Tri-County defeats Cumberland in LOVC SE game
CUMBERLAND — Tri-County defeated Cumberland 66-52 in game 4 of the LOVC SE Tournament.
Tri-County held the lead by the end of each quarter throughout the game.
Mason Hutchinson led Tri-County with 21 points.
Brennyn Cutts led Cumberland with 17 points.
The win put Tri-County to a 14-9 record, and Cumberland to an 11-11 record.
Cumberland will be playing Palestine/Hutsonville on Friday at 6:30 p.m.
Tri-County will be playing Villa Grove/Heritage on Friday at 8:00 p.m.
Casey-Westfield advances to LIC tourney title game
FLORA — Casey-Westfield defeated Flora 65-42 on Saturday in game 2 of the Little Illini Conference.
Noah Livingston was the top scorer for Casey-Westfield, scoring 18 points. Ethan Gilbert had 4 assists and 7 rebounds for Casey-Westfield.
Casey-Westfield also defeated Red Hill in the LIC tournament on Tuesday, 73-67.
Noah Livingston led Casey-Westfield in points, scoring 30 totals points. Marcus Downs had 7 rebounds; Ethan Gilbert had 3 assists for Casey-Westfield.
The win set Casey-Westfield to a 20-2 record.
Casey-Westfield will be playing Friday at 8 p.m. in the Championship game of the LIC tournament in Flora.
AOC loses non-conference game
ARTHUR—Tuscola defeated Arthur Okaw Christian 63-51 in a non-conference game Tuesday.
Ian Lowry led the Conquering Riders with 24 points.
AOC falls to 14-10 and hosts Urbana University in East Central Illinois Conference action Friday.
Arcola tops Okaw Valley; A-L-A-H falls
ARCOLA -- In the Little Okaw Valley Conference Northwest Division Tournament Arcola nipped Okaw Valley 61-57 and Decatur LSA beat Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond 56-40 Monday.
Arcola led 25-20 at the half and 39-30 heading into the fourth. The Purple Riders were 11-of-18 from the free throw line in the final period, but it was good enough for their second straight victory.
Myles Roberts and Ivan Franco led Arcola with 21 and 13 points respectively. It was Franco's first game back after missing the last eight.
Luke Vander Burgh led the Timberwolves with a season-high 13 points, while Cameron Sharp added 12.
Arcola, 7-15, is to play Decatur LSA at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the semifinals.
Arthur was tied with LSA at 10 after the opening quarter, but trailed 24-14 at the half.
Adam Day and Ian Plank led the Knights with 13 and 12 points respectively. Day finished with a double-double as he led the team in rebounds with 11.
AOC splits at tourney, takes second place
LAKE ZURICH — Arthur Okaw Christian defeated Westlake Christian Academy in the semi-finals of the Dayspring Classic 50-41 in overtime Friday, but lost in Saturday's championship game 58-50 to Hammond Baptist, Ind., to win second place in the tournament.
Westlake took an 11-9 lead in the first quarter and outscored AOC 11-2 in the second period to take a 21-11 lead at the half. The Conquering Riders outscored Westlake 16-7 in the third quarter to cut the deficit to one point, 28-27, before repeating the effort in the final period, 14-13, to tie the game at the end of regulation 41-41. AOC held Westlake scoreless in overtime while adding nine points for the win.
Ian Lowry led the Conquering Riders with 18 points, eight rebounds, six steals and four assists. Evan Oliver also broke into double figures with 17 points.
In the championship game, the Conquering Riders trailed for most of the game, but outscored Hammond 19-16 in the final period.
Oliver led AOC with 12 points while Peyton Trier and Lowry each scored 11 points.
Lowry was named to the all-tournament team.
AOC is now 14-9 and hosts Tuscola on Tuesday for a non-conference game.
Central Illinois conference tournament set
WARRENSBURG -- The Central Illinois Conference Tournament is set to begin Saturday with four games scheduled, including Central A&M vs. Sullivan at 3 p.m. and Shelbville vs. Decatur St. Teresa at 6 p.m.
The Rams are the No. 2 seeded team, while St. Teresa is seventh. Shelbyville is 18-2.
The Redskins are the No. 8 seeded team and were 3-16 prior to Tuesday's non-conference game against Charleston. Sullivan plays top-seeded Central A&M.
The other games are Tuscola vs. Meridian and Warrensburg-Latham vs. Clinton.
