Area notebook — Fisher, A-P boys basketball still seeking first win

Fisher boys basketball
The Fisher boys basketball team went into this week still in search of its first win.

The Bunnies lost their home opener 67-39 to El Paso-Gridley on Friday night, which came three days after the Bunnies lost 81-55 at Tremont on Nov. 27 to start Heart of Illinois Conference play.

Fisher (0-6, 0-2 HOIC) played at LeRoy on Tuesday night, but results were not available at press time.

“We’re trying to get our basic stuff down,” Fisher head coach Ron Ragle said. “We’re making a lot of mental mistakes, but they’re keeping their heads about them, which is nice to see. There’s no finger-pointing in any direction.”

Fisher trailed El Paso-Gridley 19-8 at the end of the first quarter, 36-19 at halftime and 56-31 to start the fourth quarter.

Senior forward Tate Estes led Fisher with 14 points while senior forward Hans Carmien added 12 points.

In the loss against Tremont, the Bunnies fell behind 23-14 at the end of the first quarter on the Turks’ home court, but led 35-33 at halftime.

Tremont outscored Fisher 19-11 in the third quarter to take a 52-46 lead into the fourth quarter, where Fisher was outscored 29-9. Junior guard Kyle Williams led Fisher with 17 points, senior guard Nick Thomas added 13 points and junior guard Brody Farrar finished with nine points.

“We just got outplayed there in the fourth quarter,” Ragle said. “(Tremont’s) 1-2-2 fullcourt press in the first half didn’t really bother us. In the second half, it did just because we went away from passing the ball to trying to dribble through it.”

The Bunnies return home for a 7 p.m. game on Friday against HOIC foe Blue Ridge before playing at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday at nonconference foe Urbana Uni High.

Those two teams met last year for a Class 1A regional championship that Fisher won. The Bunnies will return to league play at 7 p.m. next Tuesday at home against Tri-Valley.

A-P boys basketball
Playing on its home court at Robert L. Bezely Gymnasium didn’t result in a different outcome for the Armstrong-Potomac boys basketball team.

Coming off a winless performance at Paxton-Buckley-Loda’s Interstate Classic, the Trojans are still winless heading into Friday’s 7:30 p.m. Vermilion Valley Conference opener at Milford.

A-P lost 69-39 on Saturday at home against Cissna Park, which was preceded by a 68-52 home loss on Nov. 27 to Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley.

Senior guard Wade Rogers led A-P (0-6) with a game-high 23 points on Saturday, but it wasn’t nearly enough to overcome an experienced Cissna Park squad, which led 17-5 at the end of the first quarter, 29-17 at halftime and 48-27 to start the fourth quarter.

Senior guard Blake Davis added seven points and junior center Shawn Johnson scored six points.

In the loss to GCMS, Johnson led the Trojans with 17 points while sophomore guard Dentler Loschen added 16 points and Rogers contributed 15 points.

A-P trailed 15-9 at the end of the first quarter and only 29-25 at halftime, but the Falcons outscored the hosts 19-3 in the third quarter to pull away for the win.

After the Trojans play at Milford, they return to the court at 7:30 p.m. next Tuesday at home against Danville Schlarman.

A-P girls basketball
The Armstrong-Potomac girls basketball team saw its three-game winning streak end on Monday night with a 38-36 loss at Milford in Vermilion Valley Conference play.

The Trojans, who won 34-20 at home against Urbana Uni High on Saturday and 38-10 at home last Thursday against Oakwood, will try to start a new  win streak at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday. A-P (5-5, 1-1 VVC) hosts Danville Schlarman.

Junior guard Morgan Zindars led the Trojans with 14 points on Monday while sophomore guard Abbie Stewart and senior center Erika Sieberns each added seven points.

Zindars led the Trojans  with 17 points against Uni High, including three 3-pointers. Junior forward Rachel Miles (six points) and Sieberns (four points) each chipped in.

Sieberns paced A-P’s offense against Oakwood with 11 points while Zindars (eight points), Miles (six points) and freshman guard Makenzie Vinson (six points) pitched in.

After Thursday’s game with Schlarman, A-P will return to action at 7:30 p.m. next Monday at home against Salt Fork.

Fisher JV girls basketball
The Fisher junior varsity girls basketball team picked up its first win of the season on Saturday, knocking off Rantoul Township High School 26-22 at home.

Toree Stalter led the Bunnies with seven points while Courtney Delaney and Rachel Tobeck each added five points.

Kelcie Fredrickson chipped in with two points, six steals, five rebounds and four assists while Leah Williams added five steals and four rebounds.

The Bunnies will take a 2-2 record into Thursday’s home game with Blue Ridge after the squad won 47-30 on Monday at LeRoy.

Tobeck had 10 points while Fredrickson added seven rebounds and Delaney Cochran had five assists.

Williams had six points for the Bunnies in their 31-16 home loss against El Paso-Gridley last Thursday and Molly Fairfield had six points in Fisher’s 21-14 home loss against Lexington on Nov. 26.

Junior high girls basketball
Rantoul’s J.W. Eater Junior High eighth-grade team suffered a 36-26 loss to Mahomet-Seymour in a Class 4A regional championship game on Thursday after beating Urbana 35-27 on Nov. 27 in a regional semifinal game at Eater.

In 2A, Fisher advanced to a regional championship game before losing 35-18 to Blue Ridge on Thursday.
— Compiled by Matt Daniels


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