REDBIRDS EVEN SWC MARK AT 2-2 — The Alton Redbirds got back to .500 in the Southwestern Conference on Thursday, defeating Granite City on the road 58-46.
Alton improved its record to 2-5 overall and 2-2 within the SWC. With the loss, GCHS slipped to 1-4 and 0-2 on the league slate.
Four Redbirds reached double digits in scoring, led by senior Megan Paulda's 16 points. Paulda was complimented by 15 points from LaJarvia Brown, 13 from Jewel Wagner and 10 from Cheriena Mitchell.
The Warriors hit 10 3-pointers in the game and were paced by Lexi Dreste with 15 points and Abbie Daily with 12.
“Tonight was a big win for us, we have struggled to start the year, but tonight our play as a team was great,” AHS head coach Bobby Rickman said. “When four people score in double figure, Megan rebounds like that, we are a much better team. I talked about this week we needed to fix it and the rest would work out. That was the team I expected to see our first game.”
It won't get any easier for the Birds, who travel to Quincy on Saturday to take on talented Quincy Notre Dame.
“Saturday will be a challenge, but we take each day to get better, it is not about one play, one game, but the process to achieve our best,” Rickman said.
CM BATTLES PAST MATER DEI — The Civic Memorial Eagles picked up a nice win over Mater Dei on Thursday, prevailing 45-39.
The victory raised the Eagles' record to 6-2. They led 25-21 at halftime, but later outscored the Knights 17-9 in the fourth quarter behind Allie Troeckler's 13 fourth-quarter points.
Troeckler led CM with 24 points to accompany eight rebounds, three steals and three blocks. Journey Coffman chipped in with eight points.
Next up for the Eagles is a 6:30 p.m. matchup at home Saturday against Taylorville.
MARQUETTE COMES UP SHORT AT JERSEY — The Marquette Catholic Explorers couldn't decipher the Jerseyville Panthers Thursday on the road.
Jersey defeated the Explorers 58-43, despite Marquette getting double-digit scoring from Brittany Pace with 18 points and Caitlyn Hanlon with 14 points.
The Explorers fell to 3-5 with the loss.
LITCHFIELD HAMMERS THE SHELLS — The Roxana Shells didn't have an answer for the Litchfield Purple Panthers and leading scorer Abby Brockmeyer.
Litchfield rolled past the Shells 73-31 in South Central Conference action behind Brockmeyer's 36 points. She exploded for 18 of them in a third quarter where the Purple Panthers outscored Roxana 26-5.
The Shells were paced by Maddy Sheraka's 17 points and six from Alyssa Stacy.
Roxana slipped to .500 with the loss at 4-4. In the SCC the Shells are now 1-2.
Roxana next plays host to Carlinville in SCC action at 7:30 p.m. on Monday.
ALTON NIPS O'FALLON — The Alton Redbirds welcomed the O'Fallon Panthers to Bowl Haven Lanes on Thursday for a Southwestern Conference showdown and promptly beat them.
The Birds collected 3,138 pins to squeak past the Panthers who accumulated 3,028.
With the victory the AHS boys' are now 6-2 overall and 4-2 in the SWC.
Justin Amistadi led the Redbirds with a series of 671. His best game of 258 was tops for Alton, too. Other contributing bowlers for AHS were: Lucas Pejakovich (656), Mat Gorman (611), Jacob Donahue (584), Tyler Stevenson (485) and Matt Fritz (132).
REDBIRDS ROLL OVER PANTHERS — Alton kept rolling in the SWC Thursday with a win over O'Fallon.
The Redbirds had 2,764 pins to outdistance the Panthers, who tallied 2,561.
The triumph elevated AHS to 5-1 overall and 3-1 inside the SWC.
Eryka Graham kept her solid campaign going with a 669 series to lead the way. She produced a 230 for the high-game for the Birds also. Ashley Heistand (596), Becky McBride (508), Amanda Menke (502) and Allison Steines 489 rounded out the scoring for Alton.