MOWEAQUA — After taking an early lead, Central A&M was in trouble late against Central Illinois Conference upstart Clinton.
But Channing Reed and Haylee Virden came through for the Raiders, who remained unbeaten early in CIC play with a 49-47 win against the Maroons.
Reed, who led A&M (7-3, 2-0 CIC) with 16 points, helped the Raiders jump to a 16-10 first-quarter lead. But Clinton managed to keep that margin tight.
"Clinton has improved a lot — they got us in some hard situations," A&M coach Tom Dooley said. "But Virden and Reed sparked us on offense and defense."
Virden finished with eight points. McKenna Denton, in her first start, also had eight.
"We were able to establish a post presence with Reed, but it kind of collapsed," Dooley said. "Virden stepped up, though, and we got it back."
For Clinton (6-4, 1-1), Mallory Cyrulik had 12 points and Destiny Schlesinger added 11.
Normal U-High 56, MacArthur 49
DECATUR — MacArthur overcame a slow start to take a halftime lead, but couldn't finish strong in its home opener.
"Until we start listening, we’re going to get the same results," MacArthur coach Michael Williams said. "It shows who showed up to work out in the off-season and who didn't. It was nice to see a couple of our girls step up, but we need to see our other seniors step up as well."
Jayda Dees led MacArthur (3-6) with 15 points, six rebounds, three assists and nine steals. Taya Davis had 17 points and four assists.