ARGENTA -- St. Teresa senior guard Rashan Smith made his debut at the right time.
Smith returned to the hardwood for the first time this season after recovering from a knee injury and boosted the Bulldogs with 15 points in a 59-50 victory over Argenta-Oreana on Tuesday night.
“He provided really good minutes for us and it as really nice to see him out there playing,” St. Teresa coach Tom Noonan said. “I could tell he had fun on the court. We're going to be alert on how we're going to bring him along from the injury, but it was great to see good minutes from him tonight.”
He was a missing piece when St. Teresa fell to Argenta 64-54 in the Macon County championship game at the start of the season, but helped turned the tide in the rematch along with junior guard Isaiah Bond.
Bond had an exceptional night with 25 points while junior teammate Manny Green had 10 points.
They meshed offensively to keep a step ahead of the Bombers and improve to 11-2 overall.
“I was really pleased with how our guys competed as a group,” Noonan said. “Some things didn't go great and we didn't play our best game, but I really thought we competed in all aspects of the game.
“Offensively, Isaiah Bond did a really good job of pushing the basketball tonight, creating opportunities for other guys. He also shot the ball very well.”
Eisenhower 68, Mount Zion 47
MOUNT ZION -- The Panthers bolted out with another solid first half and once again knocked off Mount Zion.
Eisenhower derailed the Braves with constant defensive pressure and particularly smothered Mount Zion in the second quarter.
The Panthers outscored the Braves 24-4 in the second period and led 39-15 at halftime.
"It was a heck of a game," Eisenhower coach Rodney Walker said. "The boys came out and applied pressure like we usually do. We were fortunate to be able to maintain that pressure and turn them over quite a bit."
Yansyn Taylor also broke out with 23 points while Qualyn Young provided 17 for Eisenhower.
Up next is rival MacArthur on Friday.
Warrensburg-Latham 49, LSA 45
WARRENSBURG -- The Cardinals rallied in the fourth quarter on a tear.
Warrensburg tied up the game on a 13-0 run and outscored the Lions 16-4 in the fourth quarter to steal the victory.
Even though reliable big man Andrew Butts fouled out with four minutes remaining, the Cardinals stayed on beat.
Alex Coers delivered four pivotal free throws while Jarius Ingram contributed six points in the final period.
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"We had a lot of things not going our way, but I'm proud the kids stuck with it and made a nice little comeback and got the win," Warrensburg coach Vic Binkley said.
Four Cardinals reached double digits scoring: Coers (15), Ingram (13), Butts (11) and Joe Gustafson (10).
LSA dominated the first half with a 31-21 advantage by the break. Grant Karsten led the Lions with 21 points.
"You know, it was just one of those games," Binkley said. "We missed some shots early and they hit some shots and jumped out on us. It was a great comeback for us."
Pana 80, Meridian 66
MACON — Pana built enough of a lead to hold off Meridian's Layne Kircher.
Kircher scorched the net, particularly in the third quarter.
He finished with 40 points and rallied the Hawks to a 61-53 deficit after Meridian outscored Pana 29-19 in the third quarter.
The Panthers, though, cracked down on defense to seal the road win and improved to 7-6 overall.
“Kircher was on fire tonight,” Pana coach Adam Metzger said. “I thought he was going to burn the whole place down. I don't if he hit the rim in the third quarter. In the fourth, we did a good job locking up on defense.”
The Panthers jumped to a 26-11 lead by the end of the first quarter, fueled Adam Miller, Kyle Lynch and Brock DeWerff.
They didn't miss a beat the whole night.
Miller led Pana with 25 points while DeWerff and Lynch each had 17 points.
“We came out with a lot of intensity from the start,” Metzger said. “We jumped out to a big lead and we had a lot of guys contribute.”
Teutopolis 68, Mattoon 25
MATTOON -- Teutopolis showed up and played its best defensive game yet.
The Shoes leaped to a 38-16 lead by halftime and never allowed the Wave to score in double digits in each quarter.
In fact, Mattoon only scored three points in the third quarter and by that point, Teutopolis led 59-19.
"We really got after them with really good pressure," Teutopolis coach Jason Hanson said. "We needed a game like this where we're able to keep moving. It was a solid effort by all of our guys. Their hustle and and unselfish play was outstanding."
Mitch Hardiek led the Shoes with 16 points while Brant Bueker had 12 points.