Senior forward Mackenzie Roth sank a 10-foot baseline jumper with eight seconds left to lift the Ridgeview High School girls basketball team past El Paso-Gridley 35-34 in Midstate Conference action at El Paso on Thursday night.
Ridgeview (21-7, 6-1) led 32-26 with 4:55 left. EPG (17-7, 5-2) went on an 8-1 scoring spree capped by a pair of free throws by Tamara Waugh to take a 34-33 edge with 1:20 remaining. Each team had two more possessions before Roth's game-winner. An EPG shot at the buzzer bounced off the rim.
Kellie Graham and Brianne Ghere paced Ridgeview with nine points each. Graham handled a team-high nine rebounds.
EPG was led by Amanda Kowalski with game-highs of 18 points and 13 rebounds. Kindi Bullard grabbed 10 boards for the Titans.
LeRoy 53, Tri-Valley 40
LeRoy rallied from a 14-point third quarter deficit, scoring 22 points in the fourth quarter, to overtake upset-minded Tri-Valley in a Sangamon Valley Conference West Division game on Senior Night at LeRoy.
LeRoy (21-6, 7-3) led 9-8 after one quarter before Tri-Valley (13-13, 3-7) outscored the Panthers 18-9 in the second period to take a 26-18 lead at the half. The Vikings upped the advantage to 14 points midway through the third period before LeRoy began to cut into the deficit to pull within 36-31 heading to the fourth quarter.
The Panther defense held the Vikings to 1 of 11 field goals in the fourth quarter and LeRoy outscored Tri-Valley 22-4 in the period, including 8 of 10 free throws down the stretch, to pull away for the victory.
"We extended our half-court defense in the second half and I think it was the best half-court defense we've played all season," said LeRoy coach Brodie Flaherty. "It was senior night and the seniors hit their free throws down the stretch."
Seniors accounted for all of the Panthers scoring, with standout guard Sam Poppe leading the way with 28 points. Chelsey Johnson added 11 points while Laura Karr and Becky Verdun each had five. Poppe also led LeRoy with eight rebounds and five steals.
Jayden Hinthorne and Shayla Pelo each added eight points for the Vikings.
Mahomet 70, Olympia 42
Junior forward Laura Morris led four Bulldogs in double figures in scoring with 19 points as Mahomet-Seymour defeated Olympia in a Corn Belt Conference game at Stanford.
Mahomet-Seymour improved to 19-5 overall and 11-2 in the conference to stay atop the league standings. Olympia dropped to 10-14, 4-10.
The Bulldogs jumped out to a 19-8 lead after one quarter and outscored the Spartans 14-4 in the second period to take a commanding 33-12 lead at the half. Mahomet-Seymour extended the advantage to 58-24 after three quarters behind 11 points from Morris in the period and cruised to the victory.
Senior Hillary Hatfield added 14 points and four assists for the Bulldogs while Becca Ramey and Kathleen Donoho each finished with 10 points. Morris added team-highs of seven rebounds and six blocked shots for Mahomet.
Senior forward Jessica Gourdier scored 15 points to lead Olympia.
Pontiac 54, Eureka 29
Senior guard Erin Halloran scored a game-high 22 points as Pontiac (16-7, 10-3) kept its hopes alive for a share of the Corn Belt Conference crown with a league win over Eureka (7-15, 2-12) at Pontiac.
Pontiac is tied with U High for second place in the standings, one game behind Mahomet-Seymour. Pontiac finishes its season at Rantoul next Thursday while U High and Mahomet-Seymour square off at Normal on the same night.
"We did what we had to do to stay in the race," said Pontiac coach Gary Brunner. "After the first quarter, we played very well."
Ashley Timmerman added 11 points and eight rebounds for Pontiac. Amanda Sartoris had six steals. Lee Miller paced Eureka with 12 points.
Tri-Point 47, Lexington 37
Tri-Point senior forward Candyce Miller scored a team-high 10 points as the Chargers overcame Lexington in each team's final Midstate Conference game at Lexington.
