EFFINGHAM — The Charleston girls basketball team and Effingham came into Monday’s Apollo Conference game with identical records at 7-0 overall. So someone was going to come away with a blemish on their record on Monday.
It was going to be the team that could handle the other one’s defensive pressure. Both teams came into the game with the ability to score 60 to 70 points, but by the end of the game, there were only 100 combined points scored.
Still, it was Effingham that found a way to make a couple of buckets late to gain enough separation from Charleston and win 53-47.
“(Effingham) knocked down some big shots and we didn’t,” Charleston coach Jeff Miller said. “Effingham will probably be ranked in the top 10 this year, they are that good. We have nothing to worry about and we will hopefully see them another two or three times.”
Effingham coach Jeff Shafer was pleased with how his team handled Charleston’s pressure.
“They are good. They just keep coming at you and keep coming at you. Jeff knows we are going to be pretty disciplined. He’s going to want to get to 70,” Shafer said. “I thought we did a nice job, we just needed to make our layups.”
St. Teresa 72, Argenta-Oreana 32
DECATUR — St. Teresa got production from nearly everyone on the roster against Argenta-Oreana.
The Bulldogs had four players — Jeanna-Marie Wilson (13), DaeLin Switzer (14), Addison Fyke (10) and Anna Hooker (11) — in double figures.
"We did a much better job tonight playing as a team than the last couple of games,' St. Teresa coach Ashley VanEtten said. "It was nice to get back on the winning track. Everybody made big shots, good defensive plays and distributed the ball well. We also cut down on turnovers."
Camilyn Newbanks led the Bombers (2-4) with 10 points and Tatiana Garcia scored eight.
Monticello 75, Central A&M 58
MONTICELLO — Tatum McCall and Zanna Myers were on a mission.
The Monticello duo combined for 49 points against Central A&M, with Myers scoring 29 and McCall scoring 20.
"They just kept the pressure," Monticello coach Dave Beery said. "They were relentless on offense and they did a nice job on defense, too."
But the Sages still had to stop Taryn Sams, who finished with 22 points to go along with 15 from Channing Collins.
Emily Wilson drew the unenviable task of guarding the standout from Moweaqua.
"Wilson did a good job guarding Sams," Beery said. "She had 22 points still, but she had to work for every single one. She is a really good player and she had a nice game tonight."
Okaw Valley 50, Arthur Okaw Christian 24
BETHANY — While Arthur Okaw Christian keyed on reigning H&R area player of the year Paige Robinson, Bella Benning was waiting in the wings to make the most of her opportunities.
Benning connected on 10 field goals on her way to a game-high 27 points in the Wolves' win.
"The girls did a great job of finding open shooters tonight," Okaw Valley coach Brad Ackers said. "Bella Benning shot excellent tonight. We had a good game plan, stuck to it and racked up a really nice team win."
Robinson, meanwhile, finished with 10 points for the Wolves.
Sullivan 60, ALAH 57
SULLIVAN — Sullivan's seniors hadn't beaten Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond since they were freshmen before Monday night.
But the Redskins got their first win over ALAH behind Avery Still's 16 points.
"Avery Still played exceptionally well for us in the post tonight," Sullivan coach Sheri McCain said.
Esther Miller came off the bench and added 15 for Sullivan and Elizabeth Green scored 11.
Laine Cameron led the team with eight rebounds and Miller pulled down seven boards.
"Esther Miller and Laine Cameron came off the bench and made a huge impact for us," McCain said.
Hannah Wallen led ALAH with 16 points and Marissa Herschberger added 14.