NORMAL — The Schlarman Academy seventh-grade girls basketball team have once again reached the top of the IESA.
The Hilltoppers won their second straight IESA Class 7A title on Thursday with a 44-40 win over Bartonville Monroe at Normal Chiddix Junior High School.
Schlarman had to fight back early against Bartonville Monroe, battling back from a 6-5 first quarter deficit to take a 19-15 lead at halftime.
The Hilltoppers also had to hold off the Flyers late as Bartonville Monroe outscored Schlarman 16-13 in the fourth quarter, but Anaya Peoples put the game away with four straight free-throws to clinch the title.
Peoples dominated the second half, scoring 19 of her game-high 24 in the half, while Capria Brown was the star in the first half and ended up with 18 points.
With this year’s seventh-graders winning the title, last year’s seventh graders will get a chance to win the eighth-grade title. The Hilltoppers eighth graders won 54-28 over Rantoul St. Malachy in sectional action on Wednesday and will play Crescent City in the Class 8A quarterfinals on Saturday in Clinton.
PREP BOYS BASKETBALL
Hoopeston Area 50, Iroquois West 45
WATSEKA — Mason Layden had 18 points as the Cornjerkers won their first game at the Watseka Holiday Tournament.
Daniel Lawson had 13 points for Hoopeston Area, who was up 28-23 at halftime, while Brennan Crose had 12 and Bryce Leigh added seven.
The Cornjerkers will play host Watseka today in tournament action.
Milford 65, Tri-Point 48
WATSEKA — Jeff Cann scored 27 points, including 13 in the second quarter, as the Bearcats won at the Watseka Holiday Tournament.
Wade Rogers had 17 points for Milford, while Alex Portwood had nine and Wade Fox added six.
The Bearcats will play Momence on Saturday in Tournament action.
PREP GIRLS BASKETBALL
A-P 43, Salt Fork 33
CATLIN — Johanna Bruens had 14 points as the Trojans took down the Storm in Vermilion Valley Conference action.