High school basketball scores Feb. 22

By Neil Doyle

BLOOMINGTON – Girls high school basketball scores and boys regional play Wednesday night.

Girls IHSA Sectionals

  • Normal Community 66 Joliet West 35
  • Ridgeview 48 Mt. Pulaski 43
  • Fieldcrest 56 PBL 33
  • St. Joseph-Ogden 58 Prairie Central 48

Boys IHSA Regional games Wednesday, Feb. 23

  • Normal Community vs. Pekin
  • Normal West. Champaign Centennial
  • Bloomington vs. Morton
  • U-High vs. Riverton
  • Central Catholic vs. Olympia
  • Tri-Valley vs. Warrensburg-Lathem
  • Prairie Central vs. Iroquois West
  • Pontiac vs. Senneca
  • El Paso-Gridley vs. Reed-Custer
  • LeRoy vs. Watseka
  • Heyworth vs. Flanagan-Cornell

Neil Doyle can be reached at neil.doyle@cumulus.com


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