MOWEAQUA -- Tuscola learned its lesson.
Five days after St. Teresa girls basketball rolled over Tuscola in the fourth quarter, the Warriors kept another runaway from happening with a 41-32 win in the CIC Tournament semifinals.
"St. Teresa is a very athletic, tough team to guard," Tuscola coach Tim Kohlbecker said. "I thought the key for us was on the defensive end. We played a lot better defense than when we played them last time."
Tuscola held St. T to five fourth-quarter points, as Kohlbecker said his team's improved rebounding helped prevent second-chance opportunities.
Halle McCrory led Tuscola with 14 points and Emma Henderson added nine.
Kaelyn Jarrett paced St. Teresa with 11 points while DaeLin Switzer scored nine.
Central A&M 73, Clinton 31
MOWEAQUA -- The Raiders gave their home crowd plenty to cheer for.
All five starters scored at least nine points -- Mikah Maples led with 16 -- as A&M's signature speed pushed it to the CIC tournament championship game where Tuscola awaits.
"We played really hard, and played transition defense really, really well," Central A&M coach Tom Dooley said.
A&M takes its 23-0 record into Thursday's championship game.
Arcola 62, LSA 44
DECATUR -- Four days after the Lions pushed Arcola in a shootout, the Riders' defense clamped down in the LOVC Northwest semifinals.
Arcola allowed 12, 8 and 9 points in the first three quarters while the offense steadily chugged along.
"We played much better defensively, which was an emphasis since we played them last," Arcola coach Mike Shaffer said. "I was really happy with the way the kids responded."
Arcola, which had a couple of players dealing with the flu, kept the substitutions constant. Cole Hutton led the Riders with 15 points, and Arcola had six players score at least seven points. Parker Nichols led LSA with 11 points.
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St. Teresa 63, Maroa-Forsyth 31
DECATUR -- The Bulldogs never let Maroa into any sort of offensive rhythm, holding the Trojans to single digits for the first three quarters.
"I am really proud of the way our kids responded defensively," said Mike Noonan, who was filling in during Tom Noonan's one game suspension. "We did a good job of finding shooters and good gang rebounding."
At the other end of the court, Isaiah Bond nearly outscored Maroa by himself. The sophomore had 28, hitting 12 shots all inside the arc complemented by a 4-for-4 showing from the line.
St. Teresa had five other players with at least six points. Brody Adreon led Maroa with 12.
Charleston 61, Sullivan 56
CHARLESTON — Charleston started the game looking to run against Sullivan. After every turnover, rebound and even Sullivan made basket, Charleston looked to go quick.
The Trojans went on to win, snapping an eight-game losing streak.
The Charleston defense, which started off in a 2-3 zone, forced six first-quarter Sullivan turnovers. Charleston had just two in the entire first half.
“We switch up the defense sometimes during games, but we thought the 2-3 zone was working out to our advantage so we stuck with that,” Charleston coach Jim Wood said.
Blaze Taylor-Lutz led Charleston with 19 points.
Cumberland 68, Heritage/Villa Grove 62
TOLEDO -- Trevor Beard had a pair of buckets in a key Cumberland fourth-quarter run to lead the Pirates into the championship game of the Little Okaw Valley Conference Southeast Division.
Cumberland will play Oblong, a 74-39 winner over Tri-County.
Cumberland, which led by as much as nine points, was up 58-57 with 4:47 left when the Pirates went on their 8-0 run. A Tyson Magee layup pushed the lead to nine, 66-57, with 3:25 remaining.
"In the fourth quarter, we did buckle down on defense and did play better," Cumberland coach Justin Roedl said. "I think the key was our rebounding in the second half. In the first half, the offensive rebounds killed us and that was something we talked about at halftime and something I challenged the kids to do."