CM GETS KEY WIN — Civic Memorial’s Eagles bounced back in a big way Tuesday.
The Eagles edged visiting Mascoutah, 48-44 in a Mississippi Valley Conference boys’ basketball game. CM improved to 4-4 overall and 2-2 in the Valley. Mascoutah is 2-7 and 1-1.
“It’s a good win for us because we got back to .500 overall and in the conference,” CM coach Doug Carey said. “We needed that one.”
CM tumbled 40-38 last Friday at Jerseyville in a conference game. The Eagles own a two-point overtime win over Triad in MVC play and absorbed a two-point OT loss at Highland.
Jakob Lowrance scored 17 points to spur CM against Mascoutah. Zack Lehnen contributed 10 points, while Caleb Buhs collected six points, six blocks and five rebounds. The Eagles led by nine points in the first half, then trailed by two points in the third quarter before their defense thwarted the Indians.
“Caleb really had some key blocks,” Carey said. “Overall, our defense wasn’t that bad.”
The Eagles are back at home Friday when they welcome Roxana in a nonconference rivalry affair.
ROXANA HANDED LOSS – Host Litchfield shaded Roxana, 56-49 in a South Central Conference contest on Tuesday.
Trace Gentry scored 20 points for the Shells, now 6-3 overall and 1-1 in the SCC. Randy Skiff pitched in 13 points and Chance Foss netted 12 points for Roxana. Connor Simmons of Litchfield led all scorers with 25 points. The Purple Panthers are 4-2 overall and 2-0 in league action.
SHELLS, OILERS FALL – Roxana and East Alton-Wood River both bowed in the Waterloo Gibault Candy Cane Tournament.
Winsdor, Mo., defeated the Shells, 64-49, while Columbia walloped the Oilers, 60-37. The Shells and Oilers tangle at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in a consolation semifinal game.
Maddy Sheraka poured in 27 points for 4-6 Roxana, but it wasn’t enough against Winsdor, which led 38-23 at half.
Brandi Lacey and Kari Westbrook each tallied 10 points for EA-WR against Columbia. Kaylee Bastien (16 points) and Regan Ripplemeyer (14 points) spurred the Eagles.
REDBIRDS SET RECORD – The Alton Redbirds recorded one for the books against host Granite City in Southwestern Conference competition.
They shot a school-record 3,388 — the 17th-best score in IHSA history – for their memorable victory.
Lucas Pejakovich rolled a 793 effort to pace the Redbirds, the 11th highest series in IHSA history. Mat Gorman (738), Tyler Stevenson (659), Justin Amistadi (651) and Jacob Donahue (547) added to the performance.
“Lucas shot a 988 in the Columbia Tournament last week and was the top bowler there. He is averaging a 254 score over the past seven games, so he is doing a great job. And so is the team,” AHS coach Jeff Woszczynski said.
OILERS BOW – Taylorville scored a victory over EA-WR, prevailing by a score of 2,842 to 2,150 at Airport Bowl in Bethalto.
Seth Stanley shot a 520, best for the Oilers. He rolled a pair of 179 games. Anthony Lane added a 490 total. Lucas Nagle fired a 680, including a 256 game, to power Taylorville.
EAGLES PREVAIL – Brayden Emerick scored three goals in directing Bethalto past Highland, 6-0, in MVCHA play at the East Alton Ice Arena on Tuesday.
The Eagles, getting five goals in the third period, are 2-5-2. The Bulldogs, who were outshot 26-11, are 2-6-2.