Mattoon’s Mallory Ramage tips the ball to a teammate Saturday.

Delainey Bryant and Mallory Ramage combined for 21 points in the third quarter Saturday afternoon to spark a 27-point outburst that subsequently prompted a running clock for the final quarter – and which delivered Mattoon a third successive rout in the Pana Thanksgiving girls basketball tournament.

The Green Wave defeated Brownstown/St. Elmo, 57-39, in what proved to be the team’s closest game during the first two days of the season-opening tournament – although Mattoon led 57-27 entering the final quarter.

The Green Wave earlier posted a 56-25 win over Centralia’s Christ Our Rock Lutheran, winning both games in similar fashion behind strong defense, aggressive rebounding and sure shooting.

Mattoon combined for 29 steals and 68 rebounds in the two games.

“I thought our girls came ready to play.,” Mattoon coach Amanda Aydt said. “Our defense was exceptional. The girls executed our game plans and made adjustments as needed. I am proud of the way we rebounded, offensively and defensively, and of the way we took care of the ball. Our players made the extra pass and found the open player.”

Ramage scored 40 total points and snagged 11 rebounds in the two games.

Hallie Niemerg grabbed eight rebounds in Mattoon’s first game Saturday against CORL, and had 11 total.

This tournament continues next Friday, although the second-week schedule has not yet been finalized.

Mattoon (3-0) rolled past Okaw Valley, 70-33, on Friday night.

Mattoon 56, Christ Our Rock Lutheran 25

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MATTOON (56)

Haacke 0 0-0 0, Greeson 0 0-0 0, Bryant 1 0-0 3, Gill 0 0-0 0, Sapp 0 0-0 0, Pruitt 4 2-5 11, Jurka 0 3-6 3, Farmer 1 2-2 4, Niebrugge 5 1-1 11, Ramage 8 3-4 21, Niemerg 1 1-2 3. Totals: 20 12-20 56.

3-pointers – Ramage 2, Pruitt 1, Bryant 1. Rebounds – Niemerg 8, Ramage 6, Niebrugge 5, Greeson 5, Haacke 3, Bryant 3, Sapp 3. Steals – Niebrugge 4, Ramage 4, Haacke 2, Pruitt 2, Jurka 2. Assists – Ramage 3, Bryant 2, Sapp 2. Blocks – none. Team record – Mattoon 2-0.

Mattoon 57, Brownstown/St. Elmo 39

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MATTOON (57)

Haacke 1 0-0 3, Greeson 0 0-0 0, Bryant 6 0-0 15, Gill 0 0-0 0, Sapp 2 2-2 7, Pruitt 1 0-0 2, Jurka 0 0-2 0, Farmer 0 0-0 0, Niebrugge 3 1-1 7, Ramage 9 0-0 19, Niemerg 2 0-0 4. Totals: 24 3-5 57. 

3-pointers –  Bryant 3, Haacke 1, Sapp 1, Ramage 1. Rebounds –  Sapp 6, Bryant 5, Ramage 5, Niebrugge 3, Niemerg 3, Pruitt 3. Steals – Ramage 3, Haacke 2, Sapp 2, Niemerg 2. Assists – Ramage 4, Haacke 2. Blocks – Niemerg 1. Team record – Mattoon 3-0.