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VANDALIA – For the second straight season, Southwestern got the best of Vandalia in the Illinois Elementary School Association Class 3A sectional game.
The Jr. Birds (23-2) knocked off Vandalia's eighth-graders, 45-41, on Wednesday at Vandalia Junior High, advancing them to the state tournament.
Last season, Southwestern won the seventh-grade sectional game, 44-37.
Nathan Casey had 14 points to lead Vandalia (18-4), and Marcus Zimmerman scored 10.