EUREKA - The host Hornets moved another step toward a third straight Heart of Illinois Conference outright title with a 45-33 win Monday night over Ridgeview.
Eureka (25-2, 11-0) got a game-high 20 points from junior wing Darby Leman, as the Hornets knocked off the Mustangs (21-6, 9-2) for the second time in less than a week. They also defeated Ridgeview in the semifinals of the McLean County tournament.
The Hornets prevailed despite shooting only 30 percent from the floor, as they connected on just 17 of 57 attempts.
“The thing people may not realize is that whether or not we’re making shots, we’re getting the right shots,” Eureka coach Jerry Prina explained. "Sometimes, they do not go in. We’re trying to get the ball to the other players. The one thing these girls do is they get the ball to the open player.”
Mya Tinsley finished with a team-high 15 points for the Mustangs.
Notes: Over the past three seasons, Eureka has a record of 80-10, while the Mustangs are 64-21. The victory boosted the hosts' streak to 15 in a row. Eureka has held the McLean Co. traveling trophy for 379 days. Tinsley is the sister of William Tinsley, who is a 6-foot-6 senior guard for Illinois State. He prepped at Ridgeview and played his first two seasons on the junior college level at Lake Land in Mattoon.
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