ROUNDUP: Maroons rally to beat Wooden Shoes for sectional title

Feb. 23—Robinson's defense throttled Teutopolis in the second quarter, as the Maroons rallied to beat the Wooden Shoes 55-55 in the Class 2A Newton Sectional championship game for boys high school basketball Thursday night.

Coach Scott Zane's Maroons trailed 19-14 at the end of the first period. Then, Robinson held the Shoes to eight second-quarter points as the Maroons took a 28-27 halftime lead. The edge grew to 42-37 by the end of the third period.

Robinson benefitted from a "huge night from Marisa Zane, Katelyn Jones and Addy O'Dell," coach Zane said. Marisa Zane scored 25 points, including three 3-pointers. Jones added 17 points and O'Dell tallied 12.

Chloe Probst led Teutopolis with 20 points. The Wooden Shoes finished the season 19-12.

Robinson, now 27-5, plays Peotone in the Tolono Unity Super-Sectional at 7 p.m. Monday. Peotone (27-4) nipped Watseka 31-30 to win Thursday's 2A Gilman Iroquois West Sectional championship.

The winner of Monday's game advances to the Illinois High School Association Class 2A state finals and would face the Vandalia Super-Sectional champion at 3:45 p.m. Thursday at Normal. The 2A consolation game is scheduled for 7:45 p.m. Thursday. The state championship game is at 1 p.m. next Saturday.

Boys basketball

—Northview 51, Bloomington South 47 — At Brazil, the host Knights wrapped up their regular season with a four-game wiinning streak, beating the Panthers for the first time in 28 years Thursday.

Now 12-11, Northview plays Friday at the Class 3A Owen Valley Sectional against the winner of Tuesday's West Vigo-Owen Valley game.

—South Vermillion 70, Riverton Parke 38 — At Mecca, Aden Wallace led the visiting Wildcats with 16 points as South Vermillion picked up its 14th victory of the season Thursday.

Brayson Shoults and Luke Bush added 13 points each for the Wildcats (14-8 overall, 6-1 in the Wabash River Conference). Wallace and Dylan Conder hit two 3-pointers each for South Vermillion.

Pierson Robins led Riverton Parke with 11 points.

South Vermillion put the game out of reach early, pulling to a 30-9 lead after one quarter of play.

The Wildcats will play Indian Creek on Wednesday in the Owen Valley Sectional. Riverton Parke (3-19, 1-6) plays host to Clay City on Friday.

College track

—ISU hurdler, high jumper honored — Indiana State track and field athletes Rachel Mehringer and Grace Quinlan combined to sweep the Missouri Valley Conference Athlete of the Week awards, which were announced Thursday by the MVC, with Mehringer for track events and Quinlan for field events.

Mehringer shattered Indiana State's facility record in the 60-meter hurdles on her way to a first-place finish at the ISU Open. She ran a prelims time of 8.39 seconds, the fastest in the Valley this season, to break the facility record that she set just one month prior. Mehringer finished off the day by placing first in the finals with a time of 8.50. She ranks first in the MVC and 10th in the Great Lakes region.

Quinlan had a career-best day in the high jump on her way to a first-place finish in the event at the ISU Open. She cleared 5 feet, 9.75 inches on her third attempt after clearing marks of 5-3.75, 5-5.75 and 5-7.75. Quinlan's mark moved her to a tie for fourth in program history in the event. She moved up to first in the MVC in the high jump, with her mark also ranking fifth in the Great Lakes region and 50th in the nation.

The weekly honor is Mehringer's second this season and Quinlan's first career weekly honor. Indiana State has earned 10 MVC Athlete of the Week honors this season.

ISU turns its attention to the upcoming MVC indoor championships Sunday and Monday in Chicago.