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BOYS' BASKETBALL

Sullivan loses

DECATUR (JG-TC) — Decatur Lutheran School Association defeated Sullivan 58-44 Thursday at the Team Soy Christmas Tournament.

Josh Stutzman led the Redskins with a season high 22 points. Caden Ellis also scored in double figures with 11.

Sullivan falls to 3-6 and plays Mt. Pulaski at 3 p.m. Friday as the tournament continues.

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

KNIGHTS CLASSIC HOLIDAY TOURNAMENT

A-L-A-H wins opener

ARTHUR—The host team, Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond, defeated WSS 49-31 in the first game of the Knights Classic Holiday Tournament on Thursday.

Marissa Hershberger led the Knights with a season high 15 points and Hannah Wallen also broke into double digits with 15. Marcy Petersheim got five rebounds and five assists while Wallen had four steals.

Megan Schlechte scored 17 points to lead the Hatchets on her way to scoring the 1,000th point of her high school career.

WSS falls to 5-7 and plays Chrisman at 4 p.m. Friday followed by Cumberland at 7 p.m. as the tournament continues.

A-L-A-H is now 6-6 and plays Cumberland at 2:30 p.m. Friday and Chrisman at 5:30 p.m.

Cumberland wins in overtime

Cumberland opened its play in the Kngihts Classic with a thrilling 32-28 overrtime victory over Chrisman.

Libby Dunaway led the Lady Pirates, who snapped a six-game losing streak, with a season-high 17 points, including three, three-pointers in the third and fourth quarters. Cumberland was 3-of-12 from the free throw line in the overtime, but it was enough for the win. Overall, the Lady Pirates were 6-of-17 from the free throw line. Jazmine Oakley had the only field goal for Cubmerland in overtime.

Cumberland, 2-11, is to play Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond in the East Gym at 2:30 pm. Friday and WSS at 7 p.m. as the tournament continues.

Shelbyville falls

Decatur St. Teresa led just 13-7 against Shelbyville in the contest between two Central Illinois Conference teams. Howver, the Lady Bulldogs outscored the Lady Rams 18-4 in the second en route to a 68-18 win.

Shelbyville was led in scoring by Rheannah Donald with six points.

The Lady Rams, 2-11, are to play Oakwood at 2:30 p.m. in the West Gym and the Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond junior varsity at 7 p.m.

Shelbyville falls

Decatur St. Teresa led just 13-7 against Shelbyville in the contest between two Central Illinois Conference teams. Howver, the Lady Bulldogs outscored the Lady Rams 18-4 in the second en route to a 68-18 win.

Shelbyville was led in scoring by Rheannah Donald with six points.

The Lady Rams, 2-11, are to play Oakwood at 2:30 p.m. in the West Gym and the Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond junior varisity at 7 p.m.

A-L-A-H JV loses

ARTHUR—Oakwood defeated the Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond junior varsity team 60-26 Thursday in the first night of the Knights Classic Holiday Tournament.

Addi Tinkle scored 14 points to lead the Knights.

The junior varsity team plays Decatur St. Teresa at 4 p.m. Friday and Shelbyville at 7 p.m. as the tournament continues.

AOC wins

NORMAL—Arthur Okaw Christian defeated Calvary Christian Academy 29-12 Thursday in an East Central Illinois Conference game.

The Conquering Riders held Calvary scoreless in the first quarter and added to their 5-0 lead in each quarter.

Valerie Fuller led AOC with 10 points. Lillian Messmore grabbed 10 rebounds while Lindsey Mast had five steals and four assists for the Conquering Riders.

AOC improves to 7-4 and hosts the Arthur Okaw Christian Holiday Classic Tournament which starts Thursday, Dec. 28. The Conquering Riders take on Wabash Valley Home School at 10 a.m. in the first game.

Okaw Valley falls

TUSCOLA—Tuscola beat Okaw Valley 52-40 Thursday.

Tuscola led 11-10 at the end of the first quarter and led 25-18 at the half. After three quarters the Lady Timberwolves trailed 38-25, but outscored Tuscola 15-14 in the final period.

Paige Robinson scored 26 points to lead Okaw Valley

The Lady Timberwolves fall to 12-4 and plays Decatur LSA at 10:45 and Martinsville at 6 p.m. as the Okaw Valley Girls Holiday Tournament concludes.

Three from area named to H&R first team volleyball

DECATUR -- Three JG-TC players were named to the seven-member Decatur Herald & Review All-Area volleyball team. The three were Madison Brown, a senior setter for Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond; Mackenzi Tabbert, a junior setter for WSS and outside Hitter, Megan Schlechte, a junior for WSS. 

Brown averaged 9.1 assists per set for the 26-7 Knights, who went 7-0 in the Little Okaw Valley Conference Northwest Division. Schlechte averaged 5.6 kills, 3.4 digs and 0.5 aces per set for the Class 1A state runner-up Hatchets, who finished 34-7. Tabbert averaged 9.6 assists and 2.5 digs per set for the National Trail Conference regular season and tournament champions. 

Shelbyville's Lauren Russell was on the seven-member second team, while her teammates Elizabeth Bowyer and Mallorie Mason along with Mattoon's Ashlyn MacDonald were on the seven-member third team. 

WSS's Kasey Bean, Carson Cole, Maria Gentry, Mikayla Haddock and Calla Roney were all on the 40-member honorable mention team, while Blair Banning and Mary Hill of Neoga were also on the team that included 16 JG-TC area players. Others were Mattoon's Bella Coffey and Summerlyn Smith along with Shelbyville's Shayla Darnell. Cumberland's Claire Guyon, Casey-Westfield's Myriah Warner along with Okaw Valley's Kate Jeffers and Arthur Okaw Christian's Lilian Messmore as well as Charleston's Mia Ruffalo and Sullivan's Maddie Dickens earned honorable mention all-Herald& Review honors. 

Five from JG-TC area earn  first team soccer honors

DECATUR -- Five of the 11 members that were on the first team Decatur Herald & Review All-Area soccer team were from the JG-TC area. The five included Mattoon forward Jake Ghere, defensive player Alex Lenskink and mid fielder Tiago Lages, all juniors.  Charleston's Jack Thain, a senior forward and Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond senior forward Collin Budd were also on the first team. 

Lages had 22 goals and 10 assists while Ghere had 34 goals for the 20-3-2 Class 2A regional champion and Apollo Conference champion Green Wave. 

Thain had 19 goals for the Trojans, who finished 10-9-2. 

Budd had 36 goals for the Knights who won six games. 

Mattoon's Devin Perry and Reese Bergstrom were named to the 11-member second team. 

Charleston's Grant Cline and Jack McGrath along with Mattoon's Shane Ghere were named to the 18-member honorable mention team. 

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Sports writer

Mike Monahan covers area sports for the JG-TC.

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