Central Catholic's Stacey Miller showed what senior leadership is all about as she led the Saints to a 60-40 Corn Belt Conference win over Eureka Friday at Bloomington.
The 5-foot-11 guard-forward scored a game-high 19 points, including three 3-pointers, as Central Catholic (3-0 in Corn Belt Conference, 6-2 overall) jumped out to a 18-10 first quarter lead. Miller also pulled down a game-high eight rebounds while recording five steals.
The Saints upped the margin to 34-17 at halftime and kept pulling away, leading 52-24 going into the fourth quarter by outscoring Eureka (1-2, 4-3) 18-7 in the third.
"This was a big night for Stacey," said Central Catholic coach Debbie Coffman. "She hit some early 3-pointers to set the pace and showed great floor leadership by constantly talking and encouraging the rest of the team."
Central Catholic also got a strong performance from sophomore forward Haleigh Stopa who scored 12 points, grabbed three rebounds and also added two steals and two assists.
Eureka was led by Lee Miller who scored 16 points for the Hornets.
University High 65, Pontiac 44
Senior Krissa Kaisner scored a game-high 19 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead University High (5-2, 2-1 Corn Belt) to a victory over Pontiac (3-4, 2-1) at Normal.
Kathleen Johnson scored 13 points and Alisa Ndorongo added 12 points. Tonya Brown had eight rebounds and five assists.
U High got its offense going early, taking a commanding 21-9 first-quarter lead. The Pioneers led 33-15 at halftime.
"It was a good win for us and gave us a 'W' in the conference," U High coach Bob Morris said. "We had a good team effort tonight and that's what we have to do to be successful.
"We rebounded well for the first time this season because rebounding is what we have been focusing on in practice and it paid off for us tonight."
Ashley Timmerman scored 13 points and had five assists and Erin Halloran added 11 points for the Indians.