Thursday's prep highlights: Armstrong, Hales help Morrisey net 300th win at Tri-County

Jan. 12—In girls' basketball

➜ Arcola 63, Cumberland 36. Arcola rolled to its fourth straight victory with a Lincoln Prairie Conference home triumph at Nancy Stiff Gymnasium. paced the Purple Riders (14-4) with a game-high 25 points, while Jacey Kessler had 12 points, Kelsey Moore added 11 points and Crystal Ramirez made it four Arcola players in double figures with 10 points.

➜ Bloomington Central Catholic 72, St. Thomas More 27. St. Thomas More fell behind 23-7 at the end of the first quarter and the deficit didn't decrease much during the rest of the Illini Prairie Conference road setback. Ruari Quarnstrom accounted for most of the offense by the Sabers (9-9) by scoring 17 points.

➜ Blue Ridge 36, Heritage 32. Blue Ridge trailed 31-27 entering the fourth quarter before rallying for a Lincoln Prairie road win in Broadlands. Paige Browning scored a team-high 10 points and Mercedes Manuel came through with six points to help the Knights (4-15) break a seven-game losing streak. Addi Hopper scored a game-high 16 points to lead Heritage (2-19).

➜ Chrisman 58, Schlarman 17. Chrisman ended a four-game losing streak and earned its first Vermilion Valley Conference win with a home victory at Rogers Beals Court. Taylor Jones compiled a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Cardinals (5-12), while Olivia Radke finished with 11 points. Adaleyn Miller (eight points), Lyndsi Smith (seven points) and Jaidyn Alexander (seven points) also chipped in for Chrisman. Addison Forsyth led Schlarman (0-8) with 10 points.

➜ Cissna Park 53, Hoopeston Area 17. A steady all-around game from Addison Lucht helped visiting Cissna Park overpower Hoopeston Area in a VVC victory. Lucht scored a game-high 18 points, handed out six assists, made five steals and hauled in four rebounds for the Timberwolves (14-6), who snapped a two-game losing skid. Lauryn Hamrick produced 14 points and Sophie Duis had eight points for Cissna Park against the Cornjerkers (9-10).

➜ Georgetown-Ridge Farm 36, Oakwood 18. Georgetown-Ridge Farm ended a two-game losing streak and snapped a two-game win streak by Oakwood with a VVC home win. Madi Spesard had a game-high 11 points, Kendall Roberts scored 10 points and Addi Spesard grabbed 10 rebounds to pace the Buffaloes (8-8), who led 17-15 at halftime before holding the Comets (7-15) to only one field goal in the final two quarters. Jaydah Arrowsmith and Nikita Taylor each had seven points to lead Oakwood.

➜ Iroquois West 35, Armstrong-Potomac 29. A tie game at 18 entering the fourth quarter turned in favor of the visiting Raiders, who left Armstrong with a road VVC victory. Ella Rhodes scored a team-high 10 points for Iroquois West (13-8) in its third straight win, while Amelia Scharp (eight points) and Kenzie Tammen (six points) contributed. Elle Jameson scored a game-high 17 points for A-P (4-16).

➜ LeRoy 51, Fisher 30. The host Panthers steadily pulled away from the Bunnies to post a heart of Illinois Conference win and bring a three-game losing streak to a halt. Emily Bogema scored a game-high 18 points for LeRoy (14-7), while teammates Natalie Loy (13 points, eight rebounds, four steals) and Molly Buckles (12 points, six rebounds, three assists, three steals) both played important roles in the victory at Dud Berry Gymnasium. Melina Luyando scored a team-high 10 points for the Bunnies (10-10), while Morgan Estes and Avery Carleton each contributed six points.

➜ Monticello 48, Paxton-Buckley-Loda 19. Monticello rode a superb defensive effort in the second half, limiting Paxton-Buckley-Loda to only two points, and cruising to a road Illini Prairie Conference win. Megan Allen had a team-high 10 points to go along with six rebounds, four steals and four blocks for the Sages (8-12), who won for the fourth time in their last five games. Ali Weidner scored nine points and added three steals, while Ashley Stiverson (eight points) and Maia High (seven points,six rebounds, three assists) also had key roles in the win against the Panthers (2-18).

