ELDON — The Cardinal High School boys basketball team scored nine points in the final minute, but couldn’t complete the comeback as Holy Trinity held on for a 51-50 SEI Superconference South Division win Thursday.
Griffin Greiner was fouled with 2.6 seconds left in a two-point game, made the first free throw, but couldn’t drain the second as the Crusaders ran out the clock.
Landon Becker led Cardinal (10-10, 5-10 SEI South) with a game-high 19 points. Vasin Thurman scored 14 points to lead three Holy Trinity players in double figures.
Burlington 68, Fairfield 55
FAIRFIELD — Drew Martin scored 15 points and had seven rebounds, but the Trojans couldn’t hold on to a first-half lead as the Grayhounds pulled out a Southeast Conference contest.
Fairfield led 15-8 in the second quarter before Burlington made a run to take a 25-20 halftime lead.
JJ Lane scored 14 points for the Trojans (2-14), while Max Weaton added 13.
Michael Alexander scored 17 points to lead three Grayhounds in double figures.
Davis County 52, Knoxville 48
BLOOMFIELD — Dalton Reeves scored a game-high 23 points to pace the Mustangs to a South Central Conference win over the short-handed Panthers. Reeves produced a double-double with 10 rebounds, second only to Noah Zmolek who had 14 boards while scoring nine points as Davis County (5-11, 3-8 SCC) outscored Knoxville 16-8 in the fourth quarter.
Luke Keitges led Knoxville with 14 points as the Panthers once again played without leading scorer Kieran Nichols, who missed a second straight game due to the flu. The loss is the fourth straight in conference play for the Panthers, allowing Centerville to tie Knoxville for second place. Chariton can make it a three-way tie for second with a win at home against Davis County on Monday.
Pekin 50, Hillcrest Academy 26
PACKWOOD — The Panthers limited the Ravens to just two points in the opening quarter in claiming a SEI Superconference North Division home win.
Sophie Wittrock and Emilee Linder each scored 14 points to lead Pekin, while Kerrigan Pope finished with 12 points. Linder also pulled down seven rebounds.
The Panthers (12-5, 11-4 SEI North) visit Fairfield for a nonconference game Monday.
Holy Trinity 31, Cardinal 30
ELDON — The Crusaders scored in the final minute of a game that was close throughout, and picked up a SEI Superconference South Division victory.
Maddie Cloke scored 12 points to lead the Comets (4-17), who led 19-14 at halftime. The teams traded leads three times in the final three minutes before Holy Trinity pulled out the win.
No. 15 Knoxville 67, Davis County 26
BLOOMFIELD — Katie Keitges scored a game-high 28 points while Maggie Wilkins added 27, helping the 15th-ranked (4A) Panthers complete an unbeaten run to a third straight South Central Conference championship. Knoxville (18-1, 12-0 SCC) has won 32 straight SCC games, last losing in conference at Chariton (56-45) back on Dec. 5, 2017.
Brett Barker led Davis County with seven points. The Mustangs (9-8, 5-6 SCC) wrap up conference and regular-season play on Monday night at Chariton before heading to West Burlington to open Class 3A regional tournament play next weekend.
Sigourney 54, EBF 34
SIGOURNEY — Kaylee Weber scored a game-high 23 points as the Savages pulled away in the second quarter, limiting EBF to just one point scored over a four-minute stretch to open a 20-11 lead late in the first half.
Makenna Hammes added 19 points in the win for Sigourney (14-4). Grace Roberts led the Rockets (10-8) with eight points while grabbing four rebounds.
Emalee Davis scored seven points, grabbed a team-leading six rebounds and matched EBF teammate Madysen Wade with a pair of steals. Rylee German had six points and four rebounds for the Rockets.
EBF (10-8) makes up a South Central Conference game at Centerville on Saturday.