Junior Kristen Petrinec scored 10 of her game-high 16 points in the fourth quarter as Bloomington High School's girls basketball team knocked off Champaign Central, 56-43, in a Big 12 Conference game Friday night at Champaign.
The Purple Raiders improved to 10-6 overall and took sole possession of first place in the conference at 7-0. Champaign Central dropped to 14-2 and 5-1.
The game was tied 14-all after one quarter before Bloomington took a 26-23 lead at the half. Champaign rallied for a five-point lead with 2:58 to play in the third quarter as the Raiders went more than five minutes without scoring before a basket by sophomore guard Kendra Gay ignited a Bloomington run.
The Raiders rebounded to take a 34-33 lead at the end of the third quarter and outscored the Maroons 22-10 in the final period to pull away.
"Kendra Gay had the game of her varsity career tonight and really got us going in the third quarter," Bloomington coach Sondra Vogel said. "I was really proud of her effort."
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Gay finished with seven points and added three steals for the game. Petrinec added seven rebounds and three blocked shots while senior Beth Current just missed a double-double with eight points and 10 rebounds as the Raiders outrebounded Champaign 29-26.
Lovie McClom and Shelby Parker each had seven points for Bloomington while Kelly Carter added six in limited minutes in her first game back from an illness.
"This was a tremendous team effort tonight," Vogel said. "I'm excited about where this leaves us in the conference and for the rest of the season."
Decatur Lutheran 59, Calvary Baptist 25
Sarah McCorkle scored 13 points to lead Calvary Baptist (7-5) in a loss to Decatur Lutheran (15-2) at Normal.
Becky Olson added six points for Calvary Baptist.
Calvary Baptist trailed 25-13 at halftime and shot 23 percent for the game.
"It was an all around bad shooting night and we just didn't play our game," said Calvary Baptist coach Tammi Bonner.
Rachel McBride scored 15 points, Lindsey Brungjen had 14 points and Hillary King added 14 points for Decatur Lutheran.