EAGLES WIN SALEM OPENER — Civic Memorial got rolling early on and never stopped in its season opener at the Salem Tournament.
The Eagles shot past Carlyle, 74-30, thanks to the point work of 5-foot-10 junior Allie Troeckler and 5-10 sophomore Alaira Tyus. Troeckler scored a game-high 28 points, including 21 in the first half, to pace the Eagles, 26-7 last season. Tyus contributed 15 points.
Troeckler, a first team Class 3A All-Stater as a sophomore last season, connected on 11 of 18 shots and snared 12 rebounds. CM led 10-0 midway through the first quarter and 45-15 by half. The Eagles’ defense proved stifling in forcing 34 Carlyle turnovers.
CM resumes tourney action with a pair of games Saturday in Salem. The Eagles meet Centralia at 10:30 a.m. in the morning and Teutopolis at 6:30 p.m. that night. They are eyeing their first Salem title after finishing third last season and second two years ago. Highland is the defending tourney champion.
EXPLORERS WIN AT COLUMBIA — The Explorers posted their first victory of the young season by defeating Metro East Lutheran of Edwardsville, 55-41, in a consolation semifinal game of the Columbia Tournament on Thursday.
Marquette, which improved to 1-1, will play Waterloo at 11:30 a.m. Saturday for the consolation title. MELHS is 0-2.
Andria and Brittany Pace fueled the Explorers’ victory. Andria scored 18 points and snagged 10 rebounds, while Brittany pitched in with 14 points. Peyton Kline contributed eight points. Marquette used a 12-0 spree late in the first half to surge in front 23-9.
The Explorers increased their advantage to 27-9 and then to 43-22 by the end of the third quarter. Ellen Schulte’s 16 points were best for MELHS, which made a run at Marquette in its 19-point fourth quarter.
The Knights will play the Columbia JV team at 10 a.m. Saturday in the seventh place game. Following the Marquette-Waterloo contest, Columbia clashes with Greenville at 1 p.m. for third place. It’s Triad tangling with Lebanon at 2:30 p.m. for the Tip-Off championship.
TIP-OFF CLASSIC RESUMES FRIDAY — Two games are scheduled Friday night in the Alton Girls' Tip-Off Classic. Defending champion Calhoun at 6 p.m., while host Alton tangles with Springfield Lanphier at 7:30 p.m.
A Calhoun victory would propel the Warriors into the 7:30 p.m. championship game Saturday against 2-0 Breese Mater Dei. Calhoun is 1-0.
The 0-1 Redbirds can play for third place at 6 p.m. Saturday if they can defeat 0-1 Lanphier. If Lanphier prevails, the Redbirds will play for fifth place at 4:30 p.m. Saturday.
OILERS BEAT REDBIRDS — A potent attack carried East Alton-Wood River to a 6-3 victory over rival Alton, in MVCHA action at the East Alton Ice Arena.
Cole Ford scored three times and Jacob Vassos tallied twice for the Oilers, who used a three-goal second period to build a 4-3 advantage. They tacked on two goals late in the third period to pad their lead and ensure their victory.
Ford added an assist for a four-point point night, including an empty-net goal in the final minute. Teammate Kaleb Harrop contributed a goal and two assists for three points. Vassos had two points, including a goal with 27 seconds remaining.
Bryce Bazzell also figured in the scoring. Goalie Tyler Hamby made 33 saves in registering the victory, the Oilers’ first win of the season. They are 1-4.
“That's the first win for an Oiler team against Alton in a really long time,” EA-WR assistant coach Pat St. Peters said. “That was sweet.”
He added, “Tyler has been getting better with each game, it's been fun watching his progress since the start of the season. The team wanted to get this win for him and they all fought hard to get it done.
“You don't win a game like this without it being a team effort. I’m really proud of all of them tonight.”
Austin Erthal had two goals and Tanner St. Peters logged one for the 3-2 Redbirds. Brandon Lang, Joe Boevingloh and St. Peters all had assists. Alton goalie Caleb Currie notched 33 saves as EA-WR fired 39 shots on goal.
WARRIORS TOP REDBIRDS — Granite City’s boys bested visiting Alton by a score of 2,786 to 2,652 in a Southwestern Conference match at Airport Bowl on Thursday.