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Charleston girls basketball 02/07/19

Charleston's Sydnie Littleford puts up a shot during Thursday night's game against Olney.

CHARLESTON — It was a game that could have presented problems for Charleston.

Thursday was senior night as six members of the 2018-19 squad were playing their final game at Baker Gym after always emotional pregame festivities.

With a win, Charleston could accomplish something that no Trojan girls basketball team had ever done — win a 27th game and complete the regular season undefeated.

Mission accomplished. The Trojans ran past Olney 63-31 in a sparkling tuneup for next week’s regional tournament. Tied for fourth in Class 3A in the latest Associated Press state rankings, Charleston completed its regular schedule with a 27-0 record.

The 27 wins equals the 1956-57 Trojan boys for the most wins in school history.

“The secret to our success is the full-court defense,” Charleston coach Jeff Miller said of the unbeaten season. “We speed teams up. In the second half tonight I thought we did a good job of speeding them up.”

Shae Littleford added to her single-season record for points by leading Charleston with 22.

Olney fell to 17-11.

Pana 57, ALAH 50

PANA — The Panthers (22-9) won their first regional title since 2014, coming back from a halftime deficit and dominating the fourth quarter to take the Class 2A Pana Regional title.

It was a back-and-forth game. Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond trailed by as many as nine points early, but Pana had some foul trouble and ALAH went on a 23-4 run and pulled ahead by as many as 10 in the third quarter.

“It was a really good game, but when we fell behind it wasn’t a good feeling," Pana coach Jason Storm said. "It kind of felt like things were slipping away."

But Pana came back to tie the game to end the third quarter, and outscored ALAH 15-8 in the fourth. Shania Schoonover led Pana with 20 points, Sway Denton added 13 and Madison Ashcraft had 11.

"Our girls really buckled down," Storm said. "It was awesome to see that they didn’t give up. Our defense stepped up. We started playing better, and we just fed off of that and got back in the game. We made plays down the stretch when we needed to. It was a stressful game, but a lot of fun.”

Marissa Herschberger had 20 points to lead the Knights (18-10).

Pana will play Teutopolis at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Tuscola Sectional.

Sullivan 59, Villa Grove-Heritage 48

WARRENSBURG — Esther Miller led four Sullivan players in double figures with 17 points to give Sullivan its second straight regional title.

The Class 2A Warrensburg Regional title game was tied at half, but Sullivan dominated the third quarter with a 22-9 advantage.

Sullivan coach Sheri McCain said defense was the key to her team's win.

“We came to play tonight — our defense was spectacular," McCain said. "Avery Still played very tough in the post area, and all of the girls had great defense."

Sullivan (25-3) advanced to face Albion Edwards County at 6 p.m. Monday in the semifinals of the Tuscola Sectional.

MacArthur 74, Jacksonville 16

DECATUR — MacArthur had a fitting final home game of the regular season, winning big in front of a big crowd for senior night.

"There was a lot of stuff going on, and you just want to get through it, because the girls and parents are all hyped up," Generals coach Micheal Williams said. "I’d like to give a thank you to Decatur for showing the girls a lot of love. We had a packed house. Our city really came out to support them.

"It’s tough, going into regionals, and then playing a young, inexperienced team. I just wanted to make sure the girls stayed focused for regionals.”

MacArthur (22-8, 12-5 Central State 8) was led by Jayda Dees with 20 points and Quincenia Jackson with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

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