JOHN CURTIS - Daily Union Sports Editor
SHELBYVILLE, IL. —
The Central A&M Lady Raiders (12-2) continued their march through the regular season like Sherman to the sea. The Raiders took out Tuscola on Thursday, 55-43, then knocked off Nokomis on Saturday, 53-36.
A&M used a balanced approach to beat Tuscola and their marquee player. A&M had three, almost four players, in double figures, while Tuscola had two almost three, but only four players score. A&M had six players score.
A&M took advantage of a slow start by the Warriors and ran out to a 15-4 in the 1st period lead. Tuscola got some traction in the 2nd, but A&M still extended their lead to 14 points at the break, 30-16.
Tuscola hung on in the 3rd, allowing A&M to just up their lead to 16 points heading into the final frame, 45-29. Down the stretch, Tuscola trimmed their deficit, but A&M still won by a dozen.
Genny Rose Stringer led A&M with 13 points (3-of-5 at the line), followed by Sarah Bailey with 12, all from the floor, and Taylor Jordan with 10 points off a pair of deuces and a pair of treys. Allie Heaton scored eight points, including 4-of-4 from the line.
Tuscola’s prime-time player, Weaver, had a game-high 20, followed by Miller with 10 and Ponder with nine.
Central A&M 55, Tuscola 43
A&M stats: Stringer 13 (5 FGs, 3/5 FTs), 6 rebounds; Bailey 12 (6 FGs), Jordan 10 (2-2s, 2-3 pt FGs), 5 assists, 4 steals; Heaton 8 (2 FGs, 4/4 FTs), 6 rebounds; Townsend 5 (1-2, 1-3 pt FGs), Dooley 4 (2 FGs), Adcock 3 (FG). Team FGs 22. 3-Pointers: 4 (Jordan 2, Adcock, Townsend). Team FTs 7-of-9.
Tuscola stats: Weaver 20 (8 FGs, 4/4 FTs), Miller 10 (3 FGs, 4/6 FTs), Ponder 9 (FG, 7/8 FTs), Little 2 (FG). Team FGs 14. Team FTs 15-of-18.
On Saturday, Nokomis wrapped up A&M early, but their grip slipped in the middle quarters and the Raiders rolled to a 17-point win.
Allie Heaton torched the Indians with a 24-point performance. Heaton scored 10 times from the field, including a pair of missiles from the arc and 2-of-4 at the line. Bailey had her second 12-point performance in as many games, including 2-of-3 at the stripe.
A&M could only manage a 2-point edge at the end of the 1st, 12-10. But in the 2nd, the Raiders went on a 13-6 run to lead by nine at the half, 25-16. They kept up the tempo out of the locker room and blitzed Nokomis with a 19-4 run in the 3rd. Up by 24 points to start the 4th the Raiders took their foot off the accelerator and coasted to a 17-point win.
Central A&M was to host Altamont on Monday, before traveling to Mt. Zion on Thursday. They enter the Charleston tourney on December 27.
Central A&M 53, Nokomis 36
A&M stats: Heaton 24 (8-2s, 2-3 pt FGs, 2/4 FTs), Bailey 12 (5 FGs, 2/3 FTs), Dooley 7 (2-2s, 1-3 pt FGs), Jordan 3 (FG, 1/2 FTs), Townsend 3 (FG), Adcock 2 (FG, 0/1 FTs), Maples 2 (FG). Team FGs 22. 3-Pointers: 4 (Heaton 2, Townsend, Dooley). Team FTs 5-of-10.
Nokomis stats: Schneider 12 (5 FGs, 2/8 FTs), Bollard 10 (5 FGs), Foster 6 (3 FGs), Knodle 4 (1-3 pt FG, 1/2 FTs), McCalin 4 (2 FGs), Gaskin (0/3 FTs). Team FGs 16 (1-3). Team FTs 3-of-13.