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South Central 59, Altamont 50 

South Central upset Altamont with a 59-50 overtime victory in the National Trail Conference Tournament on Wednesday.  

South Central took command of the game early, leading 18-6 after the first quarter, 26-19 at half, and 43-37 at the end of three quarters.  But then Altamont outscored South Central 8-2 in the final quarter to tie the game 45-45.   South Central dominated the overtime period, outscoring Altamont 14-5.  

South Central was led by Noah Powless with 15 points.  Three other players were in double figures.  Brett Harmeier scored 13, Dre Hill 12, and Evan Langley 11.   Altamont was led by Mayhaus with 16, Armstrong with 13 and Caravello with 12.  

The win improves South Central to 8-12 overall.  They now advance to the semi-finals of the NTC Tournament when it meets Effingham St. Anthony around 7:45 on Friday night.  

In other NTC tournament action Wednesday night, Effingham St. Anthony beat Neoga 39 to 25.

Sandoval 69, North Clay 59

Sandoval topped North Clay 69 to 59 in a Midland Trail Conference Basketball Game Wednesday night.  LaRon Anderson had 26 points and Brandon Williams 21 to lead Sandoval.  The win improves Sandoval to 7-8 overall and 2-4 in the Midland Trail Conference.  

In other boys high school action:
    Sesser-Valier-Waltonville-Woodlawn 68, Chester 30   

Little Illini Conference Tourney
     Paris 56, Red Hill 43
     Robinson 53, Olney East Richland 51

Girls Basketball:

     Lebanon 60, Staunton 36
     Sesser-Valier 78, Chester 36
     Woodlawn 45, Elverado 26

The Salem High School Lady Rams hosts Mattoon in the Pink Out game Thursday night.  JV game begins at 6, followed by the varsity around 7:30.  You can hear live coverage on WJBD-AM 1350 or streaming live on WJBDradio.com.

Kaskaskia College swept a basketball doubleheader from Olney Central College Wednesday night.

The women won 72 to 61.  KC was led by Kyra Tucker with 19 points, Kierra Graves with 17, and Faith Roberts with 12.  Olney Central was led by Paige Yando with 14, Shelbi Samsil with 12 and Kelsey Pilant with ten.  

The win improves the Blue Angels to 9-11.  

The Kaskaskia College Blue Devils came out on top of Olney Central in a toughly fought game, 60 to 58.  

KC also held a two point lead at half, 30 to 28.  KC was led by Justin King and Ronnye Beamon with 11 points.   Olney Central received 20 points from Dominic Jackson and 18 from Steven Davis.  

The Blue Devils are now 15-5 on the year.  

Kaskaskia College plays a double header on the road on Saturday.  The KC women will play Wabash Valley at 5:30.  The men's game follows at 7:30 pm.  

The Odin Junior Eagles have advanced to the regional championship game for a 5th straight time with a 43-20 victory over the Iuka Pirates.

The Eagles were led in scoring by Gage Roberts 21 PTs and Lucas Shaffers 9. TJ Thompson had 8 points to lead Iuka.  

Odin is now 18-7 on the year.  They will play Altamont Lutheran Saturday at 1:00pm at Sandoval High School with the winner advancing to state.

CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) - Paul Jesperson matched his season-high with 13 points and Seth Tuttle also had 13 to keep 18th-ranked Northern Iowa in the hunt for the Missouri Valley Conference title with a 59-52 win over Southern Illinois on Wednesday night.

The Panthers (19-2, 8-1 Missouri Valley) rallied from their fifth halftime deficit of the season and stay a game back of No. 12 Wichita State. Northern Iowa hosts Wichita State on Saturday at the McLeod Center.

Jesperson, who had scored 12 points in his previous eight games, made 5 of 6 from the field, including 3 of 4 from the 3-point line. Tuttle made 4 of 7 from the field and 5 of 7 at the free-throw line to help the Panthers win their eighth straight game.

Southern Illinois (9-13, 2-7) got a season-high 10 points from backup center Ibby Djimde but went more than six minutes without a field goal in the second half.

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jake Muzzin scored the tiebreaking goal with 3:37 to play, Jeff Carter had two goals and an assist, and the Los Angeles Kings roared back in the final minutes to snap their four-game losing streak with a 4-3 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday night.

Tyler Toffoli tied it with 6:11 left for the defending Stanley Cup champions, who made a dynamic rally in their first game back after stumbling into the break in ninth place in the Western Conference after losing seven of eight.

Andrew Shaw scored the tiebreaking goal early in the third period for the Blackhawks, who had won four straight regular-season games over Los Angeles.

Jonathan Quick made 26 saves, thwarting a huge Blackhawks surge in front of Los Angeles' net in the final minute.

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