By Joe Gisondi
Senior Mallory Ramage set Mattoon’s all-time single-season scoring mark, single-game record and eclipsed the program’s career scoring record.
So it’s no surprise that Ramage was voted to the All-Apollo girls basketball team for the fourth straight year after helping to lead the Green Wave to a conference title, a regional title and within a few minutes in overtime from earning a sectional title.
Ramage, who is headed to play at Loyola-Chicago next season, averaged 25.4 points, 6.1 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 4.1 assists this past season, eclipsing the season scoring record by more than 100 points. Ramage also easily surpassed the school’s all-time scoring mark by nearly 500 points despite missing nearly half a season to COVID her junior year, and she later set the team’s single-game record by pouring in 43 points against Urbana during an 86-19 victory. The senior finished with 2,486 career points.
“Mallory can do everything on the basketball court,” said MHS coach Amanda Aydt. “She ran the point for us this year, and she sees the floor really well. She can handle the ball, score off the dribble, shoot from anywhere on the floor, and find her open teammates. Her defense gives opponents fits, as she also led us in steals and rebounds this season. Our opponents have been scheming to stop her, and she still finds a way to score leading us in scoring this year. Mallory is a leader on the court and in the locker room, and she makes her teammates better. She is an all-around tremendous basketball player.”
Mattoon seniors Chloe Pruitt and Faith Niebrugge were named to the second team.
Pruitt had one of her best scoring performances in the sectional championship, scoring 19 points, blocking several shots and snaring many key rebounds down the stretch. She averaged 7.8 points, 4.3 rebounds, 1.6 blocks and 2 steals per game.
“Chloe Pruitt played great defense for us and made it hard for teams to score in the paint with her shot-blocking ability,” Aydt said. “She also rebounded well for us. Offensively, she can knock down her shot from the outside or take it inside and score in the paint. She has a great attitude and always has a smile on her face.”
Niebrugge, who stands 5 feet 3, was frequently the team’s top rebounder who often energized her teammates by diving for balls and swiping steals. She averaged 6.4 points, 4.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 3.3 steals.
“Faith does all the little things that don’t show up in the scorebook,” Aydt said. “She is everywhere on the court diving on the floor after loose balls, getting deflections and steals, rebounding, driving the lane and kicking out to an open teammate. She is very unselfish and wants what’s best for the team. She doesn’t care about her own stats, and she will do anything for the team to be successful. She always gives 100 percent whether it is in practice or a game.”
Mattoon finished first at 11-1 in a conference that featured three teams that played in sectional championship games. Mahomet (9-3) took second after upending Lincoln (8-4) twice during the season as well as one other time in the sectional championship a week ago.
“It says a lot about how amazing this team is,” Aydt said. “This group is very deserving because they have put a lot of hard work in and play very well together.”
ALL-APOLLO GIRLS BASKETBALL TEAM
Mallory Ramage, senior, Mattoon
Meredith Schaefer, senior, Effingham
Kloe Froebe, sophomore, Lincoln
Cayla Koerner, senior, Mahomet
Denver Anderson, sophomore, Mt. Zion
Addison Tarr, freshman, Taylorville
Ivie Juarez, senior, Mahomet
Faith Niebrugge, senior, Mattoon
Sawyer Althoff, senior, Effingham
Chloe Pruitt, senior, Mattoon