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DECATUR -- When Mount Zion sharp shooter Alexis Rhoades is feeling it, the Braves are a different team. 

Rhoades connected on five 3-pointers Tuesday as the Mount Zion girls defeated Eisenhower 57-47.

This was a reversal from the Braves meeting with Panthers back on Dec. 29 when the lost 44-30.

“We just played Eisenhower a couple of weeks ago in their Christmas tournament and lost. Tonight we came out and hit shots. We made seven 3s which made a big difference," Mount Zion coach Shane Davis said. 

Mount Zion led 29-24 at halftime and held the Panthers from the lead in the second half. 

"We put some pressure on them. The first quarter was back and forth a lot but we got more into control in the second quarter and most of the second half. We never let them get ahead," Davis said. "We just maintained our poise. We did a great job rebounding and boxing out even though they are much bigger than us. It was a much-needed win by us.”

Rhoades led all scorers with 18 points and Lainie Wolter added 11 points and six assists. Jenny Baumann scored six points and grabbed 10 rebounds for Mount Zion (11-12). 

Kyla Jones led Eisenhower with 17 points and Mahoganie Johnson-Cook added 12.  

Sullivan top seed in CIC tournament

DECATUR-- Sullivan, a team that is 19-1 and ranked No. 5 in Class 2A, is the top-seeded team in the upcoming Central Illinois Conference tournament. The Redskins will play Shelbyville (5-13) at 3 p.m. Saturday in the opening contest. 

The winner moves to the semifinals to play the victor of the Clinton vs. Tuscola game at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 22. 

The other bracket features Decatur St. Teresa against Meridian and Central A&M vs. Warrensburg-Latham. 

The championship is set for 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 24. 

BOYS BASKETBALL

Shelbyville 68, Warrensburg-Latham 54

SHELBYVILLE -- in a battle of two of biggest scorers in Central Illinois, Shelbyville's Malcolm Miller hosted Warrensburg-Latham's Jarius Ingram in a Central Illinois Conference matchup.

Ingram outscored Miller 36 to 22 but it would the Rams that came away with the victory. 

“Jarius Ingram is a darn good basketball player. He just lit it up tonight. We had all kinds of trouble trying to stop him," Shelbyville coach Bob Herdes said. "The kids ground it out, though. We spread it out the fourth quarter."

Shelbyville (17-2, 3-0 CIC) led 30-28 at halftime and pulled away in the fourth quarter by outscoring the Cardinals 21-14. 

"It was just a grind-it-out game. Leo Logue played really well for us and Colton Reed had a good game for us. Malcolm didn’t have quite the shooting night he usually has, but he found a way to get us points," Herdes said. 

Along with Miller's 22 points, Logue added 18 including four 3-pointers. Reed and Peyton Bryant reached double-figures with 10 points.  

Ingram's 36 point performance included seven 3-pointers. Andy Hardin added 10 points for Warrensburg. 

Central A&M 63, Tuscola 47

TUSCOLA -- Central A&M and Tuscola were knotted 28-28 at halftime but a big third quarter for the Raiders put them in the lead for good in the Central Illinois Conference battle. 

Jacob Paradee led all scorers with 25 points and Connor Heaton added 23 points for Central A&M. 

“This was an excellent win for our team. It’s very difficult to play on the road at Tuscola. They are well-coached and play hard. I was very pleased with how our kids responded tonight," Central A&M coach Rob Smith said. 

Brayden VonLanken led Tuscola with 14 points and Jalen Quinn added 9. 

Griffin Andricks put in 12 points for the Raiders (17-3). 

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