The Commercial-News, Danville, IL


November 20, 2012

LOCAL ROUNDUP: Spezia, Bearcats lose

HOOPESTON —  For Milford coach John Spezia, he sees the start of his run as a learning process.

He got to see how much his new team will have to learn as they lost to Iroquois West 52-42 Monday at the Cornjerker Classic.

“It was different for the players to get the new system tat we are running,” Spezia said. “We played hard but we did not play smart because we gave up fouls and turned the ball over.”

Jeff Cann had 21 points to lead the Bearcats while Wyatt Alt had 10 and Jacob Rogers added two.

Spezia said the team was down a couple of players and when they come back, the Bearcats will improve.

“We are OK for now, but we just need to get all the pieces together,” Spezia said.

The Bearcats will play LeRoy today in the Classic.

Bis-Henn 43

LeRoy 35

HOOPESTON — Wilde Garowski had 13 points as the Blue Devils cruised past LeRoy at the Cornjerker Classic.

Austin Toler and Chase Connelly each had 10 points for Bismarck-Henning, who will face Hoopeston Area today.

Donovan 56

Hoopeston Area 50

HOOPESTON — Mason Layden had 16 points but it was not enough as the Cornjerkers lost to Donovan at the Cornjerker Classic.

Daniel Lawson had 11 points for Hoopeston Area while Brennan Crose had nine and David Corneilus and Nick Papanek each had five.



Danville 40

Rantoul 38

CHAMPAIGN — Breanna Keys had 14 points as the Vikings got past the Eagles at the Blue Star Classic.

Alexus Jimson-Miller had 13 points for Danville while Jade Carter had five points and Lynette Buggs added four.

The Vikings continue action at the Classic today against Champaign Centennial.

Mahomet-Seymour 50

Bis-Henn 21

MAHOMET — Abby Bergman had 13 points, but the Blue Devils could not do much against the Bulldogs in the Blue Star Classic.

Lexi Ballard had four points for Bismarck-Henning, who is 1-3 and will face Rantoul today in Classic action.

Villa Grove 49

Salt Fork 38

CATLIN — Heather Ellis had 13 points, but it was not enough as the Storm lost to Villa Grove.

Emilie McFadden had 10 points while Toria Plotner added five for Salt Fork.

Georgetown-RF 56

Hoopeston Area 52

FITHIAN — Maya Green had 22 points with four 3-pointers as the Buffaloes held off a late push by the Cornjerkers to remain unbeaten at the Comet Classic.

Brittany Hay had 11 points for Georgetown-Ridge Farm while Hannah Brandt had nine and Cattie Brandt added eight.

Erika Solis had 13 points for Hoopeston Area; including nine in a fourth quarter that saw the Cornjerkers outscore the Buffaloes 18-6. Shelby Hollinger had 12 points while Hailey Dixon and Cayla Davis each had eight.

Both teams will play on Wednesday with the Buffaloes playing Shiloh while the Cornjerkers take on Oakwood.

Heritage 42

Milford 27

FITHIAN — Mindy Garrelts had nine points, but it was not enough as the Bearcats lost to the Hawks at the Comet Classic.

Golene Thrush had nine points for Milford, who scored 12 points in the first quarter, but could not get to double digits in the last three quarters, while Cornisha Allen had three.

The Bearcats will play Westville in Classic action on Wednesday.




Olivet JV 65

BOURBONNAIS — The Jaguars never trailed as they easily cruised past the Olivet Nazarene junior varsity team.

DACC jumped out to a 14-2 lead and led by as many as 34 points with 14 minutes, 22 seconds remaining. The DACC defense forced 30 turnovers and held Olivet Nazarene to 31 percent shooting

Chris Whitehead had 18 points with six assists, Mike Ryce had 14 points, Evan Blackmon had 13, Derek Shouse had 12 and Ronnie White had 11 points with seven rebounds.

The Jaguars are 8-1 and will face the ONU JV again on Nov. 27 at 7:30 p.m. at Mary Miller Gym.

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