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1/31/2013 10:58:00 AM
Three more reach regional title games
Sports Editor

Three more junior high boys' basketball teams in Crawford County punched their tickets to the championship game in their respective regionals Monday night.

In the Class 3A Regional at Robinson, Nuttall Middle School defeated Jasper County, 49-36, to reach the title game.

Robinson, the second seed in the tournament, jumped out to an early lead on third-seeded Jasper County and slowly pulled away in the second half to pick up the win. The Raiders built a 12-8 lead after one quarter, but Jasper County outscored NMS 12-10 in the second quarter to trim the NMS lead to 22-20 at halftime. Robinson took control in the third quarter, outscoring Jasper County 10-4 for a 32-24 lead, then outscored Jasper County 17-12 in the fourth quarter to seal the win.

Jake Powell led NMS (15-8) with 14 points, nine rebounds, one steal and one blocked shot, while Dylan Dirks posted 10 points, three rebounds, three assists and one steal. Palmer Hutchens netted 10 points and one assist, Ethan White totaled seven points, four rebounds, two steals, one assist and one blocked shot, Gordon Pinkston contributed four points, three rebounds, one assist and one steal, Parrish Hutchens chipped in with four points, two rebounds and one assist and Dalton Albright added two rebounds, two assists and one steal.

Robinson will play top-seeded Marshall, who edged fourth-seeded Casey-Westfield in Monday's first semifinal, 33-29, in the championship game Thursday at 6 p.m.

In the Class 2A Regional in Effingham, third-seeded Oblong upset second-seeded host Effingham St. Anthony, 37-32.

Dawson Maus led OGS with 16 points, while Mark Newell was also in double figures with 14. Avery Inboden tossed in five points for the Tigers and Ryan Gill added two.

Oblong will play top-seeded Arcola, who beat fourth-seeded Paris Crestwood 42-24 in Monday's other semifinal, in the championship game Thursday at 6 p.m. in Effingham.

In the semifinals of the Class 1A Regional at Palestine, it was a lock that Crawford County would have a team in the championship game, as rivals Palestine and Hutsonville squared off for the right to advance to the finals.

It took an extra session to decide the outcome, but when the dust settled, the third-seeded Pioneers had upset the second-seeded Tigers, 41-39 in overtime.

Palestine jumped out to an 11-5 lead after one quarter, but Hutsonville countered by outscoring Palestine 15-7 in the second quarter to take a 20-18 lead at halftime. Hutsonville extended their lead to 28-21 by outscoring PGS 8-3 in the third quarter, but Palestine rallied, outscoring Hutsonville 16-9 in the fourth quarter to force overtime. In the extra session, Palestine outscored Hutsonville 4-2 to pull out the victory.

Free throws turned out to be the difference in the game, as Palestine made 22-41 foul shots, while Hutsonville was just 6-15 at the charity stripe.

Nathan Kiger led PGS with 13 points, nine rebounds, three steals and two assists, while Jacob Fritchie posted nine points, eight rebounds, one assist and one steal. Riley Ogle netted eight points, five steals and two rebounds, Dawson Ferguson contributed five points, five steals and three rebounds, Jayden Woodward totaled three points, one rebound, one steal and one blocked shot, Chase Crampton collected two points and one steal, Ethan Williams added one point, four rebounds and two steals, Keegan Elder grabbed four rebounds and Trent Alderson had four rebounds and two steals.

Colton Hites led Hutsonville with 16 points, while Devin Plew was also in double figures with 11. Ian Faulkner tossed in four points, while Kyle Boles, Curtis Lowe, Lucas Nave and Tyler Roberts netted two points apiece.

Palestine will play top-seeded Tri-County, who hammered Martinsville 41-22 in the other semifinal, in the championship game Thursday at 6 p.m. in Palestine.

Meanwhile, in volleyball action Monday, Oblong split a pair of matches with Newton St. Thomas, winning the eighth grade match in three sets, 16-25, 25-17, 25-19, while dropping the seventh grade contest, 12-25, 16-25.

In the eighth grade match, Skyler Weger led OGS with 12 points, including two aces, one kill and one dig, while Hallie Allen totaled eight points with six aces, two assists, one kill and one dig. Logan Draves netted seven points with one ace, Kassey Wells posted six points with three aces, three digs, one assist and one kill, Karley Shipman scored two points, Abby Flynn contributed one point, two kills and one dig, Katie Collins chipped in with one point, one kill and one dig, Madison Allen added six kills and four digs and Zoey Campanella had two digs.

In the seventh grade match, Summer Johnson led OGS with six points, two aces and one assist, while Shalyn Fear posted five points with two aces and two kills. Camryn Mendenhall netted four points and two kills, Grace Amburgey contributed two points, one kill and one block, Carlie Bradbury added one point and Samantha Johnson had two digs and one assist.

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