CHS’s Shae Littleford, pictured here against Mattoon last weekend, scored 31 on Monday night. (photo/Chet Piotrowski, Piotrowski Studios)

Shae Littleford scored 31 points Monday night to help lead Charleston to its first victory since the holiday tournament, more than five weeks ago.

The Trojans made 24 of 35 free-throw attempts to defeat Decatur Eisenhower 69-48 at Baker Gym.

Charleston (8-14) last won 55-35 against Cairo in the Charleston Holiday Tournament on Dec. 27. The Trojans were awarded another win three days later after Cairo’s coach pulled his team off the court later that day and forfeited his team’s remaining games.

Those had been Charleston’s only two victories in 10 games that Littleford missed after having hurt her knee.

Since her return, Charleston lost to Mt Zion and Mattoon last week in which Littleford had scored 10 and 27 points, respectively.

On Monday, the all-state junior guard made 10 field goals and 11 of 12 free-throws for her highest offensive output since scoring 33 on Dec. 10 against Effingham.

Last week, coach Jeff Miller had said that Littleford needed time to shake off the proverbial rust from her game and for her teammates to adjust as well. He was especially pleased with the team’s effort against Taylorville, a 40-37 loss two weeks before Littleford’s return in which freshman Alycia Triplett scored 20 points.

“We were really competitive,” Miller said last week. “That was a really good sign. In the last few games, the freshmen have battled. These girls are pretty good.”

Triplett scored 17 points Monday night for another double-figure scoring performance. She is averaging 11.8 points per game. Maggie Goetten added seven and both Erin Blair and Shelby Herrington scored five points apiece.

The Trojans next play Feb. 10 at Effingham.

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CHARLESTON (69): Goetten 1 5-6 7, Triplett 8 1-4 17, Meister 1 0-0 3, Blair 1 3-6 5, Littleford 10 11-12 31, Herrington 1 3-5 5, Davis 0 0-0 0, Lane 0 0-0 0, Long 0 0-0 0, Wren 0 0-0 0. Totals 22 24-35 69. 3-pointers – Meister.

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