By Blake Faith
The Mattoon girls’ basketball team suffered another double-digit loss to a ranked team Monday night, unable to overcome a tough press and trap defense in a 60-42 loss to class 3A No 10 Decatur MacArthur.
The Green Wave, who dropped to 19-3 overall, had lost to class 2A No. 1 Paris last week, 60-29.
MacArthur (19-2) led from the beginning – a 3-pointer by Generals senior Junree Flournoy on the wing.
Mattoon’s offense turned to its leading scorer Mallory Ramage early in the first half, but the junior guard managed just five points in the first half. The Generals denied her open looks and swarmed her with double-teams and trap defense.
MacArthur coach Mike Williams said his players couldn’t figure out how to deny Ramage at first.
“Anybody that knows basketball knows you gotta stop 25 (Ramage),” Williams said. “That she’s too crafty and skilled with the basketball and we talked about that in scouting reports and film.”
MacArthur’s leading scorers junior Quincenia Jackson scored 24 points as the Green Wave had no answers for her in the paint.
“Jackson is probably the best post player around,” Williams said. “We knew that we can score in the post against anybody with her.”
Decatur’s Taya Davis relied on her slashing ability to get to the rim to score 20 points, getting open looks inside the paint with the help of her teammates.
In the third quarter, Ramage scored five points early to help bring the Green Wave within six points. But Davis and Jackson answered by combining for 10 points to put the Generals ahead by 11.
Ramage fouled out with less than four minutes left in the game after scoring 18 points.
Mattoon coach Amanda Aydt thought her team played well overall.
“We just continue to work better every day,” Aydt said. “I’m proud of the girls, and we played hard the entire game.”
Mattoon will play next at Urbana (10-12) on Thursday.
MATTOON (42): Haacke 2 0-0 5, Greeson 0 0-0 0, Bryant 1 2-3 4, Gill 1 0-0 2, Sapp 1 0-0 2, Pruitt 2 0-0 4, Jurka 1 0-1 2, Farmer 0 0-0 0, Niebrugge 1 1-3 5, Ramage 8 0-0 18. Totals 18 3-7 42. 3-pointers – Ramage 2, Haacke 1.