EAGLES WIN AT MASCOUTAH — The trek to Mascoutah proved worthwhile Tuesday for the Civic Memorial Eagles.
They scored a 60-55 win over the host Indians and improved to 6-2 overall, including a 3-1 mark in the Mississippi Valley Conference.
Junior David Lane had the hot hand for the Eagles. He scored a game-best 19 points. Older brother Brett Lane punched in 11 points, while Brandon Hampton also contributed 11 points. Sophomore JaQuan Adams snared 8 rebounds. Lane converted 9 of 15 free throws to augment his big night.
“It was a good win because it really has been hard for us to go to Mascoutah and get a win,” CM coach Doug Carey said. “So it was a nice one.”
Mascoutah shot ahead 10-3 early in the game before CM wrestled the lead away from the Indians and took control of things. Mascoutah battled back to knot things at 47-47, then CM grabbed the lead again and never looked back.
The Eagles play Friday at neighborhood rival Roxana. The 7-2 Shells defeated Litchfield, 61-41, on Tuesday.
Before Friday’s game, both the Shells and Eagles will honor former head coach Mike Harmon, a new Illinois Basketball Coaches Association inductee. Harmon will be enshrined in the Career Coaches category on Saturday, April 30, at Illinois State University in Normal.
“It’ll be a fun night, especially for me,” said Carey, a former player for Harmon. “He really taught me a lot of things, including that everybody has a role on the team. He made sure we knew our roles and was good at boosting our confidence.”
SHELLS, EXPLORERS REACH SEMIFINALS — Roxana and Marquette both advanced to the semifinals of the Candy Cane Tournament at Waterloo Gibault High. They will clash at 6 p.m. Thursday, with the winner moving on to Saturday’s championship game.
The Shells shaded Windsor of Imperial, Mo., 45-42, while the Explorers ended a seven-game losing streak by defeating Red Bud, 48-36.
Hannah Rexford poured in 16 points to send the 6-4 Shells past Windsor. They have won four of their last five games.
Roxana led 21-16 and 33-29 after three quarters before holding on for its victory. Cassi Vanzo and Sara Kreutztrager both chipped in with seven points apiece for the winners.
Caitlyn Hanlon led the way for the 3-9 Explorers against Red Bud. She collected 11 points and 5 assists. Brittany Pace pitched in with 10 points, while Lauren Fischer added 5 points and 10 rebounds. Andria Pace and Lila Snider both scored 7 points.
The tourney resumes tonight with Columbia meeting Waterloo at 6 p.m.
REDBIRDS TOP WARRIORS — Alton’s boys and girls both scored Southwestern Conference bowling wins over Granite City in action at Bowl Haven Lanes.
The Redbirds won the boys’ match by a score of 3,191 to 2,669. The girls prevailed by a score of 2,929 to 2,106.
Jacob Donahue rolled a 726 to pace the AHS guys. He had games of 266, 248 and 212. Nick Meggos was next with a 654 series. Ricky Hard led Granite City with a 610 series, including a 225 game.
Eryka Graham’s 646 series spurred the Alton girls. She finished with a 267 game to complete her high series. Ashley Heistand added a 630 series and Alex Bergin had a 625 series.
Ashley Heiman’s 490 series was best for the Warriors.
EAGLES SPLIT WITH INDIANS — CM’s guys won at Mascoutah by a score of 2,848 to 2,649 but the Indians took the girls' match by a score of 2,223 to 2,129.
Zack Hagen bowled a 648 series, best for the CM boys. Shane Hoffman had a 587 series for Mascoutah.
Ashley Westbrook had a 509 series to lead the CM girls. Sara Lovell of Mascoutah was best with a 530 series.
EAGLES BLAST BULLDOGS — Jayden Kahl scored five goals to guide Bethalto by Highland, 11-4, in MVCHA play at the East Alton Ice Arena. The Eagles lifted their record to 5-7. They lost to Triad, 7-3, on Monday.
TIGERS WALLOP OILERS — Edwardsville remained unbeaten by routing East Alton-Wood River, 12-0, in MVCHA action at the Ice Arena on Tuesday.
The Tigers improved to 11-0. They have outscored their opponents, 105-7, thus far this season.
Tyler Schaeffer scored three goals and logged three assists in the lopsided win. The game was called with 6:51 remaining in the third period because of the mercy rule.
The Oilers fell to 2-9.