MATTOON -- For the second straight year, Mattoon and Galesburg will face off for the Mattoon Holiday Tournament title.
Mattoon beat Vandalia 50-33 and then defeated Altamont 55-47 in the semifinals and Galesburg knocked off Olney in the semifinals to set up the rematch.
Mattoon won the title over Galesburg last season. The game tips off at 7:30 p.m.
Mattoon trailed Vandalia 10-9 in the first quarter before grabbing a three-point lead at halftime, 19-16.
Then Mattoon’s offense started to pick it up at the same time the Green Wave started to lock down even more defensively. The Green Wave scored 17 points in the third quarter and held Vandalia to four points to take a 36-20 lead.
“I thought all of our girls played well defensively,” Mattoon coach Amanda Aydt said. “I am proud of their effort.”
Mattoon kept the double-digit lead and went on to beat Vandalia 50-33 to advance to the tournament semifinals.
“Our seniors stepped up and played outstanding,” Aydt said. “Paige Arthur came in off the bench and made some key baskets for us. Ashlyn MacDonald did a great job of rebounding and finishing. Bella Coffey and Avery Risinger made shots from the outside.”
Coffey led Mattoon with 18 points and she hit five 3-pointers. Risinger and MacDonald each had nine points and Arthur finished with six points. MacDonald added eight rebounds.
Altamont went on a 6-0 run to go up 8-2 on Mattoon in the tournament semifinal game and the Lady Indians had a 14-9 lead going into the second quarter.
Mattoon slowed Altamont’s path to the basket better in the second quarter, but the Green Wave couldn’t find consistent offense. The Green Wave didn’t make its first field goal until the 3:21 mark of the second quarter, which helped Altamont go into halftime with a 25-18 lead.
Altamont went up 31-21 with 5:27 left in the third, but the Lady Indians were held scoreless for the rest of the quarter.
Avery Risinger hit a three to spark a 13-0 run for Mattoon. Coffey hit a free throw and then a three and MacDonald scored on a layup to make it a one-point game. MacDonald and Flannery Sanders each hit two free throws to give Mattoon its first lead of the game at 34-31 going into the fourth quarter.
Altamont broke the scoreless streak right away in the fourth quarter with a three and went on a 7-0 run to go up 38-34.
MacDonald had a layup and a score after an offensive rebound to tie the game at 38 when Altamont hit a 3-pointer.
Coffey came right back and hit a three. Then Coffey got an offensive rebound on the next possession, dribbled back to the line and hit another 3-pointer for a 44-41 lead with 2:49 left.
Sullivan to play for fifth place
Sullivan won both of its games at the Mattoon Holiday Tournament on Thursday. Sullivan beat Salem 48-45 in pool play, its first win of pool play, and then beat St. Anthony 69-55 later in the day. The win over St. Anthony puts Sullivan in the fifth place game on Friday against Salem at 4:30 p.m.
Sullivan led 13-10 at the end of the first quarter and were up 25-24 at halftime. Sullivan built a bit of a cushion with 18 points in the third quarter, but only scored five in the fourth. Sullivan only allowed nine points in the fourth quarter to hold on for the win.
Esther Miller had a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds to go along with four assists. Avery Still had 10 points and Lizzie Green had nine points and four steals.
"We played together as a team today and it showed," Sullivan coach Sheri McCain said. "Laine Cameron came off the bench and played tremendous for us. Esther made a huge difference. We all played with a lot of heart and determination."
Sullivan lead 16-13 after the first quarter and then pulled away with a 21-point second quarter against St. Anthony. Sullivan went on to win 69-55.
Still had 18 points, Miller had 17 points and seven rebounds and Green had 14 points and five assists. Cameron added five steals.
"Another great win for us as a team," McCaim said. "Everyone contributed and we shot the ball well both inside and from the perimeter."