OILERS TOP REDBIRDS 8-4 — The East Alton-Wood River Oiler offense erupted Thursday at the East Alton Ice Arena, leading to an 8-4 victory over the Alton Redbirds.
The Oilers improved to 5-13 with the win, while the Birds slipped to 9-9 with the loss. It was the second time this season EA-WR has defeated Alton.
The Oilers and Redbirds were knotted at 2-2 after one period Thursday, but then EA-WR exploded to score three unanswered goals in the second period to nab a 5-2 advantage. The Oilers outscored the Birds 3-2 in the third period to secure the win.
Kaleb Harrop directed the offense with a whopping seven points in the game. Harrop logged three goals and four assists. Jacob Vassos chipped in with two goals, while Cole Ford, Tyson Knight and Tyler McHatton each scored one goal. Ford and Vassos both supplied one assist, too. Goalie Tyler Hamby secured 24 saves in the triumph.
EA-WR returns to the ice at 8:45 p.m. Monday at the Ice Arena vs. Bethalto. AHS next battles Bethalto at 8:45 p.m. on Tuesday at the Ice Arena.
GRANITE CITY SKATES BY HIGHLAND — The Granite City Warriors skated past Highland 5-2 on Thursday in East Alton.
GCHS improved to 3-15 with the victory, while the Bulldogs plummeted to 3-15. It was Highland's 15th straight loss.
Granite City led 2-1 after one period and 4-1 after two periods on the way to the win.
Five different Warriors scored in the contest. Jacob Cochran, Troy Glendening, Brylie Hassard, Alec Marshall and Brandon Merz all found the back of the net for GCHS. Brenden Colvin, Darian Glenn, Hassard, Austin Lloyd and Marshall all logged assists.
Goalie Grant Jackson tallied 25 saves in the victory.
Granite City's next game is at 8:45 p.m. Thursday against Collinsville at the East Alton Ice Arena.
MARQUETTE SUFFERS FIRST PSC LOSS — The Mount Olive Wildcats visited Marquette Catholic High Thursday night and handed the Explorers their first Prairie State Conference loss, 53-39.
With the loss, Marquette slipped to 7-12 overall and 3-1 in the PSC. The Wildcats are now 18-3 and finished the league slate a perfect 5-0, securing the conference crown.
Mount Olive led 14-8 after the opening period, 30-16 at the break and 43-16 after three quarters.
The Explorers wrap up PSC play at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, playing host to Metro East Lutheran.
ROXANA FALL TO HILLSBORO — The Roxana Shells battled the Hillsboro Hiltoppers in South Central Conference on Thursday, falling 64-28.
The loss sent the Shells to 9-11 overall and 2-5 in the SCC.
They trailed 13-5 after one quarter and 32-11 at the break on the way to the defeat.
Sara Kreutztrager scored a team-high 12 points, while Hannah Rexford punched in 10 points for Roxana.
The Shells play host to Jersey at 4:30 p.m. Saturday for their next game.
CARLINVILLE TAKES DOWN EA-WR — The East Alton-Wood River Oilers stumbled to the Carlinville Cavaliers on Thursday, 52-23.
It marked the 12th consecutive loss for the Oilers, who sank to 2-17 after the defeat.
Carly Campbell led the scoring attack with 8 points, while Becca Renken chipped in with 7. Courtney Beneke, 5, and Anna Stangle, 3, also scored for EA-WR.
The Oilers now sit idle until 7:30 p.m. Thursday when they play host to Litchfield.
GRANITE CITY STUMBLES VS. BELLEVILLE EAST — Granite City traveled to Belleville East and lost 53-37 on Thursday in Southwestern Conference action.
The loss dropped the Warriors 3-12 and 1-7 in the SWC. East improved to 13-6 and 8-2. The Lancers jumped out to a 17-1 lead in the game and GCHS could never overcome the early deficit. The Warriors matched East 36-36 the rest of the way.
Donyai Garrett of Granite City scored a game-high 19 points, while Addaya Moore complemented her with 9 points and 10 rebounds.
GCHS is back in action at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Alton. The Warriors bested the Redbirds 43-31 for their lone SWC win on Dec. 10.
CM AND EA-WR SPLIT ON THE LANES — The Civic Memorial Eagles and East Alton-Wood River Oilers met on the lanes Thursday, ending in a split.
The CM boys prevailed 2,706 to 2,107 over the Oilers, while on the girls' side EA-WR tallied 2,074 pins to edge the Eagles with 2,063 pins.
Zack Hagen led CM with a 658 series in the boys' front, while Zac Hudson had a 536 series to pace the Oilers.
For the girls, EA-WR received a 481 series from Kirsten Niethe to guide the attack, while Cori Beckham of the Eagles scored a 445 series to stir them.