CARROLLTON — Katelyn Turbyfill gave the Civic Memorial girls’ basketball team a welcome lift Thursday in the 42nd annual Carrollton Invitational.
She scored a game-high 15 points, including 8 in the fourth quarter, as the Eagles flattened Lebanon, 57-33, in a tourney semifinal contest.
“I hoped I could step up and I’m glad I was able to do that,” said Turbyfill, a 5-foot-8 senior.
CM, which improved to 16-8, will meet 21-2 Calhoun in the title game at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. The top-seeded Warriors defeated Winchester West Central, 79-52, in the other semifinal. Grace Baalman (29 points), Emma Baalman (20 points) and Kassidy Klocke (17 points) combined for all but 13 of the Warriors’ points. West Central dropped to 21-4.
Marquette Catholic, meanwhile, reached Saturday’s consolation championship by rallying to defeat host Carrollton, 51-46. The Explorers, who defeated the Hawks for the second time this season and improved to 10-13, meet Granite City at 2 p.m. for the consolation crown.
“It’s great to be in the consolation championship game and it’ll be the first time we‘ve played Granite City,” Marquette coach Meagan Hanlon said.
The fifth-place semifinals play out Friday night. the CM junior varsity squad challenges North Greene at 6, while Jersey tangles with Brussels at 7:30. The winners then clash at 3:30 Saturday in the fifth-place finale.
EAGLES TAME GREYHOUNDS — CM started quickly, shooting ahead 17-6 by the end of the first quarter and securing a 34-14 halftime. Lebanon, which fell to 20-2 and saw its 5-game win streak snapped, could never catch the Eagles.
“We didn’t shoot very well all night long and our game plan backfired in the first half,” said Lebanon coach Chad Cruthis, a Southwestern High graduate. Krista Bass’ 13 points led the Greyhounds, who made just 13 of 55 shots and committed 17 turnovers.
CM saw its vast lead trimmed to 35-26 in the third quarter and the Eagles’ top gun Allie Troeckler experienced foul problems, but they showed their resiliency, coach Jonathan Denney said.
“It was a great team win,” he said. “We did a good job with our defense and the whole team had a nice finish. Turbyfill picked it up in the second half and (Journey) Coffman got us going early in the game.”
Coffman hit a trio of treys in the first half for all of her 9 points. Troeckler finished with 12 points — or 10 below her average — before she fouled out with 3:29 remaining. Reserve Izzy Buckley also punched in 9 points as 9 Eagles scored.
“When Allie got into foul trouble, every single girl picked us up and that’s what we needed,” Denney said. “They all did a great job."
Turbyfill noted, “It was a great team win. I know I was more aggressive tonight, especially on the offensive boards.”
Cruthis quipped, “When she (Troeckler) went out because of fouls, we thought we found the end of the rainbow. Unfortunately, the only thing we found was fools’ gold.”
CM made 20 of 49 shots, including 4 treys. The Eagles also survived a 7-point third quarter and now get another opportunity against Calhoun. The Warriors finished first at Carrollton in 2015 and the Eagles won the tourney title in 2014.
“Our last three games with Calhoun have gone down to the wire, so I expect a great championship game,” Denney said. “We have a tall task ahead, but the girls really want to win it.”
Lebanon faces West Central at 6 p.m. Saturday for third place.
EXPLORERS OVERTAKE HAWKS — Marquette overcame a pair of 9-point deficits, including a 32-23 one early in the second half, to down the 11-14 Hawks.
“I’m proud of our players because we played so hard and with a lot of heart,” Hanlon said. “We also hit our free throws down the stretch and that made a difference.”
Lila Snider sank two free throws with 17.2 seconds remaining to give Marquette a 49-46 advantage in the see-saw game. Then leading scorer Caitlyn Hanlon converted a pair of foul shots with 2.8 seconds to go in ensuring the Explorers’ victory.
Overall, Marquette made 19 of 24 foul shots, including 10 of 13 in the fourth quarter. Hanlon’s 14 points powered the Explorers. Andria Pace contributed 12 points and sophomore reserve Taylor Aguirre pitched in 7 points.
“Andria was strong down low on the post for us and Taylor helped by giving us a lot of energy,” coach Hanlon said.
Hannah Krumwiede, a 5-2 freshman guard, led Carrollton with 15 points before she fouled out late in the game. Teammate Hannah Robinson contributed 11 points.
Carrollton made 15 of 47 shots and 10 of 14 free throws. The Hawks were just 3-for-15 from the field in the fourth quarter when the Explorers outscored them 16-8.
A 6-point burst early in the final period enabled Marquette to jump in front, 41-40. Then after Carrollton went ahead 42-41, the Explorers responded with a 6-point spree. So they outpointed the Hawks 12-2 in a key span covering nearly 4.5 minutes.
“We’re improving,” Hanlon said. “We won 7 games last year and we’ve already won 10 games this season.”
CM 57, LEBANON 33
Lebanon 6 8 13 6 — 33
CM 17 17 7 16 — 57
Lebanon (20-2) — Kendra Bass 4, Mallory Schmitt 1, Krista Bass 13, Madison Schoenfeld 6, Abigail Reinneck 3, Casey Berberich 3. 2FG-10 3FG-3 FT-4 PF-14
CM (16-8) — Allie Troeckler 12, Journey Coffman 9, Kaylee Eaton 7, Katelyn Turbyfill 15, Alaira Tyus 2, Kalyn Troxell 2, Izzy Buckley 9, Annika Ochs 1. 2FG-16 3FG-4 FT-13 PF-14