Ottawa goes 2-1 at Lady Pirate Holiday Tournament, advances to championship semifinals
OTTAWA – The Lady Pirates opened play Friday with a 40-28 win over Pontiac, led by 10 points from Bridget Stevenson, and nine points apiece from Maddie Carroll and Regan O’Fallon.
Ottawa followed up that effort with a 60-17 rout of Streator on Saturday. Stevenson tallied 12 points, Gabi Krueger had a career-high nine points, O’Fallon had eight points and Sam Satterfield matched her career-best with eight points. Natali Haynes led the Lady Bulldogs (5-9) with 12 points.
Ottawa struggled from the field in the second half of a 50-32 loss to Metamora in Saturday’s nightcap. Ella Marvel, Stevenson and O’Fallon each tallied seven points for the Lady Pirates (8-5), which went just 1 of 16 from the field in the second half after leading 28-22 at halftime.
Ottawa will play Newark in the championship semifinals today at 1:30 p.m. Metamora plays La Salle-Peru in the other championship semifinal at noon. The championship game is set for 6 p.m.
Streator struggles at Ottawa Tournament
OTTAWA – In addition to its loss to Ottawa, the Lady Bulldogs fell to Pontiac on Saturday morning, 46-37. On Friday, Streator lost to Metamora, 61-20.
Serena splits games at Ottawa Tournament
OTTAWA – The Lady Huskers defeated Morris in their opening game Saturday, 48-42, but lost to L-P in its second game, 61-24.
Seneca to play for third at Lady Bruins Christmas Classic
PERU – The Lady Irish defeated host Saint Bede in their tournament opener Friday, 42-30. Brooklyn Giertz had 11 points for Seneca while Madison Bromberek and Rita Jashari added eight points each.
On Saturday, Seneca lost to Fieldcrest, 39-32, but defeated Kewanee, 55-33.
The Lady Irish (11-4) will play Mendota in the third-place game today at 5 p.m.
Marquette splits weekend games
OTTAWA – The Crusaders dropped a narrow 38-37 contest to Putnam County in Tri-County Conference play Friday night. Nick Melvin had 15 points and Logan Nelson finished with 11 points for the Crusaders (4-5, 1-1).
Marquette (5-5) bounced back with a 51-32 win over Ashton-Franklin Center on Saturday night.
Ottawa 61, Plano 55
PLANO – A pair of double doubles lifted the Pirates (5-3, 2-1) Friday night, with Drew Kaufman posting 14 points and 10 rebounds, and Zach Vogel contributing 11 points and 11 boards.
Anthony Cooper had 16 points, and Myles Tucker contributed 10 points and seven assists in his return to the Ottawa lineup. The Pirates trailed 34-25 at halftime but held Plano to 30 percent from the field (7 of 23) in the second half.
Ottawa dropped the sophomore game, 57-53. Luke Cushing tallied 11 points and six rebounds, and Dillon Bailey followed with 10 points for the Corsairs.
Earlville 74, Serena 69
EARLVILLE – Tony Pusateri scored 24 points to lead four Huskers in double figures Friday night, but it was not enough to extend Serena’s five-game winning streak. Ben Shagrue added 13 points for Serena (5-4, 2-1), while Hunter Posner and Jack Rogers contributed 11 points eahc.
Streator drops ICE contest Friday night
Coal City 69
Ugly and sloppy game. Led in 4Q before CC big run. Turnovers and defensive / mental lapses get you beat.
J. Haynes – 22 pts
C. Bedecker – 13 pts#SHSDawgs
— Streator Bulldogs Basketball (@shsbulldogbball) December 21, 2019
Seneca goes 1-2 at PORTA Duals on Saturday
PETERSBURG – In a 41-27 loss to Auburn, Ben Virgo (120) and Brett Yegge (138) scored pinfall victories, and Owen Feiner (126) added an 8-3 win.
Seneca lost to host PORTA, 48-27. Jaden Casey (113), Virgo (120), Feiner (126) and Nathan Elliott (285) claimed wins by pinfall, and Joey Hatz (152) claimed a 12-5 decision.
In Seneca’s 36-13 win over Warrensburg-Latham, Wilson Widman (132), Yegge (138), Hatz (152) and Maveric Varland (195) each pinned his opponent. Isaac Marques (160) won 4-0, and Gavin Robertson (170) edged his opponent, 15-13.
Ottawa Dolphins 336, Streator Stingrays 126
OTTAWA – Jeremiah Abernathy, Henry Farabaugh, Paige Marks, Reed McGrath and Lily Miller each won three events for Ottawa. Taylor Ditchfield, Ethan Farabaugh, Lucas Farabaugh, Breckyn Jobst, Dawsynn Kettman, Jonathan Neu, Adam Swanson, Emily Swanson and Luke Williamson were each first to the wall twice.
Peyton Bryson, Addison Fultz, Finley Jobst, Gabe Marini, Adalynn Muller, Gaige Owens and Hannah Penoyer contributed one victory apiece for the Dolphins.
Evelyn Clayton, Taylor Ditchfield, Tucker Ditchfield, Brennen Heaver, Breckyn Jobst, Kettman, Penoyer, Emily Swanson and Annabelle Threadgill completed each of their events in personal-best times.