RANTOUL - Turnovers ultimately meant the difference in the game for the Pioneers Thursday night as Urbana rallied in the fourth quarter to beat the University High School girls basketball team, 57-47, in a semifinal of the Rantoul Class AA Regional.
U High (15-12) jumped out to an early lead and led 19-10 after one quarter and 29-20 at the intermission before Urbana began to rally.
Urbana outscored the Pioneers 15-9 in the third period to pull within 38-35 with one period to play and added 22 points in the fourth quarter to take the lead and pull away.
"We had control in the first half, but in the fourth quarter their pressure defense got to us and caused turnovers that led to quick points," said U High coach Bob Morris.
No. 12-seeded Urbana outscored the No. 7-seeded Pioneers, 14-2, at the free throw line.
Senior Krissa Kaisner scored 14 points, including four 3-point baskets, to lead U High while senior center Alisa Ndorongo added 12 points and seven rebounds to lead the Pioneers on the boards. Junior forward Natalie Larson had eight points while senior guard Tonya Brown contributed five points and a team-high eight assists.
"I'm very proud of this team," Morris said. "Krissa Kaisner and Alisa Ndorongo played very hard and very well. The five seniors on this team were a great addition to this program."