MACON – The Troy Middle School eighth-grade girls basketball team captured the Illinois Elementary School Association Class 4A state championship with a 44-41 victory over East St. Louis Lincoln Middle School.
This is the second year in a row that team members captured a state championship. Last year as seventh-graders, they beat East St. Louis Lincoln for the Class 4A title by a 43-39 score.
The Trojans (28-1) outscored the Tigers, 12-8, in the fourth quarter to capture the title. Leading the way for Troy were Lisa Thompson (16 points), Jasmine Brown (12 points) and Kennise Johnson (eight points).
Other team members are Andie Burch, Kaylen Coggins, Janiyah Jones, Destiny McNair, Jayleen Sanchez, Melle Slager, Ashlei Thomas, Akeisha Watson and Ashari Wilson. Most of the players were on last year’s 28-0 team that also won a title.
Lincoln-Way East 48, Sandburg 47: Tyler Vaundry drained a 3-pointer with
five seconds to play in the SWSC Blue game. Jhei-R Jones led the Griffins (4-5) with 13 points.
Westmont 71, Coal City 50: The Coalers (6-3) were led by Austin Pullara
(16 points) and Jack Bunton (12 points).
Dwight 45, Gardner-South Wilmington 41: The Trojans (3-8) edged out their rivals in a nonconference game. Logan Graham led Dwight with 14 points, and Colton Holm added 12. Nathan Wozniak led all scorers with 16 for Gardner-South Wilmington.
Saint Viator 59, Joliet Catholic 32: The Hilltoppers dropped to 2-9 with a East Suburban Catholic Conference loss.
Tinley Park 60, Lincoln-Way West 47: The Warriors fell to 1-8 on the season with the nonconference loss.
Peotone 52, Herscher 49: The Blue Devils hung on for an Interstate Eight win to improve to 2-7 on the season.
DePaul Prep 56, Providence 25: Offensive woes hurt the Celtics (3-6) in a Chicago Catholic League loss.
Reed-Custer 55, Streator 50: The Comets (4-5, 2-2) edged out the Bulldogs in an Interstate Eight matchup. Josh Loomis led Reed-Custer with 17 points.
Lemont 54, Shepard 53: The Indians (5-5) edged a solid Shepard squad to get back to the .500 mark.
Seneca 52, Peoria Christian 40: The Fighting Irish improved to 6-3 on the season with the win.
Minooka 65, Oswego 52: The Indians picked up their ninth consecutive win. Minooka (11-1) broke away with a 23-point fourth-quarter effort and a big night from Cierra Bachmann. Bachmann scored 15 of her game-high
25 points in that pivotal frame. Allison Bugajski and Caitlyn Hoover each had 12 points for the Indians.
Joliet Catholic 51, Rich East 42: The Angels (6-7) picked up a win at the Marian Catholic Tournament. Mia Bertino led JCA with 15 points, while Jenna Hernandez provided 13 points.
Plainfield Central 61, Plainfield North 47: The Wildcats (8-4) got 19 points and 10 rebounds from Annaliese Griffin, while Kachae Donald added 17 and Kartie Kearney provided 14 points.
Wilmington 40, Morris 32: The Wildcats (4-8) picked up their second consecutive win.
Lincoln-Way West 56, Bradley-Bourbonnais 45: Tara Hastings scored 17 points.
Reed-Custer 43, Streator 20: Kylie Balgermann (17 points, 10 rebounds) and Antoinette Hill (12 points, 13 rebounds) led the Comets (11-2, 3-2).
Westmont 49, Coal City 39: Makenna Crater scored 11 points.
Plainfield South 59, Romeoville 46: The Cougars got back to .500 at 5-5 with an SPC win.
Providence 62, De La Salle 42: The Celtics improved to 9-3 with the victory.
Plainfield South 37, Plainfield East 28: In an auditorium dual at East, the Cougars got falls from Lexi Janiak (106 pounds), Andrew Chaplin (132), James Pierandozzi (152), Jake Kendall (160) and Andrew Bejarano (285). East’s Kyle Easley (220) also recorded a pin.
Minooka 41, Oswego 25: Drew Gutknecht (285), Nathan Berta (106) and Jack McClimon (126) all had falls and Connor Colbert (195) and Joseph Cecala (120) won major decisions.