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Monticello girls suffer first loss of the season

Monticello girls suffer first loss of the season

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ST. JOSEPH — The Monticello girls basketball team looked primed to keep its undefeated season going.

The Sages led 51-50 with three seconds left before St. Joseph-Ogden's Hannah Dukeman went coast-to-coast and finished with a game-winning floater that banked in to hand the Sages a 52-51 loss Monday night.

It was back-and-forth with Monticello leading 27-24 at halftime.

"It was a great high school basketball game," Monticello coach Dave Beery said. 

Tatum McCall led Monticello (13-1) with 20 points and Zanna Myers added 11.

The Sages also got seven points from sophomore Cloe Clark.

"Tatum McCall played good game. Zanna Myers did a nice job," Beery said. "One of our sophomores, Cloe Clark, really battled for us. We just got a little bit unlucky."

Lincoln 52, Peoria Notre Dame 44

LINCOLN — It didn't take long for Lincoln to open up a double-figure lead against Peoria Notre Dame.

The Railers hopped out to a 13-0 lead and led wire-to-wire in a non-conference home win.

"I thought our girls played incredible defense all four quarters of the game," Lincoln coach Taylor Richmond said. "We came out and hit a couple of quick 3s. That put us up 13-0."

Kaelyn Froebe led Lincoln with 20 points and Leah Schneider added 18 of her own.

But it was the defense that powered the Railers (14-7).

"Our defense really did such an incredible job of shutting down their shooters," Richmond said. "We had a really good inside-outside game in the second half. It was an overall great team effort."

Tuscola 54, Champaign Central 51 (OT)

TUSCOLA — There was good news and bad news for Tuscola.

The good news was the Warriors (16-3) picked up a non-conference overtime win against Champaign Central.

The bad news was Tuscola lost standout guard Natalie Bates to a knee injury, and the timetable for her return is to be determined.

"We finished the game, the last 13 minutes, with a lineup that we've never had on the court," Tuscola coach Tim Kohlbecker said. "We had two freshmen on the court because of foul trouble and an injury. I was really proud of everyone that played. They had every reason to toss in the towel, and they didn't.

"They came back even tougher after we lost one of our players to an injury. Natalie went out early with a knee injury. We'll have to see what tomorrow holds for her.

"They girls played their butts off. We didn't always do things well. Our AD said it was kind of like a heavyweight fight. A lot of bodies on the floor, a lot of physical play. Somehow we came away with a win, and I'll take it."

Grace Dietrich led Tuscola with 11 points and Lexie Russo and Brynn Tabling each had 10 points.

Shelbyville 48, Mulberry Grove 26

SHELBYVILLE — Shelbyville earned its fifth win behind Holly Metzger's 14 points and Carson Beyers' 11 points.

The Rams (5-14) used a strong second half to pull away from a four-point lead by outscoring Mulberry Grove 29-11.

Neoga 52, Cowden-Herrick/Beecher City 38

COWDEN — Neoga defeated the host of the National Trail Conference Tournament, Cowden-Herrick/Beecher City.

The Indians led 18-9 after one quarter and 31-15 at the half. 

For Neoga, Blair Banning lead with 19 points, and Jessica Atwell followed with 10 points. The Lady Indians have won four straight games. 

Neoga (10-12) will play the winner of Wednesday's Altamont vs. Dieterich game on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. in the semifinals at Beecher City.

Effingham St. Anthony 56, Windsor/Stew-Stras 42

COWDEN — Despite 18 points from Megan Schlechte, the Hatchets couldn't overcome St. Anthony at the NTC Tournament.

For WSS, Nikki Trussell added 13 points. The Hatchets trailed 29-20 at the half. The loss snapped a four-game WSS winning streak. The Hatchets beat St. Anthony 41-32 on Nov. 30. 

WSS (11-9) will play the winner of Wednesday's North Clay vs. South Central game in the consolation semifinals at 7 p.m. Thursday.

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