➜ Ridgeview 49, Flanagan-Cornell 41. Ridgeview led 19-17 at halftime and kept the Falcons at bay in the second half to record the HOIC win at home. Kenzie Wesson scored a game-high 18 points to spark the Mustangs (8-12), who saw their three-game losing streak end. Claire Edwards added 11 points and Presleigh Beck had nine points for Ridgeview.

➜ St. Joseph-Ogden 40, Chillicothe IVC 38. St. Joseph-Ogden overcame a 14-6 deficit at the end of the first quarter and then held off the Grey Ghosts to deliver a road Illini Prairie win. Addison Brooks scored a team-high 12 points to lead the Spartans (10-8) in their fourth straight victory, with all of Brooks' points coming on four three-pointers. Addison Frick tallied 10 points, while Timera Blackburn-Kelley and Kayla Osterbur also contributed with six points apiece for sJ-O.

➜ Salt Fork 59, Westville 11. Salt Fork limited Westville to four field goals for the whole game as the storm remained unbeaten in VVC play. Salt Fork (17-5) relied on a game-high 18 points from Alexa Jamison in its eighth straight victory, Macie Russell tossed in 11 points and Brycie Hird added 10 points. Sailor Pacot (eight points) and Bracie Hird (six points) also chipped in during the win. Gwen Bennett had four points to lead Westville (3-15).

➜ Sullivan 66, Argenta-Oreana 27. Sullivan built a double-digit lead in the first quarter and didn't let up en route to a Lincoln Prairie home victory. Emily Miller scored a game-high 16 points for Sullivan (10-8), which is still unbeaten in league play. Shae Ellis (11 points), Kiley Dyer (nine points) and Aeralyn Thrasher (nine points) also provided timely buckets as the Redskins led 44-14 at halftime. Angelina Madrigal led the Bombers with five points.

➜ Tuscola 51, Clinton 35. Clinton went into halftime ahead 20-18, but visiting Tuscola responded with authority in the third quarter to run its win streak to 15 games. Sydney Moss and Zoey Thomason each scored 14 points for the Warriors (19-1), who outscored the Maroons 24-5 in the third quarter to take a 42-25 lead into the fourth quarter. Ava Boyer and Taylor Gordon were also key for Tuscola with eight points apiece. Carly Anderson scored a team-high 11 points for Clinton (11-9), with Avery Smith and MaKayla Koeppel each supplying six points.

➜ Tri-County 78, Villa Grove 15. Josie Armstrong and Kenzie Hales powered Tri-County to a milestone win in coach Joe Morrisey's career, with the Titans rolling to a road Lincoln Prairie victory. Morrisey won his 300th game as Tri-County (15-6) received a game-high 26 points from Armstrong and 18 points from Hales in the win against the Blue Devils (1-9).

➜ Unity 54, Rantoul 39. Unity received stellar all-around efforts from Raegen Stringer and Addison Ray, with the duo leading the Rockets to a home Illini Prairie win at the Rocket Center in Tolono. Stringer scored 14 points, grabbed four rebounds, distributed four assists and made eight steals as Unity (13-8) won for the third time in its last four games. Ray also stuffed the stat sheet with 13 points, seven rebounds and four assists, while Reagan Little (eight points) and Claire Meharry (seven points) also got in on the fun. Jasmine McCullough scored a team-high 10 points for Rantoul (5-14) and Karley Shadix had nine points.

➜ Watseka 66, Bismarck-Henning/ Rossville-Alvin 16. Watseka left little doubt in securing the home VVC victory as the Warriors ran their win streak to nine games. Haven Meyer scored a team-high 14 points, Ava Swartz finished with 13 points and Megan Martin joined them in double figures with 11 points as Watseka (17-1) enjoyed a 39-12 halftime lead. Marleigh Schmitt posted a team-high nine points for BHRA (9-10).