Northeast spoiled East Central’s chance to be undisputed Big East Conference girls basketball champion with a 65-53 upset of the 11th-ranked Raiders on Friday night.

East Central (14-4, 7-2 Big East) still can tie Camanche for the title by winning the teams’ matchup tonight in Miles.

Northeast (10-9, 5-4) led 14-4 after six minutes and didn’t allow East Central to get closer than six points the rest of the game.

“Our girls came out and played with a lot of energy from the beginning,” Northeast coach Troy Hansen said. “We played outstanding defense.”

East Central closed the score to 18-12 with five minutes to go in the second quarter, but Northeast responded with a 15-4 run to close the half.

Hansen admitted that Rebels were motivated by playing the spoiler role.

“We talked a lot about East Central, and that they have a lot going for them,” he said. “They’re playing great and are having a great season. We wanted to make it tough on them all night.”

Demi Diedrich scored 14 of her game-high 26 points in the first half. She hit 7-of-9 free throws in the game.

“Demi offensively played a phenomenal game, scoring 26 points for us,” Hansen said. “The other things she did offensively — the little things — were really key.”

Brandy Herrington also reached double digits for the Rebels, scoring 13 points. She grabbed 15 rebounds.

Northeast held East Central’s top two scorers — Cassie Aldis and Keri Cassaday — to 14 points combined. Each averages 13 points a game.

Tessa Daniels, the Raiders’ third-leading scorer on the season, scored 17 of her team-high 23 points in the second half.

“We didn’t want all three of them to have a good game,” Hansen said. “We talked about shutting two of three down. The girls did a really good job of stopping Aldis and Cassaday.”

Sam Lippens scored 10 of her 13 points in the second half for East Central.

Diedrich had five steals for Northeast, which gives her a single-season record of 120 steals.

“Defensively, Demi really is a bright player,” Hansen said. “She has an uncanny knack to anticipate what the opposition is going to do.”

Free-throw edge key for Prophets girls

ERIE, Ill. — Prophetstown edged Erie 45-44 on Friday in Three Rivers Conference girls basketball.

The Prophets shot 7-of-21 from the free-throw line, while Erie went 1-of-4.

“Both teams played really well tonight,” Erie coach Brian Howell said. “Both teams played well enough to win. It’s too bad the officials didn’t let the girls decide the outcome.”

Erie battled back from down eight points late in the third quarter to take a lead late in the fourth quarter. But the Cardinals could not hold on for the victory.

Prophetstown’s Riley Walters went 3-of-4 on free throws in the fourth quarter. She finished with 11 points. Kelsie Stafford scored eight of her game-high 18 points in the third quarter and pulled down seven rebounds. Cassie Reiley joined the other two in double figures for Prophetstown with 10 points. She also dished out six assists.

Erie was led by Kara Snowden’s 12 points. She scored five in the fourth quarter as the Cardinals were making their run, including a 3-pointer for their final points. Samantha Johnston scored six points and grabbed seven boards for Erie.

 

Newman tops Fulton

FULTON, Ill. — Sterling Newman led Fulton 18-11 with 5:29 to go in the second quarter and closed the half on a 15-5 run to take a 17-point lead into halftime.

Newman cruised to a 54-35 victory in Three Rivers Conference girls basketball Friday.

Paige Sanquist scored 10 of her team-high 12 points in the first half for Fulton. Her teammates, who scored only six points in the first half, stepped up their scoring in the second half. Katherine Wayne, Erica Bielema and Morgan Sanquist each scored all four of their points in the second half.

PROPHETSTOWN 45, ERIE 44

PROPHETSTOWN (16-10, 10-2 TRAC-9) — Karlie Sandrock 0 0-0 0, Cassie Reiley 3 4-8 10, Danielle Cooney 0 0-0 0, Kate Wetzell 0 0-0 0, Catherine Medrano 0 0-0 0, Kelsie Stafford 9 0-8 18, Ellie Francis 0 0-0 0, Riley Walters 4 3-4 11, Kiara Andersen 1 0-0 2, Totals 19 7-21 45.

ERIE (11-13, 6-7 TRAC-9) — Taylor Stewart 1 0-2 3, Courtney Cobert 2 0-0 4, Paige Rus 3 0-0 6, Mariah Pratt 3 1-2 7, Samantha Johnston 3 0-0 6, Kali Unruh 1 0-0 2, Tess Burns 2 0-0 4, Kara Snowden 5 0-0 2, Totals 20 1-4 44.

Prophetstown    9    12    11    13    —    45

Erie    10    8    9    17    —    44

3-point goals —Erie 3 (Snowden 2, Stewart). Total fouls — Prophetstown 10; Erie 17. Fouled out — Pratt.

STERLING NEWMAN 54, FULTON 35

STERLING NEWMAN — Jamie Hurd 1 0-1 2, Sarah Cesarek 7 0-0 16, Kayla Moore 7 0-0 14, Mary Alice Oswalt 0 0-0 0, Kaitlon Busser 2 1-2 5, MaryKate Gassman 0 0-0 0, Rachel Hageman 2 0-0 5, Hannah Erickson 1 0-0 3, Brianna Richardson 4 1-2 9, Anna Grove 0 0-0 0, Bailey Oetting 0 0-0 0, Libby Allen 0 0-0 0, Totals 24 2-5 54.

FULTON — Katherine Wayne 1 2-2 4, Erica Bielema 2 0-0 4, Courtnee Kaecker 0 1-2 1, Kelsey Leffler 0 0-0 0, Samantha Raab 0 0-0 0, Morgan Sanquist 2 0-4 4, Jacqueline VanZuiden 0 1-2 1, Liz Sanquist 3 1-2 7, Paige Sanquist 6 0-1 12, Rachel McDonnell 0 0-0 0, Morgan Wierema 1 0-0 2, Totals 15 5-13 35.

Newman    13    20    13    8    —    54

Fulton    5    11    13    6    —    35

3-point goals — Newman 4 (Cesarek 2, Hageman, Erickson). Total fouls — Newman 15; Fulton 11.    Fouled out — none.

NORTHEAST 65, EAST CENTRAL 53

EAST CENTRAL (14-4, 7-2 BIG EAST) — Tessa Daniels 9 5-6 23, Cassie Aldis 3 0-1 6, Sam Lippens 3 4-4 13, Catrina Jargo 0 0-0 0, Ryleigh Keeney 1 1-3 3, Jacinta Jargo 0 0-0 0, Keri Cassaday 2 3-5 8, Totals 18 13-19 53.

NORTHEAST (10-9, 5-4 BIG EAST) — Danae Diedrich 1 1-2 3, Morgan McAleer 2 1-4 5, Kelsey Lorenzen 2 0-1 5, Demi Diedrich 9 7-9 26, Emily Franks 0 0-0 0, Brooke Puckett 1 0-0 3, Brandy Herrington 4 5-9 13, Addie Oberman 3 2-5 8, Jessica Spooner 1 0-0 2, Totals 23 16-30 65.

East Central    7    9    21    16    —    53

Northeast    16    17    23    9    —    65

3-point goals — East Central 4 (Lippens 3, Cassaday): Northeast 3 (Lorenzen, De. Diedrich, Puckett). Total fouls — East Central 21; Northeast 16. Fouled out — Lippens.