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Tuscola’s Emma Henderson picks up a loose ball while pursued by Flora’s Crimson Jones during the sectional semifinal at Pana High School on Monday.

PANA -- Tuscola went from a thrilling regional championship win to a dramatic sectional semifinal victory, and its postseason run continued.

Facing Flora, who won a sectional title last season, there was no slow start. Flora led 22-19 after a fast-paced first quarter, but the Warriors ended Monday night on top with a 62-54 win at the Class 2A Pana Sectional.

"We had to switch defenses and the bench didn't skip a beat," Tuscola coach Tim Kohlbecker said of the first quarter. "Ashtyn Clark, Logan Hale and Cassie Russo all came in and gave us huge minutes.

Clark, Hale and Russo combined for only four points, but they didn't have to score. They left it to the Warriors seniors -- Halle McCrory (20 points), Maddie Meinhold (14) and Anna Kauffman (7).

Emma Henderson added 12 points.

"All three of our seniors ... refused to let us lose," Kohlbecker said. "They were unflappable throughout the game.

"We shot almost 60 percent from the field. This was a quality team win."

Flora was led, like it has been all year, by Crimson Jones' 26 points.

The Warriors advance to play Teutopolis, 51-21 winners over Lawrenceville.

The Shoes were led by a wide-spread offensive effort and a defense that didn't give up more than eight points in a quarter. They put it away quickly, leading 15-4 after the first period.

Jamie Sandschafer led the Shoes with 12 points. Anna Hartke added 10, and four others scored at least four points.

The Pana Sectional championship game is set for 7 p.m. Thursday.

Effingham St. Anthony 54, Chrisman 37

NOKOMIS -- The Bulldogs pinned together back-to-back 17-point periods that put the Nokomis Sectional semifinal game out of Chrisman's reach.

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Maddie Schuette's 14 points and Hunter Niebrugge's 10 led a balanced offensive effort.

The Bulldogs were concerned about Hannah Eddy going into the game, but they held her in check for four points.

"Defensively, we gave a great effort on the Eddy girl," St. Anthony coach Bart Wiedman said. "Offensively, we did a great job getting a lot of people involved, especially Maddie Schuette. She did a great job off the bench.

Now, the Bulldogs face Central A&M, a team they will have seen three years in a row when they play at 7 p.m. Thursday.

"We're going to have to take our experience of the last few years of playing Central A&M in the sectional and see if we can use that to our advantage," Wiedman said. "It'll be a tough task.

"They have all that experience and all those scorers."

Eisenhower 51, MacArthur 46

DECATUR -- Only a few days ago, MacArthur had the upper hand in a regular-season finale. But it was a new day for Seven Sassano and DD Boston.

Sassano scored 22 points and added 13 rebounds, while DD Boston added 13 points. Alexis Early had four points and five steals.

The Panthers led from the start, and held on late in the fourth quarter for the Class 3A MacArthur Regional quarterfinal win.

"The key today was our free throw shooting," Eisenhower coach Sean Flaherty said. "We shot better from the line (12-of-19) than we did in our loss to them on Saturday. We made some key free throws down the stretch.

"We were upset about Saturday's loss, but we learned from our mistakes and we made some adjustments. We had not pressed all season and we installed a diamond press which slowed them down.

"This was by far the best we've played all season."

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