By Mike Monahan

Mallory Ramage got hot from the get-go, scoring 21 points in the first half to give Mattoon a comfortable 32-15 half-time lead.

The Green Wave defense, meanwhile, forced 19 turnovers overall as Mattoon reached the Sweet 16 with a 53-29 win in an IHSA sectional semifinal game Tuesday night.

Ramage finished with 31 points and Lily Ghere added 14.

Mattoon advances to Thursday’s sectional championship against the winner between Bethalto Civic Memorial and Mt. Vernon played later this evening.

We’ll have a complete report later this evening along with photos and video of the action.