Senior forward Kelsey Jorstad scored 16 points and Kelsey O'Donnell made two clutch free throws in the final seconds as third-seeded Dwight High School upset top-seeded Momence, 52-48, for the championship of the Dwight Class A Regional Thursday.
The regional title was the first for Dwight since 1999 and advances the Trojans (20-9) to the Herscher Sectional on Tuesday.
"It was a whale of a game," said Dwight coach Jeff Froelich. "Defense was the key for us tonight, especially down the stretch. It was the difference in the game."
Dwight trailed 26-22 at halftime and 39-38 after three quarters. The Trojans limited Momence (22-4) to nine points in the final period. O'Donnell, who finished with eight points, three steals and three assists, sank two foul shots with 8.6 seconds remaining to ice the win.
Megan Kohrt added 14 points for Dwight, which was outscored 19-6 by Momence form the foul line. The Trojans, however, made nine more field goals. Kelli Humbert chipped in nine points and a game-high 13 rebounds.
Illini Bluffs 59, LeRoy 51: Despite a game-high 29 points from senior guard Sam Poppe, fourth-seeded LeRoy was unable to rally from a big early deficit and fell to No. 5 seed Illini Bluffs, 59-51, in the Eureka Regional.
LeRoy (22-7) got off to a slow start and fell behind 22-5 in the opening quarter. The Panthers trimmed the deficit to 31-18 by halftime and 42-30 by the end of three periods. Poppe scored seven points in the third quarter and 13 in the fourth quarter as LeRoy mounted a late charge.
Chelsey Johnson and Laura Karr added eight points each for LeRoy, which sank 14 of 17 free throws. Illini Bluffs, which placed four players in double figures, made 8 of 12 foul shots, including a perfect seven of seven in the final period to seal the victory.
CPCI 51, Salt Fork 38: Junior guard Heidi McKean scored a game-high 15 points to lead the Timberwolves as No. 6 seed CPCI upset third-seed Salt Fork to win the championship game of the Watseka Regional.
CPCI (25-5) trailed 10-8 after one quarter before rallying in the second period to take a 20-17 lead at the half. The Timberwolves extended the advantage to 30-24 through three quarters before outscoring Salt Fork 21-14 in the final period to pull away for the victory and hand Salt Fork only its second loss of the season.
CPCI made 23 of 30 free throws compared to 11 of 18 for Salt Fork. The Timberwolves made 17 of 22 free throw attempts in the fourth quarter.
Junior guard Hannah Dodd and senior forward Page Poppie added 12 points apiece for CPCI, while Jenny Maurer finished with eight. Poppie also had nine rebounds and three assists.
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St. Joseph-Ogden 59, Fisher 47: Senior center Jessi Beachey scored a game-high 27 points to lead the Bunnies, but it wasn't enough to prevent No. 8 seed Fisher from falling to top seed St. Joseph-Ogden in the championship game of the GCMS Regional.
Fisher (19-9) fell behind 11-2 early and trailed 20-11 after one quarter as Beachey scored all 11 points for the Bunnies in the period. Fisher cut the deficit to two points late in the second quarter before St. Joseph-Ogden roared back to take a 28-18 lead at the half.
The Bunnies trailed 40-27 with one period to play, and rallied in the fourth quarter behind nine points from Beachey and six points from senior guard Kalyn Keith, but fell short in their comeback attempt.
"Our girls fought hard," Fisher coach Ben Derges said. "We put everything we had out there, but it just wasn't good enough."
Keith finished with 10 points for Fisher. Beachey led the Bunnies with nine rebounds while Keith and Maggie Kirby each had four assists.
Abby Williams scored 22 points to lead St. Joseph-Ogden. Ashley Runck added 18.