Girls' basketball from Friday

    El Paso-Gridley earned its Heart of Illinois Conference girls’ basketball victory Friday night at The Fort. Host Lexington gave it all that was possible before coming up short. The Titans were able to leave town with a 44-40 victory.
    The game was tied at 13-13 after one period. EPG was able to gain a bit of an edge in the second quarter to hold a 26-18 halftime advantage.
    Lexington didn’t let the momentum grow as the Minutemen rebounded after the intermission to outscore their guest 14-6 to tie the game at 32-32.
    EPG regained the edge early in the fourth frame and was able to keep Lexington in check down the stretch for the win.
    Aubrey Staton led the Titans (8-1, 5-1) with 23 points and 9 rebounds. Cheyenne Carr added 8 points with Ashlyn Stone throwing in 6 markers. Jaycie Schertz had 3 points with Sierra Carr and Addison Benedict each netting 2 markers.
    Jayden Standish led Lexington with 11 points and 8 rebounds while Layken McGuire was right there with 10 points and 8 boards. Raelyn Payne and Elena Steffa contributed 7 points apiece. Skyler Friedmanksy had 3 points and Kaitlyn Little added 2.
Prairie Central 48, Iroquois West 41
    GILMAN — First-year head coach Darrelynn Dunn had to be happy with his team’s effort as Prairie Central overcame an early 10-point deficit to post a 48-41 nonconference victory over host Iroquois West Friday night.
    The Raiders jumped on the Hawks for an 18-8 lead in the first period, but that was the only quarter Iroquois West managed double figures.
    Prairie Central, on the other hand, scored in double figures in each of the final three frames, beginning with an 11-point effort in the second to cut the deficit to 27-19. A 15-6 difference in the third put the Hawks up 34-33. PC made six free throws in the final frame to seal the win.
    Olivia Weber led the Hawks with 16 points and Elly Haberkorn checked in with 15. Becca Conlisk, Emma Kinkade and Kari Slagel each had 4 points while Janeesa Knapp had 3 and Emily Wilson scored 2.