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MOLINE -- Tri-County and Charleston remained the same in the girls' basketball Associated Press rankings. Charleston, who saw its 14-game wining steak come to an end Monday in a loss to No. 6 Effingham, 71-61, remained No. 7 in Class 3A with a 21-2 record (10-2 in the Apollo Conference).

Tri-County finished as the No. 4 team in Class 1A in the final rankings. Tri-County 24-4, received 61 points and have won 10 straight games heading into Wednesday's regional semifinal game against South Fork/Edinburg. The Lady Titans beat Chrisman 67-13 and won the Little Okaw Valley Conference Southeast Division (5-0) with a 44-37 win over Villa Grove/Heritage.

Tri-County has not lost to a Class 1A team. Their losses have been to Oakwood, the No. 7 team in Class 2A (49-40), Effingham (67-37), Class 3A Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin, the No. 11 team (61-51) and Class 4A Danville (68-61). 

The Lady Trojans beat Lincoln 78-45 for their 13th straight win and improved to 9-1 in the Apollo Conference. The Lady Titans have won eight straight games, including a 51-28 victory over Oblong and a 64-23 triumph over Palestine/Hutsonville as they improved to 4-0 in the Little Okaw Valley Conference Southeast Division. 

Charleston's other loss was to Effingham But in the second meeting of the season against Effingham 53-47, which took place in the title game of the Charleston Holiday Tournament, the Lady Trojans won the title with a 67-57 win over the rival Flaming Hearts.

In Class 4A Edwardsville, coached by Casey grad Lori Blade, is No. 1 with a 23-0 record.

Marshall, a member of the Little Illini Conference along with Casey-Westfield, received two points in Class 2A, good for No. 15, while in Class 1A Altamont, a member of the National Trail Conference along with WSS and Neoga, received six points, good for No. 11. 

In boys' basketball although no area JG-TC was ranked or received votes Lincoln, a team in the Apollo Conference, one that Mattoon and Charleston compete in, is No. 14 in Class 3A. In addition Carbondale coached by 1979 Charleston grad Jim Miller, the twin brother of Charleston girls' basketball coach Jeff Miller, is also No. 12 with four points. 

In Class 2A Monticello, coached by Neoga and Lake land graduate Kevin Roy, is ranked No. 6 at 17-1, while Effingham St. Anthony, coached by Stewardson-Strasburg graduate Cody Rincker, moved into the top 10 rankings at No. 10 with a 24-2 record. St. Anthony is a member of the NTC along with WSS and Neoga. 

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Sports writer

Mike Monahan covers area sports for the JG-TC.

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