MATTOON -- If the Mattoon girls’ basketball team was going beat Teutopolis on Monday, the Class 3A No. 3-ranked Green Wave were going to have to grind it out against a physical 2A No. 3-ranked Teutopolis squad.
After a tight three quarters of play, Mattoon built enough of a cushion in the fourth quarter. The Green Wave scored 22 points in the final frame to defeat Teutopolis 66-58.
“Tonight I thought we were really good. We had really good ball movement all evening, especially in the fourth quarter,” Mattoon senior Sierra Thompson said. “We were playing great defense. We had a few hiccups, but we quickly corrected those."
Mattoon improved to 22-0 on the season and Teutopolis fell to 21-5.
“It was a game of runs. We had ours early, they had theirs and we had one at the end,” Mattoon coach Amanda Aydt said. “Teutopolis is a great team, gotta give them credit. It’s just a good basketball game. Everyone contributed on the defensive end. Everyone boxed out and finished possessions when we needed to.”
Mattoon won the rebounding battle 32 to 28. Sierra Thompson led Mattoon with 14 rebounds, Avery Jackson had nine and Ashlyn MacDonald grabbed five.
“Just good box outs and then they went to get the ball,” Aydt said. “They didn’t wait for it to come to them. They went to it with two hands and went up strong for it.”
Mattoon, which was led by Sierra Thompson with 24 points, went into the second quarter up 16-12 and the Wooden Shoes got to within three points before the Green Wave went on a 9-3 run for a 28-21 halftime lead.
Meridian 36, Warrensburg-Latham 33
CLINTON -- The Hawks started to press and pulled together a strong second half to overcome the Cardinals in the Central Illinois Conference Tournament.
Meridian forced turnovers and swiftly scored on fast breaks to ignite the offense.
Chloe Herbert and Amy Aukamp provided just enough offense with 11 and 10 points, respectively. Herbert delivered two pivotal 3-pointers.
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"As a team, we fought hard to stay in it," Meridian coach Mitch Cloe said. "We ran our fast breaks and that gave us a couple layups. Being behind the whole game, we struggle shooting but when it came down to crunch time I think we showed real character."
Lincoln 65, Jacksonville 20
LINCOLN -- The Railers jumped all over Jacksonville from the start.
Lincoln raced to a 13-2 lead by the end of the first quarter and pulled further ahead 32-11 by halftime.
Lincoln had a few players reach double digits, including Kaelyn Froebe with 13 points and Kennedy Lolling with 10.
"Our team came out and played great all the way through and we played hard throughout," Lincoln coach Taylor Richmond said. "We were able to get a lot of open looks and we weren't afraid to put it up."
Chatham Glenwood 57, Eisenhower 19
DECATUR -- The Panthers couldn't have started any colder.
Eisenhower didn't score a single point in the first quarter and trailed 34-10 by halftime.
Nobody could manage double digits scoring for Eisenhower. Jurnee Flournoy and Markesha Jackson each had six points for the Panthers.
"We couldn't hit water if we're standing in a boat," Eisenhower coach Sean Flaherty said. "We didn't play bad, it was just one of those nights. You've got to find positives in every game and I thought we played with a lot of composure We stayed positive despite the outcome of the game."