The semifinals are scheduled for Jan. 29 with the championship game to take place at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 1
Shelbyville falls to Clinton
DECATUR — Clinton, the number four seeded team in the Central Illinois Conference Tournament, defeated number eight seeded Shelbyville 41-30 Tuesday in the first consolation semi-final game of the tournament.
Clinton took a 10-6 lead in the first quarter, but the Lady Rams outscored Clinton 13-10 in the second period cutting the deficit to one point at halftime, 20-19. Clinton went on for the win.
Trinity Wade led the Lady Rams with 11 points.
Shelbyville falls to 6-16 and plays Meridian at 6 p.m. Thursday for seventh place in the tournament.
Neoga wins on 40th year celebration
NEOGA -- On a night when 40 years of the Neoga girls' basketball program was celebrated with former coaches, managers and players in attendance, the Lady Indians won their fourth straight game. Neoga beat Cowden-Herrick/Beecher City for the second time in four days. This time it was 54-45 in a regular season National Trail Conference game. On Jan. 17 Neoga beat CH/BC 51-42 in the NTC tourney.
Neoga, 13-14, finished with three players in double digits with Olivia Titus leading the way with 19 points, Kylee Phillips 11 and Mary Hill 10.
The Lady Indians took a 46-32 lead after outscoring CH/BC 20-10 in the third.
Neoga is to travel to Altamont Monday for a NTC game.
Cumberland falls to VG/H
TOLEDO -- Cumberland dropped a Little Okaw Valley Conference Southeast Division game to Villa Grove/Heritage 48-26 Monday.
Liberty Dunaway led the Lady Pirates with nine points.
Cumberland, 5-17, is to travel to Martinsville Thursday for a non-conference game.
Martinsville pulls away in third quarter for win
MARTINSVILLE -- In a Little Okaw Valley Conference Southeast Division game Martinsvile outscored Palestine/Hutsonville 19-5 in the third quarter to lead 42-20 en route to a 48-25 victory.
Lindsey Higgins and Emily Parcel led the way with 16 and 13 points respectively for the Lady Bluestreaks. Parcel had a double-double with 10 rebounds.
Martinsville improved to 6-19 overall and 2-1 in the division.
Casey-Westfield drops LIC game
CASEY -- Flora led 21-9 after the opening quarter and Casey-Westfield could not catch up in a 57-37 Little Illini Conference loss Monday.
Jae Lynn Riggleman led the Lady Warriors with 18 points and six rebounds.
Casey, 5-16 overall and 1-5 in the conference hopes to snap an eight-game losing streak Thursday on Senior Night as they host Lawrenceville.
WSS earns third in NTC tourney
BEECHER CITY -- WSS earned third place in the National Trail Conference Tournament by nearly doubling the score on North Clay, 60-31.
Megan Schlechte had a double-double for the Hatchets with 19 points and 10 rebounds, while Hanna Hayes had 10 points. Both Schlechte and Hayes were on the 12-member all-tournament team.
Altamont won the title game 58-45 over Effingham St. Anthony.
15th annual Wabash Valley Football Coaches Association All-Star game set for June 29
TERRE HAUTE, IN. -- The 15th annual Wabash Valley Football Coaches Association All-Star game is scheduled for June 29 at Indiana State's Memorial Stadium at 6:30 p.m. (Central time).
The Black Division team is to be coached by Paris coach Jeremy Clodfelder with Mattoon coach Troy Johnson serving as one of the seven assistants, which also includes former Tri-County coach Casey Pinnell, now at Robinson.
On the Black Division team are to be seven players from the JG-TC area, including five from Mattoon. Green Wave players are Jack Pilson, Brock Smith, Gunner Runyon, Jackson Nichols and Payton Smith. Also on the team are Casey-Westfield's Marcus Downs and Logan Thompson. A total of 49 players are on the squad with other players from Marshall, Newton, Oblong/Palestine-Hutsonvile Paris, Red Hill, Robinson and Indiana schools Cloverdale, Covinigton, North Central, Parke Heritage, Riverton Parke, South Vermillion, West Vigo and Terra Haute South.
Playing for the 49-member Gold Division team are Cumberland's Dayton Mitchell, Zach Wolke and Connor Butler as well as Tri-County's Anthony Jones and Michael Hawkins.
Other players are from Olney and Indiana schools Bedford North Lawrence, Cascade, Eastern Greene, Edgewood, Greencastle, Linton, Northview, North Putnam, North Vermillion, Owen Valley, South Putnam, Sullivan, Terre Haute North and Vincenes Lincoln.
The Gold team is to be coaches by Brian Crabtree, coach at North Vermillion.