The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

December 29, 2013

Vikings lose final game at Pontiac Holiday Tournament

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---- — PONTIAC — The final day of action for the Danville boys basketball team at the Pontiac Holiday Basketball Tournament went quickly on Saturday as it lost in the consolation semifinals 59-41 to Plainfield North.

“I don’t know if it was playing the three days or playing in the morning, but we just were not ready for that game,” Danville coachTed Houpt said. “(Plainfield North) is a good team, but we were not prepared to win at that level.”

The Tigers built a 28-18 halftime lead and a 46-27 lead after the third quarter.

Denzel Smith had 21 points to lead the Vikings while Jarhead Watson had six points, Kylen Butler had five points with four rebounds and Colin Bailey added three.

Even with the loss, Houpt said that the fact that the team even won a game in the tournament is something to build on.

“This tournament gets tougher and tougher and some of the best teams have struggled,” Houpt said. “This was good for us to see where we are at and what can we work on as we go into the second half of the season and into more of the conference games.”

The Vikings will travel to Champaign Centennial on Jan. 7.

Westville 60, Tri-County 39

KANSAS — The Tigers rebounded from a loss to Paris on Friday to defeat Tri-County to take third place at the Tri-County Holiday Tournament.

Westville will travel to Hoopeston Area on Saturday.

PREP GIRLS BASKETBALL

Danville wins third place

PEORIA — The Vikings ended play at the Peoria Manual Holiday Tournament with a 49-48 overtime win over Lincoln in the Competition bracket third place game.

Danville was down 24-17 at halftime but battled back to tie things up at 44 by the end of regulation and would get five points in the extra period to get the win.

Megan Burton and Alexis Hoskins each had 18 points for the Vikings while Michaela Jones had eight and Ashley Forthenberry added four.

Schlarman Academy was in the consolation bracket third place game, losing to host Peoria Manual 52-45.

Sierra Bell had 23 points for the Hilltoppers, who were up 26-20 at halftime, but was outscored 32-19 in the second half. Janelle Marion had 13 points and Maria Rangel added six.

PREP WRESTLING

Blue Devils go 3-7 at tournament

CHAMPAIGN — Bismarck-Henning went two days against other teams in the area at the Champaign St. Thomas More Invitational at the University of Illinois’ Huff Hall.

Devin Cartwright (106 pounds) had the best record for the Blue Devils with a 9-1 mark for the invite, while Jared Noel (182) and Davin Huber (126) was 7-3, Jesse Jennings (285) was 6-4 and Dakota Messmore (138) and Tyler Pasley (145) were each 5-5

Patriots 4-5 at Bronco Duals

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Three Seeger wrestlers went 8-1 as the team went 4-5 at the two-day Lafayette Jefferson Bronco Duals.

Harley Steele (106), Jordan Horath (152) and Jack Kay (182) each went 8-1 for the Patriots while Caleb Hanthorne (132) and Jacob Ferrar (138) went 7-2 and Devon Acton (120-126) went 6-3.

The Patriots return to action on Jan. 11 at the Athenian Invitational at Crawfordsville, Ind.

Mustangs ninth at Invite

INDIANAPOLIS — Fountain Central picked up three fourth-place finishes as they were ninth out of 17 teams at the Indianapolis Ben Davis Giant 16.

Laine Frazee (138 pounds), Alex Haddock (145) and Alex Fay (285) each took fourth for the Mustangs while Brian Tucker (120), Collin Strange (152) and Marcus Ditmore (195) each took sixth.

Attica was 12th with Hunter Eads (126) taking third place and Tanner Henry (113) taking fourth.