The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

February 11, 2014

Blue Devils suffer first VVC loss

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The Commercial-News

---- — MILFORD — Senior Jeff Cann had a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds as the Milford Bearcats handed the Bismarck-Henning Blue Devils a 65-59 loss in a Vermilion Valley Conference makeup game on Monday night.

Milford, which improves to 15-2 overall and 7-2 in the Vermilion Valley Conference, also got 17 points from Alex Portwood.

The game also saw the return of coach John Spezia to the Bearcats sidelines. Spezia has been out since an Dec. 31 accident in which he broke several bones, including his leg.

Bismarck-Henning, which falls to 20-2 overall and 8-1 in the league, got a double-double from senior center Wilde Garowski, who finished with 18 points and 13 rebounds, while Dylan Allen had 12 points for the Blue Devils.

Both teams are back in action tonight with Milford traveling to Westville and Bismarck-Henning playing at Hoopeston Area.

Salt Fork 65, Schlarman 34

DANVILLE — Senior Max Stutsman scored 12 of his game-high 22 points in the second quarter as the Storm rolled past the Hilltoppers in a Vermilion Valley Conference makeup game.

Stutsman, who was scoreless in the first quarter, made three field goals and he was 6-for-6 at the free-throw line in that second quarter as Salt Fork built a 31-18 halftime lead.

Also scoring in double figures for the Storm on Monday night was senior Ross Learnard with 14.

Gannon Hughes was the leading scorer for Schlarman Academy with 11 points, while Michael Simmons had nine. The Hilltoppers were playing the conference makeup game on Monday, as they had to postpone the makeup contest originally scheduled for Monday with the Covington Trojans.

Both teams are back in action tonight, Schlarman plays at Armstrong-Potomac, while Salt Fork travels to Georgetown-Ridge Farm.

PREP GIRLS BASKETBALL

Tuscola 59, Georgetown-Ridge Farm 28

ARTHUR — Senior Brittney Hay scored a game-high 18 points but it wasn’t enough as the Buffaloes fell to the Warriors in an IHSA Class 2A Arthur-Lovington Regional quarterfinal on Monday night.

Tuscola, which advances to tonight’s regional semifinal contest against Arthur-Lovington, got 16 points from Madeline Meinhold.

Cissna Park 42, Chrisman 24

CHRISMAN — A scoreless third quarter was too much to overcome for the Cardinals as they were eliminated from the Class 1A regional by the Timberwolves.

Chrisman, which ends its season at 12-11, trailed just 17-12 at halftime but Cissna Park went on a 12-0 run in the third to take a double-digit lead that the Timberwolves would never give up.

Sophomore Abby Bush was the leading scorer for the Cardinals with five points, while freshman Kodey Bush and senior Chey Warner each chipped in with five.

Cissna Park advances to play Armstrong-Potomac in a regional semifinal at 7:30 p.m. tonight in Chrisman.

Seeger 43, Fountain Central 32

WEST LEBANON, Ind. — In the regular-season finale, the Patriots secured a second-place finish in the Wabash River Conference with a 43-32 victory over the Mustangs.

Senior Miranda Synesael, playing her final home game, along with sophomore Hannah Gustus shared scoring honors for Seeger with 13 points each. Senior Cara Fowler had five second-half points for the Patriots, who improved to 18-5 overall and 6-1 in the WRC.

Fountain Central, which ends its year at 9-11 overall and 5-2 in the league, had only one player in double figures. Freshman Macee Williams had 16 points, while Mackenzie Hurd was next with seven.

First Baptist 45, Chillicothe St. Edward 39

DANVILLE — The Knights overcame a six-point deficit with a 20-point fourth quarter to defeat the Jaguars on Monday night.

Morgan Millikan scored 12 of her team-high 15 points in the final stanza to propel the First Baptist comeback. Joining her in double figures were Ashley Greazer and Mattie Bumpus, each with 11.

Corrections

In Sunday’s edition of the Commercial-News, Bismarck-Henning wrestler Whalen Rockwell was misidentified in a photo with the IHSA Class 1A regional tournament. The Commercial-News regrets the mistake.

Additionally, Fountain Central swim coach J.D. Taggart’s name was misspelled in a story on the IHSAA girls sectional swim meet. The Commercial-News regrets the error.