McLean County Tourney
For the first time, the McLean County Tournament tipped off outside of the county as El Paso-Gridley hosted the first round on Saturday.
The tourney stayed out of the county Monday as the girls played at Eureka College. Ridgeview relied on defense to move on to the semifinal round of the girls' portion of the McLean County Tournament Monday. Fieldcrest will be the opponent as the Knights also claimed victory.
Ridgeview defeated Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley 34-16. The Mustangs allowed GCMS a mere two points over the second and third frames.
Grace Ward had 9 points for the Mustangs. Jordan Talley and Stacia Landry each chipped in 6 points. Mackenzie Beilfeldt had 8 points for the Falcons.
Fieldcrest was able to slip away in the second half against Flanagan-Cornell-Woodland to move on. The Knights posted a 41-33 victory and will meet Ridgeview in Thursday's first semifinal game at the Shirk Center.
Fieldcrest led 14-13 at the intermission and then outscored FCW 15-11 in the third quarter and 12-9 in the fourth.
Gwen Lohr-Fandel scored 13 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for the Knights (17-6). Kianna Klendworth threw in 11 points and Leah White scored 9.
Rachael Quaritsch led FCW with 13 points. Korbin Collins collected 9 points and 11 boards and Jayden Mitchell had 6 points and 8 boards. Samantha Lyons snared 12 caroms.
Top-seed Ridgeview got the first day off and played the first quarterfinal game Monday at the Shirk Center. Second-seed Tremont also drew a bye and will play tonight.
The Mustangs took on ninth-seed LeRoy Monday (see story at left). The Panthers got past Tri-Valley in a mild upset as the Vikings came in as the eighth seed.
Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley played Fisher Monday evening in the second quarterfinal game. GCMS topped Lexington 85-45 on Saturday. The Falcons erupted for 54 points in the middle two periods for the win.
Ryland Holt had 18 points and Mitch McNutt added 16 for the Falcons (12-5). Tate Walcott led Lexington (6-10) with 10 points. Adam Baillie and Josh Hardman added 8 points apiece.
Fisher advanced with a 60-39 win over Eureka. The Bunnies bounded away wit ha 20-9 fourth-quarter difference. Zach Griffith poured in 26 points for Fisher (12-6). Keaton Greene's 9 points led Eureka (1-13).
Tremont will face Dee-Mack on Tuesday's slate. The Chiefs took advantage of a depleted Flanagan-Cornell squad 48-29. Dawson Jones had 14 points for the Chiefs (9-8). Brian Albertson paced the Falcons (5-12) with 16.
No. 3 Heyworth rolled past Blue Ridge 80-24. The Hornets led 51-13 at the half. Matt Schultz scored 24 points and Cameron Williams added 21 for the Hornets (11-4), will face El Paso-Gridley in the final quarterfinal contest.
The Titans (12-5) roughed up Fieldcrest 52-39 Saturday. Andy Layden led a balanced EPG attack with 10 points. Aaron Steiner added 9 points while Tyler Russell and Tucker Schlipf each had 8. Cam Grandy's 7 points led Fieldcrest (6-12). Coty Johnson and Clay Wells each had 6 points for the Knights.
Top-seed Ridgeview and No. 2 Eureka drew first-round byes and played their quarterfinal games on Monday at Eureka College.
The Mustangs took on GCMS, a 36-33 winner over Fisher Saturday. Megan Moody had 17 points for the Falcons (7-14), who scored the final three points of the game to break a 33-33 tie.
Fieldcrest romped to a 60-21 win over Lexington. The fourth-seeded Knights were led by Gwen Lohr-Fandel with 15 points. Claire Weers added 14. FHS led 35-15 at the half and 48-17 after three periods. Raelyn Payne led the Minutemen (2-14) with 8 points.
FCW was able to withstand a third-quarter rally by Dee-Mack to claim a 42-36 win. The fifth-seeded Falcons (11-10) had a 26-8 halftime lead but was up 31-25 after three periods. Rachael Quaritsch burned the Chiefs for 26 points and Kayla Van Weelden threw in 10. Chelsea Pawlak had 14 for Dee-Mack (7-11).
Tremont got past LeRoy 48-31 to advance to the quarters opposite Eureka. Vanessa Ehnle had 15 points for the Turks (10-11). Megan Woltkamp and Skielr Trenkle each scored 11 for the Panthers (6-13).
The upset of the tournament came in the final game as No. 11 Blue Ridge stunned No. 6 EPG on the Titans' second home floor. The Knights moved on to face Heyworth wit ha 38-32 win. The game was tied at 28-28 when Blue Ridge went on a 10-1 run. Josie Grammer had 19 for the Knights. Cheyenne Carr led EPG (10-11) with 9 points. Lauren Hoselton added 8.