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Friday, December 5, 2014

Mattoon loses to Mt. Zion

MOUNT ZION—Mattoon’s girls’ basketball team dropped its Apollo Conference opener to Mount Zion in overtime Thursday 54-49.
Avery Jackson led the Lady Wave with 13 points and four steals.
Abe Lee had a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds.
Sierra Thompson grabbed 15 rebounds.
Mattoon falls to 2-4 and travels to Marshall for a non-conference game Saturday.

Sycamore over Sterling

SYCAMORE – Sometimes, a team is just hot.
The Sterling girls basketball team faced such a team Tuesday night, as Sycamore knocked down eight 3-pointers in a 52-32 win.
“We just got beat by a great team today,” Sterling coach Ryan Vasquez said. “It’s a team that’s in sync right now. They were playing well together today, and they hit some big-time shots.
“When you’re knocking down shots like that, it’s a good thing on their part and a bad thing on ours we need to fix. Kudos to them.”

U-High over Prairie Central

Two teams in our King Tourney...

University High School's girls basketball team capitalized on a number of early turnovers to race to a 17-2 first-quarter lead en route to a 63-40 Corn Belt Conference win over Prairie Central on Thursday night at Normal.
"Defensively, we came out with a lot of intensity and had a few easy, layup baskets as a result," said U High coach Laura Sellers.
Chante Stonewall scored 15 points while pulling down eight rebounds and dishing out five assists to lead the Pioneers (5-1, 2-0). Amber Nanni also scored 15 points for the Pioneers.
Linnea Johnson had 11 points for Prairie Central.

Lincoln over Jacksonville

Lincoln 56, Jacksonville 45: Faith Smith scored 15 of her team-high 17 points in the second quarter to help Lincoln to a 32-22 halftime lead en route to the Central State Eight Conference victory at Lincoln. Kaelyn Froebe added 15 points for the Railsplitters (4-2).

Salem over Taylorville

Salem Wins Apollo Conference Opener Over Taylorville

SALEM - The Salem Lady Wildcats (5-1) shook off a slow start and used a 19-7 third quarter to turn a 19-19 halftime score to a 38-26 advantage after three quarters and cruised to a 50-34 win over Taylorville.

Monday, December 1, 2014

QND Wins

By MAT MIKESELL
Sports Writer | 217-221-3365
mmikesell@whig.com | @MikesellWHIG
QUINCY -- His first victory as Quincy Notre Dame coach might have come later than he wanted, but Kevin Meyer is happy to get it.
And after the 58-46 victory over Calhoun on Saturday night, he's looking forward to getting more.
"It's not relief because I still think this team has high expectations," Meyer said. "There's still a lot of things we can build on tonight. But we definitely get some confidence."
QND's three losses to start the season nearly matched the four it lost all of last season while finishing third in Class 3A after defeating Burlington Central in the third-place game at Redbird Arena in Normal, Ill.
The previous two losses this season to Macomb and Kankakee McNamara came by double digits, and things looked shaky again Saturday as Calhoun opened the game on a 9-4 run. QND responded, though, with a 6-0 run to take the lead.

Rock Falls Beats Sterling

ROCK FALLS – With arch rival Sterling looming in the Sauk Valley Shootout finale, Rock Falls senior Bailey Schrader didn't want to put herself in a position to play too careful when it matters most.
Schrader, who had struggled with foul trouble for most of the tournament, improved on her discipline, and in turn was able to become enjoy the freedom of not having to play so timid.
Schrader poured in 25 points and pulled down eight rebounds to push the Rockets ahead after a second-quarter deficit, and played a key role in the paint in turning Golden Warrior turnovers early in the third quarter into points en route to a 54-48 win at Tabor Gym on Tuesday. With the win, the Rockets (3-2) took third place.

U-High Wins Tourney

From Pantagraph....

BLOOMINGTON — The University High School girls basketball team left little doubt about its current Intercity superiority Tuesday night.
Already leading host Central Catholic by 13, the Pioneers scored the first eight points of the second half and charged to a convincing 62-41 victory over the rival Saints for their second straight Intercity Tournament championship.
"We have never won consecutive Intercitys for U High, so we made some history," said U High coach Laura Sellers. "I am very happy for our current team, especially our seniors.
"In Intercity, you always find out a lot about what you're good at and some things you need to work on. We've got some definite strengths we need to build on."

Mattoon Loses

PANA – The Mattoon Lady Wave lost to Athens 52-48 at the Pana Thanksgiving Tournament on Friday. Athens outscored Mattoon 7-3 from the free throw line.
Sierra Thompson scored a double-double for Mattoon with 10 points and 10 rebounds, and also led the team with three steals. Samantha Thompson also had 10 points and four rebounds and two blocks. Avery Jackson led with three assists and scored seven points. Katelyn Fisher had two 3-pointers and Kelsey Farmer had three 3-pointers.
Mattoon is now 2-2 and returns tournament action against Piasa Southwestern at 6 p.m. today.