EL PASO — Happy birthday, Coach Neally.
Fieldcrest's No. 6-seeded girls basketball team gave its head coach, Mitch Neally, a heck of a birthday present Tuesday, knocking off No. 3 Lexington 50-37 to advance to the semifinals of the McLean County/HOIC Tournament. The Knights (18-8) next play archrival El Paso-Gridley at 8 p.m. at Bloomington's Shirk Center.
Fieldcrest led 25-24 at the half and 36-30 in the third quarter before outscoring the Lady Minutemen 14-7 in the fourth to cement the victory. Madi Hock scored 13 second-half points to finish with a game-high 18, with Addie Goodrich adding 16 points and Alyx Carls chipping in seven.
Eureka 45, Flanagan-Cornell 32
At El Paso in another McLean County/HOIC Tournament quarterfinal, the Lady Falcons stayed with the top seed and No. 1 team in the latest AP Class 2A poll thanks to their defense but were unable to score more than single digits in any of the game's initial three quarters.
Jadyn Mitchell scored 13 points to lead F-C (11-14), which plays Dee-Mack on Wednesday in the fifth-place bracket.
Fieldcrest 46, LeRoy 42
At Shirk Center in Bloomington, the fourth-seeded Knights held off the No. 5 Panthers on Tuesday to advance to Friday's semifinals of the McLean County/HOIC Tournament. There, Fieldcrest (16-5) will match up with top-seeded Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley, with opening tip at Shirk scheduled for 6:30 p.m.
Jaxon Cusac-McKay and Derek May each scored 11 points for the Knights, with Clay Wells adding nine.