EXPLORERS ROUT WILDCATS — Marquette Catholic made it four in succession by walloping visiting Mount Olive, 80-41, in a Prairie State Conference contest.
The 10-3 Explorers, who finished fifth in the Columbia Holiday Tournament, started quickly against Mount Olive and never let up against the 2-13 Wildcats. Marquette improved to 3-0 in the league, while Mount Olive fell to 0-4.
Shandon Boone’s 29 points powered Marquette, which led 21-7 at the end of the first quarter and 35-26 at half. Then the Explorers outscored the Wildcats 29-5 in the third quarter to put the game out of reach.
Nick Messinger pitched in 11 points and Ben Sebacher contributed 10 points for Marquette, which is idle until Jan. 12, when it plays at Bunker Hill in another Prairie State game. The Explorers entertain Brussels on Jan. 15, then compete in the sixth annual Jersey Tourney that begins Jan. 16.
Roger Conlee’s 13 points led Mount Olive.
OILERS FALL TO WARRIORS — The 4-10 Oilers suffered their fifth consecutive loss when they bowed to Calhoun 81-56 in a nonconference game.
Blake Marks scored 26 points and had 8 rebounds for EA-WR, which plays Friday at Vandalia in another nonconference game. Luke Wells collected 11 points and 7 rebounds.
For Calhoun, 8-1, Blake Booth scored a team-high 17 points.
EXPLORERS DOWN HAWKS — Marquette continued its resurgence as the Explorers defeated visiting Carrollton, 56-43, in a nonconference game.
Andria Pace (18 points), Caitlyn Hanlon (14 points) and Brittany Pace (12 points) guided Marquette, which improved to 6-10. The Explorers have won four of their last five games, thanks mainly to a second place finish in the Waterloo Gibault Candy Cane Tournament.
Marquette is scheduled to play host to Nokomis on Thursday in Prairie State play.
LANCERS BEST REDBIRDS — Host Belleville East recorded a 58-42 victory over Alton in Southwestern Conference action.
The Redbirds dropped to 2-11 overall and 0-6 in the SWC. They have lost 10 of their last 11 games. Belleville East, defeating Alton for the second time this season, improved to 10-6 overall and 5-2 in the SWC.
"Turnovers in the first quarter put us in a whole we can't recover from, it is frustrating that it takes us 4, 6, 8 minutes to settle in and handle pressure from another team," AHS head coach Bobby Rickman said. "Careless turnovers continue to put us in a position where it is hard to win games."
Jewel Wagner paced the Alton offense with 12 points in the loss, while Cri'Shonna Hickman scored 11 points and LaJarvia Brown chipped in with 9.
The Redbirds resume play Thursday when they welcome Belleville West in another conference contest.
WARRIORS BOW TO KAHOKS — Host Collinsville rolled past Granite City, 47-25, in a SWC game at Vergil Fletcher Gymnasium. The Warriors fell to 1-4 in league competition. The Kahoks improved to 8-6 and 3-2. Collinsville, which finished fourth in the Jersey Holiday Tournament, has won three of its last four games.
REDBIRDS WIN TWICE — Alton’s boys and girls both scored SWC victories over rival Edwardsville at Edison's Entertainment Complex.
The AHS girls won by a score of 2,770 to 1,503 to raise their record to 9-0. The boys prevailed by a score of 2,901 to 2,608.
Eryka Graham’s 663 series propelled the undefeated Alton girls. She strung together games of 221, 224 and 218. Elizabeth Hanke added a 599 series, including a 211 game.
In the boys' match, Derek Henderson logged a 633 score to spur the Redbirds. His 235 game was tops for them. Jacob Donahue (584 series) and Tyler Stevenson (576 series) added to the cause. Stevenson had a 218 game in his series.
Hunter Noud’s 576 series was best for Edwardsville.
OILERS ROUT WARRIORS — The Oilers put it all together in pounding Granite City, 10-4 in MVCA play at the East Alton Ice Arena.
Six goals in the second period fueled East Alton-Wood River, which led 3-1 after the first period. The Oilers improved to 4-12 with their lopsided win on Senior Night.
Cole Ford sparked EA-WR with two goals and four assists for a six-point effort. Blake Weishaupt scored a goal and had two assists. Kaleb Harrop and Chris Hamby punched in two goals apiece. Tyler McHatton chipped in with a goal and two assists, while Bryce Bazzell and Jacob Fassos also tallied goals.
Goalie Tyler Hamby shined in the nets and defenseman Tyler Knight excelled, Oilers’ coach John Helmkamp said.
“It was time tonight,” Helmkamp noted about the Oilers’ performance. “It was time to break out of the slump we have been in and time to bring our game together.”
Granite City dipped to 2-13.
BIRDS BEATEN BY BELLEVILLE — Alton suffered a 5-3 setback to Belleville in MVCHA action at the Ice Arena.
The Redbirds led 2-0 after two periods, but Belleville erupted for five goals in the third period for its victory. Alton slipped to 8-8, while Belleville improved to 8-7.
Zack Hunter, Brandon Lang and Scott Waldrup got the Redbirds’ goals. Tanner St. Peters and Mark Vitali notched assists. Goalie Caleb Currie made 32 saves.