A season for the ages came to a close Friday night as the Monticello Sages lost to Bloomington Central Catholic 56-34 in a Class 2A Sectional final game at Maroa-Forsyth High School Friday night.
The Saints shot 53-percent from the floor while the Sages shot just 27-percent as the Saints had almost everything go right to advance to a Super-Sectional Tuesday night in Springfield.
BCC gradually pulled away each quarter and the Sages had no answers Friday night. The Sages could not stop the Saints and could not get shots to fall throughout the night.
Monticello was led by eight points from Johnny Dawson and Calvin Fisher. Luke Stokowski added seven points.
Jack Gilmore led all scorers with 24 points shooting 10-for-15 from the floor and 4-for-8 from beyond the arc.
The Saints out-rebounded Monticello 31-22 and scored 26 points in the paint, as the Sages managed just 10 points in the paint, an area they typically dominate.
The Saints improve to 24-6.
Monticello's season ends at 25-2.
Coach Kevin Roy expressed the pride he has in the seniors and the players for their accomplishments this year.
Coach Roy feels the seniors have helped raise the bar for the program.
Coach Roy thanked the Monticello community for their support of the players and the program.