DECATUR -- The lead MacArthur had worked with all night, eight or nine points, was suddenly gone.

Eisenhower tied it with a minute to go. But Kyyanna Johnson came up big when it counted and MacArthur won, 55-53 Thursday.

"We played pretty good," MacArthur coach Art Young said. "We worked the ball around. Our girls played together. Eisenhower made a nice run.

"We're starting to come together towards the end of the year. I can see the growth in our girls."

The Generals (5-24) have one more game, Saturday against Jacksonville, before hitting postseason play. Jayda Dees scored 20 points for MacArthur, while Courtnee Riley had 16.

Eisenhower was led by Kyla Jones' 22 points.

Mattoon 71, Mahomet-Seymour 56

MATTOON -- On their night, the seniors had energy, especially Avery Jackson and Sierra Thompson who helped the Green Wave get a 23-9 lead after the first quarter.

Mattoon improved to 27-1 on the season.

"They got us off to a great start tonight," Mattoon coach Amanda Aydt said of the seniors. Jackson scored 28 points and Thompson added 19.

Ivy Nichols had six points. She said the team has had so much success this year because of its communication, which had years of work.

"It is special because Avery, Sierra and I have played together since we were like seven years old," Nichols said.

Mahomet played a bit better in the second half, but Mattoon's halftime lead of 41-22 was more than enough.

Now it's off to regional play for the Green Wave. They'll play in the Class 3A Urbana Regional at 6 p.m. Tuesday against a play-in game winner.

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