MONTICELLO -- The Sages have sewn together several impressive defensive efforts this season, and Monday's against Champaign St. Thomas More has to rank around the top.
Monticello shut the Sabres down after the first quarter, allowing 14 points in the final 24 minutes for a 46-25 win.
"I thought it went really well," Monticello coach Dave Beery said. "I was a little concerned going into the game, because they're a really good team. I'm really happy with the way our girls responded."
Monticello, now 18-4, were buoyed on the offensive side by Emma Reeder's 11 points and Zanna Myers' 10. Beery was happy about the play from the entire lineup.
"It was a solid team effort in all areas," he said. "I'm just fine with that. We're a lot better off when everybody's playing well and playing together."
Charleston 60, Mattoon 58 OT
CHARLESTON -- An upset didn’t seem in the cards for Charleston coming into Monday’s game.
The Wave held a No. 4 ranking, a 24-0 record, and just pulled off a big win over a ranked Teutopolis squad last week.
Charleston seemed to be limping into the game after dropping its last game to Taylorville on Thursday.
A much different Trojans team showed up on Monday as Charleston had Mattoon on its heels for a good portion of the game. Even though Mattoon did make some runs late, Charleston weathered the storm to hand the Lady Wave its first loss of the season with a 60-58 overtime victory.
“I told them before the game that we might be the only people in this building that thinks we can win,” Charleston coach Jeff Miller said. “Tonight, we are going to prove it to everybody that we belong. I am just so proud of my girls and the fight that they had."
Paige Swango did the most damage for Charleston, scoring 23 points. Mattoon's Sierra Thompson finished with 22.
St. Teresa 31, Shelbyville 18
DECATUR -- After a rough CIC tournament championship, the Bulldogs were able to wipe that away for a big first half.
"It was nice to get back in the win column after the butt whoopin' we got from Tuscola last Thursday," St. T coach Ashley VanEtten said. "The girls went out and played hard as a team to ensure a final home win for our seniors."
Makenna Thornton provided another big game on offense, putting down 23 points.
There's one last time to work out the kinks before regionals, as St. Teresa plays Warrensburg-Latham on Thursday.
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Tuscola 60, Warrensburg-Latham 25
TUSCOLA -- From the opening horn, the Warriors jumped out to a lead. Tuscola coach Tim Kohlbecker said there's an extra push these last few games before regional play.
"We definitely came out ready to play tonight," he said. "Our team is very motivated because if we win our next two conference games, we will be outright champions of the of CIC.
"We out with intensity and we shared the ball really well."
That came as 19 of the 23 shots were assisted. Emma Henderson, who had 18 points, led the Warriors.
Salem 57, Mount Zion 53
MOUNT ZION -- For two quarters, the Braves did exactly what they wanted to do.
The tide started turning as Sydney Geurin started making some of her eventual five 3-pointers. After whittling the lead down in the third, Salem won the fourth quarter 18-8 for a comeback victory against Mount Zion.
"We took a comfortable lead and we took them out of what they wanted to do," Mount Zion coach Shane Davis said.
"I think tonight, Salem out-toughed us. They wanted the game a little more. It was a dogfight, and we scored 53 points and that should have been enough to win."
Alli Davis scored 21 points and had 11 rebounds, and scored all of Mount Zion's points in the fourth quarter. Salem's Geurin finished with 18 points.
Warrensburg-Latham 55, Meridian 41
SULLIVAN -- The Cardinals dominated in the paint and concentrated on Meridian's Layne Kircher for a win in the CIC consolation bracket.
"We jumped out in the first quarter 21-7, and the key was holding Kircher to no points in the first quarter," Warrensburg coach Vic Binkley said.
Warrensburg's Andrew Butts had another double-double with 26 points and 11 rebounds. Garrett Meisenhelter led the Hawks on offense with 13 points as Kircher finished with 12.
"We won, but we are not quite where we should be as we were kind of sloppy tonight," Binkley said. "We are not taking care of the ball like we should, but we will take this game and build from it."