Sophomore guard Ashley Timmerman had a game-high 21 points, including three 3-point field goals, as she led Pontiac High School (11-7, 5-3 in the Corn Belt conference) to a 61-51 victory over Olympia (7-11, 2-7) at Pontiac Monday night.
Senior guard Erin Halloran also had a big night for Pontiac, scoring 18 points. Junior Amanda Sartons added 10 points for the winners.
After trailing by three points going into halftime, Pontiac stepped up its offense and took advantage of the fouls they drew to squeeze out the win.
"We made our free throws down the stretch and that really helped us pull out the victory," Pontiac coach Gary Brunner said. Pontiac made 16 free throws on the night.
Leading the way for Olympia was senior forward Jessica Gourdier, tying Timmerman's game-high 21 points. Freshman guard Courtney Martin added 11.
Mahomet 63, Prairie Central 55
Free throws down the stretch proved to be critical as Mahomet-Seymour (15-4 overall, 8-1 in Corn Belt Conference) pulled out a victory over Prairie Central (13-7, 5-3) at Fairbury.
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The lead transferred hands several times with Prairie Central holding a 43-42 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
"Mahomet played hard and made some critical free throws," Prairie Central coach Andrew Shelby said.
Leading the way for Mahomet was junior forward Laura Morris with 19 points. Junior guard Emily Padjen added 16, including eight free throws. Junior forward Kathleen Donoho added 13 points.
Junior guard Jara Bachtold had a game-high 19 points for Prairie Central. Senior guard Kiley Corban added 10 for the Hawks.
Eureka 57, Fieldcrest 48
Senior forward Heather Myers had a game-high 21 points, including four 3-pointers, as she led Eureka (4-10, 1-7 in conference play) to a victory over Fieldcrest in a nonconference game at Minonk.
Sophomore center Chelsea Prosser helped the Hornets to victory with 17 points. Eureka shot 20 for 62 from the field and was 6 of 14 from beyond the arc.
Leading the way for Fieldcrest was Erin McNamara with 16 points. Alaina Szczepanski added 12.
Illini Central 41, Athens 29
Illini Central (1-4 in Sangamo Conference, 1-14 overall) picked up its first win of the season against host Athens (0-4, 2-14) as Brittany Jibben and Erica Oney combined for 21 points.
Illini Central led 10-9 after the first quarter and upped the margin to 21-17 at intermission. The Cougars built the lead to 31-22 after three periods.
Dwight 57, Plano 52
A solid offensive effort propelled Dwight (15-7, 5-4) to an Interstate Eight Conference win at Plano.
Kelli Humbert recorded her seventh double-double of the season with 14 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Trojans, who jumped out to a 16-6 first-quarter lead. Dwight was ahead 39-29 after three quarters and held off Plano in the final period for the win.
"The girls played a tough game in a hostile environment," said Dwight coach Jeff Froelich. "It was a great road win for us."
Katie Theiss scored 17 points and Meghan Kohrt added 14 points with five steals for the Trojans.
Monticello 61, Clinton 56
Senior center Brandi Pearl's game-high 15 points weren't enough for Clinton (7-12, 3-4 in conference play) in a loss to Monticello in a Okaw Valley Conference game at Clinton.
Junior guard Alex Ornelas and senior guard Ashley Cooper each added 10 points for the Maroons.
CPCI 56, PBL 37
Senior forward Paige Poppie had a game-high 22 points, leading CPCI to a victory over PBL in a Sangamon Valley Conference game at Paxton.
Jenny Maurer and Hannah Dodd both scored 10 points on the night. CPCI made a difference at the free-throw line, making 13 of 19.
Leading the way for PBL was sophomore center Jenna Seibring with 14 points. PBL shot 50 percent from the line (5 of 10).
w Peru St. Bede 51, Roanoke-Benson 20: Roanoke Benson (10-9) had no answer for Peru St. Bede in a loss in the Tri-County Tournament at Peoria.
St. Bede took a 16-3 lead after the first quarter and increased the lead to 28-6 at the half. Angela Oltman scored seven points to pace the Rockets.