The Mattoon girls basketball team put on a furious rally in the fourth quarter Thursday night against St. Anthony, but the Green Wave fell just short for just their fourth loss of the season.
The Green Wave trailed 32-17 entering the fourth quarter. Mattoon (20-4) then pressed St. Anthony, yielding steals and more rebounds to outscore the Wooden Shoes 16-6 in the quarter, at one point closing within one possession of the lead.
The Green Wave relied on balanced scoring in the quarter – Delainey Bryant and Faith Niebrugge scored four points apiece while Jordan Sapp and Mallory Ramage each scored three.
Teutopolis managed only one field goal in the fourth quarter, scoring its other four points on free throws.
“We had a great start and finish,” Mattoon coach Amanda Aydt said. “We were down 15 and climbed back in the game. We got within one possession. I’m proud of the way our girls never gave up and played hard to get back in the game. We picked up the pressure and the girls did an excellent job of anticipating and getting steals. We also did a much better job of rebounding in the second half.”
The Green Wave struggled in the middle quarters – Ramage’s two free throws being the team’s only points in the second quarter and her two field goals the sole scoring in the third quarter.
Mattoon next plays host to Charleston at noon Saturday.
MATTOON (33): Haacke 0 0-0 0, Bryant 3 0-0 6, Sapp 2 1-1 6, Pruitt 0 0-0 0, Gill 1 0-0 2, Niebrugge 2 0-0 4, Ramage 4 4-7 15, Niemerg 0 0-0 0. Totals 13 5-8 33. 3-pointers – Ramage 1, Sapp 1. Rebounds – Niebrugge 6. Ramage 5, Bryant 3, Sapp 3. Steals – Ramage 3, Niebrugge 2.