If there’s a way to pinpoint the prominence of the Civic Memorial High girls’ basketball program the past three seasons, it’s this:
The Eagles have relied on “Allie Ball.”
That’s two-time All-Stater Allie Troeckler, a 5-foot-10 junior and the Eagles’ top scorer the past three seasons. She has been instrumental in spurring CM to a 79-21 record and three regional titles since 2013. The Eagles finished 22-11 the past campaign.
Troeckler averaged 22.5 points and 8.2 rebounds in earning Associated Press second-team All-State honors. She was a first-team All-State selection her sophomore season and led CM in producing points her freshman season even though she was mostly a reserve.
“Allie is a special talent because of the way she goes about her business day in and day out with a warrior-like mentality,” CM coach Jonathan Denney said.
That bulldog attitude, mingled with plenty of savvy — Troeckler is a straight-A student — has provided the Eagles with plenty of productive nights. For the second straight season, Troeckler is the AdVantage News’ Girls’ Basketball Player of the Year.
“This season was somewhat similar to last season, but it was also different,” Troeckler said of the Eagles. “This season, we started slowly, but then we picked up the pace.”
Once 3-4, the Eagles won 18 of their final 25 games and advanced to the Benton Sectional. Highland ousted CM 49-42 and defeated the Eagles for the fourth time. The Bulldogs went on to finish third in the IHSA finals.
Troeckler did her part in CM’s ongoing success story.
“She is a fierce competitor who loves the game with every ounce of her soul,” Denney said.
Her scoring continues to increase and she’s closing in on the school record. Katie Broadway, now an assistant coach at McKendree University, owns it with 2,079 points. However, Troeckler is within 198 points of surpassing her. She has tabulated 1,882 points in three seasons.
“Records are great to have, but I’m more interested in seeing the team do well,” Troeckler said.
Denney said Troeckler’s team-first approach is a true one.
“She goes about everything the right way,” he said. “She is a great ambassador for the CM program and a true role model for her teammates and youngsters in the lower levels and feeder system.
“As much as Allie means to our team and program on the floor, she exemplifies the total package off the floor as a student-athlete.”
Troeckler knows no other way and will take that attitude to SIUE. She has verbally committed to playing for the Cougars and is enthused about the opportunity to play in the Ohio Valley Conference.
“It’s really exciting because I always wanted to play Division I basketball and by going to SIUE, I will be staying close to home,” she said. “I wanted to do that.”
Until then, she has a year remaining at CM, which includes running track in the spring. Come next winter, Troeckler will be shooting to set the bar even higher during her senior season.
Oh yes, there’s summer work before winter games. It’s part of the package.
“I take a lot of pride in all of it,” Troeckler said. “The work behind the scenes is important because sometimes people don’t see all the work we do in the offseason.”
The game has been good to Troeckler and she appreciates all that goes with it.
“Basketball has done a lot for me,” she said, pointing to its uplifting mental stimulation. “Your attitude is important in whatever you do and if you stay positive, you can overcome things.”
Her positive results also include snaring 747 rebounds, tops in school history. During the past season, she surpassed Broadway’s single-season marks of 743 points and 285 field goals.
“I felt like I improved my outside game a little bit,” said Troeckler, a two-time winner of the Alton Exchange Player of the Year award. “I was happy with the way I played and I’m looking forward to next season.
“I want to go in strong at the start of the season and go out stronger. I want to go out with a bang.”
Denney said anything is possible with Troeckler.
“She is on the cusp of being the greatest player to come out of CM,” he said.