The Tremont girls basketball team used strong defense and the power of its seniors to cruise to a 47-21 Heart of Illinois Conference win over Route 9 rival Deer Creek-Mackinaw Thursday night.   Seniors didn't disappoint for the Lady Turks on Senior Night.   The combination of seniors Joelle Ulrich, Stephanie Williams, Baylee Rhoades and Emily Lane combined for 31 of the team's 47 points.   On the defensive end, the Lady Turks (9-11, 7-2) didn't allow more than seven points in any quarter and forced the Lady Chiefs (7-10, 2-7) into difficult shots.   "We couldn't get into any type of rhythm," Dee-Mack coach Pete McGinnes said. "When we did get a shot, we couldn't knock down a shot."   Jessica Carithers led Dee-Mack with five points, and the Lady Chiefs got four points apiece from Kyndra Lowery and Olivia Myers.   The Tremont defense forced 10 of its 18 turnovers in the first-half turnovers allowing it to convert the defense to offense.   Tremont led 23-9 at halftime.   "Defense is what won the game," Tremont coach Justin Wahls said. "It happened to us last game, our shots weren't falling. When your shots aren't falling, but you play good defense, you can come away with a win."   Tremont controlled the glass, preventing Dee-Mack from getting second-chance points. On the offensive end, the Lady Turks got their own second-chance points behind the efforts of Rhoades -- who had five offensive rebounds in the first half -- and Lane.

"When you're getting second chances, third chances, and they're not getting any, a lot of time it's the team that out-rebounds the other team that wins the game." Wahls said. "Tonight was a testament to that."   "Second chance points don't happen for us," McGinnes said. "We just don't have the size. Merideth Sidwell is starting to come through for us and playing a few more varsity minutes."   Rhoades finished with nine points in the game to go along with her work on the glass.   Ulrich led Tremont with 10 points and Lane and Williams each scored six points. Junior Vanessa Ehnle added seven points.   The seniors have played for Wahls and assistant coach Michelle Williams --mother of Stephanie Williams -- since seventh grade.    "It's been a fun six years with them," Wahls said. "It was a fun night. They said they were going to come out and play. They didn't want to just win by a few. They showed tonight that they were going to go out big on Senior Night."   The Lady Turks led wire-to-wire, opening the game with a 6-0 run.   In the second quarter, Tremont went on a 7-0 run that took just over 2:30 seconds to turn a 16-9 lead into a 23-9 lead at halftime.   After halftime, the Lady Turks used a 10-0 run that took just under two minutes midway through the third quarter to break the game open, leading 35-11 at the end of the run.