JERSEYVILLE — The Civic Memorial Eagles battled the Carrollton Hawks at the Jersey Holiday Tournament Monday and came away with a 49-43 victory.
The win improved CM to 11-4 overall on the season and completed a 3-1 mark in the tournament. Carrollton finished 1-3 in the tournament and is 10-4 on the season. Calhoun and Southwestern square off at 6 p.m. tonight to determine the champion. The Eagles were the four-time defending champions before losing to Calhoun on Saturday.
"The loss to Calhoun was rough on Friday," said Carrollton head coach Brian Madson. "We have some great players and a really strong senior class this year. This is my second year as head coach for Carrollton and I've been fortunate to have success with our team. I figured the match up with CM would be a good, close game."
The Hawks came out soaring against the Eagles in the first half, taking precaution and putting extra guard on CM sophomore Allie Troeckler. The Hawks' game plan was to limit Troeckler's ability to shoot.
"We focused a lot on the inside," Madson said. "When you spend so much energy on the inside, the outside coverage is weakened. We have players like Maddie Stuble who came on huge for us at the end of last season after flying under the radar a while. I'm very proud of the way she's playing this season."
The Eagles and Hawks traded points on the scoreboard throughout the first half, never reaching more than a three to four point difference. With 4:30 remaining in the second period, the score remained tied 16-16. Civic Memorial strolled to the locker room with a tight one-point lead 23-22 over Carrollton though.
"It's nice to see other players have an opportunity to step up and contribute," said CM head coach Jonathan Denney. "Playing so many games in such a short amount of time, we can get sore and winded a little bit. I've been able to put a few more freshmen in there. Monica Baker stepped up and got some nice minutes and so did Elizabeth Buckley."
The second half was dominated by the Eagles and the long ball, as they were able to sink some 3s off the hands of freshman Kaylee Eaton and junior Journey Coffman to extend the lead to 44-32 with under three minutes remaining. Eaton scored eight of her 10 points in the game during the fourth quarter.
With the intensity of the clock winding down, the physical game increased as did the trips to the foul line. With a minute left on the clock, the Eagles maintained a 10-point margin at 45-35 over Carrollton. The Hawks pushed back to score eight points in the last drive, while limiting the Eagles to just two baskets, but the clock ran out, putting an end to their comeback effort.
"The more we play the more Allie (Troeckler) is going to be doubled or even tripled up, that is where other players have been given the chance to step up," Denney said. "Kaylee Eaton did a really good job knocking some shots down for us tonight. Kalyn Troxell played great. She came off the bench today after struggling a little earlier in the season. She did a really good job, I don't know if we could have won the game without her."
The Eagles tried some trickery in the first half, but found their efforts were not effective against the Hawks. Denney made some changes at halftime to extend the talons and take the win.
"We were trying to switch defenses on them, going from man to zone," Denney said. "I don't think we did a very good job, I think we may have confused ourselves a little more. We went back to our base, man-to-man defense. I told them at halftime that they needed to get after it and hustle, dive on loose balls and play with a little grit."
CM is back in action at 6 p.m. on Dec. 5, playing host to the Roxana Shells.
JERSEY HOLIDAY TOURNAMENT
CIVIC MEMORIAL 49, CARROLLTON 43
CM 14 9 8 18 — 49
Carrollton 13 9 8 15 — 43
CM (11-4) — Monica Baker 1, Journey Coffman 3, Allie Troeckler 18, Kaylee Eaton 10, Alaira Tyus 6, Katelyn Turbyfill 2, Kalyn Troxell 8. 2FG — 13 3FG — 5 FT — 8
Carrollton (10-4) — Maddie Struble 20, Emily Struble 2, Kylie Meuth 1, Jessica Lake 2, Madison Mountain 9, Rachel Williams 9. 2FG — 9 3FG — 4 FT — 13