MARQUETTE POWERS PAST LEBANON — The Marquette Catholic Explorers earned their spot in the semifinals of the Freeburg-Columbia Holiday Tournament with a 63-37 shellacking of Lebanon on Saturday.
Marquette improved to 10-2 in winning its pool, while Lebanon sank to 1-9 on the season.
The Explorers will now square off with Columbia at 6:30 p.m. Monday.
Shandon Boone paced Marquette in the win over the Greyhounds, scoring 18 points led by four 3-pointers. Jacob Fischer and Ben Sebacher each added 12 points, while Max Goepel chipped in with seven.
ROXANA TAKES 11TH IN PINCKNEYVILLE — The Roxana Shells salvaged a win in their final game of the Duster Thomas Hoops Classic in Pinckneyville.
The Shells bested Red Bud 45-35 on Saturday to improve to 7-7 on the season. They lost to DuQuoin 40-36 on Saturday morning to set up the showdown with Red Bud in the 11th place game of the 12-team tournament.
Roxana went 1-3 in the tough tourney. The win over the Musketeers snapped a five-game losing streak for the Shells.
CM SPLITS TWO IN JERSEYVILLE — The Civic Memorial Eagles edged past Collinsville 45-44 early and lost to Calhoun 62-51 in the nightcap at the Jerseyville Holiday Tournament on Saturday.
The Eagles are now 10-4 on the season after splitting the two games.
The Eagles and Kahoks traded baskets throughout in the early game. Allie Troeckler completed a traditional 3-point play with seven seconds remaining to propel CM in front. Collinsville's Aubreeny Brady's 3-pointer at the buzzer then fell short to secure the win for the Eagles.
Troeckler posted a double double with 26 points and 10 rebounds. She scored 20 of her points in the second half. Alaira Tyus chipped in with five points for CM, while Katelyn Turbyfill yanked down eight boards.
Against Calhoun (13-2), the Eagles were behind early and couldn't climb back. The Warriors led 31-19 at half and never looked back.
CM's Journey Coffman led all scorers with 18 points, assisted by four 3-pointers in the game. Troeckler scored 10 points, while Tyus netted eight.
Grace Baalman led the Warriors with 17 points, while Emma Baalman chipped in 16 and Kassidy Klocke netted 14.
CM is back in action at 4:30 p.m. Monday against Carrollton in Jerseyville.
ROXANA WINS TWO AT BUFFALO TRI-CITY TOURNAMENT — The Roxana Shells played two Saturday at the Buffalo Tri-City Tournament, winning both games.
Roxana bested Ramsey 50-46 and then Decatur Christian 59-27 to improve its record to 8-6.
Against Ramsey, Erica Sheets and Maddy Sheraka each poured in 19 to guide the offense for the Shells. Sheraka was tops for Roxana vs. Decatur Christian with 23 points. Sheets tossed in 11 points for good measure.
ALTON 1-1 AFTER TWO DAYS AT JEFF CITY — After falling 65-24 on Saturday to Columbia Hickman at the State Farm Holiday Hoops Invitational in Jefferson City, Mo, the Alton Redbirds rebounded with a 58-42 win over Eureka on Sunday.
Alton, now 3-8 on the season, will now play Fatima in the consolation bracket championship game at 4 p.m. on Monday. Fatima is currently the No. 3 ranked team in Missouri Class 3.
It was a rough go of it for the Redbirds against Hickman, the No. 5 school in Missouri Class 5. Alton fell behind 12-6 after one quarter and 26-12 at the break. LaJarvia Brown scored nine points to lead AHS in the loss.
On Sunday, Brown and Jewel Wagner paved the way for the Birds with 23 points and 15 points respectively. Alton charged out to an 18-7 lead after the first quarter and led 25-19 at the half.
“Our defense, keyed our offense, we were aggressive and I am proud of how we rebounded from Saturday,” AHS head coach Bobby Rickman said.
"I am really proud of the progress we are making with this team. These tough games will prepare us for the stretch run in our conference.”
MARQUETTE STUMBLES VS. COLUMBIA AT LEBANON — The Marquette Catholic Explorers stumbled in a 52-46 loss to Columbia at the Lebanon Holiday Tournament on Saturday.
The Explorers led 21-19 at the break, but could not close out the win over the Eagles.
Elena Gable paced Marquette with 12 points, while Brittany Pace netted 11 points and Caitlyn Hanlon and Andria Pace each chipped in with 10 points to round out a balanced offensive attack.