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Thursday's prep highlights: Wesson helps Mustangs past Minutemen

Feb. 9—In boys' basketball

➜ Dieterich 72, Tri-County 42. Eleven points from Braxton Buckler and nine points from Clay Kibler weren't enough to help the Titans (5-22) overcome a stout effort from the Movin' Maroons — who led 41-14 at halftime on their home floor — in nonconference play.

➜ Iroquois West 48, Armstrong-Potomac 34. Eight different players scored for the Raiders (11-17) as they collected a Vermilion Valley Conference win against the host Trojans (12-15), with Garrett Tammen compiling 13 points, Tyler Read amassing 11 points and Jace Pankey chipping in six points to secure the final outcome. The win snapped a two-game losing streak for Iroquois West. James Husinga led the Trojans with 11 points, while Kollin Asbury wound up with seven points.

In girls' basketball

➜ Arthur Christian 51, Sangamon Valley/Tri-City 22. An undefeated regular season at home culminated in a sizable win for the Conquering Riders (24-3) that was powered by 21 points, eight steals and five rebounds from Avery Herschberger, 11 points from Addi Erwin and 10 points from Annabelle Haskins. The latest victory pushed the Conquering Riders' win streak to six games.

➜ Bismarck-Henning/Rossville-Alvin 50, Westville 39. The host Blue Devils gained the upper hand in the second half of a Vermilion Valley Conference tilt with the Tigers, outscoring their opponent 27-20 in the final 16 minutes to snap a two-game losing streak. Beth McMahon led BHRA (15-14) with 18 points while Gentry Elson and Ava Acton added eight points and seven points, respectively. Aubrie Jenkins' 10-point effort Westville (5-22) while Lydia Gondzur tallied nine points.

➜ Georgetown-Ridge Farm 43, Armstrong-Potomac 39. Madi Spesard poured in 19 points and Kendall Roberts added 10 points to help the Buffaloes (15-10) pull away from a 19-18 halftime lead in a VVC game against the Trojans (6-23) in Armstrong. Kayla Crull added 17 points while McKenna Ackerman chipped in 11 points to power the Trojans' offense.

➜ Hoopeston Area 60, Chrisman 15. Maddie Barnes' 24-point effort joined with 15 points from Claire Dixon to help the Cornjerkers (17-14) sink the Cardinals (7-19) in VVC play in Hoopeston.

➜ LeRoy 58, Flanagan-Cornell 36. A superb performance from Natalie Loy helped the host Panthers roar past the Falcons in Heart of Illinois Conference play. Loy scored a game-high 17 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to complete a double-double while also making four steals in the win at Dud Berry Gymnasium. Haley Cox also played a pivotal role with 16 points, six steals and three assists. Molly Buckles also hit double figures with 12 points while adding four assists and four steals as LeRoy built a 32-18 halftime advantage.

➜ Monticello 40, Prairie Central 30. A 26-15 halftime advantage eventually yielded an Illini Prairie Conference victory for the host Sages (12-18), who defeated the Hawks (3-26) at the Sievers Center in part thanks to 10 points and seven rebounds from Avery Weidner. Maia High narrowly missed a double-double with nine points and 19 rebounds as the Sages enjoyed a 26-15 halftime lead.

➜ Normal Community 70, Danville 20. Jada Bell scored eight points to top the Vikings (10-18) in a Big 12 Conference setback in Normal, with Anna Houpt adding seven points for Danville.

➜ Ridgeview 53, Lexington 50. Despite being outscored 9-4 in the final eight minutes, the host Mustangs (11-18) held on to secure an HOIC win on the strength of a game-high 28 points from Kenzie Wesson, nine points from Presleigh Beck and six points from Zori Terven.

➜ Salt Fork 64, Schlarman 9. The Storm (25-5) clinched its fourth regular-season VVC championship in a row with a comfortable home victory in Catlin against the the Hilltoppers. Alexa Jamison scored a game-high 19 points for Salt Fork (25-5), Macie Russell finished with 17 points and Brylee Filicsky added an additional six points as the Storm earned its 16th straight win. Izzy Bogen's five-point performance led Schlarman (0-12).

➜ Sullivan 52, Warrensburg-Latham 36. A night after clinching the Lincoln Prairie Conference regular-season title, Sullivan ended the regular season with a comfortable nonconference road win. Addison Minor scored 12 points, Eiley Poe added eight points and Emily Miller and Shae Ellis chipped in seven points apiece to help the Redskins (18-10) pull away from a 16-10 halftime lead and win their third game in the last four days.

➜ Tuscola 39, Central A&M 34. Four of Taylor Gordon's team-high 14 points came in the fourth quarter of a Central Illinois Conference road victory, with Sydney Moss adding 11 points and 10 rebounds to complete a double-double for the Warriors (26-2) in the narrow in. Lia Patterson also stuffed the stat sheet with seven points, 12 steals and six rebounds in Tuscola's seventh straight victory. The win in Moweaqua clinched a CIC regular-season title for the Warriors, who finished 5-0 in league play.

➜ Uni High 23, Blue Ridge 16. A defensive game tilted toward the host Illineks (4-17) after they mounted a 7-0 scoring edge in the third quarter, with Chizara Onyemere's game-high 11 points serving as the difference-maker at Kenney Gym. Chelsea Lyle led the Knights (5-22) with seven points; Blue Ridge connected on three three-pointers but did not convert a two-point field goal in the contest.

➜ Watseka 59, Milford 24. Three Warriors (24-4) found double figures in a VVC home win against the Bearcats (14-14), with Christa Holohan (12 points), Jasmine Essington (11 points) and Megan Martin (11 points) all playing key roles in the victory. Hunter Mowrey's 10-point contribution led the Bearcats while Lauren Tegtmeyer and Megan Martin grabbed six rebounds apiece for Watseka, which led 24-13 at halftime..

JOEY WRIGHT