WILLIAMSVILLE -- Pleasant Plains' big 26-point second quarter put the game out of reach of Warrensburg-Latham, 60-46, Wednesday at the Williamsville Holiday Tournament.
A slow first quarter saw Pleasant Plains leading 8-2 when they would have a scoring burst and outscore Warrensburg 26-11 in the second quarter.
"We got off to a bad first half," Warrensburg-Latham coach Vic Binkley said. "We woke up in the third quarter and played even in the fourth quarter but we couldn't recover from the bad start."
Warrensburg's Joe Gustafson led all scorers with 17 points and added six rebounds. Mitch Leathers racked up 10 points and five rebounds.
In a battle of two Cardinals teams, Pleasant Plains won the rebounding battle 42-22.
Joel Niermann led Pleasant Plains with 15 points and Nick Savage scored 13.
Shelbyville 71, South Central 61
VANDALIA— Shelbyville boys basketball defeated South Central, 71-61, and made themselves 10-0 for the season on day two of the 46th Annual Vandalia Holiday Tournament.
For Shelbyville, Malcolm Miller led with 34 points. Turner Pullen had 15 points and Colten Reed added 11 points.
The Rams will continue in the tournament at 8 p.m. today against Flora.
North Clay 48, Arcola 39
Dieterich 75, Arcola 32
DIETERICH— Arcola boys basketball was defeated by North Clay in the Dieterich Boys Holiday Tournament on Wednesday.
For the Purple Riders, Alec Davila was the scoring leader with nine points.
In their second game of the day, Arcola fell to Dieterich, 75-32.
Hugo Garza led the Purple Riders with 10 points.
Arcola is now 3-7 for the season and plays Okaw Valley for third place in the tournament today at 4 p.m.
Newton 61, Okaw Valley 38
DIETERICH—Newton won the right to play for the championship of the Dieterich Holiday Tournament by defeating Okaw Valley, 61-38.
Newton jumped out to a 14-4 lead in the first quarter, but the Timberwolves out-scored the Eagles 18-16 in the second quarter to end the first half trailing 30-22.
Newton continued to stretch its lead in the final two periods.
Sam Hagerman led the Timberwolves with 12 points and Austin Hill also broke into double figures with 10.
Okaw Valley falls to 5-8 and plays Little Okaw Valley Conference foe Arcola for third place at 4 p.m. today as the tournament draws to an end.
Charleston 67, Urbana 37
Charleston 71, Pekin 42
CHARLESTON — Charleston girls basketball coach Jeff Miller said it felt like his team hadn’t played in 10 days, which they hadn’t, and it showed in the Trojans opening game against Urbana.
Even so, Charleston still went on to win by 30 points, 67-37, at the 25th Annual Charleston Holiday Tournament.
Miller felt better about the second game, though. He thought Charleston played much more like the team it’s capable of being against Pekin as the Trojans rolled to a 71-42 victory.
“This morning we got off to a slow start. We recovered. The second game, I thought our intensity was a lot better,” Miller said. “Defensively, we did a pretty good job and did the little things that we need to improve on. I thought our second game was executed better. We always seem to give pretty good effort. It’s nice to go 2-0 in pool play and we will see what (Thursday) brings.”
“I thought defensively, we turned some turnovers into transition points,” Miller said. “We only had 10 turnovers in the game, so I thought we did a really good job of taking care of the ball. We are averaging only 10 turnovers per game and that’s really good.”
Charleston plays Rantoul at 1:30 p.m. today and then takes on Paris at 7:30 p.m.
Casey-Westfield 43, Arcola 29
DIETERICH— The Casey-Westfield girls defeated Arcola, 43-29, for their first game of the day in the second day of the 13th Annual Dieterich Girls Holiday Tournament.
For the Warriors, Mackenzie Morgan led with 16 points. Myriah Warner had 13 points and five rebounds. JaeLynn Riggleman's seven rebounds led the Warriors.
For the Purple Riders, KayLee Hohlbauch led with 11 points.
Casey-Westfield is now 10-4 in the season, and will continue in the tournament which concludes today.
Arcola is now 3-10 for the season.
Casey-Westfield 51, Newton 37
DIETERICH— Casey-Westfield girls basketball defeated Newton, 51-37, in its second game of the day in the 13th Annual Dieterich Girls Holiday Tournament.
For the Warriors, Mackenzie Morgan led with 20 points. JaeLynn Riggleman had 15 points and eight rebounds. Myriah Warner scored 10 points and grabbed four rebounds. Elizabeth Eckerty had a team-high three assists.
The Warriors are now 11-4 for the season.
Sullivan 64, Galesburg 31
MATTOON—The Sullivan girls fell to Galesburg at the Mattoon Girls Holiday Tournament, 64-31.
Esther Miller and Emily White each scored eight points to lead the Lady Redskins. Miller also had two assists. Avery Still got eight rebounds and Chloe Riley had three steals.
Sullivan is now 5-7 and plays Salem at 10 a.m. to finish pool play today with another game later in the day to determine the Redskins’ place overall in the tournament.