SULLIVAN -- An 11-0 run by Charleston early in the first quarter spotted the Trojans a big lead which ballooned to 27 points by halftime of the Trojans' 62-27 win over Sullivan Monday.
"I credit our defense," Charleston coach Jeff Miller said. "We came out and caused a lot of chaos in the back court."
The 27 points the Trojans allowed was the second fewest this season.
The loss ended a streak for Sullivan, which had won four of its last five games.
The first half also included a 13-0 run for Charleston. The Redskins didn't score in the second quarter until there were 31 seconds left.
"Our full-court pressure got to them early and that was the key -- getting them down early," Miller said. "We have shot the ball better the last two games."
Paige Swango led all players with 21.
Sullivan, coming off a big 57-52 Central Illinois Conference overtime win against St. Teresa, had only lost to Mattoon, 49-36, during the last five games. But the Redskins finished Monday with 30 turnovers.
"We were just making horrible decisions in the back court," Sullivan coach Sheri McCain said. "We were not making crisp passes and not meeting our passes. We anticipated the pressure. I just don't think our heads were on it."
Effingham St. Anthony 36, South Central 19
BEECHER CITY -- Abby Schmidt and the Bulldogs (14-8) got off to a good start in the National Trail Conference Tournament.
They limited South Central to one point in the first quarter and got going offensively in the third quarter with 13 points. Schmidt scored a team-high 10 points, as the Bulldogs played well in the post.
"We got the ball inside and finished on some inside shots, which we missed a lot of early on in the game," St. Anthony coach Bart Weidman said. "Abby stepped up ... and held us on a nicer turn to a bigger lead."
Weidman was also happy with the defensive performance, specifically in holding South Central leading scorer Abby Hahn to six points. No other player scored more than six points.
Pana 67, East Alton-Wood River 47
PANA -- The Panthers' defense showed it can close a victory out.
They shut East Alton down to six points in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Oilers 21-6 in the period to surge to the lopsided win.
"Didn't play well defensively in the first three (quarters)," Pana coach Adam Metzger said. "But they stepped up the intensity in the fourth and won us the ball game. That separated it."
Neither team played a ton of defense in the second and third quarters when Pana outscored the Oilers 38-33 combined after an 8-8 first quarter.
With all the scoring, Adam Miller put up 21 for the Panthers (8-6).