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Arie Sims scored a game-high 20 points as Normal West High School downed Peoria Manual, 67-54, in a Big 12 Conference girls basketball game Thursday at Normal.

The Wildcats (14-9, 5-3) also received 11 points from Olivia Demosthenes. Maggie Rena contributed a team-high six rebounds, while Whitney Bozarth had five steals.

West took an 18-11 lead after the first quarter. The Wildcats stretched the margin to 36-28 at halftime before taking a 12-point lead into the fourth quarter.

NCHS 74, Peoria High 52: Maya Wong had 14 points to lead four scorers in doubles figures as host Normal Community (21-5, 8-1) cruised to a Big 12 win over Peoria High.

Caelyn Steffens added 13, Kylee Schneringer scored 11 while Abby Feit chipped in 10 points and eight rebounds for NCHS, which led 34-24 at the half before going on a 23-14 run in the third quarter to seal the win.

Peoria High (19-7, 7-2) got 16 points from Jenna Beck.

U High 43, Eisenhower 32: Grace Ward scored 14 points to lead the Pioneers to an Illini Prairie Conference victory at Normal.

Addy Loeffler had six points, five reboundds and four assists for U High which outscored Eisenhower, 30-20, in the second half. Seven Sassano had a game-high 17 points for Decatur Eisenhower.

Eureka 57, Fisher 36: Natalie Bardwell led all scorers with 19 points to lead host Eureka (23-3, 12-1) over Fisher as the Hornets clinched their second straight Heart of Illinois Conference title.

Tessa Leman scored 12 of her 15 points in the first quarter to stake the Hornets to a 21-3 lead. Alivia Spenard led Fisher with 14 points.

Lexington 56, Heyworth 50: Layken McGuire scored 15 points and Jayden Standish added 14 as host Lexington posted an HOIC upset over Heyworth.

Heyworth got 17 a game-high 17 points form Stephanie Brown and 13 from Riley Ryburn.

El Paso-Gridley 44, Tremont 28: Sierra Carr and Aubrey Staton combined for 32 points to lead El Paso-Gridley past Tremont in a HOIC contest at El Paso. Staton also pulled down 10 rebounds for the Titans (20-6, 9-4).

Tremont (11-17, 8-5) got 11 points and 13 rebounds from Vanessa Ehnle.

Tri-Valley 48, Blue Ridge 30: Hannah Rudsinski had 14 points, Libbie Kussmann added 11 to power Tri-Valley to an HOIC win at Farmer City.

Jenna Mozingo had nine points to lead Blue Ridge.

GCMS 47, Ridgeview 45: Claire Retherford and Megan Moody scored 13 points each as Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley edged Ridgeview in an HOIC contest at Colfax.

Mya Tinsley had 14 points and Kelly Jones added 11 for Ridgeview.

LeRoy 42, FCW 39: Megan Woltkamp scored 10 of her 14 points in the fourth quarter as LeRoy rallied to down Flanagan-Cornell-Woodland in HOIC action at Flanagan.

Danielle Hanshew paced LeRoy, which trailed 28-20 entering the fourth quarter, with 17 points. Jadyn Mitchell scored a game-high 19 points for FCW.

Fieldcrest 45, Dee-Mack 34: Leah White went 8 of 8 at the free throw line and scored 23 points to spark Fieldcrest past Deer Creek-Mackinaw in an HOIC game at Minonk. Dee-Mack was led by Jessica Carithers with 13 points.

Monticello 47, Olympia 32: Colby Burt scored 10 points as Olympia fell to Monticello in Illini Prairie Conference play at Stanford.

Tatum McCall had 18 points to lead Monticello.

Pontiac 48, Rantoul 20: Megan Masching led the way with 11 points as Pontiac cruised past visiting Rantoul in an Illini Prairie Conference game. Addison Masching added nine points for the Indians.

Clinton 44, Sullivan 42: Madison Filkin scored 16 points and Alyssa Saulsbery added 11 as host Clinton (12-14, 4-3) slipped past Sullivan in a Central Ilinois Conference game.

St. Thomas More 73, Prairie Central 25: St. Thomas More took a 23-9 lead after the first quarter and coasted past Prairie Central in an Illini Conference game at Champaign. Emily Wilson led the Hawks with six points.

Illini Central 61, Mount Pulaski 44: Skylar Hayes scored a game-high 20 points in the Hilltoppers' loss to Illini Central at Mason City.

Watseka 68, Dwight 45: Leah Flynn contributed nine points and 12 rebounds for host Dwight (12-10, 3-4) in a Sangamon Valley Conference loss to Watseka.



Reporter for Lee Enterprises Central Illinois.

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