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MAROA — Warrensburg-Latham continued its hot start to the season by putting away Cerro Gordo-Bement early and advancing to the semifinals of the Macon County Tournament on Monday with a 74-40 win.

Jarius Ingram had 16 points, Mitchell Leathers had 13 and Jorden Tedford had 11 points and eight rebounds for the fourth-seeded Cardinals (7-2) against the fifth-seeded Broncos. 

 “We got out to a really good start, and we hadn’t been," Warrensburg coach Vic Binkley said of the Cardinals' 25-10 lead after the first quarter. "I said we needed to start off strong, and we did. Defensively, they had a hard time handling the press.

"It was nice to see Jordan Tedford get into double digits for the first time this year. It’s good to get three or four people in double figures."

Warrensburg advanced to play top-seeded Central A&M in the semifinals on Thursday. The Raiders advanced to the semifinals with a 95-23 win against Sangamon Valley in Monday's other quarterfinal.

"We’re going to have to find some magic somewhere, and hopefully Thursday we’ll have it," Binkley said.


Maroa-Forsyth 37, Auburn 27

MAROA — The Trojans' defense held Auburn to 10 points in the second half, including just two in the fourth quarter.

Neither team shot free throws well — Maroa was 11-of-29 and Auburn was 7-of-23.

“It was a battle tonight," Maroa coach Selina Finck said. "We had some of our kids get in foul trouble early. Some of our bench kids came in and hung on and kept the game even. We were just able settle down a little and play better in the second half and make some free throws. We had some issues with our free throws tonight. But it was just a great all-around team effort win.”

Hallie Mitchell had 13 points to lead Maroa (7-1), with Allie Robinson adding 11.

Charleston 51, Effingham 44

CHARLESTON — In a battle between the two favorites in the Apollo Conference and two teams that faced in the sectional finals in Class 3A last year, Charleston won a defensive battle.

The Trojans made their free throws down the stretch to hold off Effingham, which was without top player Carsyn Fearday because of a concussion.

Charleston forced 23 turnovers in the game — seven in the third quarter and sixth in the fourth quarter.

“We run that half-court trap and I think it was effective. The fact that we switched defenses on makes and misses, that was big,” Charleston coach Jeff Miller said. “They were without one of their best players also (Fearday). That sure changes the complexion of how they would attack things.”

Effingham coach Jeff Schafer said any time his team got within a score or two in the game, Charleston forced a turnover and made a small run.

“Every time we got it close, we would just make some mistake that’s not normal (for us),” Schafer said. “We never quit. We just kept battling but (Charleston) was the aggressor tonight and it paid off for them. We just have to learn from it and learn to play a bit better when we don’t have certain parts of our team.”

Shae Littleford finished with 23 points for Charleston (8-0).

“She struggled a bit in the first half and then she made some big plays in that second half,” Miller said. “She shot the ball well. Passed the ball extremely well.”

Natalie Carie had 18 points and five rebounds for Effingham (6-1).

Lincoln 57, Mount Zion 53

MOUNT ZION — Mount Zion stormed back from a double-digit deficit, but Lincoln held off the Braves for the win.

“It was a good game — both teams played really hard," Lincoln coach Taylor Rohrer said. "I thought our girls played great defense, played very hard and worked together well. We did a good job on the boards both offensively and defensively, and had a couple of younger kids step up when we were in foul trouble early in the game. We shot the ball really well tonight and were able to hold on at the end."

Lainie Walter had 16 for Mount Zion and Alexis Rhoades added 13 points.

Teutopolis 60, Pana 23

TEUTOPOLIS — The Wooden Shoes had 10 different players score, including three in double figures, in a blowout of Pana (6-3).

“We have played pretty well each game this year. Tonight, we did not," Pana coach Jason Storm said. "Everything that could go wrong, did. It was a pretty rough game for us. We had way too many turnovers, we were stagnant on offense, we didn’t play defense, we didn’t rebound, and we couldn’t throw it in the ocean.

"Teutopolis played a really good game and took it to us. We are a much better team than what we showed tonight."

Claire Bushur had 11 points and four rebounds, Lexie Niebrugge had 12 points and Morgan Mette had 11 points for Teutopolis.



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