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FLORA -- Last time out, Teutopolis steadily put away Mount Carmel.

On Wednesday, the Shoes put their foot down early.

Teutopolis jumped out to a double-digit lead in the first quarter and held onto it, eventually downing Mount Carmel 62-44 in the Class 2A Flora sectional semifinal.

"We got off to a good start," T-Town coach Jason Hanson said. "Our defensive play was really good most of the game, we held their guys in check."

On offense, Brett Mette again led the Shoes in scoring with 15 points. Mitch Hardiek added 13 points Kyle Smith had nine and Michael Drees and Derek Smith both scored 8.

Now comes a sectional title game against Lawrenceville, a team T-Town lost by three points to early in the season.

"It should be a good game to see how much we have improved," Hanson said.

Mahomet-Seymour 50, Mount Zion 43

RANTOUL -- Mahomet performed a rarity in the regional semifinal game, holding Mount Zion in the 40s on offense.

The Braves started out slow and never really found a groove as Mahomet rode out a nine-point halftime lead.

"We didn't play up to our potential tonight, which is a little disappointing to end the season," Mount Zion coach Bryon Graven said. "But like I told the guys, anytime you go into the postseason and don't end raising a trophy, it is a little disappointing.

"Our effort was there tonight, they were just more aggressive and we just weren't the better team tonight."

Kevin Cox led Mount Zion with 13 points, Charles Kuhle added 11 and Jonah Smith scored nine.

Effingham St. Anthony 45, Dieterich 43

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BRIDGEPORT -- It was a good thing Drew Gibson and Nick Grunloh's outside shot were clicking early because it saved St. Anthony in the end.

Grunloh made two 3-pointers in the first quarter as St. Anthony dominated their way to a 10-point lead. But Dieterich battled back and won the last three quarters, only to come up two points short of closing the gap.

Both had a win in the season series, but Dieterich won the National Trail tournament championship by two points. St. Anthony figured out how to mae up the difference.

"It was a great battle between two conference rivals that know each other like the back of their hands," St. Anthony coach Cody Rincker said. "We were fortunate to be able to get enough plays to come up with the two-point win."

Gibson led the Bulldogs with 13 points as Grunloh added 11. Nick Feldhake paced Dieterich with 10 points.

St. Anthony will play Patoka in Friday's sectional final.

LeRoy 61, Arcola 47

COLFAX -- Arcola was right there most of the way -- trailing one-point after three quarter and three with a little more than three minutes remaining.

But LeRoy's Matt Chastain, who was held to 12 points in the first half, erupted for 26 in the second half, including 16 in the fourth quarter.

Arcola was 3 of 15 from the field in the fourth quarter, including 2 of 9 from beyond the three-point line. The Arcola loss snapped a 17-game winning streak.

"I am proud of the effort," Shaffer said. "I feel bad for the seniors because they wanted to a little further, but sometimes it just doesn't work out. It is tough to swallow.

"I was blessed to have this opportunity to coach this group. I am not going to take a lot of credit for their success. They are just good athletes who know how to play and how to compete and they competed to the end."

Austin Shafer led Arcola with 14 points and Kollin Seaman had 13. 

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