LAWRENCEVILLE -- Marshall's Cheyenne Thompson knocked down two free throws with 4.4 seconds to give the Lions a 37-36 win against Flora in the finals of the Little Illini Conference Tournament on Thursday.
The tournament title was the fourth straight for Marshall.
Flora (20-3) led 10-6 after a quarter, but Marshall tied the game up at half and led by two after three quarters.
"We came out strong, but it was back and forth the entire night," Flora coach Todd Countryman said. "We struggled shooting and that was our downfall in the end. We didn't execute when we needed to and Marshall did when it mattered."
The Wolves were led by Crimson Jones with 16 points and 11 rebounds.
Central A&M 76, Meridian 37
MOWEAQUA -- Kaley Hennings played the star for the Raiders in their 21st consecutive win to start the season.
Hennings had 29 points and 10 rebounds.
"We shot the ball well and with what Kaley did for us, we had a great night," A&M coach Tom Dooley said.
Hennings had three 3-pointers and was joined in double figures by Taylor Jordan with 12 points and Ryan Dooley with 10.
Meridian (11-10) was led by Maggie Comerford with 14 points, including a pair of 3-pointers.
Monticello 56, Maroa-Forsyth 30
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MAROA -- The Sages opened up a close game with a 22-10 advantage in the third quarter.
"The first half we were a little tight and having trouble scoring," Monticello coach Dave Beery said. "We made some adjustments at halftime and came out and hit a couple of threes. That opened up the inside for us and we started hitting our shots.
"We did a good job of not turning the ball over. We've been doing a better job of not fouling, so we were able to keep players on the floor."
The Sages (15-4) were led by Layne Buzan with 20 points and Claire Caldwell with 18.
For Maroa, Brenna Finck had 10 points.
Mount Vernon 51, Mattoon 32
SALEM -- Gilwan Nelson had 18 points and Brandon Fitzjerells had 11 to lead Mount Vernon past the Green Wave int he first round of the Salem Invitational.
“We made our adjustments and we knew what Fitzjerells could do,” Mattoon coach Josh Forsythe said. “We knew that any bumps or physical play would really get to him no matter if it was the box and one or the man. We wanted to get him frustrated and change his game. He got away on the baseline and we weren't tight enough in the second half and he was able to get his confidence back.”
Mattoon (7-11) was limited to 13 first-half points and shot 27 percent from the field. Mattoon finished with no one in double digits.
“I am not upset with our effort,” Forsythe said. “We executed our game plan. It comes down to us knocking down our bunnies. We had open looks, but we did not finish on our offensive and defensive possessions. That is what it came down to.”