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10/30/2013 11:04:00 AM
Oblong junior high teams win pair at LEIC girls basketball tourneys
Sports Editor

All junior high girls' basketball teams in Crawford County were in action over the weekend in Oblong and came away with mixed results at the Little Eastern Illini Tournament.

Oblong picked up wins in both of their games, Palestine-Hutsonville won one of three contests and Robinson dropped both of their games.

In the seventh grade tournament, top-seeded OGS rolled past eighth-seeded Marshall, 41-14.

Oblong (7-0) actually trailed 8-4 after the first quarter, but rebounded by outscoring Marshall 14-2 in the second quarter to take an 18-10 lead at halftime. Oblong then outscored Marshall 18-2 in the third quarter and 5-2 in the fourth to pull away for the win.

Nyah Laino led OGS with 19 points and five rebounds, while Abbie Dart posted 13 points and five rebounds. Paige Mendenhall netted four points and two rebounds, Katelyn Leggitt added two points and six rebounds, Shyanna Chapman contributed two points and two rebounds, Kelly Shue added one point and four rebounds and Harley Harrison, Aireka Burke and Faith Amburgey each grabbed a rebound.

In the eighth grade tournament, sixth-seeded Oblong rallied to knock off third-seeded Lawrenceville, 38-23.

Oblong (4-3) was down 9-5 after one quarter, but rallied to tie the game, 11-11, at halftime. Oblong then grabbed a 21-19 lead after three quarters, before outscoring Lawrenceville 17-4 in the fourth quarter to pull away for the win.

Dart led OGS with 20 points and six rebounds, while Camryn Mendenhall netted 10 points and 10 rebounds. Laino posted four points and five rebounds, Belle Kemp contributed two points and four rebounds, Samantha Johnson tossed in two points and Madison Neeley grabbed eight rebounds.

Oblong's seventh grade team will play Jasper County in the semifinals tonight at 6, while the eighth grade team will play in the semifinals against Marshall Tuesday at 7:15 p.m.

Meanwhile, Palestine-Hutsonville's seventh grade team lost their first round game to Marshall Friday, 17-14, but won the eighth grade game over Robinson, 11-9. On Saturday, Palestine-Hutsonville's eighth grade team lost to Marshall, 24-89, while Robinson's seventh grade team lost to Jasper County, 31-19.

Statistics for those games were not provided by press time.

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