PEORIA – Seton Academy beat Winnebago at its own game Friday evening, hitting from distance while bottling up the Indians’ shooters to run away with a 62-37 victory in the Class 2A state tournament semifinals at Carver Arena.
The Sting (21-10) hit five of their nine 3-point attempts, and shot 45 percent from the field (23-for-51), all while limiting Winnebago (32-1) to 22 percent (15-for-68) from the floor and a dismal 12 percent (4-for-34) from beyond the arc.
The Indians had made 219 3s on the season coming into the game, but never found a rhythm. They hit just one of their 15 shots from long range in the first half, and Seton took advantage.
The Sting went on a 19-0 first-half run and led 37-16 at halftime. Seton shot 9-for-13 during the run, while Winnebago missed all 13 of its shots and committed three turnovers.
“We haven’t scored that many points in 2 months, maybe,” Seton coach Brandon Thomas said. “We shot the ball extremely well in the first half.
“Also, I thought we did a good job knowing were certain [Winnebago] guys were.”
Mark Weems Jr. had 16 points and seven rebounds for Seton, which will play top-ranked Harrisburg for the 2A championship at 8:15 tonight. Johnny Patterson added 12 points and six boards, Armahn Mooring chipped in 11 points, and Alex Foster finished with seven points, nine rebounds, three assists and three blocks.
Matt Reinke (15 points, 7 rebounds) and Jacoby Posley (12 points, 6 rebounds) paced Winnebago, but combined to shoot 11-for-41 (27 percent) from the field and 4-for-23 (17 percent) from 3-point range. The Indians will face St. Joseph-Ogden in the 2A third-place game at 6:30 tonight.
Harrisburg 53, St. Joseph-Ogden 43: Bahari Amaya’s 3-pointer with 3:58 to play broke a 42-all tie and sent top-ranked Harrisburg into the state title game.
Amaya’s 3 kick-started a game-closing 11-1 run by the Bulldogs, after they had surrendered an 11-point second-half lead. Harrisburg (32-1) led 31-20 after Dakota Upchurch’s bucket to open the third quarter, but St. Joe-Ogden answered with a 17-5 run over the next 8 minutes, 10 seconds to take its first lead of the game at 37-36 with 7:32 to go.
Brent Schluter’s 3 with 6:54 to play put the Spartans up 40-38, but that would be their final lead. Aaron Woller’s free throws with 4:16 to go tied the score at 42, setting up Harrisburg’s game-winning surge.
Amaya had 13 points and six rebounds to pace Harrisburg, which will play Seton Academy for the 2A championship. Capel Henshaw had 13 points and five boards, while Eli Taborn-Scott finished with nine points, five rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks.
Schluter had 14 points and eight rebounds for St. Joe-Ogden, and Nate Michael added 11 points and five boards. Dalton Walsh had seven points and four assists, and Austin Hesterberg chipped in four points, nine rebounds, three assists and three steals.
Illini Central 52, Nokomis 38: Duncan McClure’s game-high 25 points and 12 rebounds sent top-ranked Illini Central into the 1A title game, avenging a one-point loss to Carrollton in last year’s semifinals.
“We were very close [to the finals last year] and that kind of stuck with us going into this game,” Illini Central senior guard Jared Entwistle said.
The 6-foot-4 McClure scored 14 straight second-half points, including all 12 for the Cougars (27-5) in the third quarter.
Entwistle added 12 points and six assists for Illini Central, which will face Madison for the 1A championship at 2 p.m. today.
“Duncan was just huge inside,” Illini Central coach John Giesler said. “That was something we thought we could take advantage of.”
Devon Wright led Nokomis (24-10) with 21 points, nine rebounds and three steals. The Redskins will play Eastland for third place today at 12:15 p.m.