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Here are the JG-TC Athletes of the Week from Jan. 6-11

Here are the JG-TC Athletes of the Week from Jan. 6-11

Mallory Ramage

Mattoon's Mallory Ramage brings the ball up the court during the first half of the Green Wave's 54-49 win over Olney in the Mattoon Holiday Tournament title game.

Each week the Journal Gazette/Times-Courier features some of the top performances of local high school athletes. Here are the athletes of the week from Jan. 6-11

Delainey Bryant/Mallory Ramage, Mattoon girls' basketball, 5-8 G junior/5-9 G sophomore

Mattoon, the No. 14 team in the latest Class 3A Associated Press rankings, beat Mount Zion 50-35 in its only game of the week and in an Apollo Conference game. Bryant tied her season-high with 18 points and also had four rebounds and two steals, while Ramage led the way with 20 points, six rebounds and four steals. The Green Wave entered Monday's conference game against Lincoln at 18-1 with six consecutive victories. Mattoon entered the game at 6-0 in the conference. 

Bella Dudley, Tri-County girls' basketball, 5-7 F sophomore

Tri-County, the No. 16 team in Class 1A, extended its winning streak to five games prior to Monday's LPC game against Arcola. The Lady Titans won all three game last week downing Shelbyville 65-33, Champaign Centennial 54-34 and Salt Fork 50-31 in non-conference contests. The Lady Titans entered Monday's game with a 15-5 overall record and 3-0 in the conference. Dudley led team in scoring against Shelbyville and Salt Fork with 21 and 15 points respectively. She averaged 17 points during the week. She was 19-of-52 (.365) from the field, including 4-of-12 (.333) from beyond the three-point line. She made 9-of-15 free throws and averaged 6 rebounds, one assists and 2.7 steals per game. 

Hugo Garza, Arcola boys' basketball, 6-2 C senior

Garza helped the Purple Riders open Lincoln Prairie Conference play with two wins: 63-36 over Argenta-Oreana and 33-23 over Decatur LSA. Garza led the team in scoring in both games with 19 and 11 points, respectively for an average of 15 points. The Purple Riders are 7-4 overall and 2-0 in the LPC. 

Austin Plank/Jamison Rocke, Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond boys' basketball, 6-0 G's, seniors

Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond improved to 9-6 overall and 2-0 in the LPC with a 59-47 win over Cerro Gordo/Bement and a 69-57 triumph over Tri-County last week. Plank led the Knights against CG/B with 20 points and averaged 18 points during the week. He was 13-of-25 from the field, including 2-of-7 from beyond the three-point line. He was 8-of-10 from the free throw line and averaged three rebounds, one assist and one steal per game. Rocke led ALAH against Tri-County with 18 points and he averaged 15 points per game. He was 8-of-16 from the field, including 5-of-8 from three-point territory. He was 6-of-11 from the free throw line and averaged 1.5 steals, 1 assists and 0.5 rebounds per game. 

Paci McClure/Trevor Roy, Neoga boys' basketball, 5-11 sophomore/6-2 senior

Neoga won all three of its games last week beating WSS 50-44 in a National Trail Conference game; Martinsville 59-39; and Olney 59-53. The Indians have won seven straight games and are 14-4 overall and 3-1 in the conference. Roy led Neoga in scoring against the Hatchets with 20 points and averaged 16.7 points per game during the week. McClure was the top scorer against the Tigers with 19 points and averaged 17.3 per game in the week. 

Mikala Nichols, WSS girls' basketball, 6-0 C junior

Nichols scored a team-high 17 points and pulled down 13 rebounds for a double-double in a 54-31 non-conference win over Okaw Valley. Nichols was 7-of-8 (.875) from the field, made all three of her free throws and had an assist and a steal as the Hatchets improved to 8-8 prior to Monday's NTC game against Dieterich. WSS entered the contest at Windsor on a three-game winning streak. 

Cameron Sharp, Okaw Valley boys' basketball, 5-10 G senior

Okaw Valley extended its winning streak to four games by opening play in the LPC with victories over Villa Grove/Heritage (59-47) and Blue Ridge (54-42). Sharp led the team in both games with 26 and 18 respectively for an average of 22 points per game during the week. The Timberwolves are 10-6 overall and 2-0 in the LPC. 

Avery Still, Sullivan girls' basketball, 5-10 Senior

Still helped the No. 19 team in Class 2A, win all three games last week beating Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond 57-32, Neoga 69-47 and Mount Zion 40-31 in non-conference contests. The Lady Redskins entered Monday's non-conference game against Cerro Gordo/Bement at 14-4. Sullivan lost to Mount Zion Dec. 28 in the championship game of the Knights Classic 49-44. Still averaged 20.7 points and 12 rebounds per game. She had a team-high 29 against the Lady Indians, which was also a season-high and also had a team-high 18 against the Lady Braves and tied for top-scoring honors against the Knights with 15. 

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Contact Mike Monahan at (217)-238-6854. Follow him on Twitter: @monahanmikejgtc


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