NORMAL — The Danville girls basketball team rallied hard in the second half of its IHSA Class 4A regional quarterfinal against Normal Community on Wednesday.
The Vikings forced the game into overtime, but could not get the final points it needed as they lost 50-49.
“I thought we showed at lot of heart and intensity going on that big run,” Danville coach Brian Anderson said. What a comeback. But we just didn’t convert at the end and that’s the story of the game. We had a few chances and come up short.”
The Vikings were down 38-20 late in the first half, but went on a 20-1 run to take the lead at 40-39 in the third quarter on a 3-pointer by Alexis Hoskins.
Danville was up 45-44 with 19.2 seconds left in regulation, but Normal Community tied it on a free-throw to send it to overtime.
In the extra period, Normal coach Marcus Mann was charged with a technical foul with 22.5 seconds left, but Michaela Jones missed both technical free-throws and a last second layup.
Jones ended up with 20 points and five assists for Danville, while Hoskins had 17 points and five steals and three assists and Megan Burton had eight points.
The Vikings end the season with a 12-15 mark.
PREP BOYS BASKETBALL
Hoopeston Area 50, Westville 33
HOOPESTON — Mason Layden had 16 points as the Cornjerkers continued to stay in the hunt for the Vermilion Valley Conference title.
Trey Layden had 15 points for Hoopeston Area, who outscored Westville 35-18 in the second half, while Brennan Crose added nine.
Kyle Brazas led Westville with 12 points while Jeffery Thompson had eight and Jordan Romo added six.
The Cornjerkers are 17-9 and 10-2 in the VVC and will play Milford on Friday while the Tigers are 15-12 and 7-5 in the VVC and will host Salt Fork on Friday.
Milford 67, Schlarman 45
MILFORD — Alex Portwood led a balanced attack with 19 points and seven rebounds as the Bearcats defeated the Hilltoppers.