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Mackenzie Roth scored a game-high 22 points and Sarah Hardman and Alison Eyer came off the bench to help the Ridgeview High School girls basketball team to a 49-46 win over Central Catholic Saturday afternoon at Epiphany Grade School in Normal.

The Mustangs (11-1) started the game without starters Brianne Ghere and Amanda Thompson because of ankle injuries and lost Kalee Bedel a minute into the second half with a back injury.

"Hardman and Eyer came off the bench and did a tremendous job as far as ballhandling skills and great defense," said Ridgeview coach Mindy Whitehouse.

Darby Gleeson had seven points and 10 rebounds, Eyer finished with six points, Kellie Graham had six points and 10 rebounds and Hardman handed out four assists.

Central Catholic (8-4) used 18 points from Jessi Kohn and 10 from Haleigh Stopa.Kohn also had seven rebounds, three assists and three steals.

Stacey Miller had eight rebounds for the Saints.

Rochester 40, U High 38

The Pioneers battled back from a 23-16 halftime deficit to lead 30-27 after three quarters but Rochester's Julia Robert hit a layup at the buzzer to give the Rockets the win.

University High (7-4) had tied the game on two Kyla Yeagle free throws with 14.5 seconds left.

"They took a timeout, brought the ball down and spread it out," said U High coach Bob Morris. "Casey Siddens penetrated and when we double-teamed her, she dropped it off to Robert, who hit the shot.

"Sure, it was a disappointing end, but they're an outstanding team and we always have a good game with them. I'm very proud of our girls - they got themselves back in the game in the second half. We're walking away a better ballclub because of the way we played in the second half against the level of competition we did it against."

Krissa Kaisner led the Pioneers with 11 points and Yeagle ended with nine.

Rochester (8-3) was led by Brooke Carlson with 18 and Robert with eight.

Lincoln 50, Normal West 37

Chelsea Leesman scored 13 points to help lift the Railsplitters to a nonconference win over the Wildcats at Lincoln.

Lincoln (6-4) also got 11 points from Christine Presswood. West (2-7) was led by Kayla Braffet's 17 points and Michelle Henderson's 13.

"Lincoln had a well-balanced offense," said West coach Steve Price. "Leesman stepped up in the post position and their senior experience was very evident in the third and fourth quarters.

"Braffet had a very strong game - she pressured the ball very well. But in the second half, rebounding hurt us and we missed some baskets that (the Railers) were able to capitalize on."

Braffet finished with five rebounds and four steals. She scored layups after three of the thefts.

West led 11-8 after one quarter but Lincoln turned it around and took a 21-19 advantage at halftime.


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