The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

December 27, 2013

Toppers win first game of season

The Commercial-News

---- — BISMARCK — The Schlarman boys basketball team had been working hard to get its first win of the season and on Thursday, the Hilltoppers were able to get that win.

Gannon Hughes had 15 points as Schlarman defeated Watseka 59-53 at the BSN Classic to give first-year coach Jason Henton his first career win.

Chris Kuchefski had 12 points for the Hilltoppers, who was tied up with the Warriors at 42-42 at halftime and was up 42-40 after the third quarter before pulling away in the fourth.

Ben Watson had 10 points while Michael Simmons had nine and Sam Jones added five.

In the Hilltoppers’ second game of the day, they lost to North Vermillion 55-41 as Simmons had 11 points, Kuchefski had 10, D’Angelo Davis had nine and Hughes added seven points.

Cody Wright had 20 points for the Falcons, who had a 29-20 halftime lead, while Brayden Woodard had 11, Jacob Earl had 10 and Devon Sams added six.

Host Bismarck-Henning beat Oakwood 62-45 as Dylan Allen had 14 points, while Andy Bott had 12, Chase Connelly added 10 and Logan Reifsteck and Dustyn Ingram each had eight.

Parker Lee had 11 points for the Comets, who were down 30-18 at halftime but was outscored 22-15 in the third quarter, while Skyler Slade had eight, Brian Rice had seven and Kyle Girton added six.

The Blue Devils would later go on to beat Judah Christian 63-46 to go 2-0 for the day. Allen had 27 points while Wilde Garowski had 10, Bott had nine and Connelly added eight.

Oakwood would lose later to Watseka 58-43 as Lee had 13 points, Slade had eight and Lee Mascari added six.

The Falcons, who won the Banks of the Wabash Tournament earlier this month, got a good start to this tournament with a 60-52 win over Judah Christian.

Earl had 21 points for the Falcons, who was only up 29-28 at halftime before outscoring Judah Christian 18-6 in the third, while Wright had 17, Woodard had 11 and Sams added six.

The Blue Devils will play Watseka and North Vermillion in a battle of the two undefeated teams in the Bis-Henn portion of the BSN Classic, while Schlarman will play Judah Chrstian and Oakwood and North Vermillion will also play Oakwood.

Storm wins two at Heritage

BROADLANDS — Salt Fork defeated Heritage/Villa Grove 58-50 and the Urbana Junior Varsity 62-40 in the first day of the Heritage High School part of the BSN Classic.

Max Stutsman had 24 points in the Storm’s win over HVG, which saw the team pull away after a tight 28-26 halftime lead, while Cole Taylor had 15 points, Ross Learnard had eight and Noah Darr added six.

Learnard scored 23 against the Urbana JV, which saw Salt Fork take a 41-20 halftime lead, while Taylor had 22 and Stutsman added eight.

The Storm will continue play today with games against Shiloh at 11:30 a.m. and Decatur Lutheran at 6:30 p.m.

Georgetown-Ridge Farm started Classic play by losing to Shiloh 77-49. Dylan Bina led the Buffaloes with 12 points while Tyson Reed had nine and Chase Hughes added eight.

The Buffaloes had a 24-21 halftime lead and a 34-32 third quarter lead against Heritage/Villa Grove but could not hold on to that lead in the fourth quarter and lost 44-41.

Bina had 15 points while Rylee Goodwin and Reed each added eight.

The Buffaloes will take on Decatur Lutheran at 10 a.m. today and will play the Urbana JV tonight at 5 p.m.


Schlarman 1-1, Danville 0-2 in Peoria

PEORIA — The Vikings lost their two first games at the Peoria Manual Holiday Tournament while the Hilltoppers picked up a split of their first games.

Danville lost to Springfield Lanphier 50-31 and Limestone 52-37. Against Lanphier, Michaela Jones had 11 points, while Katie Burton had seven and Alexis Hoskins added six points.

Jones had 10 points for the Vikings against Limestone while Burton had nine and Hoskins and Jill Cooper-Watson each had six points.

The Hilltoppers defeated Lincoln 34-26 with Sierra Bell scoring 13 points, Janelle Marion scoring 11 and Shelby Mascari scoring six.

Bell had 12 in Schlarman’s second game, a 49-29 loss to East Peoria, while Maria Rangel had six and Marion added five.

The Vikings will play at 9:30 a.m. today while the Hilltoppers will play at 2:45 p.m.

Patriots 2-0 in first day of Classic

BISMARCK — Seeger started play at the Blue Devil Classic with a 45-34 win over Shiloh and a 41-36 win over Unity.

Against Shiloh, Kiley Swisher had 11 points while Miranda Synesael and Hannah Gustus each had 10 and Morgan Rademacher added nine.

The Patriots had a tougher time with Unity, down 20-19 at the half and up 27-24 after the third quarter. Hannah Gustus led Seeger with 13 points, while Rademacher had 10, Synesael had nine and Swisher added seven.

The host Blue Devils defeated Salt Fork 31-22 as Brooke Walsh had 14 points while Addie Voyles added seven. Jenny Kimbro led the Storm with eight points while Jordyn Woods had six and Logan Sanford added five.

Bismarck-Henning ended the day losing to Watseka 44-23. Voyles had nine points while Winkler added six.

The Storm had better luck against North Vermillion earlier in the day with a 29-23 win. Woods and Emilie McFadden each had seven points while Estella Bush had four.

Rhiannon Grubbs had 10 to lead the Falcons, who were down 12-8 at halftime and 18-15 after the third quarter, while Shawnace Bowman added six.

The Falcons also lost to Villa Grove 53-38. Bowman had 12 points while Grubbs and Brittany Lewis each had eight.

Westville lost its first two games of the Classic, falling to Shiloh 59-21 and Fisher 52-17.

Against Shiloh, Ji’Cee Lacey had 10 points while Krista Smith added four. Lacey also led the Tigers with seven points against Fisher with Adrianne Pate scoring four and Morgan Gallion scoring three.

The Patriots will try to stay undefeated today with games against Westville and Fisher, while the Blue Devils will play Villa Grove and North Vermillion, Westville will play Unity and Salt Fork will take on Villa Grove and Watseka.