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ARGENTA --  Take a look at Ashlyn Sturdy's eyes as the Macon County Girls Tournament championship game was winding down against St. Teresa and you could tell the Tri-City/Sangamon Valley star was going to lead her team to the title. 

After battling back from a 22-10 deficit at halftime, Sturdy hit a game-tying 3-pointer to knot the game at 38-38 as the fourth quarter ended. The Tornadoes then outscored the Bulldogs 10-5 in the final frame to take the championship. 

"It was amazing, you could tell by the look in their eyes in the huddle, they wanted the win and were really enjoying the moment. It was a great community win and a great day to be a Tornado," Tri-City/Sangamon Valley coach Tony Nika said. “We were down 10 points at half. We missed a lot of shots in the first half, but we moved to change that after halftime. The girls stepped up their defense and played a gutty second half. They scratched and clawed their way back up."

Sturdy finished with 28 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Allison Campbell added eight points and nine rebounds for Tri-City. Grace Honeyman also grabbed 11 rebounds. 

Addison Newbon led St. Teresa with 24 points and Claire Peters added 13. 

The victory gave Tri-City (18-3) their second Macon Country Girls Tournament championship in school history after also winning in 2016-17. 

MacArthur 62, Chatham Glenwood 58

DECATUR -- MacArthur continued their winning ways Saturday, topping Chatham Glenwood and giving the Generals' seniors their first win over the Titans. 

Jayda Dees led MacArthur with 20 points and Quincenia Jackson added 19 points. 

“It was the Q and Jayda show. Those two just played exceptionally today. Q got into a little foul trouble but she just dominated inside. They had no answer for her," MacArthur coach Mike Williams said. "We had a number of bright spots. Kierra Smith-King came off the bench and hit two big 3s for us."

The Generals led 39-28 at halftime and Glenwood tightened the game in the third and fourth quarter. 

"We didn’t do a good job closing the game, and I got on them after the game. It’s tough when you win so many in a row," Williams said. "The kids start expecting to win and then they don’t play well, so I had to get after them a little bit. We set the bar high, but it’s not OK to stop working when you hit the bar.”

The Titans' Kenzey Decker led all scorers with 22 points and Courtney Jenkins added 13 points. 

Sullivan 59, Mount Zion 55

MOUNT ZION -- Sullivan demonstrated why it is 16-1 this season in its game with Mount Zion on Saturday.

The Braves grabbed a huge first half advantage, leading by as many as 20 points at times, but Sullivan battled back in the third and fourth quarter to come away with the four-point victory. 

“We did not start the game the way I had hoped but I do have to say that a large part of that is the fact that Mount Zion played hard and wanted it more in the first half," Sullivan coach Sheri McCain said. "Foul trouble and turnovers were the reason we were down in the first half."

The Redskins regrouped at halftime and thanks to a double-double by Avery Still outscored Mount Zion 27-13 in the third quarter. 

"I challenged my team at halftime to step up and play how I know they are capable of playing and take it one possession at a time," McCain said. "It was a great challenge for us and one that I hope we learn from moving forward. I have always taught my teams that it is not how you start a game, but how you finish it, and today was a prime example.”

Sullivan's Emily White led all scorers with 21 points, Esther Miller scored 13 and Still had 10 points and 10 rebounds. Josie Orris scored seven points, had six steals and four assists. 

Emma Ewing and Alexis Rhoades led the Braves with 13 points each. Ewing added five assists. Jenny Baumann had seven points and 11 rebounds. 

BOYS BASKETBALL

Central A&M 83, Dieterich 60

EFFINGHAM -- Central A&M received a lot of support from their bench as the Raiders beat Dieterich at the Effingham St. Anthony Shootout. 

"Ross Sloan and Brycen Burgener gave great contributions off the bench today and we were able to get out in transition," Central A&M coach Rob Smith said. "Connor Heaton had a good game scoring and distributing the basketball. In the second half I thought Jacob (Paradee) was excellent disrupting their offensive flow at the top of the zone."

Heaton led all scorers with 25 points and Paradee added 17. Off the bench, Burgener scored 17 points with four 3-pointers and Sloan put in 11 including three 3-pointers.  

The Raiders led 52-31 at halftime and didn't allow Dieterich to close the gap in the second half. 

Derek Kuhl led the Movin Maroons with 17 points and Collin Hartke put in 12. 

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