A slow start cost Normal West High School’s girls basketball team a chance at the Big 12 Conference title Saturday as host Champaign Centennial build a 28-11 halftime lead and held on for a 48-40 win.
Centennial improved to 20-6 overall and 13-1 in the conference. Keely Theobald led West (14-7, 12-2) with 12 points. Carolyn Peters and Tia Robertson each added 10 points for the Wildcats, who used a 20-point third quarter to close within six points.
“We just had a slow start and when you play for a conference championship, you have to play all four quarters,” said West coach Angie Codron.
Zsayla Brummett scored 15 points and Jasmine Kyler added 13 for the Chargers.
Washington 42, University High 38: Class 3A No. 8 Washington took advantage of cold shooting by the No. 9 Pioneers to take the win at Washington.
After taking a 15-4 first-quarter lead, U High cooled off but still held a 20-11 halftime advantage before a 15-3 third quarter Washington run proved decisive.
“We had a very good first four minutes, but our shot selection has got to improve,” said U High coach Laura Sellers.
The Pioneers (22-5) shot 31 percent from the floor and were led by Emma Stroyan’s 15 points. Chante Stonewall added 10.
Danville 55, Bloomington 37: Danville raced to a 37-17 halftime lead on the way to the Big 12 home victory over Bloomington.
BHS (6-17, 6-8) was led by Mikki O’Neal’s 15 points. Rachel Pouliot added seven.
Fisher 50, Fieldcrest 49: Caitlin Cole had 20 points, 12 rebounds and three blocked shots to lead Fisher (21-8, 7-5) to the Heart of Illinois Conference victory over visiting Fieldcrest.
Fieldcrest was led by Haley Ruestman with 17 points and Tessa Holland with 16.
Tremont 54, Ridgeview 33: Tremont’s Jill Runyon scored 23 points to propel the Turks to an HOIC victory at Colfax.
Haley Miller added 10 for Tremont, while Rachelle Weber led Ridgeview with 10.
Pontiac 61, Mahomet-Seymour 52: Errin Hodges netted 17 points as the Indians pulled away for a Corn Belt triumph at Mahomet.
Kelsey Walsberg added 15 for Pontiac, with Kaela Hodges and Ashley Harfst contributing 12 apiece. Karlee Deppe paced the Bulldogs with 26.
Rantoul 52, Eureka 48: Serena Bauman scored 16 points to lead Eureka in a Corn Belt loss at Rantoul. Serena Meiss added 10 for the Hornets, while Hannah Church led Rantoul with 20.
Cissna Park 45, PBL 34: Addison Stoller’s 18 points paced Cissna Park to the Sangamon Valley Conference win over visiting PBL. Amanda Montgomery added 13 points. Kellyn Maynard had 15 to lead PBL.
Tri-Point 47, Grant Park 42: Kayleigh Miller had 11 points, four rebounds and four steals in Tri-Point’s River Valley Conference win at Cullom. Ashten Melton had a team-high eight rebounds for the Chargers (10-13, 9-3).