WEST FRANKFORT — Robinson is staying alive with its defense.

For the second straight game, the Maroons held their opponent under 50 points and prevailed 49-44 over Eldorado on Tuesday.

They will play for their first sectional title since 2010 – when it won the Class 2A state title – against either Teutopolis or Mount Carmel at 7 p.m. on Friday.

“I thought our defense was really good tonight,” Robinson coach Mack Thompson said. “Our defense was what won us the game tonight.”

Although a bus ride home was delayed for more than an hour because of a tornado warning, it was a happy one.

“We're going to work on fundamentals tomorrow until we know who we're playing and use Thursday's practice as prep, whether it's for Mount Carmel's size and ability or Teutopolis' depth and quickness,” Thompson said.

Robinson jumped to a 15-7 lead by the end of first quarter and stayed ahead 20-15 at halftime.

The Maroons (20-10) struggled with turnovers in the second half but the defense never flinched.

Senior Dylan Dirks led Robinson with 22 points while Walker Sandschafer had 18.

Class 3A

Effingham 85, Olney 29

MATTOON -- There was no letdown for Effingham in its Class 3A Mattoon Regional semifinal against Olney.

On their first possession of the game, the Hearts scored on a traditional three-point play and never let up. By the end of the first quarter, Effingham already had a 17-point lead.

The Hearts cruised advanced to Friday’s regional championship game against either Mount Zion or Mattoon.

“I thought they played a really good four quarters,” Effingham coach Ron Reed said. “Really, I thought they excelled in a lot of areas that you look at as a coach. They rebounded very well, they shared the ball and had a lot of assists. We guarded really well and of course shot well. It was a good, overall game that we played.”

It was important for the Hearts to start postseason play on the right note since they have lofty expectations.

“You are always worried that you are a little tight, a little apprehensive, but I thought the kids handled it really well,” Reed said. “They came in and played one of their better ball games of the season really.”

Grant Wolfe led Effingham with 21 points and added eight rebounds and five steals.

Brent Beals hit three 3-pointers and finished with 14 points. Landon Wolfe and Jacob Donaldson each had 13 points.

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