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Camp Point Central/Augusta Southeastern's basketball team took a quick lead in overtime Monday night and went on to a 54-48 upset of No. 1-ranked Eureka in the girls Class 2A Beardstown Sectional semifinals.

The loss ended Eureka's season at 28-3, while CSE, which was led by all-stater Laney Lantz's 34 points, improved to 22-7 in advancing to Thursday night's title game against Midwest Central/Delavan.

A layup by Eureka's Courtney Heffren late in regulation tied the game at 40-all and forced overtime. However, Alivia Lantz, who is Laney's aunt, hit a 3-pointer to start overtime and CSE never trailed in the extra period.

Eureka was within 50-46 with just under a minute to play, but two free throws by Laney Lantz stretched the lead to six. Laney Lantz's 34 points came a year after she scored 45 against Eureka in the 2018 regional final.

"We were fortunate enough to hold her to about 80 points the last two years," Eureka coach Jerry Prina said. "We ran zone tonight and she was still able to cut through it. She has a way of drawing contact and getting the foul call. Unfortunately, we weren't able to get the same results at the free throw line that she was the last two years."

Lauren Ausmus led Eureka with 12 points, while Heffren added 11. CSE was 14 of 26 at the free-throw line to Eureka's 5 of 8.

Eureka led 22-16 at the half and 27-16 early in the third quarter. The Hornets carried a 33-30 edge into the fourth quarter. They tied the school record for wins in a season set last year during their run to the state tournament.

"We gave it everything we had," Prina said. "In the regional championship last year we were down by 13 and 15 points in the first half and we were the team that came back. Tonight I think our biggest lead was 27-16 and they fought back.

"I think if we were to play each other 100 times it would be 50-50. They're a great team."

Midwest Central 60, Fieldcrest 39: In the other semifinal at Beardstown, Alyx Carls had nine points for Fieldcrest, which ended its season at 20-12. Sisters Addie and Ella Goodrich added eight points each for the Knights.

Midwest Central/Delavan (26-4) was led by Megan Teal's 12 points.

St. Joseph-Ogden 53, GCMS 38: Bree Timble's 16 points paced No. 4-state ranked St. Joseph-Ogden past Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley in the semifinals of the Class 2A GCMS Sectional.

St. Joe-Ogden led 27-23 at the half before pulling out to a 39-30 cushion after three quarters. Makenzi Bielfeldt had 12 points to pace GCMS, while Claire Retherford and Megan Moody added eight each.

Class 1A

Ridgeview 41, Milford 39: Senior Mya Tinsley had 11 points, including six in the fourth quarter, as Ridgeview earned the narrow semifinal win in the Class 1A Decatur St. Teresa Sectional.

Juniors Kelly Jones and Emma Nunamaker added nine points each for the Mustangs, who improved to 24-7.

Ridgeview held on after taking an 18-15 halftime lead and 29-28 edge after three quarters. The Mustangs advanced to Thursday night's 7 p.m. title game against No. 1 state-ranked Danville Schlarman.


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