Mattoon clinched the Apollo Conference girls basketball title Wednesday night after beating Mt. Zion.
So tonight’s game with Charleston is all about pride, rivalry – and celebrating seniors.
For the Trojans, it is also about celebrating their seniors.
Here is the preview of tonight’s game.
Team Records: Charleston (1-21, 0-11) vs. Mattoon (26-2, 10-1)
Where: Charleston High School
Tickets: Tickets can be purchased at Baker High School
School Size: Charleston (796), Mattoon (929)
JV Tip-Off: 6:00 p.m.
Varsity Tip-Off: 7:30 p.m.
Mattoon’s Past Results: Mattoon is riding an eight-game winning streak, its second longest of the season. Their best win in recent weeks was 57-55 over Class 2A’s No. 5 ranked team Paris on Monday. Mattoon owns a 56-48 win over Effingham, which is pushing for 20 wins this season, as well as a 50-39 win over Taylorville last week.
Mattoon’s Team Stats: Mattoon is averaging 62.1 points per game and allowing 36.4 points per game.
Mattoon’s Seniors: Chloe Pruitt, Anna Jurka, Paige Farmer, Faith Niebrugge, Mallory Ramage
Charleston’s Past Results: Charleston is riding an eight-game losing streak. The team was defeated by Effingham 51-13 earlier in the week.
Charleston’s Team Stats: Ellie Long leads the team with 5.8 points per game, while Ally Logsdon adds 5.6 points per game. Charleston is scoring 20.3 points per game and allowing 56.9 points per game.
Charleston’s Seniors: Ellie Long, Addy Logsdon, Maddi Bryant, Kiera Campbell
“My seniors mean so much to this team,” said Charleston coach Jeremy Hudson. “The seniors this year are all really good teammates. That does so much to set the tone for the future.”
What Mattoon Said: “This group is very deserving because they have put a lot of hard work in and play very well together. They have played consistently all year and that is what you have to do to win our conference. It’s been such a blessing to coach this team and I’m so thankful to be given the opportunity to coach them.”
What Charleston Said: “Obviously, this has been a tough year as far as wins and losses go, but the seniors come in every day with a positive attitude and pick the rest of the team up,” said Hudson. “My hope is that the underclassmen are learning what it means to be a teammate, because the seniors this year really have that.”