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A monster performance from Casey Schmidt was wasn’t quite enough for Christ Lutheran to pick up its first win of the season last Thursday.
Facing Normal Calvary Christian in the seventh-place game of the East Central Illinois Conference tournament in Champaign, Christ Lutheran took a four-point lead into the final quarter with the help of Schmidt, who had a game-high 34 points.
But the Crusaders struggled down the stretch, as they were outscored 22-10 in the last eight minutes en route to a 53-45 loss that dropped them to 0-18 on the year.
Schmidt had a hot hand from behind the arc, hitting six 3-pointers. The senior guard had all of Christ Lutheran’s points in the first half as it took a 28-18 lead into the break.
Only two other Crusaders scored. Shane Hewerdine had six points, and Jacob Lessman had five.
Christ Lutheran opened postseason play against Tri-Point on Tuesday (it ended after the Record’s deadline) in the quarterfinals of the Class 1A Cissna Park Regional. A win would move the Crusaders into a Wednesday semifinal.
GCMS falls at Heyworth
The Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley varsity boys’ basketball team fell 59-55 at Heyworth on Feb. 14.
The Falcons had an eight-point lead after the first quarter, but it slipped away as the Hornets fought back, trailing by one at the break before taking a three-point lead into the fourth quarter.
Jake Johnson led GCMS with 14 points in defeat. Ben Eads had 12 points, and Nick Retherford added 11.
Last Friday, GCMS fell 68-56 to Lexington in Gibson City. Ten different players scored for the Falcons, with Eads leading the charge with 13 points. Gabe Kerber had 10 points, and Seth McCall chipped in with eight. Sam Johnson had six points, and Zach Carpenter had five points.
GCMS was hurt by a third quarter in which is allowed 23 points, falling behind by 16 points entering the fourth after trailing by six at halftime.
The Falcons concluded their regular season at 2-24 with the loss.
They open postseason play Tuesday at 6 p.m. against Paxton-Buckley-Loda in the opening round of the Tuscola Regional.