BLOOMINGTON — MacArthur didn't back down from Class 3A No. 10-ranked Bloomington Central Catholic on Tuesday.
The Generals gave the Saints everything and more in the Class 3A Bloomington (Central Catholic) semifinal game, leading by five at halftime before the Saints stormed back for a 78-63 win to end MacArthur's season.
"In the first half we played our best half of the season," MacArthur coach Michael Williams said. "We showed that we can play with anybody if we do things the right way. In the second half, it was out of our hands. The girls did all they could do."
MacArthur freshman Quincenia Jackson acclimated herself to the postseason with a 14-point, 15-rebound performance, and Courtnee Riley had 22 for the Generals.
Williams finished his first year with 19 wins, a marked improvement over the team's six wins last season.
"I'm really proud of all of the girls who stuck through the whole season," Williams said. "Nineteen wins is a lot of wins for a first year of coaching with relying on so many young kids. I'm pretty happy."
Auburn 45, Tri-City/Sangamon Valley 36
RIVERTON — Few expected Tri-City/Sangamon Valley to even be in the Class 2A Riverton sectional semifinal, but there were the Tornadoes, taking Auburn down to the waning minutes before the Trojans ended the Tornadoes' season.
"It was a hard-fought effort," TCSV coach Tony Nika said. "These girls, they battled through illness last week and overcame odds to win a regional title that no one expected; but here we are. We battled to the very end.
Ashlyn Sturdy led the Tornadoes with 12 points and while Anna Sagle added 10.
Aubrey Hunt scored eight points. Hunt is one of two seniors on the team.
"I can't say enough about how proud I am and how much I will miss our seniors," Nika said. "Aubrey Hunt is probably the best female athlete our school has ever had."