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Defense and a big night by senior center Emily Hanley sparked the Normal Community High School girls basketball team to its seventh straight win Tuesday night.

Hanley erupted for a game-high 28 points, and the Ironmen shut down Springfield Southeast 55-37 in a nonconference game at Springfield.

The Ironmen extended a 14-6 first-quarter lead to 31-10 by halftime and never looked back. Hanley was 12 of 18 from the field and she also grabbed a team-high seven rebounds.

Hali Daniels added six points and seven steals for NCHS, while Brittany Smith-Hirsch collected six points and five rebounds.

"We really had a great start to the game and got up 8-2," said NCHS coach Dave Feeney. "Our defense in the first half was outstanding. I think Southeast had only been held under 40 (points) one other time this year.

"Usually they suck teams into an up-and-down style. We don't mind running, but we want to make sure our pace is more controlled. Our kids did an outstanding job."

Calvary Baptist 46, Lexington 37

Calvary Baptist's Sarah McCorkle scored 16 points as the Crusaders upended Lexington in a nonconference game at Normal.

Junior Lizzi Howerton added 14 points for Calvary Baptist (12-6), while Shelby Koehl grabbed a team-high 11 rebounds. Alisha Strong had eight points, seven rebounds and four steals for the Crusaders. Jessica Kraft led Lexington (8-15) with 15 points and Brandy Bird added eight.

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