Basketball | Maurice Edwards
Edwards, a junior guard for the Alton boys’ basketball program, did his part to catapult his team to a regional championship with two wins in the Class 4A Alton Regional.
The Redbirds ousted Chatham Glenwood 46-45 March 2 and beat Quincy 66-62 in the regional finals on March 4. It was Edwards pacing the scoring punch both times.
Against Glenwood he finished with 19, including the game-winner as time expired. Edwards punched home a game-high 24 points in the win over Quincy and helped lead a late surge to steer AHS to victory.
“I just wanted to make the last shot for my teammates, because it’s been such an emotional year for us,” Edwards said after his buzzer-beater vs. Glenwood.
Edwards then said after the win over Quincy, which included erasing a 13-point deficit from late in the third quarter, “It’s definitely the biggest win of the season.”
Basketball | Shandon Boone
A senior guard for the Marquette Catholic Explorers, Boone did his best to drive the offense in the Class 2A Pinckneyville Sectional semifinals on March 1.
Unfortunately, the Explorers fell to Breese Central 38-34 to see their season conclude.
Boone poured in a team-high 15 points for Marquette, including 7 of them in the fourth quarter. He and fellow senior Ben Sebacher contributed all 16 of the fourth-quarter points for the Explorers.
Boone cut the Central lead to 36-34 on an acrobatic shot in the lane with 34 seconds remaining in the game, but it wasn’t enough to overtake the Cougars.
“Obviously a guy like Shandon who can fill it up is going to leave big shoes to fill,” Marquette head coach Steve Medford said of the departing Boone.
Boone surpassed 1,000 career points with the Explorers after playing just two seasons with them.