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Charleston girls' basketball

The Charleston girls' basketball team won the Robinson Thanksgiving Tournament on Saturday.

ROBINSON — The Charleston girls' basketball team dominated the Robinson Thanksgiving Tournament. In all four games, the Lady Trojans won each game by 30 points or more. In the two games the Lady Trojans played on Saturday, Charleston won by a combined 88 points.

Charleston defeated Olney 76-35 in the first game of the day and then defeated Marshall 73-26 in the championship game. Charleston improved to 5-0 on the season.

Paige Swango, Shae Littleford and Hope Griffin were all named to the all-tournament team.

"It's a good way to start our season off strong and gets us ready for conference play," Charleston coach Jeff Miller said. "Things will change quick when we play Apollo schools. We go to Taylorville and it's never easy to win there and then home against Mahomet and that's an unknown. We have some notes on them and we will do our homework and be ready for both games this week.

"I'm real proud of the girls. We had a real good effort and a lot of girls got some good minutes. We are ready to get Apollo play started."

Charleston plays at Taylorville on Monday and hosts Mahomet-Seymour on Thursday.

Swango scored 18 points against Olney and Littleford scored 14 points. Kaitlyn Coffey added 11 points and Elizabeth Buescher had 10 points.

Charleston jumped out to a 19-7 lead against Marshall. Littleford led Charleston with 19 points, Swango had 13 points and Bernie Jackson scored 11 points.

Mattoon boys beat Effingham, finish third at Effingham

EFFINGHAM — Mattoon coach Ryan Ghere had a simple goal for the team when the season began for the GreenWave boys' basketball team. Just get better each game.

After losing to Robinson at the St. Anthony Turkey Tournament to begin the season, the Green Wave went on to beat Breese Central. Then they beat St. Thomas More to earn a spot in the third-place game. Mattoon now has a three-game winning streak after defeating Effingham 62-51 in the third-place game.

Jadyn Princko was named to the all-tournament tournament.

The team has done exactly what Ghere requested when the season began.

"We got better every game, and the kids played really well and played as a team. Everyone needs to understand their roles and do their jobs and be successful," Ghere said. "(Beating Effingham) is big. The kids stepped up, and our starters played well. Then we had people off the bench hit big shots. Cam Considine came off the bench and had a big three. Justus Donaldson had a big putback. Every time they would get it down to four or five points, we would hit a big shot to give us a comfortable lead."

Jacob Spitz led Mattoon, which is 3-1 on the season, with 16 points and hit four 3-pointers. DeAndre Thomas and Jaydon Noe each scored 13 points. Jake Ghere scored 11 points. Mattoon went 16-of-19 at the free-throw line.

"Early, we went inside to DeAndre and he had all of his 13 points in the first half. The kids kept getting him the ball and it opened up the outside in the second half," Ryan Ghere said. "We only had seven turnovers for the whole game. Jaydon Noe did a great job of running the point. Jadyn Princko had a great tournament and had only two in this game, but we had other guys step up. All of the other four starters were in double figures."

Mattoon plays at Effingham on Friday.

Mattoon girls fall in fifth place game

PANA — The Mattoon girls' basketball team lost to Pana 53-38 in the fifth-place game on Saturday at the Pana Thanksgiving tournament.

Mattoon's Ashley MacDonald was named to the all-tournament team and set the tournament record for rebounds at the tournament with 63.

MacDonald had a double-double in the loss with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Bella Coffey had seven points, four assists and four rebounds; Grace McDowell had four rebounds and three steals; and Flannery Sanders scored nine points.

Mattoon plays at Lincoln on Monday.

Mattoon wrestling goes 1-2 at `O'Fallon duals

O'FALLON — Mattoon defeated Belleville East 37-24 and lost to O'Fallon 46-27 and Edwardsville 51-15 on Saturday.

Three wrestlers went undefeated on the day. Garrett Branson won by fall in the first period in all three of his matches at 220 pounds. Michael Brown won by fall, won by major decision and won by decision at 170 pounds. Cayden Collings won by fall twice and won by decision at 195 pounds.


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