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MOUNT ZION -- It took two overtime periods for MacArthur to beat Mount Zion in a non-conference meeting Tuesday.

The Braves and Generals were knotted at 44-44 at the end of regulation and the first overtime period saw each team scoring just five points. 

MacArthur pulled away in the second overtime period outscoring Mount Zion 11-8 to pick up the three-point victory, 60-57. 

Although his team picked up the victory, MacArthur coach Mike Williams thought his team should have controlled the game more. 

“Tonight’s win was one from the basketball gods. Mount Zion came ready to play and ready to beat us. Our girls came out unprepared and slacking, especially the defense," Williams said. "I have always been a coach that was hard on my players and this year about two weeks ago I started to become nicer and I wanted to save their legs. These past two weeks we have slacked on both defense and offense. 

"I hope that we are able to be smarter and more prepared to play at out next game. “

The Generals' Jayda Dees led all scorers with 21 points and Quincenia Jackson added 13 points 

Mount Zion had a balanced scoring attack as Lainie Wolter scored 14 points, Jenny Baumann added 13 and Alexis Rhoades put in 12 points from four 3-pointers. 

MacArthur (21-8) completes its regular season schedule against Jacksonville at home on Thursday. Mount Zion (13-16) finishes up the regular season at Mattoon on Thursday. 

BOYS BASKETBALL

Chatham Glenwood 50, MacArthur 48

DECATUR -- MacArthur faced a 26-21 deficit at halftime against Chatham Glenwood in a Central State 8 meeting but had closed the gap to 39-38 by the end of the third quarter. 

The Generals ultimately lost by two when the ball didn't bounce MacArthur's way. 

"Our defensive effort was there tonight but we just missed a few rebounds at the end. One of those rebounds might have won us the game, but when the ball didn’t bounce our way, we kind of just stood there and looked at the ball not bouncing our way," MacArthur coach Ron Ingram said. 

MacArthur's Keon Jones led all scorers with 22 points and Kaeden Lawary added 13.

Mattoon 64, Taylorville 58

MATTOON -- Taylorville spent the first two-plus quarters cruising up and down the court and carving up a listless zone defense.

Nick Livingston and Jase Bergschneider were landing punches on Mattoon with crisp passes powerful drives that no one could stop. They drew fouls, forced defenders to over-help and drilled a few jumpers to boot. They helped Taylorville build an 11-point advantage just 10 minutes into the game.

It was seamless and scathing.

Then Mattoon blew up the whole thing.

Mattoon took a blowtorch to a 17-point third-quarter deficit and defeated Taylorville 64-58 Tuesday night, moving to 16-6 and 6-3 in the Apollo, good for second place. The night ended in a court storming to celebrate the 39-15 run – thirty-nine to fifteen– Mattoon used to close the game and erase any thought of two straight losses. It would have been 39-12 if not for a meaningless Taylorville 3-pointer at the buzzer.

Dalton Compton made consecutive 3-pointers, each from his favorite right corner spot, to propel Mattoon to its first lead of the game, a 50-45 advantage with 5:39 left in the fourth quarter. It never changed hands again.

“Our goal at halftime was to cut the lead in half in the third quarter and give ourselves a chance in the fourth,” Ghere said. “We did better than that.”

But this night belonged to Jaydon Noe, whose contributions on both ends of the floor helped Mattoon notch one of its biggest wins of the season. Noe assisted on the second of Compton’s 3s, then made two straight layups after Taylorville cut Mattoon’s lead back to one point. About a minute later, he drew a charge. He ended the night with a team-high 25 points.

“He’s such a good athlete,” Ghere said. “He’s a better athlete sometimes than he is a basketball player.”

Effingham 77, Charleston 45 

CHARLESTON -- Dec. 14 was a night to remember as Charleston snapped its 19-game losing streak against Effingham 73-67.The rematch Tuesday at Baker Gymnasium was the Landon Wolfe show as the 6-5 senior scored 46 points as the Flaming Hearts downed the Trojans 77-45 on Senior Night. 

Charleston never led in the game, but trailed by 12 midway through the second when Effingham went on a 12-2 run to close out the half.

"He has done it for three years and he just poses a matchup problem for us," said Charleston coach Blain Mayhall of Landon Wolfe. "We just don't have anyone that can guard him. He just did kind of what he wanted to do tonight. When you score 46 points it is pretty much you do what you want."

Wolfe had 27 in the first half. He was 18-of-26 (.692) from the field, including 5-of-7 (714) from beyond the three-point line.

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