NIANTIC -- After a rough start to the season, Sangamon Valley put together a winning streak in dramatic fashion.
Miles Hutchins hit a free throw with 4.7 seconds left to give the Storm a 67-66 edge on Maroa-Forsyth, and Sangamon Valley's third straight win.
And it came just after some bad news.
"We found out Nathan Doty is going to be out for two weeks because of an injury," Sangamon Valley coach Josh Myers said.
"They played really hard tonight. We did a really good job on defense and ran really good offense."
Miles Hutchins had 26 points, Mason Hutchins had 21 and Jimmy Staab had 15 for the Storm, which came back from a six-point deficit entering the fourth quarter.
Maroa's Parker Barrett hit four 3s as part of a team-high 23 points.
Meridian 63, Pana 60
PANA -- Layne Kircher led a balanced offense for the Hawks, which picked up their 10th win.
"Layne did a really nice job of running the team tonight, scoring and passing," Meridian coach Jay Driscoll said. "Overall, it was a really solid game."
Kircher had 17, Drake Baker had 14, Judah Renfro had 12, and Noah Adams' 10 rounded out the four in double figures.
After making the Vandalia Holiday Tournament finals, Pana, which had a chance to sending the game to overtime, dropped its fourth in a row.
"Kids did a great job of battling tonight," Pana coach Gary Bowker said. "Meridian has a good team. It is getting frustrating for us to battle and come up short. It feels like we are on the brink of getting that one break to turn the game around, and we get a bad break instead."
St. Teresa 58, Argenta-Oreana 37
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DECATUR -- The Bulldogs weathered an early attack from the Bombers and locked down on defense the rest of the way.
"(Argenta) scored 14 of their points in the first four minutes of the game," St. T coach Tom Noonan said. "Defensively, we did a good job making adjustments. Our guards did a much better job of getting out on the shooters."
Simon Brinkoetter led the offense with 12 points, and Ray Smith added 11 more.
Konnor Damery led Argenta with 20 points.
Olney 54, Dieterich 48
DIETERICH -- Facing a eight-point after the first quarter, Olney flipped the script in the second before chugging away toward the win.
The Tigers' Tanner Stoltz led the way with 22 points.
Travis Niemerg scored nine of his 12 in the first quarter for Dieterich, but a cold second quarter stifled the Maroons.
"Third quarter we came out and the turnovers started and killed our momentum," Dieterich coach Jeff Staser said. "Due to being down double digits in second half, we had to pressure the ball."
Lance Niemerg scored 16 to lead Dieterich.
Cumberland 55, Paris 48
TOLEDO -- Cumberland fought back from an eight-point third quarter deficit, taking the lead for good late in the third before finishing off the win by Pirates scored the last five points of the game.
"I have seen Paris play a little zone this year, but I didn't expect that (2-3 zone) out of them," Cumberland coach Justin Roedl said. "At halftime we talked about getting the ball down the floor and attacking the basket. The quicker we can get it down and get it side to side and attack the basket and draw some fouls, we are going to get better shots."
Mike Wolke scored 11, and Tyson Magee and Sam Bauguss both had nine points.