OTTAWA — Pontiac nearly broke even at the Dean Riley Classic Thanksgiving tournament, but the Indians finished with a 1-3 mark. In fact, the Tribe might have gone 3-1 (maybe 4-0?) given a timely break here or there.
Three Indians reached double figures as Pontiac opened tourney play with a 64-60 loss to Streator.
Streator got out to a 15-10 lead in the first quarter bvut the Indians trimmed two points off the margin to trail 27-24 by halftime. Another five-point difference favoring the Bulldogs pushed their lead to 47-39 entering the final frame.
Pontiac made a charge behind Logan Barnett, who tallied 11 points in the last stanza. Kerr Bauman hit for seven markers in the frame as the Tribe put up 21 points to make it close at the end.
Barnett finished with 19 points and Riley Weber was right behind with 18 markers for the Indians. Bauman added 14 points while Henry Brummel scored 5 points. Kodi Davis and Tyson Cramer each scored 2 points.
Meynes had 24 points to lead Streator. Benning added 16.
Pontiac's win came against Marengo, a 77-69 decision where Kerr Bauman hit for 32 points. A 26-point second period was the key frame for the Indians as they tallied 26 points.
Barnett chipped in 13 points and Michael Kuska scored 12 points. Weber added 11 — all in the second period.
Pontiac let one get away against LaSalle-Peru as the Cavaliers rallied for a 73-68 win on overtime. The Indians held a 46-38 edge entering the fourth quarter. LaSalle-Peru rallied to tie it at 59-59 by the end of regulation, and then outscored the Tribe 14-9 in the extra period. The Cavs were 12 of 14 from the free throw line on OT.
Weber had 17 points and Kuska added 14 for Pontiac. Bauman threw in 13.
Pontiac dropped a 51-48 decision to tourney host Ottawa in its second game of the tourney. The game was knotted at 11-11 after one quarter and PTHS led 29-28 at the intermission.
The Pirates came back to hold a 39-38 edge after three periods. Ottawa made enough free throws down the stretch to hold off the Indians.
Weber had 14 points to pace Pontiac (1-3). Barnett added 10 while Kuska chipped in 8 points and was followed by Brummel with 7, Bauman with 5 and Sullivan with 3 points.
Illinois Lutheran 47, Tri-Point 40, OT
CULLOM — The Battle of the Chargers went to the visitors as Illinois Lutheran was able to outlast host Tri-Point 47-40 in overtime in a River Valley Conference contest at The Point Monday.
Tri-Point mounted a rally in the second half to forge a 37-37 deadlock at the end of regulation. Lutheran led 23-17 at the intermission but The Point rallied to trim the margin in half, to 29-26, as the game entered the fourth period. Three-pointers from Millie Ruiz and Alli Schuette in the fourth helped Tri-Point draw even at 37-37 by the end of regulation.
Illinois Lutheran made six free throws and two field goals in the extra frame to prevail.
Balance was key for Tri-Point as Lanny Bertrand scored 12 points and Schuette and Melina Schuette each scored 7. Ruiz added 5 points with Lanie Woods putting in 4, Mikayla English scoring 3 and Rosmond Prisock chipping in 2 points.
Marquette 52, Dwight 30
DWIGHT — Foul trouble doomed Dwight as the Trojans dropped a 52-30 decision to Ottawa (Marquette) Monday.
It was a close game early but the foul situation posed a problem as DTHS fell behind in the second quarter and could not really cut into the deficit in the second half.
Brooke Vigna led Dwight (1-4, 0-2) with 10 points while Mikalah Bregin and Kassy Kodat each added 6 points. Lilly Duffy, Njomza Asllani, Skylar Horrie and Ellora McCullough tossed in 2 markers each.
Lexington 47, Fisher 43
LEXINGTON — Faith Keagle nad Candace Watson each registered a double double to lead Lexington to a 47-43 win over Fisher at The Fort Monday.
The contest marked the Heart of Illinois Conference season-opener for both teams.
The Minutemen fell behind 19-4 in the first period but outscored the Bunnies 16-5 in the second to close the margin to 24-20 by halftime. Lexington put up 17 points in taking a 37-29 advantage.
Fisher made a late charge but the Minutemen were able to fend off the Bunnies for the victory. Keagle finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds for Lexington. Watson checked in with 13 points and 10 boards while Ella DuBois had 9 points and Kathleen Heuer scored 6.
Tri-Valley 45, EPG 42
EL PASO — Tri-Valley built a big enough heading into the final quarter to fend off a late charge by host El Paso-Gridley in an HOIC contest Monday. Although EPG outscored the Vikings in the last stanza, the visitors were able to hold on for a 45-42 win.
Tri-Valley actually needed to produce a bit of a comeback down the stretch as the Titans tallied the first 10 points of the final lap. This gave EPG a 38-35 lead. But the Vikings went on a bit of a run by scoring six straight to regain the lead at 41-38 with 2:52 remaining. They maintained the margin the rest of the way.
Michaela Kelly and Jordyn Cannon led El Paso-Gridley (1-3, 0-1) with 12 points apiece. Randall added 8 points and Madi Ehrhardt netted 6 points. Morgan Render grabbed 8 rebounds and Kelly snared 7 caroms.
Addison Ritchie paced Tri-Valley (1-4, 1-1) with 15 points and 17 rebounds.
Fieldcrest 60, Heyworth 40
MINONK — Sophomore Kaitlin White had the hot hand early as she led Fieldcrest to a 60-40 victory over Heyworth in the HOIC opener for each club.
White scored 10 points in the first quarter as the Knights built a 17-2 advantage. White added seven points in the second as the margin grew to 38-8. It was a 56-16 difference through three frames.
White finished with 23 points for the Knights (7-0, 1-0). Ashlyn May added 13 points and Ella Goodrich scored 10 points. Carolyn Megow chalked up 6 markers.
Ben Melchers and Amazon King guided Pontiac to a 47-28 win over Coal City in seventh grade boys basketball Monday at PJHS.
The Warriors let an early lead slip away but then rebounded in the second half with a 19-point third quarter. This turned a 16-14 deficit into a 33-22 advantage.
Melchers hit for 19 points and King scored 14 for Pontiac (8-0). Bryce Robison added 6 points, Evinn Tracy had 4 and Logan Mackinson and Aiden Prendergast each had 2 points.
The eighth grade Warriors fell 33-25 in the late game. Coal City progressively pulled away from PJHS through the first three periods, building a 27-19 advantage.
Anderson Horning scored 12 points in leading Pontiac (3-5). Liam Reilly had 8 points, Owen Stroh scored 4 and Cole Rapp netted 1 point.
Pontiac traveled to Normal Tuesday to face Metcalf.
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