Alton’s Redbirds made it a championship outing Saturday in their IHSA girls 12-team bowling regional at Airport Plaza Bowl.
They tallied 5,718 pins to finish first in the regional and advance to their sectional Saturday at Bowl Haven Lanes in Alton. Highland, runner-up with 5,122 pins; Triad, third at 5,090; and Pana, fourth with 4,807; also qualified their teams for the Saturday, Feb. 15, Alton Sectional.
Megan Mayo, a senior from Edwardsville, edged Alton sophomore Eryka Graham, 1,205 to 1,203, for the individual regional championship. Abbie Reilly, a senior from Alton, took third with a score of 1,196.
Junior Allison Steines (1,156) and freshman Ashley Heistand (1,118) also made big contributions to the AHS effort.
Roxana’s Nicole Westfall (1,134), Jersey’s Miranda Olson (1,001), Lindsay Vanost (984) and Lauren Boschert (974) also qualified for sectional competition. So did Civic Memorial’s Kaitlin Trust (964).
It was Roxana (4,708), Jersey (4,670), CM (4,268), Southwestern (3,471) and East Alton-Wood River (2,951) rounding out the scores for local teams.
Alton 52, O’Fallon 48 – The host Redbirds won again and improved to 13-10 with a Southwestern Conference victory over O’Fallon. The Birds improved to 6-5 in league play.
Guards LaJarvia Brown (19 points) and Jordann Wilson (14 points) sparked Alton. Brown connected on a trio of treys and Wilson converted 8 of 12 free throws.
“Tonight (Saturday) was definitely not our best performance,” Alton coach Bobby Rickman said. “Mentally, I don't think we were ready for this game. That is something we have to improve – adjusting to the game and playing mentally tough.”
Roxana 54, Nashville 48 – The Shells scored an impressive win over the host Hornets in the Nashville Shootout. The winners improved to 15-9. Nashville is 17-5.
Charlie Sheets scored 15 points and Trace Gentry added 14 more for the Shells, who await Southwestern on Tuesday in a key South Central Conference game.
Southwestern 76, Jacksonville Routt 46 – The 14-9 Piasa Birds won for the ninth time in 10 games and scored their third victory in six nights.
Ethan Gallaher’s 17 points paced them. Collin Baumgartner contributed 12 points. Andrew Fry (11 points) and Tyler Rose (10 points) also scored in double figures.