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While the Olympia High School basketball team was bombing away from long range, Prairie Central's Ben Herr was quietly getting the job done down low.

Herr poured in a game-high 22 points to lead the Hawks (6-3 overall, 3-1 in the Corn Belt Conference) to a 46-39 victory over the Spartans in a conference battle at Fairbury.

Olympia hit six 3-pointers in the game, led by two each from Jake Schmidgall and Alex Frantz. Both finished with six points.

The Spartans grabbed a quick 9-3 lead after the first quarter, but Prairie Central tied the game at 16 at the half and took a 30-25 lead heading into the third quarter.

Phillip Short had 13 rebounds and five assists to go with 11 points for the Hawks.

Fisher 51, Lexington 47

Fisher's Kyle Wantland scored a team-high 17 points as the Bunnies edged previously-unbeaten Lexington (3-1) in a noconference match-up at Fisher.

Kayl Thomas recorded 12 points, and Mitch Elkins added 11 for the Bunnies. Junior guard Alex Tanney led Lexington with a game-high 22 points, while David Schuler chipped in eight.

Fisher led 10-7 after the first quarter and 17-13 at halftime. In the second half, the Bunnies retained a slight advantage and held on for the victory.

The Bunnies converted 11 free throw attempts, while Lexington made just four.

Putnam County 60, Streator 46

Martin Warren and Carlton Ray combined for 36 points as Putnam County defeated Streator in a nonconference game at Streator.

Streator (1-7) trailed only 48-43 margin entering the final period. Putnam County outscored the Bulldogs 12-3 in the fourth quarter to pull away for the win.

Brooks Martin scored a game-high 20 points for Streator while Brandon VanDuzer added 10 points for the Bulldogs.

LeRoy 61, Clinton 57

LeRoy senior center Derek Dean posted 22 points and five rebounds as the Panthers (2-5) overcame Clinton in a nonconference game at Clinton.

Morris Miles registered 15 points and five rebounds for LeRoy, and Brian Alexander added 12 points with five rebounds.

Clinton was led by Kameron Bell's 21 points and game-high 15 rebounds. John Smith posted a double-double for the Maroons with 10 points and 10 boards.

The Panthers jumped out to a nine point lead in the first half, and led by 16 heading into the final period. Clinton mounted a comeback, outscoring LeRoy by 12 points in the fourth quarter, before falling short.


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