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WARRENSBURG -- The Maroa-Forsyth girls had trouble getting their offense moving until the fourth quarter against Villa Grove-Heritage in their Class 2A Warrensburg regional semifinal game. The Trojans scored 19 in the final quarter but it was not enough to shrink the lead Villa Grove had built and the Blue Devils won 55-44. 

Villa Grove had a 28-16 lead at halftime and led 43-25 at the end of the third quarter. 

“I am very proud of how the girls played tonight. We fought and played hard and unfortunately did not come out on top. We had a hard battle because the 1st half we were 12-for-22 at the free-throw line," Maroa-Forsyth coach Selina Finck said. "This was a well fought game that the girls played, and I am proud of them.”

Allie Robinson led the Trojans with 18 points and Megan Leighton added nine points. 

Villa Grove was led by Aliya Holloman's 20 points and Jordyn Ray put in 14. 

The Blue Devils will face Sullivan in the regional championship game today at 7 p.m. at Warrensburg. Sullivan defeated Warrensburg-Latham 41-31 on Wednesday. 


Central A&M 58, Nokomis 28 

BETHANY -- Nokomis kept is close with Central A&M in the first quarter but the Raiders defense limited the Redskins to just five point in the second and four int he third quarter to advance to the regional final. 

“Tonight was a rough start to the game but we really turned it around and made some great defensive and offensive plays. The second quarter was much better than the first and I am happy with how we played," Central A&M coach Tom Dooley said. "We had a good showing off the bench and we were making important shots. Overall, I am happy with how we played tonight and we will have to come out and play 4 quarters of good basketball tomorrow.”

Central A&M's Brenah Durbin led all scorers with 12 points on four 3-pointers. McKenna Denton and Haylee Virden scored in double-figures with 10 points and Mikayla Denton added nine. 

Macee Eisenbarth led Nokomis with nine points.

The Raiders will face Windsor/Stewardson-Strasburg today at 7 p.m. in Bethany. 


Pana 73, Shelbyville 26

PANA -- Pana held a one-point lead, 12-11, after one quarter with Shelbyville but blew the game open int he second outscoring the Rams 23-6 to grab control of the game. 

“Tonight we came out slow and it took us a little while to get the ball rolling. They were not as aggressive as they should have been in the first quarter, but they started to pick up speed during the 2nd quarter," Pana coach Jason Storm said. "We played well offensively and defensively and started to slow them down. Once we did that we started to pick up and move quicker and score some points."

The Panthers' Shania Schoonover led all scorers with 19 points and Sway Denton added 14. Jillian Hamilton put in 10. 

Pana will face Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond today at 7 p.m. in Pana. 

Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond 44, Tuscola 40

PANA -- Tuscola had stopped Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond's playoff runs the past two seasons and the Knights were motivated to change things Wednesday. 

"For the past two years, Tuscola has knocked us out of the regional championships by two points. This year we came into the mindset that the game could go either way and we could win if we fought. We were defending and rebounding well the whole game and I am very proud of that," ALAH coach Mac Condill said. 

The Knights led 22-16 at halftime and never gave Tuscola a chance to control the game in the second half. 

The Knights were led by Marissa Herschberger's 15 points and Mackenzi Bowles scored 14. Marcy Petersheim added 11 points. 

Natalie Bates led the Warriors with 15 points and Grace Dietrich added eight. 

ALAH is eager to face Pana in today's regional championship. 

"Whether we win or lose, I am so proud of the girls and how they played this season. Not many people expected big things out of us, but now we are able to open some eyes and hopefully win tomorrow," Condill said. "Overall, I am extremely proud of how well they played and look forward to tomorrow's game.”

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