Prairie Central High School's Jara Bachtold scored 12 points and used her quickness to disrupt the Olympia offense in leading the Hawks to a 37-31 Corn Belt Conference girls basketball win Monday at Fairbury.
Prairie Central (6-5 overall, 3-2 in Corn Belt Conference) led 17-10 after the first quarter and took a 25-17 margin into the intermission. The Hawks upped their lead to 33-23 after the third period and hung on as Olympia (4-5, 1-4) fought back in the fourth quarter but came up just short.
"It was nice to get a home win," said Prairie Central coach Andrew Shelby. "We missed a lot of shots but a good effort helped us to hang on. Bachtold got the job done for us at both ends of the floor and her steals really set the tone defensively."
Jessica Gourdier scored a game-high 17 points to lead Olympia.
Dee-Mack 39, Calvary Baptist 36
Ashley DePasse and Ashli Silverthorn combined for 23 points for Deer Creek-Mackinaw in a nonconference win against Calvary Baptist (5-5) at Normal.
The Chiefs built a 26-14 lead at halftime and had to hold off a late charge by the Crusaders, sparked by a 10-4 Calvary Baptist run in the third quarter. Calvary Baptist's Sarah McCorkle led all scorers with 19 points, including three 3-pointers. Alisha Strong had seven points, including a 3-pointer.
Iroquois West 39, Ridgeview 38
Lauren Vaughn scored 12 points for Iroquois West (5-10) and three of her teammates added six in a nonconference victory at Colfax.
Ridgeview (11-2) fell behind 13-8 after the first quarter but climbed back to within one at 18-17 at halftime, could never take the lead despite forcing Iroquois West into 28 turnovers compared to Ridgeview's 14 in the game. Darby Gleeson led the Mustangs with a game-high 15 points and Mackenzie Roth added 12.
Victoria Krones pulled down 16 rebounds for Iroquois West.
"We played pretty good defense and really did an outstanding job on the boards tonight," said Iroquois West coach Hanns Meyer.
Lisle 36, Dwight 34
Dwight could not overcome poor free throw shooting in an Interstate Eight conference loss to Lisle at home.
Kelsey Jorstad scored 12 points to lead the Trojans, who had a 14-11 lead at the half. Dwight fell behind 25-21 after the third quarter and could not comeback shooting just 5 of 14 from the free-throw line in the final period.
"Our free throw shooting was really a problem tonight," said Dwight coach Jeff Froelich. "Lisle outplayed us in every quarter and we were just flat tonight."
Kelli Humbert also had six points with 12 rebounds and six steals for the Trojans (6-5, 2-2).
Tri-Valley 46, GCMS 42
Senior Danielle Alpers poured in a game-high 25 points to lead Tri-Valley over GCMS in a nonconference game at Gibson City.
Tri-Valley (8-5) trailed 15-10 after the first period when Alpers sparked a 16-7 second quarter Viking run by scoring 10 points, including two 3-pointers, to give Tri-Valley a 26-22 halftime lead.
GCMS (4-9) played the Vikings even after intermission and trailed 35-32 after three quarters. The Falcons could get no closer as Alpers hit five free throws down the stretch to preserve the Tri-Valley win. Alpers was 9-for-11 from the line for the night.
GCMS was paced by Kristen Hood, who scored a team-high 16 points, including a 10-for-14 performance from the free-throw line. Carley Kemmer added 11 points for the Falcons.
Hall 55, Fieldcrest 28
Kailey Klein and Vanessa Cruz combined for 30 points as Hall rolled over Fieldcrest in a nonconference game at Spring Valley.
Hall jumped out to a 17-5 first quarter lead and upped the margin to 30-10 at halftime. Fieldcrest (3-13) never got any closer.
Klein finished with a game-high 17 points while Cruz added 13 more including three baskets from 3-point range.
Fieldcrest was led by Erinn McNamara who scored 13 points for the Knights.
Williamsville 73, Illini Central 27
Illini Central could not get going offensively in a nonconference loss to Williamsville at Mason City.
The Cougars (0-9) were down 15-8 after the first quarter and 31-16 at the half. Williamsville went up 62-21 after the third quarter to put the game away.
Nicole Robertson and Megan Bray each scored seven points to lead Illini Central.
CPCI 48, Milford 26
Page Poppie led all scorers with 17 points and Heidi McKean also reached double figures with 13 points as CPCI downed Milford in a Sangamon Valley Conference East Division game at Crescent City.
Hannah Dodd added eight points for CPCI, which led 14-6 after one quarter and 25-14 at halftime.