Lincoln might have put Mattoon in their place to open the season, but the Green Wave proved that even a week can change a lot about a team. 

After getting blown away 76-47 in the team’s opener to Lincoln, Mattoon will open up their Apollo Conference schedule with the team favored to win the Apollo. Mattoon will travel to Lincoln this Friday to look to upset the Railsplitters, who feature one of the best players in the state of Illinois. 

Last year, Froebe was named a Miss Illinois Gatorade Player of the Year finalist. A two-time All-Stater, she appears to be ready to take on the task of being the face of the Apollo Conference, something former Green Wave superstar Mallory Ramage did the last few years. 

“Kloe Froebe is one of the best players in the state,” said Mattoon coach Troy Haacke. “She is a great defender, great rebounder, and can score from anywhere.”

Haacke is hopeful that the team’s performance at the Pana Thanksgiving Tournament can help carry some momentum into this game. After their blowout loss, the Green Wave picked up a 64-24 win over Gillespie and a 62-11 win over Williamsburg. After a narrow 52-26 loss to Pana, the team finished the tournament with a third-place finish by defeating Olney 50-38. 

Emily Maple, Lily Ghere, and Ella Conyers were named to the All-Tournament Team, while Haacke was also happy with other members of the team that are stepping into new roles. 

“In all five games I thought we played really well,” said Haacke. “I could see the girls improve in every game, in both the offense and defense and special situations. The girls are learning new positions as some are playing different positions than they did last year at the JV level.  We shot the ball well and played good defense.”

Now, the Green Wave will look to upset a team that made a run to the Sweet 16 last year and could be a top-10 ranked team as soon as the AP Poll rankings are released. 

“Lincoln is very good and we did shoot the ball well against them in the first game hitting 12 three-pointers.  We have to handle their press, and not panic. Lincoln takes advantage when you turn the ball over.   They also have great pieces around her who can also shoot and score.  We will give them our best shot”