BOYS BASKETBALL

Morton 46, Limestone 31

Morton defeated Limestone 46-31 Friday night at Vern Woosley Gymnasium to earn a boy-girl sweep in doubleheader action in the Mid-Illini Conference.

The Potters (14-7, 8-1) once again got off to a slow start due to struggles scoring the basketball.

The Rockets held a 15-8 advantage after the first quarter.

Morton used an 11-2 run in the second quarter to narrow its deficit to 19-21 at halftime.

The Potters used a 27-10 second half to clinch a series sweep over Limestone this season.

Barik Olden led the way for Morton with 13 points and 8 rebounds.

For Limestone, Jordan Payton scored 12 points and Caleb Barber added 11 points.

Deer Creek-Mackinaw 56, Fieldcrest 40

Deer Creek-Mackinaw defeated Fieldcrest 56-40 Friday night to advance to 6-3 in the Heart of Illinois Conference.

Once again, the Scheuermann brothers lead the Chiefs to victory.

Levi Scheuermann scored 18 points and Neal Scheuermann added 13 points.

Dee-Mack set the tone early, gaining a 16-8 lead after the first quarter.

The Chiefs didn’t look back after the opening eight minutes, as they didn’t trail in the game after that.

Tremont 71, El Paso-Gridley 69 (OT)

Tremont earned an extra-time win on the road Friday night, defeated El Paso-Gridley 71-69 in overtime.

The Turks were led by Max Bolliger, who scored 18 points including 5-for-6 shooting from the free throw line.

EPG got off to a hot start, earning a 20-11 lead after the first quarter.

But Tremont fought back in the final three quarters, chipping away at the deficit. 

In overtime, the Turks outscored EPG 9-7 to earn the victory.

Conor Honan (13 points), Jordan Wagenbach (11 points) and Tucker Runyon (10 points) also scored in double figures.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Morton 60, Limestone 45

The Morton girls basketball team won the Mid-Illini Conference Friday night, defeating Limestone 60-45 at Vern Woosley Gymnasium.

Tenley Dowell led the Lady Potters with 15 points, while Courtney Jones, Lindsey Dullard and Caylie Jones each added 10 points.

The Lady Potters (25-2, 12-0) used a 15-4 run through the first quarter to gain the initiative early.

Morton extended its lead prior to halftime with an 18-11 run in the second quarter to hold a 33-15 lead at the break.

The win for Morton clinched its third consecutive Mid-Illini crown and its sixth conference title in the past seven years.  

Washington 44, Metamora 38

Washington defeated Metamora 44-38 Friday night at Metamora in Mid-Illini Conference action, despite trailing by nine points to begin the fourth quarter.

Metamora led 34-25 after three quarters, but the Lady Panthers (10-15, 4-9) used a 19-4 run in the final eight minutes to snatch victory.

Lily Harlan led Washington in scoring with 11 points.

Lauren Ely (8 points) and Josie Morgan (7 points) played key roles as well.