JOHN CURTIS - Daily Union Sports Editor
SHELBYVILLE, IL. — A&M girls competed for four quarters, but got nipped in each period and lost to Mt. Zion, 59-50.
The game came down to just four more field goals for Mt. Zion, a trio of twos and a trey. The two teams were both 14-of-18 at the line.
Mt. Zion won the 1st 11-7 and the 2nd just 15-14, to lead by five at the break, 26-21. The 3rd period was another Mt. Zion edge to stretch the lead to eight points, 39-31. Down the stretch the Raiders pushed by still get get over the hump, losing the 4th by a point and the game by nine.
Ryan Dooley had another big game, following up a 28-point performance against Nokomis by scoring 25 points. She scored 10 times from the floor, one a trey. She also made 4-of-6 free tyhrows.
However, she was the only Raider in double figures. Mikah Maples had nine points with one triple and 4-of-4 at the line. Taylor Jordan had just one bucket, but got to the line for six free throws, making five.
Mt. Zion was led by Probst with 21 points, including a trey. Their other double-digit scorer was Rothrock with 13 points, connecting twice from the arc and making 5-of-6 at the line.
Mt. Zion's top two scorers had 34 points and A&M's two top scorers had 33 points. Mt. Zion edged them again just enough.
Mt. Zion 59, Central A&M 50
Mt. Z 11-15-13-20--59
A&M stats: Dooley 25 (9-2s, 1-3 pt FGs, 4/6 FTs), Maples 9 (1-2, 1-3 pt FGs, 4/4 FTs), T. Jordan 7 (FG, 5/6 FTs), Hennings 6 (3 FGs), Damery 2 (FG), O. Jordan 1 (1/2 FTs). Team FGs 17. 3-Pointers: 2 (Dooley, Maples). Team FTs 14-of-18.
Mt. Z stats: Propst 21 (9 FGs, 2/3 FTs), Rothrock 13 (3 FGs, 5/6 FTs), McElyea 8 (4 FGs), Marquardt 6 (FG, 4/4 FTs), Johnson 6 (2 FGs, 2/2 FTs), Dick 5 (2 FGs, 1/3 FTs). Team FGs 21. 3-Pointers: 3 (Rothrock 2, Probst). Team FTs 14-of-18.