Senior Emily Hanley had team highs of 18 points, three steals and three assists to lead the Normal Community High School girls basketball team as the Ironmen suffered a 56-47 nonconference loss to Metamora Tuesday night at the NCHS gymnasium.
Metamora led 18-13 after one quarter and 32-25 at the half before outscoring the Ironmen 13-8 in the third quarter to take a 45-33 lead. Normal Community (3-5) cut into the lead in the fourth quarter, outscoring Metamora 14-11, but fell short in its comeback attempt.
"We're still a work in progress, but we made some strides tonight," said NCHS coach Dave Feeney. "Emily Hanley had a tremendous game in the post and Alexis Oshinski and Danica Fread played very good games."
Senior Krystal Gundy added 10 points for Normal Community while sophomore guard Hali Daniels finished with six. Senior Renna Berry led the Ironmen on the boards with seven rebounds.
"We're looking to the second half of the season and we took some steps tonight to be the team we want to be," Feeney added.
Morton 70, Bloomington 59
Kristin Petrinec's double-double and Kelly Carter's 21 points were not enough to carry Bloomington (3-4) past host Morton (5-1) in a nonconference game.
The Purple Raiders trailed 16-15 at the end of the first quarter, but Morton went on a 40-24 run over the middle two quarters to take a 56-39 lead into the fourth quarter.
"We had a tough second quarter. We just couldn't dig ourselves out of the hole we dug," BHS coach Sondra Vogel said. "We have to get to the point where we don't hang our heads after we miss a couple of shots."
Petrinec had 16 points, 12 rebounds and six blocked shots. Carter added six rebounds and three steals.
Calvary Baptist 63, Buckley Christ Lutheran 31
The host Crusaders had four players score in double figures and evened their record at 3-3 with a dominating victory over Buckley Christ Lutheran at Normal.
Amanda Turbett netted 14 points to pace Calvary Baptist, which raced to a 20-9 first-quarter lead and was never threatened. Sarah McCorkle collected 14 points and five steals for the Crusaders.
Alisha Strong (11) and Lizzi Howerton also scored in double figures for Calvary Baptist, and Howerton had seven of the Crusaders' 17 steals. Becky Olson led the Crusaders with 10 rebounds.