A steal by Olivia Demosthenes with eight seconds left preceded her layup at the buzzer to make the Normal West High School girls basketball team a 47-45 winner at Bloomington in a "Pink Game" on Saturday.

Demosthenes finished with 15 points while teammate Arie Sims added 11 as the Wildcats avenged an earlier eight-point loss to BHS.

Olivia Falls had 18 points, nine rebounds and five steals for the Purple Raiders, who took a 32-29 lead into the final period. Bett O'Neal added 12 points.

Tresoir Newson contributed 11 rebounds and five assists for Normal West, which improved to 6-2 overall and 2-0 in the Big 12 Conference while BHS fell to 4-5 and 1-1.

U High 64, Jacksonville 39: After opening the season with eight consecutive losses, University High (1-8, 1-2) broke into the win column in a big way with a 25-point home victory. Chelsie Price led the Pioneers with 14 points and seven rebounds while Addy Loeffler chipped in 10 points, seven rebounds and five steals. Grace Ward had four assists.

Savannah Jibben scored 13 points for Jacksonville, which trailed, 18-2, after one quarter.

Central Catholic 54, Byron 41: In a rematch of last year's Class 2A state championship game, Class 3A's No. 10-state ranked Central Catholic (7-2) received 18 points apiece from Lauren Shanks and Bailey Coffman to win at Byron (5-3).

Shanks also had 10 steals while Coffman had eight rebounds and five blocks. Lillie Foley provided three assists. Tamya Vaultonburg scored 19 points for Byron, which trailed at halftime, 25-20.

Edwardsville 44, NCHS 33: Despite 12 points from Abby Feit, host Normal Community (8-3) lost to No. 2-state ranked Edwardsville (8-0).

Caelyn Steffens chipped in five rebounds and three assists for the Iron, who led at halftime, 19-18. Kate Martin had 12 points and Rachel Pranger 10 for Edwardsville.

Eureka 65, Blue Ridge 18: Tessa Leman scored 20 points while Natalie Bardwell and Natalie Anderson had 13 each for Eureka (9-2, 5-1) in a Heart of Illinois Conference victory at Farmer City.

Blue Ridge (1-9), which trailed 39-8 at halftime, received six points from Elizabeth Bowns.

El Paso-Gridley 61, Roanoke-Benson 30: El Paso-Gridley (6-1) held host Roanoke-Benson scoreless in the second quarter en route to a 31-5 halftime lead and later, a 31-point victory.

Aubrey Staton had 13 points for EPG while sisters Cheyenne and Sierra Carr added 11 each. Cheyenne Carr grabbed nine rebounds. Roanoke-Benson (2-8) received 14 points from Maddie Monge and 11 from Bailey Leman.

Cissna Park 35, Fisher 33: Fisher (6-4) saw Alivia Spenard score 16 points and grab 18 rebounds in a narrow loss to Cissna Park at Parkland College in Champaign.

Becca Clanton 12 points for Fisher. Cissna Park, which outrebounded the Bunnies 25-18, received 16 points from Jasmine Stock and 11 from Gabby Wessels.


U High wins invite: University High scored 244 points to win by 20 over the host school in the Peoria Notre Dame Invitational. Normal Community was fourth (180) and Normal West sixth (146).

Alabama-recruit Colton Stogner of U High won the 50 freestyle (22.12) and 100 freestyle (49.02) and swam on the winning 400 freestyle relay (3:24.45) with Alex Hess, Anthony Williamson and Andy Ritsema.

Stogner also swam on the second-place 200 medley relay (1:41.66) with Harrison Fudge, Josh Nepomuceno and Ritsema.

Williamson took second in the 200 freestyle (1:48.43) and 500 freestyle (4:57.91) while Ritsema was second in the 100 backstroke (54.66). Fudge, a Wisconsin-recruit, was second in the 100 breaststroke (1:04.62).


Pontiac 68, Wilmington 32: Cam Dawson's 11 points led Pontiac to victory over Wilmington in the Colmone Classic at Spring Valley.

The Indians, who led 37-7 at halftime, had 14 players score.

Clinton 66, Rochester 56: Seth Westfall led the way with 18 points as Clinton earned a nonconference win at Rochester. The Maroons (6-2), who led 18-5 after the first quarter, also got double-figure scoring from Dalton Smith (14), Austin Rauch (12) and Chase Reynolds (11).

EPG 67, Delavan 60: El Paso-Gridley rallied from a three-point deficit after three quarters to earn the nonconference win at Delavan. Dylan Smith led the Titans (5-1) with 19 points. Hub Halvorsen added 16, Teron Fairchild 13 and Jack Weber 10.

Delavan (0-7) nailed 13 3-pointers, led by four each from Brady Vannaken (18 points) and Charlie Hodges (14 points). Dawson Erxleben made three 3s and scored 18 points.

Herscher 46, Dwight 29: Dakota Wahl scored 15 points to lead Dwight in its loss at Herscher. The Trojans trailed by six points at halftime and after three quarters before Herscher pulled away.


Prairie Central wins at Pontiac: Led by five champions, Prairie Central scored 282.5 points to win the 19-team Pontiac Invitational. Normal Community was second (187) while Lincoln was seventh (147.5) and Pontiac 10th (122.5).

Prairie Central champions were Drew Hoselton (170), Matt Kerns (182), Brandon Hoselton (195), Cade Kerns (220) and Alex Steidinger (285).

Other area champions were Lincoln's Austin O'Donoghue (126) and Joshua Delgadillo of NCHS (138).

Area runners-up were Thaddeus Nartey of NCHS (170), Pontiac's Tyler Lanning (182) and Liam Melvin (220) and Lincoln's Anthony Baker (195) and Tyson Opel (285).

GCMS-Fisher 2nd in Plano: GCMS-Fisher scored 151.5 points to place second behind Aurora Christian (233.5) in the 19-team Reaper Classic at Plano.

The Falcons' Cale Horsch placed first at 106 with a 9-0 major decision over Jacob Bray of Genoa-Kingston in the final. Kaden Gream of GMCS-Fisher placed second (113) while Jacob Horsch was third (145).

Tremont 3rd at Porta: Tremont, led by 132-pound runner-up Tanner Finin, scored 145 points to place third in the 25-team Petersburg Porta Invitational. Litchfield won with 213.

Area third-placers were Tremont's Ian Tippett (106) and Deer Creek-Mackinaw's Wes Girardi (145) and Joey Regnier (220).

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