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MOUNT ZION -- With Effingham missing Carsyn Fearday because of an injury, Mount Zion gave the Hearts everything it had.

But Shelby Myers stepped up in her place, and Effingham coach Jeff Schafer said Skyler Schafer and Bria Barr played their "best games to date," helping the Hearts edge Mount Zion 52-47.

"This was a good win for us as Mount Zion has continued to improve all season," Schafer said.

Myers led Effingham with 14 points and nine rebounds, countering Mount Zion's Alli Davis who had 17. That also included her 1,000th career point.

"She is a very good player, and Skyler came in and did a great job of making her earn her points," Schafer said.

He said Fearday should be back soon. Soon would help -- Effingham (21-3) plays Teutopolis tonight.

ALAH 56, LSA 26

ARTHUR -- Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond jumped out to an early lead and held on against LSA.

"It was senior night and it was good to send off the senior girls with a win," ALAH coach Craig Moffett said.

"Kim Davis, on of our seniors, has been injured but she still always comes out and shows her support at games and during practice."

It was a junior who led in scoring, though, as Marissa Herschberger finished with 12 points.

The win puts the Knights at 19-4, equaling last year's win total.

Olney 51, Newton 44

OLNEY -- A week before, Newton beat Olney in a low-scoring game in the Little Illini tournament.

By the end of Thursday's first quarter, Olney was closing in what they had at the end of four the week before.

The Tigers netted 20 points in the first eight minutes to springboard them to a win. Lauren Eagleson led the way with 16 points. 

"Tonight we made shots and got on them early," Olney coach Mark Anselment said.

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The other half of the plan was to focus on Grace Hartrich. The Newton senior finished with 15 points.

"She's a very good player who tore us up at conference," Anselment said. "Players did a great job implementing our game plan. This was a big game to win at home against undefeated Newton."

Mattoon 63, Salem 49

SALEM -- Mattoon jumped out to a double-digit lead early with a 19-9 lead in the first quarter. The Wave rolled to a win and stayed undefeated at 23-0.

"I am proud of the girls. Everyone played well," Mattoon coach Amanda Aydt said. "Everyone did their job and did what they needed to do to be successful." 

Sierra Thompson had a double-double for Mattoon with 19 points and 10 rebounds and Avery Jackson had 18 points and five assists. Ashlyn MacDonald just missed a double-double with nine points and 10 rebounds.

BOYS BASKETBALL

St. Teresa 76, Meridian 46

MACON -- A couple days before the CIC tournament, the Bulldogs are playing as well as they have all season.

A strong defensive first quarter held the Hawks to six points, and St. Teresa improved to 15-2 on the season.

"Tonight was a complete team effort," St. T coach Tom Noonan said. "Our guys did a great job of setting the tone early on both ends of the floor.

"Our guards did a really good job of getting the ball inside tonight -- Simon (Brinkoetter) and our other post player did a great job of rewarding the guards for their passing."

Brinkoetter scored 11 off the bench to complement Isaiah Bond's 25 points.

Layne Kircher crossed the 1,000-point career mark, scoring 18 on Thursday.

The Bulldogs have a day to rest before kicking off the conference tournament as the top seed.

"This was one of our most complete games of this season," Noonan said. "I'm excited to get into practice Friday to get better."

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