (170).


Mahomet loses two: Mahomet-Seymour went winless Saturday in the Team Works Invitational tournament at Washington. The Bulldogs made only 1-of-16 shots from 3-point range in losing 41-36 to Canton before being outscored 18-6 in the fourth quarter in a 49-38 loss to Washington.

Cory Noe led Mahomet in scoring in both games with 17 points against Canton and 14 against Washington.

Delavan 54, Brimfield 45: Delavan's win in the ICAC Tournament at Williamsfield gave coach Ryon Kramer his 300th coaching victory. No other information was reported.


Byers wins twice: Bloomington Senior Reid Byers won the 200-yard individual medley (2:01.78) and the 500 freestyle (4:56.50) at the 12-team Grayhound Invite at Burlington, Iowa. The Raiders (129) placed eighth while Pleasant Valley won

the meet title (414).

Stogner leads U High: Colton Stogner placed third in the 200 individual medley (1:59.25) and fourth in the 100 butterfly (53.61) in the 16-team Trevian Relays at Winnetka. Teammate Anthony Williamson was fourth in the 500 freestyle (4:51.27). U High took 12th (86) while Stevenson won (195).


BHS 2nd at Galesburg: Megan Varney rolled a 927 to lead Bloomington to second place in the Galesburg Invitational. Varney had a high three-game series of 485, while Erin Francisco and Kristi Collins matched high games of 178 for the Purple Raiders, who finished 79 pins behind Kewanee.

Pantagraph staff


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