Area girls' basketball from Thursday

    Pontiac fell behind early but went on a run at the end of the first half to propel the Indians to a 52-33 Illini Prairie Conference girls’ basketball victory over Olympia at PTHS Thursday night.
    Madi Mennenga was key in helping the Indians overcome a 7-4 deficit in the first half. PTHS scored seven straight points, including a 3-pointer from Mennenga, to take an 11-7 lead.
    Mennenga added a 3-pointer and a deuce in the second as Pontiac outscored the Spartans 15-9 in building a 26-16 halftime advantage. The Indians also outscored Olympia in each of the last two periods for the win.
    Freshman Addison Masching paced the Tribe with 16 points. Mennenga added 10 and Jamie McKee scored 9 points. Lindsey Hunt and Megan Masching each had 6 points with Mya Betts and Cassidy Ringle contributing 2 points apiece and Amanda Fox had 1 point.
    Kaiden Finck had 10 points for the Spartans.
    FROSH-SOPHS: Addison Masching led 10 Pontiac scorers as the Indians claimed the frosh-soph contest 55-48. Masching had 20 points, including 12 in the second quarter.
    Pontiac led 45-31 heading into the final period. Hunt chipped in 12 points with Sam Thoman adding 6 for PTHS. Sam Sipe scored 4 points, Mennenga had 3 and Ringle, Madison McDormand, Franchesca Smith, Alyssa Fox and Grace Myers each had 2 points.
Ridgeview 44, EPG 40
    EL PASO — Ridgeview was able to fend off El Paso-Gridley’s late advances for a 44-40 Heart of Illinois Conference victory.
    The Mustangs grabbed the lead for good, at 37-36, with six minutes to go in the game. EPG made it a one-point game two more times, at 39-38 and 41-40, after baskets from Aubrey Staton. But River Rosales made a free throw and Mya Tinsley added two tosses to close out the win.
    The Titans led 14-9 after the first quarter but Ridgeview won the second 14-6 to take a 23-20 lead into the break. RHS led 35-34 after three quarters.
    Kelly Jones had 13 points and 8 rebounds for the Mustangs (8-1, 4-0). Tinsley added 10 points and Stacia Landry chipped in 8. Rosales finished with 6 points with Haleigh Beck scoring 3 points and Hannah Hamilton and Maddie Clark each checking in with 2 points.
    Staton led the titans (5-1, 3-1) with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Cheyenne Carr added 8 points and Ashlyn Stone threw in 7. Sierra Carr and Jaycie Schertz added 4 points apiece and Emma Baker scored 1 point.
Fieldcrest 54, FCW 25
    FLANAGAN — Fieldcrest outscored host Flanagan-Cornell-Woodland in each quarter for a 54-25 HOIC victory.
    The Knights raced to a 15-4 lead in the opening period and held a 26-7 halftime lead. The difference was 40-17 after three quarters.
    Leah White had a trio of 3-pointers en route to a 21-point effort to lead Fieldcrest (6-2, 3-1). Lexi Jochums added 9 points with Addie Goodrich throwing in 8 and Emma Lorton contributing 7 points. Alyx Carls added 5 points with Hannah Baker and Samantha Vazquez had 2 points apiece.
    Jadyn Mitchell and Tegan Reed each had 6 points for the Falcons and Heather Battice added 4. Elise Kane hit for 3 points and Liberty Vollmer, McKenna Roth and Kayla Van Weelden each had 2 points.
St. Anne 43, Tri-Point 42
    ST. ANNE — Tri-Point seemed to have its second win of the season after leading by 11 points with two minutes remaining, but St. Anne rallied for a 43-42 win over the Chargers in a River Valley Conference tilt.
    The Point fell behind 8-2 in the first quarter and trailed 17-16 at the half. The Chargers outscored the Cardinals 13-5 in the third frame for a 29-22 lead heading into the final frame.
    Abby Kerrins hit for 22 points to lead Tri-Point (1-9). Sierra Hummel added 10 points and Ana Reynolds checked in with 8.