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  • Eagles leave VHT without a win

    The St. Elmo/Brownstown Eagles didn't want to leave the Vandalia Holiday Tournament without a win.
    Unfortunately for the Eagles, they did.
    Pana rolled past St. Elmo/Brownstown, 62-29, in Tuesday's ninth-place game of VHT.
    The Eagles stayed close early, but cold shooting and numerous turnovers doomed SEB in this one. The loss left SEB winless in five tournament games.

  • Cougars win VHT finale for...

    For the first time all tournament long, the South Central Cougars didn't have to play first thing in the morning.
    And it looked like the change did the Cougars some good.
    South Central took the lead right away and never looked back in a 58-42 victory over Maroa-Forsyth in last Tuesday's seventh-place game of the Vandalia Holiday Tournament.
    The Cougars got off to a great start, never trailing and running out to an 11-2 lead.
    South Central Coach Rick Simmons said it was important for his team to get off to a good start.

  • Vandals look to regroup

    The Vandalia Holiday Tournament ended in disappointing fashion for the host Vandals.
    Shelbyville knocked off Vandalia, 60-53, in last Tuesday's fifth-place game of the 43rd annual event.
    The Vandals had an off-shooting night, and also allowed the Rams to convert numerous points in the paint.
    And after solid performances in the first four games of the tourney, the Vandals looked out of sync in the finale. That was disappointing to see, Vandalia Coach Brian Buscher admitted.

  • The wait is over: Vandals get...

    The host Vandals began the 43rd Annual Vandalia Holiday Tournament on Friday morning searching for that elusive first victory.
    They got it.
    And they definitely earned it.
    Vandalia overcame a double-digit deficit and used an inspired second half to knock off Maroa-Forsyth, 74-63, in pool play.
    It was the first win of the season for the Vandals after an 0-8 start.

  • VHT Day One: Cougars, Eagles...

    The South Central Cougars had a tough draw to open the Vandalia Holiday Tournament.
    No. 1 seed Greenville defeated No. 9 South Central, 61-37, on Friday morning to open the 43rd annual event. The Cougars simply ran into a solid team.
    Greenville, a team that has been receiving votes in the Class 2A state rankings, pulled ahead by 18 by intermission en route to the victory to improve to 9-1 overall.
    Will Schaufelberger scored 23 points to lead Greenville, making seven three-pointers. Evan Langley had 12 points and four rebounds for South Central.

  • VHT Day Two: Vandals play well...

    Brian Buscher looked on the bright side.
    Buscher's Vandalia Vandals had just suffered a heartbreaking 68-66 loss to Flora on Saturday night at the 43rd Annual Vandalia Holiday Tournament.
    But despite the disappointing loss, Buscher stayed positive as looked ahead to the rest of the 2014-15 season.
    "Our kids played really well," Buscher said. "I feel bad for them. But if we play like that every night, we're going to win a lot of games."
    The nail-biter was close throughout, but the Wolves got it done in crunch time.

  • VHT Day Two: South Central tops...

    As Saturday morning's action began at the 43rd Annual Vandalia Holiday Tournament, two teams were searching for their first win in Pool A.
    And when the day's first game concluded, the South Central Cougars were winless no more.
    The Cougars used a big second half rally to knock off Pana, 45-43, on Day Two of the VHT.
    It was the first win at the event for the Cougars. And it was an impressive one.
    South Central overcame a 15-point deficit to shock the Panthers.

  • VHT Day Three: Cougars will play...

    The South Central Cougars are probably sick of playing first thing in the morning.
    Playing in the first game of the day for the third-straight time, the Cougars appeared sluggish early in a 57-49 loss to Altamont on Day Three of the 43rd Annual Vandalia Holiday Tournament on Monday.
    Early risers all-tourney, the Cougars managed just six points in the first quarter and were playing catch-up the rest of the way.

  • Lady Vandals finish fourth at...

    MATTOON — The Vandalia Lady Vandals settled for fourth-place at the Mattoon Girls Christmas Tournament. Mattoon defeated Vandalia, 57-48, on Monday in the third-place game. Emma Meyer scored 17 points,  Madelyn Hosick added 13 and Makayla Tinker had 11 for the Lady Vandals (7-9). Meyer was listed on the all-tourney team.
    Galesburg defeated Vandalia, 76-49, on Saturday. Meyer scored 24 points and Tinker added 11. Mattoon beat Vandalia, 60-33, in the Pool A championship game.

  • VHT Day Three: Vandals handle...

    Fueled by an intense trapping defense, the Vandalia Vandals ran past the St. Elmo/Brownstown Eagles, 65-39, on Monday at the 43rd Annual Vandalia Holiday Tournament.
    The win propelled the Vandals into the fifth-place game on Tuesday night.
    With the loss, the Eagles remained winless at the tourney and headed to the ninth-place game.
    Vandalia had a small lead when it switched from man-to-man to a 1-2-2 trapping press. The game sped up, the Eagles turned the ball over time and time again, and the Vandals began to get easy hoops or wide-open jumpers.