WARRIORS TOP REDBIRDS IN GRANITE CITY — The Granite City Warriors got off to a quick start against the Alton Redbirds Thursday at Memorial Gym and held them off for a 43-31 Southwestern Conference win.
The victory lifted the Warriors to 2-3 overall and 1-1 in the SWC, while Alton sank to 1-6 and 0-4.
GCHS shot out to an 11-4 advantage after the first quarter and led 21-12 at halftime. The Warriors led 35-20 after three frames and then staved off the Redbirds in the fourth quarter when they outscored them 11-8.
Addaya Moore paced Granite City with 18 points, while Donyai Garrett complemented her with 16 points. Alton was led by LaJarvia Brown and Jewel Wagner with 9 points apiece.
Thursday marked the first win inside the SWC for the Warriors since Dec. 5, 2013, snapping 30 straight conference losses.
STRONG SHOOTING LEADS CM PAST MATER DEI — The Civic Memorial Eagles picked up a big 58-51 victory over Breese Mater Dei on the road Thursday.
The win elevated the Eagles to .500 at 4-4. They led 37-26 at halftime and held on for the triumph.
Hot shooting stirred the CM attack. The Eagles were 21 of 25 from the free throw line, including 7 of 9 in the fourth quarter and 9 of 15 from 3-point land.
Allie Troeckler tossed in 22 points with 7 rebounds and 3 blocks, while going 14 of 16 from the charity stripe to lead the way. Journey Coffman chipped in 12 points, while Alaira Tyus scored 11 points to accompany 4 assists and 3 blocks.
ROXANA LOSES TO LITCHFIELD IN SCC ACTION — The Roxana Shells fell 52-24 to Litchfield in South Central Conference action Thursday.
The loss sank the Shells to 4-4 and 1-2 in the SCC.
They could never get going Thursday, trailing 14-4 after one quarter and 32-11 at halftime.
Sara Kreutztrager and Hannah Rexford each scored 7 points to steer the offense.
MARQUETTE FALLS TO JERSEY — The Marquette Catholic Explorers traveled to Jerseyville Thursday and lost 58-41.
The Explorers dropped their seventh game in a row to fall to 2-9 on the season.
Andria Pace directed the offense with 13 points, highlighted by shooting 8 of 10 from the free throw line. Caitlyn Hanlon pitched in 10 points to complement her. Lila Snider, 7 points and Brittany Pace, 5 points, also contributed well.
Marquette will now delve into the Gibault Candy Cane Tournament next week.
OILERS STUMBLE VS. DUPO — The East Alton-Wood River Oilers couldn't figure out the Dupo Tigers Thursday, losing 54-29 on the road.
EA-WR slipped to 2-8 with the loss, while Dupo is now 7-3.
Carly Campbell went off for the Oilers, pouring in 19 points. She was only one of four EA-WR players to score though, joined by Courtney Beneke and Becca Renken with 4 points each and Riley Wallendorff with 2.
Dupo's Leia Campbell led all scorers with 25 points.
CM SPLITS WITH TRIAD — The Civic Memorial Eagles split a Mississippi Valley Conference bowling dual with Triad on Thursday.
The CM girls prevailed with 2,115 pins to Triad's 1,920. On the boys' side, the Eagles lost 3,004 to 2,765.
Ashley Westbrook paced the Eagles with a 550 series in their win. For the CM boys' squad, Isaac Vancil led the way with a 660 series.
ALTON GIRLS WIN, BOYS FALL AGAINST O'FALLON — The Alton Redbirds won a match and lost a match Thursday against O'Fallon in Southwestern Conference action.
The Alton girls prevailed 2,850 to 2,743, while the boys stumbled, losing 3,392 to 2,963.
Eryka Graham steered the Redbirds with a 690 series. Graham and Ashley Heistand each rolled a 257 to tie for high-game for AHS.
On the boys' side, it was Matt Fritz directing the attack with a 631 series. Tyler Stevenson had the high-game with a 246.
GRANITE CITY SKATES PAST HIGLAND — The Granite City Warriors skated past the Highland Bulldogs 7-4 on Thursday at the East Alton Ice Arena.
Granite City improved to 2-7 overall with the win, while Highland dipped to 3-7.
The Warriors led 3-2 after one period, 5-3 after two and outscored the Bulldogs 2-1 in the third period.
EA-WR DEFEATED BY BELLEVILLE — The East Alton-Wood River Oilers fell to Belleville on Thursday by the score of 5-2 in East Alton.
The loss sank the Oilers to 2-8 on the season, while Belleville rose to .500 at 5-5.
Belleville erupted for four goals in the opening period, snatching a 4-1 lead over EA-WR. The Oilers cut it to 4-2 after two periods, but were unable to score in the third while Belleville tacked on an insurance goal.