EAGLES EDGE KNIGHTS — Brett and David Lane led the way as Civic Memorial bested Triad, 60-54, in a Mississippi Valley Conference game at Troy on Friday.
The Eagles, beating the Knights for the second time in three games this season, improved to 17-9 overall and 6-2 in the MVC.
Highland clinched the conference championship Friday by shading Jersey, 42-38. The Bulldogs, 15-12 in the MVC and 9-0 overall, welcome CM on Tuesday.
Brett Lane’s 22 points powered the Eagles, who dropped the Knights to 9-16. David Lane pitched in 12 points and JaQuan Adams added 11 points for CM.
Following Tuesday’s game, the Eagles will close their regular-season schedule at home Friday against conference foe Waterloo. Then they will play Mascoutah on Feb. 29 in the opening game of the Class 3A Triad Regional.
Belleville Althoff is the top-seeded team at Triad. Columbia is seeded second in the sub-sectional and also serving as a host team.
COUGARS NIP EXPLORERS — Logan Kohrmann’s buzzer-beating basket enabled visiting Breese Central to nip Marquette, 38-36, in a nonconference game Friday.
The Cougars, lifting their record to 24-5, outscored the Explorers 16-9 in the fourth quarter. The winners scored the game’s final eight points. Marquette dipped to 19-9 on the season with the loss.
Shandon Boone erupted for 22 points to pace the Explorers, which trailed 19-16 at half, but outscored Breese Central 11-3 in the third quarter.
Marquette owned the lead for most of the fourth quarter before the Cougars rallied for the win. Kohrmann’s 12-foot shot just before the buzzer decided it. He led Breese Central with 16 points.
Marquette is idle until Tuesday when it plays the East Alton-Wood River/Dupo winner at 7 p.m. in the Class 2A Dupo Regional. The Oilers and host Tigers clash at 7 p.m. Monday in the regional opener.
If the Explorers prevail Tuesday, they will face the Roxana/Red Bud winner at 7 p.m. Friday for the regional championship. The survivor advances to the Pinckneyville Sectional.
SHELLS FALL TO HILTOPPERS — Trace Gentry hit for 29 points, but it wasn’t enough as host Hillsboro fended off Roxana, 68-65, in a South Central Conference game Friday.
Zach Golenor contributed 21 points for the Shells and Chance Foss had 12 points. They dropped to 19-10 overall and finished 6-3 in the SCC. Greenville went 9-0 to snare the conference title.
Steven Fenske got hot in the second half to spark Hillsboro. He logged 26 of of his game-best 30 points.
Roxana will shoot for its 20th win of the season Wednesday when it meets Red Bud at 7 p.m. in the Class 2A Dupo Regional. A win would propel the Shells into the regional title tilt at 7 p.m. Friday in Dupo.
OILERS BOW TO COMETS — Greenville outpointed EA-WR 23-7 in the fourth quarter to bust open a close game and record a 55-27 victory at Memorial Gym on Friday.
The Oilers trailed 18-11 at half on Senior Night, then got outscored 37-16 the rest of the way.
Blake Marks 20 points led EA-WR, which fell to 6-22. Dillon Hallemann netted 15 points for Greenville, which had three players score in double figures.
EA-WR goes to Valmeyer tonight in its regular-season finale. The Oilers meet host Dupo at 7 p.m. Monday in the Class 2A Tigers’ Regional. Monday’s winner plays Marquette at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Dupo.
HEISTAND IN RUNNING FOR MEDAL — Ashley Heistand, a junior for the Alton Redbirds, was cast in 16th place after the opening day of the IHSA Bowling Finals in Rockford. Heistand’s consistent bowling Friday propelled her into Saturday’s competition.
Heistand posted a score of 1,298, for an average of more than 216 pins per game for 6 games. She remains in the hunt for a medal in today’s finals. The top 12 finishers earn medals. Heistand was 18 pins behind Joliet West’s Taylor Bailey, 12th after the first day of competition.
Kylie Frick was the individual leader with a score of 1,432. Joliet West was the team leader, followed by Belvidere North and Schaumburg. Collinsville was ninth as a team and O’Fallon’s Madison Kasza was 15th with a 1,303 score.
Heistand is the only Greater Alton area bowler participating in the state tournament at The Cherry Bowl.
EAGLES TO PLAY HOST BENTON — Civic Memorial will clash with host Benton at 7:30 p.m. Monday in a semifinal game of the Class 3A Benton Sectional.
The Rangers advanced to their own sectional by defeating Waterloo, 37-19, on Friday to win the Columbia Regional. CM, sporting a 21-10 record, won the Salem Regional on Thursday by defeating the host Wildcats, 63-54.
Highland tangles with Carbondale at 6 p.m. Monday in the first semifinal game at Benton.
The championship game is set for 7 p.m. Thursday, with the survivor moving on to the Springfield UIS Super-Sectional on Monday, Feb. 29.