Not only will this be a battle between two great teams, but also between two head coaches who played college basketball. Mattoon coach Amanda Aydt is a former Hall of Famer at Lake Land College, while Centralia’s Katie Meador-Steffens was an All-Stater at Salem High School before playing at the Division I level. Now, the two lead their programs into the IHSA Regional Championship. 

Here is the preview of tonight’s game. 

Team Records: Mattoon (27-2) vs. Centralia (21-7)

Where: Mount Vernon High School

Tickets: Tickets can be purchased at Mount Vernon High School

School Size: Mattoon (929), Centralia (878)

JV Tip-Off: 6:00 p.m.

Varsity Tip-Off: 7:30 p.m.

Opponent’s History: Since Centralia started playing basketball, there have been only three coaches in program history. That started with Anne Murray, who went 501-236 in 28 years. That was followed by Roger Stieg, who went 224-213 the next 15 years. In 2018, former Salem all-time leading scorer Katie Meador was hired as the coach. Meador was an All-State sensation at Salem High School and then played four years at Florida Gulf Coast University. Meador is 60-36 through four seasons. 

Mattoon’s Past Results:  Mattoon defeated Herrin 71-46 in the semi-final game. Mallory Ramage scored 17 of her game-high 35 points in the first quarter. Chloe Pruitt added 10 points, while Lilly Ghere added nine points. 

Mattoon’s Team Stats: Mattoon is averaging 62.3 points per game and allowing 35.8 points per game. 

Centralia Season Review: Centralia finished 8-2, which was good enough for second in the South Seven Conference. Among common opponents, Centralia lost 48-29 to Teutopolis early in the season. The team also lost 52-32 to Effingham. Among similar wins, Centralia defeated Olney 66-57. 

Centralia’s Team Stats: Centralia is averaging 47.3 points per game and allowing 39.0 points per game. 

What Mattoon Said: “Centralia has a good team,” said Aydt. “Mallory Ramage is doing an outstanding job of running our offense and making her shots. She also has been rebounding well. She is such a talented, well-rounded player. Faith Niebrugge is everywhere on the court getting steals, deflections, helping her teammates, and rebounding. She does an excellent job of driving towards the basket and finding the open person. She has been getting a lot of assists which is just as good as 2 or 3 points. Chloe Pruitt has been playing awesome defense and rebounding well. She is also making her outside shot and starting to drive to the basket. Paige Farmer has been shooting the ball well for us and also playing good defense. Lily Ghere runs the floor well and gets some transition baskets as well as making her shots from the outside. Anna Jurka comes off the bench and plays great defense. Emily Maple, Piper Sanders, Ella Conyers, and Teygen Sewell have also been coming off the bench and giving us some good minutes. I like the way we play together as a team.”