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Monticello Rallies Past Hersher

Trailing 23-20 entering the fourth quarter, Ben Cresap had back-to-back steals propelling Monticello to a 9-0 run to begin the final frame and the Sages rallied past the Herscher Tigers for a 39-25 win in a Class 2A Sectional semifinal matchup from Clifton Central High School Tuesday night.


In action heard on WEZC and online at dewittdailynews.com, Cresap stole the inbound pass to start the fourth quarter in the backcourt and hit Joey Sprinkle for a layup to make the score 23-22. Then he took away the dribble from Trey Schwartzkof and hit Sprinkle again in transition to give Monticello the lead for good 24-23. 


Cresap later grabbed an offensive rebound on a Dylan Ginalick miss and found Tanner Buehnerkemper who finished another layup for the Sages to go up 26-23 with 6:24 to play. 


A quick shot was missed by the Tigers, Cresap grabbed the board and on the following possession hit a three in the corner to make it 29-23. 


Another Sprinkle layup made it 31-23 with 3:21 left and Monticello held on from there after things got briefly chippy late.


Things were a physical slugfest early as Herscher led 8-7 after the first quarter.


Monticello held Herscher to just one point through the first 7:55 of the second quarter but Herscher finished the half on a 4-0 run. Carson Splear made two free throws with 5.5 seconds left and after an errant pass by All-State quarterback Sprinkle turned it over with 4.8 seconds left, Joe Holohan made a free throw line jumper as time expired to tie the score at 13-13 going to the half.


Cresap was the Piatt/DeWitt County ServPro Player of the Game and finished with 12 points and five rebounds. Surprisingly, the sure-handed senior did not record an assist. Sprinkle finished with 11 points, eight rebounds and five assists. 


The Sages shot just 39-percent for the game, but after a 25-percent shooting percentage in the first half, they went 9-for-17 in the second half. 


The Tigers shot just 2-for-17 from three and 25.6-percent for the game.


Monticello outrebounded Herscher 27-23 and dished out 11 assists on its 13 field goals. 


Heading into a matchup with either St. Joseph-Ogden or El Paso-Gridley, the Sages have won 10 straight improving to 30-3 overall. 


Game time for the Sectional title Friday night is 7 pm. Hear all the action on 95.9 FM WEZC and online at dewittdailynews.com. 


Class 2A Sectional action Tuesday:


At Olympia


Auburn 46

Bloomington Central Catholic 58


Class 1A Sectional scores Tuesday:


At Abingdon-Avon


Peoria Christian 57

Lewistown 48


At Effingham St. Anthony


Tuscola 51

Effingham St. Anthony 48


At Watseka


Lexington 69

Decatur LSA 61


Class 3A Sectional Scores Tuesday:


At Danville 


Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin 58

Champaign Centennial 50


At Highland


Centralia 38

Chatham-Glenwood 42


At Bradley University


Metamora 70

Rochelle 42


Class 4A Sectional Scores Tuesday:


At Pekin


Normal Community 61

Moline 44


Class 1A Sectional semifinal action tonight:


At Effingham St. Anthony


Farina South Central 7:00pm



At Watseka


Decatur St. Teresa 7:00pm



Class 2A Sectional semifinal action tonight:


At Clifton Central


El Paso-Gridley 7:00pm

St. Joseph-Ogden


At Flora


Pana 7:00pm

Mt. Carmel


At Olympia


Maroa-Forsyth 7:00pm

Quincy Notre Dame


Class 3A Sectional semifinal action tonight:


At Danville 


Mahomet-Seymour 7:00pm

Decatur MacArthur


At Bradley University


Rock Island 7:00pm

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