In area boys basketball action Tuesday, Coal City defeated Lisle, 54-41, and Seneca defeated Westmont, 57-47, while earlier Herscher defeated Reed-Custer, 69-56, and Dwight beat Wilmington, 61-46, in Interstate Eight Conference action.
Also Tuesday, Gardner-South Wilmington beat Illinois Lutheran, 53-44, in River Valley Conference play.
Coal City 54,
“We got a nice road win,” Coal City coach Brad Boresi said. “After not playing well on Friday, the guys did a nice job of bouncing back.”
Brennen Shetina scored 26 points in the win for the Coalers while Nick Peters added 13.
“Brennen did a great job of putting us on his back when others were struggling to score,” Boresi said.
Conlan Callahan had 19 points, while teammates Austin Applebee and Brad Wyss contributed 12 and 10 points, respectively, for the Fighting Irish.
“It was a bit of a letdown both mentally and physically, but we built a big enough lead in the first quarter and kept them at bay,” Seneca coach Russell Witte said. “We survived a very poor shooting performance.”
“The kids played their hearts out tonight,” R-C coach Mark Porter said. “We just struggled shooting the ball. You don’t win many games when you shoot 8 of 49 from the 3-point line.”
Illinois Lutheran 44
Tristan Noonan had 15 points in the win by the Panthers.
“This was a real fulfilling win for the kids. We defended for 32 minutes and really had intensity from start to finish,” GSW coach Chris Gibson said.
“I thought we did a nice job of executing in the halfcourt and our patience was outstanding. This game really sets the stage for the kids to finish the season very strong.”
Dwight improved to 16-9 on the season and 5-4 in league play with the win.
Andy Dircks led the Trojans with 15 points while Caleb Boma added 12.
Kankakee Trinity Academy 91,
Families of Faith 83
Despite 34 points by Josiah Blan, 21 from Brandon Kline and 17 by Cody Blan, Families Faith absorbed the loss.
Families of Faith 49,
Trinity Academy 44
Alli Willis led Families of Faith with 26 points while Destiny Vallejo added 18 in the win.
Willis added 14 rebounds to complete the double-double.
Plainfield South 17
Heather Biondi had 10 points in the win for the Indians.
MVK def. Seneca,
MVK took the IVC championship over in Gardner by defeating Seneca in two games.
Alyssa Binion had nine service points and Sam Macchietto added six points, two aces, three kills and two blocks, though Kylie Winsor led everyone in scoring with 11 points – seven of which were aces.
Saratoga def. Elwood,
26-24, 23-25, 25-18
Olivia Schultz had 11 points and two kills for Morris in the third place IVC tournament win.
Megan Gerischer and Alisson Bojovic had four points each and Claire Gugerty had two kills.