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DECATUR -- Led by Claire Peters' team-high 13 points, St. Teresa came out on top in its 63-55 Central Illinois Conference game against Sullivan Thursday night.

"This was a great team win and it was definitely great to get back on our home court," St. Teresa coach Ashley VanEtten said. "We played well as a team tonight and everybody was involved and the girls played a very unselfish game."

St. Teresa (14-4, 3-1) had three players scoring in double-figures as Addison Fyke and Addison Newbon joined Peters with 11 and 10 points, respectively. 

VanEtten highlighted the play of the Bulldogs' two Addisons.  

"Newbon played tough defense and Fyke made good decisions on offense tonight," she said. "All of our girls came out ready to go and it is good to get back on a winning track." 

Sullivan (9-8, 2-2) was led by a big scoring night from Lizzie Green, who led all scorers with 21 points. Esther Miller also put in 14 for the Redskins. 

Normal U-High 55, MacArthur 52

DECATUR -- After a lackluster first half, MacArthur dominated the second half against Normal U-High, but came up three points short in its Central State Eight matchup. 

The Generals found themselves down 36-17 at the half but outscored the Pioneers 35-20 in the second half to tighten the game. 

"We didn't have heart in the first half. I went hard on the white board during halftime and they came out and played a much harder second half," MacArthur coach Michael Williams said. 

Courtnee Riley led MacArthur with 13 points and Jayda Dees added 12. Kyyawna Johnson joined them in double-figures with 10 points. 

Williams will be focusing on two aspects of his team's play in practice. 

"Free throws and layups have been our Achilles' heel this season," he said. "We're looking forward to coming together as a team and being less selfish and more cohesive."

Normal was led by Addey Loeffler's 21 points. Chelsie Price scored 12 points for the Pioneers. 

Tuscola 46, Clinton 31

CLINTON -- Clinton opened up the defensive playbook and threw everything it had had Tuscola.

But the Warriors handled the Maroons' different defenses on the way to a Central Illinois Conference win.

"Clinton played with a lot of energy and threw new defenses at us which made us stumble at times," Tuscola coach Tim Kohlbecker said. "Once we stopped worrying about what they were playing, things started clicking and our girls adapted well." 

While the Maroons pressed Tuscola on defense, it was the Warriors who got the upper hand defensively, holding Clinton to two points in the first and fourth quarters. 

The Warriors were led by Cassie Russo's game-high 25 points while Natalie Bates added nine.

Kohlbecker was impressed with the play of Bates and Russo. 

"Cassie had a nice game with 25 points and seven rebounds. She also had three blocks," he said. "Overall, (point guard) Natalie Bates had a look at a number of different defenses and figured out what to do." 

Clinton was led by Maddi Filkin and Alyssa Saulsberry who each scored seven points. 

Springfield 78, Eisenhower 27

SPRINGFIELD -- Springfield High's press stifled the Eisenhower's offensive game to improve its perfect Central State 8 Conference record to 9-0. 

The Senators (15-4) jumped out to a 26-8 lead after the first quarter and never allowed the Panthers to close the gap. 

"Their press sped us up too much. We can't play a fast game right now," Eisenhower coach Sean Flaherty said. "Once we broke the press, we forced some passes instead of being patient with our offense." 

Turnovers were also a problem for the Panthers (3-13, 0-7). 

"(The press) also led to some turnovers and they got some transition points off of that. It was one of those nights we had trouble handling the ball," Flaherty said. 

Springfield had four scorers in double-figures, led by Devyn Heard's 17 points. Ozzy Erewele, Maya Fetter, and Abby Ratsch each scored 13 points for the Senators. 

Markesha Jackson led Eisenhower with seven points. 


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