At Downs, the Fieldcrest girls basketball team continued its impressive start with a 54-18 Heart of Illinois Conference triumph over host Tri-Valley on Thursday to improve to 8-0 overall and 2-0 in league play.
The Knights – who are listed in Class 2A as “also receiving votes” or the de facto No. 12 spot in the season’s first Associated Press Girls Prep Basketball Poll released Wednesday, bolted to a 27-6 first-quarter advantage.
Carolyn Megow led the way for Fieldcrest with 17 points and 10 rebounds, including eight on the offensive end. Ashlyn May posted 15 points, seven assists and seven steals, Kaitlin White had 11 points and Haley Carver and Ella Goodrich added six and five points, respectively.
Somonauk 52, IMSA 24: At Somonauk, the Bobcats led 32-14 at the intermission and outscored the Titans 20-10 in the second half in opening the Little Ten season with a win.
Seven players scored for Somonauk (3-4, 1-0), led by 15 points each from Maggie Roberts (eight rebounds, two blocked shots) and Josie Rader (eight rebounds, seven steals), with Katelyn Curtis netting 10 points.
Serena 28, Earlville 23: At Serena in the Little Ten Conference opener for both teams, the Red Raiders fell just short to the Huskers. Earlville (2-4, 0-1) was led by seven points and nine rebounds from Alexis Olson and five points and 10 rebounds from Elizabeth Browder.
Henry-Senachwine 37, Seneca 25: At Seneca, the Fighting Irish trailed 19-18 at halftime before being outscored 18-7 in the second half by the Mallards in the Tri-County game. Kennedy Hartwig paced Seneca (5-3, 2-1) with eight points.
“Give credit to Henry-Senachwine, they were excited and ready to play,” Seneca coach Brian Holman said. “They took it to us for three of the four quarters. We’ll keep trying to find a mix that’s ready to compete night in and night out.”
Plano 24, Ottawa 20: At Plano, the Pirates received victories from Tristan Simmons, Marek Duffy, Charles Medrow, and Landon Marx, but came up just short against the host Reapers.
La Salle-Peru 3,428, Ottawa 2,984: At Illinois Valley Super Bowl, the Pirates, despite Sean Miller’s 554 series including a 215 high game, fell to the rival Cavaliers in the I-8 match.
Streator 2,833, Hall 2,170: At the Streator Elks on Wednesday, the Bulldogs swept all three games and the match from the visiting Red Devils. Brady Grabowski paced Streator with a 574 series, including a 201 high game. Anthony Dominic rolled a 546 with a 204 and Adam Jakupcak a 516 with a pair of 180s.
SOPHOMORE/JV GIRLS BASKETBALL
Marquette 27, Midland 11: At Bader Gym in Ottawa, the Crusaders jumped out to a 9-0 lead and cruised to the win. Makayla Backos led MA (3-0) with 13 points.
SOPHOMORE/JV BOYS BOWLING
La Salle-Peru 2,493, Ottawa 2,278: At the IV Super Bowl, the Corsairs, despite Dakota Bowers’ 458 series, including a 163 high game, dropped the I-8 match.
FRESHMAN BOYS BASKETBALL
Morris 43, Ottawa 42 (3OT): At Love Gym on Wednesday, the Vikings (1-1) were led by 10 points each from Weston Averkamp and Jackson Mangold, while Evan Snook added seven points.