U High girls down Prairie Central

U High girls down Prairie Central

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Krissa Kaisner scored 17 points and center Alisa Ndorongo added 10 points and 16 rebounds as University High School's girls basketball team downed Prairie Central, 46-38, Thursday night in Corn Belt Conference action at Fairbury.

Tonya Brown contributed five points, seven steals and four assists for the Pioneers (13-10, 9-3), who remained a game behind Corn Belt leader Mahomet-Seymour.

Kiley Corban had 15 points and four assists to lead Prairie Central (16-9, 7-5). Rachael Sheppard added a team-high seven rebounds.

U High built a 36-26 lead after three quarters and hung on despite finishing 7 of 24 from the free-throw line.

"I was very proud of how hard the girls competed," U High coach Bob Morris said. "From start to finish we competed hard, and we needed that to secure the win. I thought a big key was the contributions we got off the bench. We got great minutes from Ashley Brondell and Kathleen Johnson."

Morris also praised the 6-foot-1 Ndorongo, saying, "She was just a ton on the boards. She basically kept them from getting any second-chance putbacks, and in a road game, that's huge."

Olympia 44, Central Catholic 43

Freshman Courtney Martin scored nine of her 14 points in the fourth quarter, including two free throws with nine seconds remaining, to lift Olympia over Central Catholic in a Corn Belt Conference game at Bloomington.

The win upped Olympia's record to 9-12 overall and 3-8 in the Corn Belt. Central Catholic slipped to 14-10, 7-5.

Central Catholic led 24-19 at halftime and 36-31 after three quarters before Olympia rallied. The Saints misfired on a shot in the final nine seconds and grabbed the rebound, but were unable to attempt another shot as time expired.

Martin scored 10 of her points from the free-throw line. Jessica Gourdier added 14 points for the Spartans.

"We couldn't keep (Martin) out of the lane," said Saints' coach Debbie Coffman. "We couldn't put the game away. We made crucial turnovers. But give (Olympia coach) Bryan (Finchum) and his team credit. They played hard and wanted it more than we did."

Stacey Miller paced Central Catholic with 14 points and five rebounds. Amanda Murray added nine points, while Jackie Atkins handed out five assists.

MacArthur 55, West 47

Senior guard Allison Shelton scored a game-high 22 points to lead the Wildcats, but it wasn't enough as Decatur MacArthur held off Normal West in a Big 12 Conference game at Decatur.

Free throw shooting hurt the Wildcats, who made 13 of 23 from the line. Decatur MacArthur improved to 4-14 overall and 1-6 in the league. Normal West dropped to 4-17 and 2-7.

The Generals took a 9-6 lead after one quarter and extended the advantage to 24-18 at the half. MacArthur led 37-30 after three quarters.

"Decatur MacArthur did a good job of hitting their shots against our pressure defense," said Wildcats' coach Steve Price. "Unfortunately, we had opportunities at the free throw line and couldn't capitalize for the second straight game."

Shelton also led Normal West with seven rebounds while adding two assists and two steals. Michelle Henderson added eight points and six rebounds, and Jessica Benchley contributed six points, six rebounds, four assists and four steals.

Laura Dampeer scored 20 points to lead MacArthur.

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