LEROY -- The was a flow of positivity from St. Teresa coach Ashley VanEtten on Thursday night.

Not only did the Bulldogs win their first regional since 2012, St. Teresa improved in a big way while beating Fisher 51-38 in the Class 1A LeRoy Regional championship.

The scoreboard didn't show it, but we came out ready to play," she said. "We played our pace of a game and made them keep up with us.

"We played much better tonight than we did Tuesday. We did a better job of not throwing the ball away as much. We did a much better job of boxing out and getting rebounds.

"It would be nice to get all of them, but I'm a realist and know that can't happen."

Makenna Thornton scored 20 points to lead the Bulldogs and DaeLin Switzer added 11 more. The Bulldogs won the first quarter and kept building their lead the rest of the way. 

The Bulldogs will travel up north again next week to play Cissna Park in the Lexington Sectional.

Central A&M 70, Okaw Valley 59

BETHANY -- For three quarters, the Timberwolves stayed right with the Raiders.

But whether it was postseason experience or simply Taryn Sams' smooth shot at the free throw line, Central A&M prevailed with a fifth straight regional title.

"It was truly a championship game by both teams," A&M coach Tom Dooley said. "Okaw Valley played incredible; they shot great.

"I had one of the refs come up and say, 'Man, this is a great game,' and it really was."

Sams' 9 of 10 free throw performance in the fourth were a part of her game-high 21 points. Olivia Jordan hit five 3-pointers to score 17.

That helped offset Paige Robinson's 32 points, as she hit five 3-pointers of her own. Natalie Jeffers added 13.

The Raiders head into sectional play with Dooley feeling encouraged by what could lay ahead in the Arcola sectional.

"Going into sectionals, we've got to build on what we did tonight," he said. "If we can do that, we can get on a roll."

Teutopolis 76, Lawrenceville 65

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TEUTOPOLIS -- There may be no team in the area this season who started a game as hot as the Shoes did to win the Class 2A Teutopolis Regional title.

They scored 31 points in the first quarter and led 31-13.

"We shot pretty well," Shoes coach Laurie Thompson said. T-Town made nine 3-pointers, four each from Shelby Thompson and Jamie Sandschafer. "We came ready to play ... but we backed off a little and they took advantage."

Lawrenceville only trailed by 12 at halftime.

The effort of Sandschafer, who scored 28 points, and Thompson, who added 20, were too much. Jolene Bueker also played well -- tacking on 12 rebounds and five steals to go with seven points.

"We had a good game going in the second half and had some good runs where we executed and knocked down shots to extend the lead," coach Thompson said. "Defensively, I think we gave up way too many points."

The Shoes' next test is Tuscola Monday in the Class 2A Newton Sectional.

Monticello 55, Tolono Unity 15

ARGENTA -- Monticello weathered Unity's adjustments, built up from two previous meetings this season, then took over.

After giving up 11 points in the first quarter, they shut Unity out of the next two quarters and had a bit of deja vu -- the now Class 2A Argenta-Oreana Regional champs beat Warrensburg-Latham 51-11 earlier this week.

"I told the girls not to be surprised by that," Sages coach Dave Beery said of Unity's adjustments. "We were able to make some adjustments based on what they'd been doing and once we did that, we got control of the game. ... we just kind of suffocated them."

Rachael Lockmiller put up a huge 24 points, on 12 field goals, to lead the Sages, who won their fourth straight regional title and next play Oakwood Tuesday at the Champaign St. Thomas More Sectional.

Zanna Myers had 12 points.

"We just had a really good effort in the second and third quarters," Beery said. "Going on to sectionals, we want to keep doing what we're doing, playing hard and playing good defense. If someone scores, we take it personally.

"We don't ever want them to score, but we know that's not realistic."

It was pretty realistic Thursday.

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