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  • B-Town girls fall in first...

    BROWNSTOWN – The Brownstown High School girls basketball team outscored Dieterich 16-10 in the final nine minutes last Thursday, but it was not enough to overcome a sluggish second-half start in a 56-42 loss.

    Senior Brooke and sophomore Megan Maxey both made baskets to close out the third quarter, and three additional Bombers scored buckets during a 10-2 run that extended into the final period and cut Dieterich’s lead from 22 to 13.

  • Wollerman scores 28 as Vandalia...

    Junior Haley Wollerman only made six field goals against Greenville on Monday.

    Believe it or not, she still scored 28 points.

    Wollerman made six 3-pointers and was perfect on free throws, making 10-of-10, in a 58-51 victory for the Vandalia High School girls basketball team.

    “That’s the best, overall, I have seen her play,” said coach Michelle McNary, “and I hope it continues, because we will win a lot of games.”

  • SC shows promise in season-opener

    FARINA – First-year coach Rick Simmons said he didn’t know exactly what to expect from the South Central High School boys basketball team in its season-opener against Odin last Friday.

    While the Cougars lost, what Simmons got was a hard-fought battle that was closer than the 47-42 final score would indicate.

    “I don’t think anyone can fault their effort,” he said.

  • Vandal boys win first SCC game...

    ALTON – The Vandalia High School boys basketball team held East Alton-Wood River to single digits in each of the first three quarters on the way to a lopsided 58-34 conference-opening victory last Friday.

    On the offensive end, the Vandals used a balanced scoring attack in which seven players scored six points or more. Daniel Bell led all scorers with 11 points – going 2-for-2 on two-point field goals, 1-for-3 on 3-pointers and 4-for-4 on free throws.

  • Senior spotlight: Amy Walton

    Amy Walton is not known to be a prolific scorer.

    She is not counted on to be a dominant rebounder.

    She is not expected to be the primary ball-handler.

    But take the 5-foot-10 senior forward away from the floor, and coach Michelle McNary said the Lady Vandals probably would not have a 4-1 record this season.

  • 51st annual St. Elmo Holiday...
  • South Central boys start with...

    The South Central High School boys basketball team will open its season with back-to-back games on Friday and Saturday.

    The Cougars will host Odin – which just finished 4-0 in the Mulberry Grove Turkey Tournament – on Friday at 6:15 p.m.

    On Saturday, South Central will travel to Flora for another 6:15 p.m. start. All veterans will receive free admission to that game and will be honored at halftime.

    The Cougars are under the direction of first-year head coach Rick Simmons, who was a longtime assistant at South Central.

  • St. Elmo opens season at Neoga...

    While not yet to play at home, the St. Elmo High School boys basketball team will begin its season on Friday, traveling to Neoga for a 6:15 p.m. tipoff.

    The Eagles will then travel to Cowden-Herrick on Tuesday.

    Coach Greg Feezel said his team must “grow up in a hurry” to be successful, but it does return three starters from last season that give the Eagles a young, but experienced, core.

    Sophomore Connor Beasley and juniors Ben Sperry and Blaine Scholes combined to average 20.3 points and 14.8 rebounds per game last season.

  • Patoka JH boys fall to ALJH

    The Patoka Junior High boys basketball team was defeated, 43-32, by Altamont Lutheran on Monday.

    The Warriors nearly erased a six-point deficit in the second quarter, cutting a 10-4 ALJH lead to 17-14 at halftime.

    Patoka managed just two points in the third quarter, however, allowing ALJH to take a commanding lead. The Warriors did score 16 points in the fourth quarter to finish the game on a strong note.

  • Ramsey seventh-graders get...

    After Sorento defeated the Ramsey Junior High seventh-grade basketball team for the Ramsey Seventh-Grade Tournament title, coach Matt Belusko said he hoped the Rams would win the next matchup.

    On Tuesday night, they did, downing the Greyhounds, 18-12.

    The eighth-grade team defeated Sorento, 40-33.

    Tuesday, Nov. 30
    vs. Sorento Seventh-Grade
    Ramsey 18
    Sorento 12

    Points – Brady Black, 8; Brady Reiss, 6; Nick Seaton, 2; Alex Kessinger, 2.
    Up Next – vs. Patoka on Thursday