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SPRINGFIELD -- After a big third quarter, Eisenhower's boys basketball team took a three-point lead into the fourth against Central State 8 rival Springfield Saturday. The Senators responded, outscoring the Panthers 18-11 in the last quarter to grab the four-point win.

"We played hard but fell short due to rebounding and a few missed defensive assignments in the end," Eisenhower coach Rodney Walker said. "We had our moments where we looked great but couldn’t keep the momentum going. Once we get a little meaner then we will be able to close out the tight games."

Lunden Cook led the Panthers with 17 points, including five 3-pointers. R.J. Walker added 14 points and Cameron Rowe put in eight.

Springfield's Bennie Slater led all scorers with 28 points and Zaire Harris scored 16.

Eisenhower (1-3, 0-1 Central State 8) will face Rochester next.

"Our first home game is Tuesday and we look forward to getting on the winning side," Walker said. "Overall the boys did enough to win but also enough to lose tonight."

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Sacred Heart-Griffin 81, MacArthur 38

SPRINGFIELD -- Led by Payton Vorreyer's game-high 25 points, Sacred Heart-Griffin outpaced MacArthur in the Generals' Central State 8 conference opener.

The Cyclones jumped out quickly with 27 points in the first quarter and led 50-28 at halftime.

"We didn’t show up tonight," MacArthur coach Mike Williams said. "Taya Davis and Mariah shores were a bright spot for us and Quincenia Jackson with a double-double."

Jackson scored 12 points and had 12 rebounds to lead the Generals (2-4, 0-1). Taya Davis added 13 points and Jayde Dees had six.

Other top scorers for Sacred Heart included Victoria Zeigler (10 points), Jalen Butler (10 points), Emily Brenneisen (nine points) and Maggie Gilmore (eight points).

Tri-City/Sangamon Valley 60, Pawnee 18

PAWNEE -- Tri-City/Sangamon Valley's Ashlyn Sturdy entered Saturday's game with Pawnee needing 24 points to get to 1,000 for her career.

The defending H&R Macon County Girls Player of the Year did that and more as she scored 25 with her last bucket being one of her six 3-pointers from the corner in the third quarter to cross the 1,000-point barrier. 

Sturdy finished with 25 points, four rebounds and four steals. Teammate Anna Sagle added 21 points including three 3-pointers. The Tornadoes connected on 12 3-pointers overall in the game. 

Hanna Adcock led the Indians with nine points. 

With the victory Tri-City improved to 9-0 on the season. 

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