Kristin Opperman chipped in nine points for Tri-Point (11-13, 4-3). Freshman Jessica Kraft led the Minutemen (8-15, 0-7) with a game-high 16 points to go along with 10 rebounds. Megan Sleep added 11 rebounds and six steals.
Heyworth 33, Fieldcrest 32
Audie Springer's three-point basket with nine seconds remaining turned out to be the game-winner as Heyworth (9-15, 2-6) celebrated Senior Night with a Midstate Conference win over Fieldcrest (5-20, 2-6) at Heyworth.
Heyworth trailed 21-14 at halftime and 26-22 after three quarters. A two-point field goal by freshman Samantha Thompson late in the final period gave the Hornets their first lead of the game. Fieldcrest was unable to get a shot off in the final seconds after Springer's trey.
Springer finished with nine points and four assists. Laura Klawitter added 10 points and a team-high eight rebounds.
Alaina Sunken led all players with 14 points for Fieldcrest. Kristen Ragusa had 10.
Fisher 57, GCMS 46
Seniors led the way for Fisher on senior night as the Bunnies defeated GCMS in a Sangamon Valley West Division game at Fisher.
Senior center Jessi Beachey scored a game-high 24 points to lead the Bunnies as Fisher (18-7, 8-2) jumped out to a lead of 14-9 after one quarter. The Bunnies outscored GCMS 18-9 in the second period to take a 32-18 lead at the half.
Senior guard Kalyn Keith and senior forward Casey Hannah each added 11 points for Fisher. Beachey added team-highs of 10 rebounds and four blocked shots for the Bunnies while Keith also had eight assists.
Junior forward Lindsey Elder scored 17 points to lead GCMS (10-17, 3-7).
Lincoln 59, Glenwood 47
Shanan McLaughlin and Christine Presswood scored 18 points each to spark Lincoln to a Central State Eight Conference victory over Chatham Glenwood (14-12) at Lincoln.
Michelle Fitzpatrick contributed 10 points and a team-high six rebounds for the Railplitters (12-12, 4-8).
Dee-Mack 42, Tremont 23
Ashli Silverthorn led all scorers with 15 points and Marybeth Schmidgall grabbed nine rebounds to help send Deer Creek-Mackinaw to a Midstate Conference win over Tremont on Senior Night at Mackinaw.
The Chiefs (12-13, 3-3) led 17-4 after one quarter and 25-8 at halftime.
"Silverthorne played well - she was consistent the whole game," said Dee-Mack coach Tony Riddle. "And our freshman point guard, Ketra Hoffman, had four steals and scored all six of her points in the first game to get us rolling. Since it was Senior Night, we went with seniors most of the rest of the way."
Tremont (0-4 in the conference) was led by Kaylie Endress' eight points.
Illini Central 61, Mount Pulaski 53
Nicole Robertson scored 23 points, including seven 3-pointers, to lead Illini Central (3-17, 2-5) to victory over Mount Pulaski (9-15, 2-5) in a Sangamo Conference game at Mason City.
Erica Oney and Megan Bray each scored 13 points for the Cougars.
Allison Durchholz scored 20 points and Mindy Spear 11 points for Mount Pulaski.
CPCI 54, PBL 38
Heidi McKean and Page Poppie tied for game-high honors with 17 points apiece to lead CPCI as the Timberwolves knocked off PBL in a Sangamon Valley East Division game at Cissna Park.
CPCI (23-5, 10-0), which also got 15 points from Hannah Dodd, did most of its damage from the free-throw line, making 28 of 36 overall and 13 of 15 in the fourth quarter to secure the victory.
PBL (8-20, 4-6) got 16 points from senior Melissa Runge. Hannah Dodd added 15 points for CPCI while Poppie and Jenny Maurer grabbed seven rebounds apiece.
Dwight 62, Wilmington 29
Dwight’s Katie Theiss registered team highs with 15 points, 11 rebounds and four steals as the Trojans ran past Wilmington in their Interstate Eight Conference finale at Dwight.
Kelli Humbert and Kelsey Jorstad added 10 points apiece for Dwight (18-9, 8-6). The Trojans led 30-2 after the first quarter and never looked back.
“It was a great senior night for our girls,” Trojans’ coach Jeff Froelich said.