DECATUR --Danville Schlarman demonstrated why they are the AP's No. 1-ranked team in Class 1A Monday during the St. Teresa Sectional against the hosting Bulldogs.
Although St. Teresa kept it tied after one quarter, 13-13, the Hilltoppers held the Bulldogs scoreless in the second quarter and went on to win 62-32.
"We came and competed well in the first quarter. We were struggling tonight and we were down but kept fighting," St. Teresa coach Andrea Dorsey said. "Danville made some runs that we were not able to stop and that unfortunately was a big part in the game. The girls continued to come out and fight after the half when we were down by a good amount. I am very proud of how the girls played tonight.
Anaya Peoples led Schlarman (29-2) with 30 points and Capria Brown added 16.
St. Teresa's Addison Newbon scored a team-high 16 points.
Dorsey highlighted the effort of seniors Claire Peters, DaeLin Switzer and Jeanna-Marie Wilson.
"Our seniors continued to lead throughout the year and they definitely left our program in a better place than when they came in. I wish that we were able to be together longer than a year, but I am very proud of them without a doubt. They will be very successful ladies after they leave St.Teresa," Dorsey said.
Altamont 65, Central A&M 55
MOWEAQUA -- It took a complete team effort for Altamont to beat Central A&M in the Class 1A Moweaqua Sectional and avenge its loss to the Raiders earlier in the season.
“Tonight was an exciting victory for our entire team," Altamont coach Katie Lurkins said. "Whether it was Tinley Mette driving down the base line, Brooke Runge and Mary Guse shooting 3s, JoAnna Schultz silently picking up 11 points, Rachel Jackman/Allyson Hardiek/Ellie McManaway getting in great plays, or Makayla Crow putting in some solid defensive minutes; we did a great job as a team."
Guse scored a game-high 15 as Hardiek and Schultz each put in 11 points, respectively.
Central A&M led 16-14 after the first quarter but in a big second quarter the Indians outscored the Raiders 25-14 to take a 39-30 lead into halftime.
Central A&M's Channing Reed scored a team-high 13 points and Haylee Virden added 12.
"We were able to identify and take care of their shooter tonight. Central A&M has a very athletic, well-coached team, and we have nothing but respect for them," Lurkins said. "The atmosphere was familiar; the girls were excited to replay them after we lost to them earlier in the season. The atmosphere was unbelievable. There were great crowds on both sides, and the student sections were really great.”
Tri-County/Hume-Shiloh 68, Effingham St. Anthony 45
MOWEAQUA — Tri-County jumped out to a 17-6 lead in the first quarter against Effingham St. Anthony in a Class 1A Moweaqua Sectional matchup.
Notes from St. Anthony coach Bart Wiedman: “We just dug too big of a hole against their press and didn’t crash the glass well in the first half. I was happy with how we came out and played in the second half," St. Anthony coach Bart Wiedman said.
Tayler Barry led the Titans with 20 points and Harley Barry had a double-double performance with 15 points and 10 rebounds along with six steals and six assists. Kiersten Price-Wilson also broke into double digits with 12 points.
For the Bulldogs, Sydney Gibson and Meg Richards each scored a team-high 12 points.
Tri-County (27-4) will play Altamont for the sectional championship at 7 p.m. Thursday.
Mahomet-Seymour 54, Clinton 31
CLINTON -- Mahomet-Seymour's defense limited Clinton to four points in the third quarter as the Bulldogs advanced in a regional quarterfinals match.
“Mahomet was two steps ahead of us the entire game. They played excellent defense, moved the ball quickly, hit threes, were tough on the glass, and nicked us in transition," Clinton coach Josh Williams said.
Mahomet led 16-13 after one quarter and extended the lead to 34-21 at halftime.
Maddy Wade scored a game-high 14 points for the Bulldogs and Kailyn Northrup added 13.
Maddie Stevens led the Maroons with 12 points.
Mahomet advances to play unbeaten Charleston today at 6 p.m. at Clinton.