BETHANY — The Okaw Valley girls basketball team notched another quality early season win in its bank, beating Mount Pulaski 49-41 on Monday.
Last year's H&R Area Girls Basketball Player of the Year Paige Robinson continued her campaign to repeat, leading the Timberwolves (6-2) with 25 points. Robinson is averaging 22.2 points and has scored at least 19 in ever game this season.
Okaw Valley faced a new challenge against Mount Pulaski — a zone defense. The Timberwolves struggled in the second quarter, but found their offense with 30 second-half points.
"It was a gutty performance by our girls," Okaw Valley coach Brad Ackers said. "We haven't seen a zone this year.
"It was a physical game and playing the Monday after Thanksgiving and making an hour-plus ride, it caught up with us. But we'll take the win."
Also for Okaw Valley, Natalie Jeffers had 10 points.
Mount Pulaski (3-2) was led by Skylar Hayes with 20 points.
Bloomington Central Catholic 61, St. Teresa 53
BLOOMINGTON —St. Teresa jumped to a 10-point lead in the first quarter and finished with three players in double figures, but BCC took over the game in the second quarter with a 25-13 advantage.
"We came out shooting, but we let them back in the game in the second quarter," St. Teresa coach Ashley VanEtten said. "Our girls played tough in the second half and had a chance to win the entire game, but we just couldn't pull it out."
Addison Newbon and Anna Hooker each had 15 points, and Claire Peters added 13 for the Bulldogs.
"Anna played tough defense all night and hit some big shots for us," VanEtten said. "Claire and Addison also hit some timely shots to keep us in the game."
Pana 41, Sullivan 30
SULLIVAN — Sullivan took control early, but Pana's defense dominated the second half.
The Panthers trailed 13-7 after a quarter, but outscored Sullivan 23-6 in the second half.
"In the first half we had too many turnovers that led to easy baskets for them," Pana coach Jason Storm said. "The second half was much better for us. Our defense really stepped up. We got a lot of steals and transition points."
Maddie Ashcraft had 11 points for Pana (5-1) and Hollie Johnson led the Panthers' defensive effort.
"Maddie She made some very big shots which was nice, but more importantly, she got us under control and into our offense when we needed to slow things down," Storm said. "Hollie Johnson did a tremendous job defensively. She got a couple big steals that led to some easy baskets for us that sparked our comeback and allowed us to start building a lead."
Elizabeth Green led Sullivan with eight points, three steals and three assists, while Esther Miller was tops in rebounds with eight. Sullivan coach Sheri McCain said she was disappointed in her team's second-half effort.
"It's not how you start but how you finish," McCain said. "We simply did not come out ready to play in the second half. It was our lack of effort that was so disappointing this evening. Pana simply wanted it more."
Lincoln 56, Mattoon 26
LINCOLN — Lincoln dominated the game from the start, leading 15-4 after one quarter and 40-9 at the half.
Mattoon fell to 2-4 with the loss.
“Lincoln’s a great basketball team,” Mattoon coach Amanda Aydt said. “We’ve got to give them credit.
Charleston 80, Taylorville 53
TAYLORVILLE — Charleston (6-0) jumped out to a 27-9 lead after the opening quarter on its way to an easy win.
Shae Littelford led the way with 24 points, seven assists and eight steals, while Paige Swango had 21 points and five assists. Hope Griffin and Elizabeth Buescher were also in double figures with 11 and 10 points respectively. Buescher had six rebounds.
Arcola 36, Chrisman 30
CHRISMAN — Arcola led most of the game and beat Chrisman for its first win of the season.
Freshman KayLee Hohlbauch led the Riders (1-3) with 17 points and Gabby Becerra added 10 points of her own.
Casey-Westfield 52, Cumberland 16
TOLEDO — Casey-Westfield (1-2) picked up its first win in impressive fashion.
JaeLyng Riggleman led the Warriors with 14 points and Myriah Warner added 13 points and five assists. Eva Richardson grabbed nine rebounds and Elizabeth Eckerty got four steals.
Morgan Scott and Danae Sowers each scored four points for the Pirates (0-6). Adra Baker and Scott each had four rebounds while Liberty Dunaway and Baker got two steals each.