Hannah Buescher knocked down three 3-pointers to helped Charleston pull away in a 17-6 third-quarter that enabled the Trojans to capture their eighth straight victory, 46-30 over home Mt. Zion on Monday night.
Charleston, now 8-0, travels to face Lincoln in Springfield on Thursday before returning for an 11 a.m. game Saturday with Mattoon.
Ahead 20-14 at halftime Buescher scored 11 of her 15 total points in the third quarter to put the Trojans ahead, 37-20, essentially securing the victory.
Shae Littleford scored a game-high 23 points and posted five steals and three assists.
Alycia Triplett recorded a game-high 10 steals, snagged six rebounds and scored eight points while Katarina Blase grabbed a team-high eight rebounds.
CHARLESTON: Goetten 0 0-0 0, Buescher 5 1-2 15, Triplett 3 2-5 8, Meister 0 0-0 0, Blair, 0 0-0 0, Littleford 9 3-3 23, Shrader 0 0-0 0, Logsdon 0 0-0 0, Blase 0 0-2 0, Herrington 0 0-0 0, Campbell 0 0-0 0. Totals 17 6-12 46. 3-pointers – Buescher 4, Littleford 2.
Last-second shot sinks Mattoon
Mallory Ramage scored 30 points for the third time in four games, but Mattoon could not withstand a strong second-half surge by Mahomet culminating in a last-second shot that sent the Green Wave home with a 63-62 loss Monday night.
Mattoon built a 35-20 halftime lead thanks to 21 points by Ramage and eight from Delainey Bryant.
But the Bulldogs rallied to outscore Mattoon 23-14 in the third quarter during which three players scored six or more points. The Green Wave fought off Mahomet for most of the fourth quarter, buoyed down the stretch by two key free throws by Bryant that put Mattoon ahead by one before Mahomet scored the game-winning basket.
Chloe Pruitt snagged a game-high 11 rebounds to go along with 14 points.
Ramage, averaging 30.25 over her last four games, also grabbed six rebounds, had six assists and recorded four steals. Faith Niebrugge had six rebounds and four steals.
“Chloe Pruitt had an outstanding game,” Mattoon coach Amanda Aydt said. “She had a double-double. Faith Niebrugge came in and did a great job on defense. Mallory Ramage had an all-around good game offensively and defensively. She attacked the basket when she needed to and made the extra pass when she needed to. Delainey Bryant ran the floor well and had some big baskets for us.”
Mattoon (4-3) travels Thursday to Teutopolis before heading to Charleston for a Saturday morning game.
MATTOON: Haacke 0 0-0 0, Greeson 0 0-0 0, Bryant 5 5-8 15, Ghere 0 0-0 0, Pruitt 7 0-0 14, Niebrugge 1 0-0 2, Ramage 13 2-4 30, Haldorsen 0 1-2 1. Totals 26 8-14 62. 3-pointers – Ramage 2.