Sterling split a pair of games Thursday at the Taylorville Tournament, beating Mt. Zion 67-59 early in the day and falling 67-51 in the nightcap to the tournament host.
Sean Gingrich was 5-for-9 from beyond the arc, 4-for-7 inside the arc and 4-for-4 at the free-throw line to finish with 27 points in the Warriors’ win over the Braves.
Sterling shot 55 percent from the field, and led 18-7 after the first quarter and 34-20 at halftime. Micah Kendrick was 5-for-5 from inside the arc, and added five free throws for 15 points. Tyler Willman pitched in 12 points.
Mt. Zion had three players in double figures, led by Clayton Marquardt’s 18 points.
The two teams combined to go 28-for-32 from the charity stripe.
Sterling led 16-14 after the first quarter and trailed 46-43 entering the fourth against Taylorville, but were outscored 21-8 over the final 8 minutes of action.
Aidan Shore scored a team-high 13 points, while fellow post Willman had 10 for the Warriors. Sterling was just 1-for-11 from beyond the arc.
Taylorville hit 10 of 20 3-point attempts. Jordan Moats poured in a game-high 22 points, and Jase Bergschneider chipped in 18 for the Torandoes.
State Farm Classic
Bloomington Central Catholic 73, Rock Falls 38: The Rockets were overmatched by the Saints at Normal West High School.
Dylan Leaf had 11 points for Rock Falls, and Cade Nailor and Keyon Wolber added seven each.
Austyn Ellison led BCC with 18 points, James Morris had 11, and Jack Gilmore and Tommy Nelson added 10 each.
Hinkle Holiday Classic
Rockford Jefferson 68, Dixon 47: The Dukes dropped to 7-7 on the season with a loss in the Consolation A championship at Jacobs High School in Algonquin.
Beau Bailey earned all-tournament honors.
Eastland Holiday Tournament
Byron 68, Polo 63: Brady Webb scored 13 of his game-high 19 points to fuel a fourth-quarter rally, but the Marcos came up short against the Tigers at Ludwig Gym in Lanark.
Polo, which trailed 52-43 entering the final quarter, also got 11 points apiece from Trevin Woodin, Braiden Soltow and Justin Young. Reid Taylor added nine points.
Anthony Eddy led Byron with 14 points.
Prophetstown 48, Warren 45: The Prophets scored 22 points in the fourth quarter to sneak past the Warriors in Lanark.
Brayton Lavine scored nine points in the second quarter and 12 in the fourth to lead Prophetstown with 26 points. Logan Henrekin added nine.
Warren had just four players score, but three reached double figures. Ethan Williams had a team-high 15 points.
Amboy 41, LaMoille-Ohio 30: The Clippers outscored the Lions 21-8 in the fourth quarter to win a low-scoring affair in Lanark.
Justin Hart poured in a game-high 22 points, including a 9-for-12 performance from the free-throw line, to lead Amboy. Hunter Zimmerly added nine for the Clippers.
Brady Becker scored 12 points to pace LaMoille-Ohio.
Eastland 74, LaMoille-Ohio 39: Reid Janssen paced a balanced attack with 18 points as the Cougars handled the Lions in Lanark.
Also for Eastland, Eric Langarica had 15 points, Kaden Henze had 11, and Travis Spong added 10.
Fulton 58, Warren 24: Tyler Bruggenwirth poured in 21 points as the Steamers crushed the Warriors in Lanark.
Also for Fulton, Keegan Kloepping had 12 points, and Cody Sanderson added 10.
Andrew Kaiser had 16 points for Warren.
Aquin 66, Eastland JV 38: The Cougars led 15-11 after the first quarter, but the Bulldogs found their stride for the win in Lanark.
Bryson Sturtevant nailed three 3-pointers for a team-high nine points for Eastland. Dylan Bouvia and Josh Dickman added seven apiece.
Aquin finished with four players in double figures, led by Bryce Carlson’s 15 points.
Warkins Cardinal Classic
Erie 42, Stockton 38: Josh Hammer led the Cardinals with 16 points in a win against the Blackhawks.
Alex Staver had 13 points for Stockton, and Luke Huschitt added 10.
Morrison 54, Knoxville 41: The Mustangs held a 31-26 edge after three quarters, and scored 23 in the final 8 minutes to hold off the Blue Bullets in Erie.
Ben Brackemyer scored a game-high 20 points for Morrison. Britt Ottens added 12, while Grant Slater chipped in nine.
Terrence Dickerson was the lone Knoxville scorer to reach double figures with 10 points.
Bureau Valley 54, Orion 35: Nate Paup-Caudill scored 19 points for the the Storm in a win against the Chargers.
Also for BV, Andrew Petros had 11 points, and Kale Barnett added 10.
Cole Schroeder had nine points for Orion.
Newman Christmas Classic
West Carroll 60, Paw Paw 40: Kaleb Plattenberger and Dawson Wurster each had 13 points as the Thunder handled the Bulldogs in Sterling.
Brandon Heiman led Paw Paw with 17 points.
Panthers shine at Abe’s Rumble: Erie-Prophetstown collected four more wins to wind up 8-1 at the 2-day Abe’s Rumble wrestling tournament that concluded Thursday in Springfield.
After a 4-1 start on Wednesday, the Panthers posted wins against West Frankfort (42-39), Newman (57-21), Mount Carmel (41-39), and Reed-Custer (39-33).
Morrison, which went 2-3 the first day, defeated Carlinville 48-24, Auburn 35-28, and Beardstown 38-35, but lost to Cumberland 42-36 to wind up 5-4 overall.
Oregon’s lone win the second day came against Chicago Hope, 42-34. The Hawks lost to Prairie Central 52-19, El Paso-Gridley 31-28, and Wilmington 45-27 to finish 4-5 overall.
Newman, which was winless in five matches on Wednesday, gained wins against St. Joseph-Ogden (36-30) and Cumberland (34-33), but lost to Erie-Prophetstown and Seneca (48-34) to
conclude the event 2-7.