SYCAMORE — Four days after suffering their first and only conference loss of the season to the Plano Lady Reapers, the Sandwich Lady Indians got their revenge and then some, ending their archrivals' season with a 46-42 Sandwich victory Monday night in the play-in game of the Sycamore Class 3A Regional.
Josie Ness controlled things for Sandwich with a 19-point, 23-rebound performance. Sarah Ness added a dozen points, with Brookelyn Johnson scoring six for the Lady Indians, who advance to tonight's 6 p.m. semifinal against regional top seed and host Sycamore.
Maddie Jude scored 11 points and MaKenzie Vann nine for Plano.
Elgin Harvest Christian 53, Seneca 39
At the Bureau Valley Class 2A Sectional, the Lady Irish's season came to a close with the semifinal loss to the state-ranked Lions, who advance to Thursday's championship against Winnebago, a 47-43 winner over Hall in Monday's late semifinal. Seneca finishes 21-11.
"I'm really proud of our seniors for giving a great effort against a good team," said Seneca coach Ted O'Boyle.
The Lady Irish trailed 21-12 after one quarter, 30-19 at halftime and 46-27 heading in the fourth. Lyda Robinson scored a dozen points, Arberita Jashari put in eight, Abriana Jashari added six, and Lexi Greve scored five for Seneca.
I-8 announces all-conference team
Five Sandwich players, three from Seneca and one from Streator were given honors by the coaches of the Interstate Eight Conference this week with the release of the Interstate Eight All-Conference Team.
Sandwich junior Sarah Ness, sophomore Jaylynn Vana and freshman Josie Ness all made the I-8 Team, as did Seneca senior Lyda Robinson and junior Lexi Greve. Receiving Special Mention were Seneca junior Abriana Jashari, Streator freshman Natali Haynes and Sandwich seniors Ezbeydy Rivera and Nicole Shipman.
Hinckley-Big Rock 59, Somonauk 46
At Somonauk, the host Bobcats fell in a Little Ten Conference makeup game to slip to 11-14 overall (4-3 LTC) despite a huge 24-point night from Liam Roberts.
Nolan Wegener added 10 points and Justin Steorts eight for Somonauk.
Woodland 36, Henry-Senachwine 35
At Henry, the Warriors picked up the Tri-County Conference road win in a makeup game, outscoring the host Mallards 15-8 in the fourth to overcome a six-point deficit heading into the last quarter after trailing for much of the contest.
Both Collin Hjerpe and Kyle Voytko (four 3-pointers) scored 14 points to lead Woodland in a game in which the teams combined to attempt just nine free throws.
Freshman boys basketball
Ottawa 35, Geneseo 32
In frosh play, the Vikings prevailed led by Jace Addis' 19 points and seven from Evan Evola.