Area basketball from Tuesday

    Aaron Steiner erupted for a big night and a 26-point effort in the first quarter propelled El Paso-Gridley to a 68-49 Heart of Illinois Conference victory over Flanagan-Cornell Tuesday night.
    The Titans were able to create a comfortable advantage by outscoring the Falcons 26-8 in the opening frame. Steiner had 16 points in the first quarter. Flanagan-Cornell cut the margin to nine points at one point in the second period but trailed 37-22 at the half. Each side came out firing in the third period as both teams scored 22 points.
    Steiner’s monster night included 34 points and 15 rebounds in pacing EPG (6-1, 3-0). Dylan Smith had 14 points with Teron Fairchild adding 8. Hub Halvorsen and Jack Weber each tossed in 6 points.
    Jeremy Durdan collected 24 points and 7 boards for the Falcons (4-4, 1-3). Andrew Kozak added 9 points with Tyler Harms scoring 6. Braden Wallace chimed in with 5, Drew Eckhoff had 3 points and Karson Kimpling scored 2.
Fieldcrest 60, Putnam County 55
    MINONK — Madi Hock made all six free throws in the third overtime to lead Fieldcrest to a 60-55 victory over Putnam County in a nonconference girls’ game.
    Fieldcrest trailed 31-23 after three quarters but fought back to tie it at 41-41 at the end of regulation. Both sides played even over two extra periods before the Knights outscored the Panthers by five in the third OT.
    Leah White had 17 points and Hock added 15 for Fieldcrest (7-3). Lexi Jochums chipped in 12 points with Emma Lorton throwing in 8. Addie Goodrich scored 6 and Alyx Carls netted 2 points.
Prairie Central 43, Tri-Valley 34
    FAIRBURY — Prairie Central outscored Tri-Valley in three of the four quarters of their nonconference game for a 43-34 victory.
    The Hawks jumped out to a 14-7 lead in the first period and was up 29-16 at the intermission. It was a 35-27 game after three periods.
    Elly Haberkorn hit for 16 points in the Hawks’ first game since Nov. 30. Emma Kinkade chipped in 7 points, Conlisk and Kari Slagel each had 6 points, Olivia Weber throwing in 4 markers and Taylor Beal and Emily Wilson each had 2 points.
Dwight 49, Reed-Custer 45
    DWIGHT — Dwight made enough free throws down the stretch to secure a 49-45 nonconference victory over Reed-Custer at Kresl Memorial Gymnasium Tuesday.
    Mel Stewart made all six of her charity tosses in the final frame to help the Trojans keep the Comets at bay. She finished with 11 points, tying Chloe Butterbrodt for team honors.
    DTHS led 16-10 after the first quarter but the Comets chipped a point off the margin in each of the next two periods. The Trojans were up 29-24 at the half and 36-32 after three quarters.
    Butterbrodt also had 9 rebounds with her 11 points. Leah Flynn contributed 6 points and 13 boards and Lucy Rieke contributed 8 points and 7 boards. Brooklyn Long collected 7 points and 8 caroms.