ROXANA DEFEATS HILLSBORO — The Roxana Shells finally picked up a win at the Litchfield Invitational, beating Hillsboro 53-41 on Thursday.
The win improved Roxana to 10-11 on the season and catapulted the Shells into the ninth place game against Pana at 7:30 p.m. on Friday.
Zachary Golenor directed the Roxana offense on Thursday, pouring in 21 points. He was the only Shells' player in double figures. Randy Skiff scored nine and Chance Foss and Jordan Hawkins netted eight points apiece to complement Golenor. Trace Gentry led Roxana with eight rebounds and four steals to accompany his three points.
EA-WR SUFFERS LOSS TO NOKOMIS — The East Alton-Wood River Oilers couldn't get over the hump vs. Nokomis at the Litchfield Invite on Thursday, losing 54-43.
The Oilers led 12-7 after one quarter, but trailed 22-20 at the break before ultimately losing the game. The loss dropped EA-WR to 7-13 overall. The Oilers now play for seventh place at 2:30 p.m. Saturday against host Litchfield.
Against Nokomis, Blake Marks led the way with 19 points, while Mike Stimac chipped in with a double double with 16 points and 13 rebounds.
CM BESTS COLUMBIA — The Civic Memorial Eagles defeated the Columbia Eagles 56-34 on Thursday.
With the win CM improved to 16-5 on the season. Columbia is 14-7.
Allie Troeckler paced the Eagles with a double double, netting 18 points and yanking down 14 rebounds. Katelyn Turbyfill complemented Troeckler with 10 points and seven rebounds, while freshman Kaylee Eaton chipped in with nine points.
CM now delves into the Carrollton Hawks Invitational beginning at 3:30 p.m. Saturday against Greenfield. The Eagles are the No. 2 seed in the tournament. Calhoun is the top seed.
EAST ST. LOUIS RUNS PAST ALTON — The Alton Redbirds couldn't figure out the East St. Louis Flyerettes on Thursday, losing 60-35 in Southwestern Conference action.
Alton dropped to 5-16 and 3-7 with the loss. The Redbirds trailed 16-4 after one quarter and 24-17 at the half.
"We lacked intensity from the start of the game, we dig a huge hole getting down 16-4, and it is hard to recover against great teams," AHS head coach Bobby Rickman said. "We fought back in the second quarter, but the third quarter, we did not handle their 1-3-1 zone well. We talked about what to do, and did a very poor job executing."
Jewel Wagner led the Birds with 11 points in the loss.
Rickman worked to get some younger players in the game after Alton got down early on.
"When we got down, I gave some freshmen the opportunity to play, and they are still learning, but the intensity with them is more like what we need to see and that is going to mean the younger players are just going to have to be on the court more," Rickman said.
The Redbirds are back in SWC action at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at O'Fallon before welcoming St. Louis power Incarnate Word and Napheesa Collier to AHS at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.