DECATUR -- It wasn't pretty but Central A&M squeaked out a two-point girls basketball victory over St. Teresa 42-40 Thursday. 

"It was an ugly win but it is always good to fight through a lot of mistakes," Central A&M coach Tom Dooley said. "It was pretty sloppy but we gutted out a conference win on the road so we'll take it."

The Raiders and Bulldogs were tied 16-16 at the half, but Central A&M outscored St. Teresa 14-9 in the final quarter to grab the win. 

Taryn Sams led all scorers with 13 points for Central A&M and Channing Collins added 11 points, including three 3-pointers.

Addison Fyke led Bulldog scorers with 11 points. 

"We now know what to improve upon, so there is a lot of hope for the rest of the season," Dooley said. 

Maroa-Forsyth 46, Argenta-Oreana 36

MAROA -- Maroa-Forsyth dominated the boards against Argenta-Oreana, winning by 10 points and improving to 5-2. 

Katie Reeser and Maddie Berry each had 15 rebounds for the Trojans. Reeser added nine points while Berry scored eight. 

Maroa's Kate Beckemeyer led all scorers with 14 points. 

The Bombers hung around Maroa until the fourth when their offense stalled, getting out-scored 16-5 in the quarter.

"We were able to fight it out and win," Maroa-Forsyth coach Selina Finck said. "I had two girls with 15 boards each and our scoring was spread out. It was an all-out team effort tonight." 

Springfield Southeast 43, Eisenhower 37

SPRINGFIELD -- Around Christmas time, Eisenhower won't lose games like Thursday night. But right now, the inexperience of the Panthers bit them against Springfield Southeast.

Seven Sassano scored 17 points for Eisenhower (0-4) and Jurnee Flournoy added 11 in a losing effort.

But, it came down to the free-throw line for the Spartans, who shot 14-of-24 from the charity stripe in the fourth, compared to seven free throws attempted by Eisenhower.

These learning experiences will pay off sooner rather than later.

"We played extremely hard," Eisenhower coach Sean Flaherty said. "We're a pretty young team. We're going to learn from this game. By Christmas, I think we won't lose games like this because we're learning from our mistakes."

Springfield 80, MacArthur 32

SPRINGFIELD -- MacArthur ran into an offensive steamroller known as Springfield High and Generals coach Mike Williams was not happy with his team's performance. 

"We didn't follow the game plan tonight," he said. "There was selfish play, a lack of hustle, and a lack of focus." 

Courtnee Riley led the Generals in scoring with 12 points. 

Effingham 70, Mattoon 34

MATTOON -- Mattoon fell to the Effingham at home Thursday, making it the fifth loss of the season. The Hearts dominated the court to clinch a 70-34 blowout win.

Green Wave junior Flannery Sanders started the game on the right track with a two pointer, which was Mattoon's only lead of the entire game as the Hearts' offense immediately went on a 12-point run.

From there, the Hearts controlled the game with aggressive steals and a steady offense. 

Mattoon coach Amanda Aydt was proud of her team’s effort despite the tough loss.

“I thought out kids played hard,” she said. “Proud of the effort and we fought to the end.”

Mattoon senior Avery Risinger thinks the team still has time to improve since it’s early season basketball.

“It’s still November, we have time to build,” she said. “When we start getting down like that, it’s time to start looking at fundamentals so we can improve.”

Teutopolis 53, Pana 41

PANA -- A Teutopolis size advantage and too many Pana turnovers led the Wooden Shoes to victory to snap Pana's five-game win streak.

"In the first half, we had too many turnovers but stayed in the game with our defense," Pana coach Jason Storm said. " We were out-sized by a long shot, so it was very difficult for our girls to guard them and keep them off the glass, but we did a pretty decent job to keep the game close."

Teutopolis was led by Sadie Bueker's 12 points. Macy Michels scored nine points while Jolene Bueker added eight points. 

Pana's Shania Schoonover led all scorers with 15 points and the Panthers (5-2) were able to stay with Teutopolis in the second half. 

"In the second half we did a much better job taking care of the ball and we were able to make some runs and get it to single digits a couple of times," Storm said. "We just couldn't get stops or make baskets when we needed to to get the game closer than that." 

Storm is also feeling positive about his team in the loss.

"They got down against a really good team but didn't quit. They continued to battle which is a good sign for the rest of the year," he said. 

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