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Deer Creek-Mackinaw High School's basketball team rode a stingy defense and balanced offense to a 54-43 victory Wednesday night over Williamsville in the Class 2A Farmington Sectional semifinals at Farmington.

Dawson Jones scored 15 points to lead the Chiefs (25-6), while Levi Scheuermann added 10 points and a team-high 11 rebounds. Dee-Mack advanced to face No. 2 state-ranked Warsaw West Hancock for the championship at 7 p.m. Friday.

"I thought our kids came out with an incredible chip on their shoulder and really guarded and executed our game plan very well," Chiefs' coach John Hughs said. "We felt like we had to take away (Casey) Tuttle and make (Joseph) Mitchell take tough shots. Our guys did a great job of executing that."

John Blumeyer, Neal Scheuermann and Carl Schmidgall scored nine points each for Dee-Mack, which led 19-12 at the half.

"It feels pretty good right now," Hughs said. "I thought offensively we shared the ball and moved the ball well."

Griffin Keebler led Williamsville with 11 points. Tuttle and Mitchell added nine each.

Corliss 60, Fieldcrest 49: Chicago Corliss used an 8-0 fourth-quarter run to open an 11-point lead and went on to defeat Fieldcrest in the Class 2A Clifton Central Sectional semifinals at Clifton.

Fieldcrest (19-11) pulled within three points before Corliss had its surge. Ryan Naas led the Knights with 18 points. Hayden Carls added 17 and Cam Grandy had 12.

"They didn't make a field goal in the fourth quarter. Everything was from the free-throw line," Fieldcrest coach Matt Winkler said. "They were trying to protect the lead and we had to foul and they knocked down some free throws.

"We just didn't make enough 3s. We played well and we played hard. We just needed to knock down some more shots."

Winkler said his team "really played well the last month."

"We came together as a team and we played every game tough down the stretch," he said.

CLASS 3A

Lincoln 40, Sacred Heart-Griffin 26: Isaiah Bowers netted 17 points and grabbed six rebounds to lead the Railsplitters to a Class 3A regional semifinal win at Rochester. Drew Bacon also had six boards and two blocks for Lincoln, which held Sacred Heart-Griffin to 23.7 percent field goal shooting.

The Class 3A No. 10-ranked Railers (25-5) advance to face No. 6-ranked Springfield Lanphier in the title game at 7 p.m. on Friday night.

Pontiac 61, Streator 54: Ryan Weir totaled 18 points as fifth-seeded Pontiac rallied in the fourth quarter to topple Streator in the 3A Herscher Regional semifinals.

Alden Rutledge added 13 for the Indians (16-12), who trailed 49-45 with 5½ minutes left and pulled away from a 51-51 tie with 2½ minutes to go. Pontiac will play second-seeded host Herscher in Friday's title contest.

Kyle Cantrell scored 17 and Wes Jolly added 15 for the third-seeded Bulldogs (19-9).

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Kraft in Three-Point Showdown: Normal Community junior Cassi Kraft will represent the area Thursday in the COUNTRY Financial Class 4A Three-Point Showdown at Redbird Arena.

Kraft is among 32 state qualifiers in Class 4A. The same number will compete in Class 3A during Thursday's 5 p.m. preliminaries. The top four in each class advance to the finals on Friday during the 3A and 4A state tournaments.

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