Photo by Caleb Motsinger
The Civic Memorial girls basketball team will head to the Carbondale sectional after winning the Class 3A regional championship game 33-29.
Freshman Allie Troeckler saved her team from close to three sluggish quarters with a 13-0 third- and fourth-quarter run.
Civic Memorial (29-2) edged past Mississippi Valley Conference rival Highland 33-29 in a Class 3A regional championship game at Triad on Friday.
Troeckler scored six of her game-high 10 points in the surge to send CM to the Carbondale sectional, where they will take on Effingham at 8 p.m. Tuesday. The final run allowed the Eagles to turn a four-point deficit into a 28-19 lead early in the fourth.
"Their defense was making it pretty hard for us to score," CM coach Jonathan Denney said. "These teams know each other well, but we were lucky enough to overcome a slow first half and come out on top."
Highland (21-10) is one of only two teams to beat the Eagles this season, and tonight they looked like they might do it again.
With a 6-12 halftime lead the Eagles' offense struggled into the third quarter, and the low-scoring affair saw junior Olivia LaPorta scoring all of Highland's three third-quarter points.
Troeckler found a way to score inside, and senior guards Brittany Zipprich and Lindsey Fencel made a 3-pointer apiece.
Edwardsville 73, Alton 41 – Edwardsville improved to 26-1 by defeating the Redbirds for the third time this season. This time, it gave the Tigers the Granite City Class 4A Regional title.
They’ll play Monday in their own sectional. Regional winners from Belleville East, Normal Community and Rock Island will join them at Lucco-Jackson Gym.
Alton closed 15-13 and registered its first winning season since 1984-85. Jordann Wilson (14 points) and LaJarvia Brown (13 points) spurred the Redbirds. Aalyah Covington (20 points), Kortney Dunbar (16 points) and Kennedy Martin (16 points) directed Edwardsville.
Marquette Catholic 46, Breese Central 43 – It’s 20 wins and counting for Marquette, which shaded visiting Breese Central and improved to 20-6. Deion Lavender’s 22 points spurred the Explorers. Jordan Harris logged 18 points.
Hillsboro 57, Roxana 52 – Trace Gentry (16 points), Matt Hartnett (12 points) and Charlie Sheets (10 points) powered 18-11 Roxana, yet the Shells fell to Hillsboro in a South Central Conference game.
Southwestern 66, Pana 60 – Collin Baumgartner and Tyler Rose were a solid 1-2 punch as the Piasa Birds downed Pana in SCC play. Baumgartner, a freshman, scored 18 points. Rose, a sophomore, netted 12 points. Andrew Fry has 12 more for the winners.
CM 53, Triad 51 – The Eagles defeated Triad 53-51 on Wednesday in a Valley game. Jansen Helmkamp scored 20 points and Brett Lane added 17 for CM, which hit a dozen treys. Helmkamp and Lane combined for five of them.
Jeremy O’Gara (113) and Dalton Brito (126) of Roxana, plus Zac Blasioli (160) of East Alton-Wood River, won their opening matches in Class 1A competition at the University of Illinois in Champaign. So did Alton’s Phyllip DeLoach (138) in Class 3A action.
Blasioli then scored a 6-5 win over Sam Schuler of Fairbury Prairie Central in the 1A quarterfinals, while O’Gara and Brito both bowed. Then Blasioli, a freshman with a 36-7 record, dropped a 2-1 semifinal decision to Plano’s Wes Brown. Blasioli, third in the Robinson Sectional and first in the Mount Olive Regional, expects to grapple with Vandalia’s C.J. Runkel for third place.
DeLoach, a junior, lost to Qarin Johnnic, 4-3 of Wheaton Warrenville South 4-3 in the quarterfinals. DeLoach, the Granite City Regional and Normal West Sectional champion, is 45-2.
Finals are set for Saturday night at the State Farm Center, formerly the Assembly Hall.
Alton High qualifies two girls for final day of state bowling tourney
The Alton High girls bowling team finished 19th Friday at the first day of the state bowling meet at Cherry Bowl in Rockford.
The top 12 teams bowl on Saturday and the top 30 individuals not on a team also qualified. Two Alton girls, Allison Steines, 1,191, and Eryka Graham, 1,188, made the top 30.
"The girls who qualified did a good job," said Dave Meyer, coach of the Alton High girls' team. "I am proud of the team as a whole team. I am proud of Allison for making it to the final day. This is the second time she has been to state and first to make the second day. For Eryka this will be her first to the second day."
Abbie Reilly missed making the finals by two pins with a score of 1,182.
Meyer said he believed the team would be back again next year to state.
- Dan Brannan