DECATUR -- The Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin Cyclones lived up to their name Saturday as their offense had MacArthur's defense running in circles in SHG's 64-32 win. 

The Cyclones' offense was spread evenly with four players scoring eight or more points. 

Abbie Antonacci's 11 points was tops for the Cyclones and Payton Vorreyer added 10. 

The Generals were led by Jayda Dees' 13 points, which included three three-pointers. 

MacArthur coach Mike Williams highlighted the strong play of junior guard Kyyawna Johnson in the loss. 

"I just wish all of my kids would give 100 percent like Kyyawna," he said. "She gets out there everyday and works hard and puts forth a lot of effort."

Williams also hopes to take some lessons from the game and move forward. 

"We know some things we need to fix for Thursday's game against LSA, and we're not far from where we need to be as a team," he said. 

Jacksonville 50, Eisenhower 31

DECATUR – Eisenhower will get a second chance against Jacksonville on Jan. 27, but on Saturday, second-chance points were hard to come by for the Panthers.

Jacksonville controlled the glass on the way to a matinée win over Eisenhower.

Foul trouble from Seven Sassano, who is nearing 1,000 career rebounds, sent the senior standout to the bench early, allowing the Crimsons to hit the glass.

“We had trouble rebounding because of that,” Eisenhower coach Sean Flaherty said. “We were getting on shot each time down.”

The Panthers struggled to make the most of those shots, thanks, in part, to a 2-3 zone by Jacksonville.

Journee Flournoy led all Eisenhower scorers with 12 points, the only player on Eisenhower in double figures.

Markesha Jackson added six points for Eisenhower and Dariana Lamb scored four.

“They ran a 2-3 zone and we couldn't hit water if we tried to throw a ball in the ocean most of the game,” Flaherty said.

Mary Alhorn scored a game-high 17 points for the Crimsons.

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Springfield Southeast 76, Eisenhower 58

SPRINGFIELD -- As Eisenhower met Springfield Southeast in the Capital City Showcase, the talents of Kobe Medley for the Spartans and R.J. Walker for the Panthers were the main attraction. 

Although Walker won the scoring battle with a game-high 23 points, it was Southeast that came out with the victory. 

The Spartans jumped out to a 17-7 lead in the first quarter and were able to keep the Panthers at bay the rest of the game. 

Eisenhower coach Rodney Walker, R.J.'s father, praised his performance.

"R.J. caught some fire tonight. He made seven of nine three-pointers and was 8-for-10 in field goals overall," he said. "It was a great shooting night for him." 

Medley led the Spartans with 21 points and was 5-of-6 behind the three-point line. 

Another bright spot for Eisenhower was sophomore Cameron Rowe, who scored 13 points and had four assists. 

Moving forward, Walker needs his players to play with a lot more energy.

"We just have to bring energy levels up and get better at crashing the boards," he said. "On Friday, we have Lanphier for our first home game. It will be a tough game, but if we bring energy, we'll bring it home."

MacArthur 70, Springfield 63

SPRINGFIELD – When MacArthur needed a bucket, Armon Brummett was there.

The Generals' senior scored a game-high 35 points in a win over Springfield High Saturday.

“He had a monster game tonight,” MacArthur coach Ron Ingram said. “He rebounded the ball well and didn't have many turnovers.”

Brummett shot 17-of-25 from the field including five 3-pointers while pulling down seven rebounds.

That was just on offense.

On defense, Brummett recorded four steals to get MacArthur into transition.

“That's what we're good at is getting out in transition,” Ingram said.

But it wasn't all Brummett.

Kaeden Lawary, in his first start this season, was 4-for-4 from the field and block three Springfield shots.

MacArthur is known for its perimeter defense, but getting strong defense inside was a welcomed sight.

“We're not used to that,” Ingram said of Lawary. “We're used to getting three blocks a season. We're not used to getting three blocks a game.”

Zaire Harris led Springfield with 16 points.

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