The Prairie Central Hawks took care of business at Fairbury against their county rival Friday night.
PC defeated Pontiac 63-50 before a capacity crowd in the Prairie Central High School gymnasium. Levi Goad had a career-high 24 points, Tyler Curl contributed 21 and Gage Steidinger had 11. Avery Elder had an impressive defensive effort. Curl was 11 of 12 from the free-throw line.
“He was drained,” PC head coach Trevin McCulloh said of Curl. “He gave it everything he had.”
Curl, Goad and Steidinger all three came down with an illness after Tuesday’s big win over U-High, according to McCulloh.
The Hawks led 13-11 after one quarter and were down one at the half but came out and scored the first five points of the second half. They then led the rest of the game. PC outscored Pontiac 22-16 in the third and 18-10 in the fourth.
“Gage Steidinger is honestly a hidden gem for us. That guy does so many little things that don’t get recognized,” noted McCulloh.
Coach had a serious talk with his players at halftime.
“I told them at halftime if we could go back and have 16 more minutes left against Pontiac last year and have one more chance at it, what would you do?”
PC now looks ahead to a Tuesday game against Peoria Christian High School which will now be played at home in Fairbury, not away as the schedule indicates. Peoria Christian apparently had a scheduling conflict with their gym that night. We will have the action on Fairbury News.