EXPLORERS WALLOP OILERS — Caitlyn Hanlon led the way Monday as the Marquette Catholic Explorers defeated the East Alton-Wood River Oilers, 59-30, in Prairie State Conference play at Memorial Gym.
Hanlon, a 5-foot-7 senior and daughter of Explorers’ coach Meagan Hanlon, scored 17 points and snared five rebounds. She netted 13 points the first half as 2-2 Marquette built a 30-16 halftime advantage. Overall, Hanlon connected on seven field goals and sank three free throws.
Andria Pace added eight points for the Explorers, who had 11 players register points.
Carly Campbell’s 15 points were best for the 1-3 Oilers. The 5-5 junior logged eight of her points in the third quarter.
EA-WR is idle until Monday, Nov. 30, when the Oilers welcome Southwestern.
Marquette goes to Gillespie at 7:30 p.m. tonight and challenges St. Louis power Incarnate Word Academy on Saturday. The Explorers battle IWA at 5 p.m. Saturday in the Ursuline Shootout.
COMETS DEFEAT SHELLS — A strong second half propelled host Greenville past Roxana, 53-48, in a South Central Conference game. It was the league opener for the Shells, who dropped to 2-2 overall.
The teams were tied 23-23 at halftime, but Greenville used a 20-point third quarter to forge ahead 43-37. The Comets then staved off the Shells in the fourth quarter.
Emma Lucas, a 5-6 sophomore, spurred Roxana with 15 points. Hannah Rexford, a 5-7 sophomore, contributed 12 points and Sara Kreutztrager, a 5-10 sophomore, pitched in 9 points.
The Shells are idle until Monday, Nov. 30, when they play at Metro East Lutheran in a nonconference contest.
EAGLES DEBUT WITH WIN — Adam Hill proved to be the difference-maker as the Civic Memorial Eagles started their season with a 58-56 win at Nokomis in their opener at the Stove Top Stuffing Tournament on Monday.
The 6-1 senior guard tallied 15 points and handed out five assists in the Eagles’ win on the Redskins’ court. Brandon Hampton collected 12 points, while Brett Lane (10 points), David Lane (10 points) and JaQuan Adams (8 points) also contributed plenty to the cause.
The Eagles are back in action Tuesday during the round-robin tourney when they play host to Triad at 7:30 p.m. The game will also count in the Mississippi Valley Conference standings.
CM then plays Taylorville at Nokomis in a 6 p.m. game Friday and battles Granite City in a 4:30 afternoon game Saturday in Nokomis.
WARRIORS PREVAIL IN OT — Host Granite City worked overtime, but the Warriors didn’t mind.
They outlasted Triad, 51-46 in overtime during their season opener of the Stove Top Stuffing Tournament. It was also the season debut for the Knights.
The 1-0 Warriors resume tournament play tonight when they play at Taylorville in a 7:30 p.m. game. Granite City is at Nokomis for a 7:30 p.m. game Wednesday.
REDBIRDS FALL TO COLUMBIA — A goal in the final moments enabled Columbia to shade Alton, 5-4, in MVCHA play at the East Alton Ice Arena on Monday.
Jacob Matthews punched home the decisive goal with two seconds remaining to give the Eagles a hard-fought victory. Columbia carried a 3-1 lead into the third period, but the Redbirds responded with three goals and tied it 4-4 with 23 seconds to play.
Joe Boevingloh notched the tying goal for Alton, with Bryce Simon getting the assist. Simon scored earlier in the game, while Jake Bohn tallied twice. Austin Erthal, Tanner St. Peters and Scott Waldrup recorded assists.
The 3-3 Redbirds battle rival East Alton-Wood River in a 8:45 p.m. game tonight at the Ice Arena. The 1-5 Oilers defeated the Redbirds, 6-3, on Nov. 19.
EAGLES BOW TO BELLEVILLE — Belleville slipped past Bethalto, 3-2, in MVCHA competition at the East Alton Ice Arena. The winners, getting all three of their goals in the second period, improved to 2-5. The Eagles, scoring once in the first period and another time in the second, fell to 2-4.
Bethalto is idle until 7:15 p.m. Nov. 30, when it squares off with Granite City at the Ice Arena.
OILERS TUMBLE AGAINST O'FALLON — The Panthers scored early and often in routing EA-WR, 9-0, at Granite City in MVCHA competition on Monday.
O'Fallon led 4-0 at the end of the first period and 8-0 after two periods. The Oilers fell to 1-5 with the loss.