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GSW boys basketball team wins 2nd straight game

GRANT PARK – The Gardner-South Wilmington boys basketball team won its second straight game Tuesday night, upending River Valley Conference rival Grant Park, 58-50.

Chris Bexson scored his 1,000th career point for the Panthers (2-4, 2-0), who rallied from a 38-32 deficit entering the fourth quarter and outscored Grand Park, 26-12, in the final frame to notch the win.

“We got the ‘W,’ which is what is important,” Gardner-South Wilmington coach Allan Wills said. “However, it was a very weird, sloppy game. Too many missed free throws, rebounds and turnovers. We did close out the game well and picked it up in the fourth quarter.

“Also, congratulations to Chris Bexson for scoring his 1,000th career varsity point.”

Connor Steichen led GSW with 18 points in the contest, while Brandon Stites scored 16 and Nate Wise added 12.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Minooka 56, Yorkville 46: Jake Faron and Trevor Hudak each scored 12 points to lead the Indians to the Southwest Prairie Conference win. They were joined in double figures by Cade Ooms and Ricky Hill Jr. with 10 points each.

Coal City's Kyle Burch, seen here during a previous game, scored 18 points Tuesday in a 64-51 overtime loss to Herscher.

Coal City’s Kyle Burch, seen here during a previous game, scored 18 points Tuesday in a 64-51 overtime loss to Herscher. (Dan Voitik/)

Herscher 64, Coal City 51 (OT): The Coalers trailed 37-34 entering the fourth quarter but managed to tie it at 49 at the end of regulation before Herscher outscored them 15-2 in the extra period. Riley Ponio led Coal City with 19 points, while Kyle Burch scored 18 and Cason Headley added 14.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Coal City 29, Herscher 25: The Lady Coalers (1-3, 1-1) recorded their first victory of the season, holding off Illinois Central Eight rival Herscher in the second half after taking an 11-6 lead into halftime. Meghan Onsen led Coal City with nine points, while Molly Stiles scored eight, and Hayleigh Roach (8 rebounds) and Magan Planeta both scored four points.

Minooka 44, Yorkville 35: Maizy Caves led Minooka with 13 points, while Mackenzie Brass scored nine and Brianna Simmons added eight.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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