McLean County Tournament

It was upset Tuesday at the Shirk Center as No. 2 Tremont and No. 3 Heyworth each suffered defeats in the quarterfinal round of the McLean County Tournament.
    Advancing to Friday’s second semifinal game were Dee-Mack and El Paso-Gridley, who authored Tuesday’s big wins.
    Fieldcrest and Eureka also moved on as each claimed consolation bracket victories on the boys’ side. El Paso-Gridley won in girls’ consolation play.
EPG 59, Heyworth 37
    The second quarterfinal game of the night had a lot on its plate to challenge the excitement of the opener. The Titans were up to the task with solid defense and timely shooting.
    It helped to have Tucker Schlipf step up in a big way. The 6-foot-6 senior recorded a double-double in stinging the Hornets.
    EPG jumped out to a 14-8 lead in the opening period and augmented its advantage with 17-2 difference in the second quarter, which included scoring the final 15 points of the half.
    Although Heyworth won the third period, the 16-12 difference was checked by EPG’s 16-11 win of the final frame to move on.
    Schlipf scored 16 of the Titans’ first 20 points and finished with 26 for the game. He added 13 rebounds as EPG won the battle of the boards 29-24.
    Andy Layden added 12 points while Jack Weber chipped in 6 for EPG (13-5). Hub Halvorsen and Trever Neal scored 4 points apiece.
    Tate Eller led the Hornets (11-5) with 12 points.
Dee-Mack 66, Tremont 60, OT
    Extra time was needed and Dee-Mack took full advantage in rocking previously unbeaten and second-seed Tremont in the first quarterfinal game of the night.
    The game was tied at 57-57 at the end of regulation and the Chiefs scored first in overtime, taking a 60-57 lead on a three-point play.
    The Turks, who came in ranked third in Class 2A, tied it. Nick DeBolt and Neal Scheuermann scored for a 63-60 Dee-Mack lead in the final minute.
    The game was tied at 41-41 entering the fourth period after a charge by the Chiefs erased a nine-point deficit.
    Levi Scheuermann led the Chiefs with 21 points and DeBolt added20. Neal Scheuermann chipped in 14.
    Tucker Runyon led three Turks in double figures with 17 points. Tremont had defeated Dee-Mack by 21 points last week.
Consolation
    Derek May buried five 3-pointers in leading Fieldcrest to a 62-40 win over Blue Ridge in consolation play at Minonk. The Knights will take on Flanagan-Cornell Thursday in Flanagan in a consolation semifinal game.
    Evan Seggerman made a trio of treys in the first period as Fieldcrest took a 16-9 lead. May got hit in the second quarter with four triples and a free throw as the FHS margin grew to 38-19 in this battle of Knights.
    Seggerman finished with 18 points to aid the Fieldcrest cause and Hayden Carls chimed in with 10 points. Ryan Naas had 6 points.
    Nick Homan led Blue Ridge with 14 points.
    Eureka overwhelmed Lexington 61-41 in a top-bracket consolation game. The Hornets will meet Tri-Valley on Thursday.
    Alex Brittain got going early for Eureka with 10 points in the opening frame as the Hornets built a 19-11 lead. It was a 35-21 game at the half.
    The Minutemen fought back and closed the gap to 41-35 by the start of the fourth quarter. But Lexington managed just six points in the last stanza.
    Tate Walcott led the Minutemen with 13 points. Adam Baillie and Josh Hardman each had 7 points with Konner Tolan chipping in 6 points.
    Brittain finished with 23 for the Hornets. Cade Meiss had 14 points.
Girls
    El Paso-Gridley was bitten by the upset bug in the girls’ portion of the tournament on Saturday. The Titans are trying to fight back and come away with a consolation title, taking the first step Tuesday with a 56-23 win over Tri-Valley.
    EPG will meet LeRoy tonight at El Paso in the semifinal round. The other semi pits Lexington, a 45-40 winner over Dee-Mack Tuesday, against Fisher.
    The Titans progressively pulled away in their romp over the winless Vikings. EPG led 14-9 after the first quarter and 31-17 at the half. A 16-2 difference in the third eliminated any hopes of a Tri-Valley comeback.
    Balance was key for the Titans (11-11), who is the sixth seed in the tournament. Cheyenne Carr led 10 Titans in scoring with 9 points. She also had 9 rebounds as EPG grabbed 51 caroms for the game. Maegan Stone, Gracie Feeney and Bre Kelly each had 8 points while Lauren Hoselton threw in 7. Ashlyn Stone scored 5 points. Kelly collected 8 boards and Feeney snared 7.