Each week the Journal Gazette/Times-Courier features some of the top performances of local high school athletes. Here is the first list from Jan. 2-Jan. 5
Katrina Davis/Megan Schlecthe, WSS girls' basketball, 5-6 G.6-0 F/C seniors
WSS started the 2019 portion of its season off with a 58-47 win over Brownstown/St. Elmo in a National Trail Conference win and a 55-30 non-conference triumph over Okaw Valley. Davis averaged 13 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists and a steal per game while making 11-of-24 shots from the field, including 3-for-6 from beyond the three-point line. Schlechte averaged 19 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals per game. She was 15-of-31 from the field for the 14-4 Hatchets.
Ian Lowry, Arthur Okaw Christian boys' basketball, 5-11 G, senior
Artur Okaw Christian beat two Little Okaw Valley Conference Northwest Division teams in Cerro Gordo/Bement (67-55) and Arcola (67-65 in overtime). Lowry scored 18 of his 22 points in the second half against the Purple Riders and led all players with 28 points against the Broncos. The Conquering Riders are 11-5.
Esther Miller/ Avery Still, Sullivan girls' basketball, 5-8 F senior/5-10 C junior
Sullivan won its 12th and 13th straight games picking up a 55-20 triumph over Neoga and a 59-55 victory over Mount Zion in non-conference games. Miller averaged 15.5 points, including a team-high 19 against Neoga. Still averaged 9.5 points and 9.5 rebounds per game. She led the 17-1 Lady Redskins in rebounds in both games, including 10 against Mount Zion when she finished with a double-double (10 points). Sullivan trailed the Lady Braves 34-16 at the half in that game.
Jackson Miller/Clay Tabbert, WSS boys' basketball, 6-2/6-3 seniors
WSS picked up its first National Trail Conference win of the season with a 58-40 triumph over Brownstown/St. Elmo Friday. Miller scored seven of his 16 points in the fourth quarter, one in which the Hatchets outscored the Eagles 17-8. Tabbert also had 16 points and led WSS in rebounds with nine. The Hatchets are 11-6 overall and 1-1 in the NTC.
Malcolm Miller, Shelbyville boys' basketball, 6-4 senior
Miller led the Rams in the Central Illinois Conference opener, a 46-42 victory over Sullivan, with 24 points and he went over the 2,000 point mark for his career. Miller had 35 points as Shelbyville edged Paxton-Buckley-Loda 58-56 Saturday in a non-conference game. The Rams, who have won seen in a row, are 14-2.
Jaydon Noe/Jadyn Princko, Mattoon boys' basketball, 6-1 G, seniors
Mattoon improved to 9-5 overall and 2-2 in the Apollo Conference with a convincing 81-47 win over Charleston Friday. Princko scored 19 of his season-high 23 points in the second half as the Green Wave outscored the Trojans 49-21. Princko made all five of his three-pointers in the second half and Noe had 17 points, including a pivotal steal and basket in the closing seconds of the third quarter.
Levi Peters, Neoga boys' basketball, 6-1 senior
Peters scored nine of his team-high 16 points in the pivotal second quarter, one that saw Neoga outscore Okaw Valley 23-11 to take a 26-21 advantage at the half of the non-conference game. The Indians went on to win 53-43 and improved to 8-6. Neoga has won three straight games.
Austin Plank, Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond boys' basketball, 6-0 G, sophomore
After 11 consecutive losses Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond, 1-11, tasted victory, the first for coach Brad McGill, in a 50-39 triumph over Oblong in a non-conference game. Plank scored a season-high 19 points in the win. Plank scored 16 points in the first half, including four of his five three-pointers for the game.
Kiersten Price-Wilson, Tri-County girls' basketball, 5-11 C senior
Tri-County downed Salt Fork 62-25 as Price-Wilson was 8-of-12 from the field with a team-high 19 points. She also had five rebounds, an assist and two steals for the 15-3 Lady Titans.