MARQUETTE REACHES FINALS OF CANDY CANE CLASSIC WITH WIN OVER ROXANA — The Marquette Catholic Explorers penciled their names in the finals of the Gibault Candy Cane Classic with an impressive 53-31 victory over the Roxana Shells on Thursday.
The win improved the Explorers to 4-9. It was their second straight win in the tournament, snapping a seven-game losing skid. Marquette meets Waterloo in the finals at 1:30 p.m. Saturday. The Bulldogs bested Columbia in the other semifinal game.
With the loss, Roxana slipped to 6-5 and now faces Columbia in the third-place contest at noon Saturday.
The Explorers led the Shells 13-9 after one quarter and 23-17 at halftime, before erupting to outscore them 30-12 in the second half to lockdown the lopsided win.
Andria Pace erupted to lead all scorers with 19 points, while Caitlyn Hanlon complemented her with 12 points. Hanlon also yanked down 8 defensive rebounds in the win.
Hannah Rexford paced Roxana with 16 points.
ALTON FALLS TO COLLINSVILLE — The Alton Redbirds welcomed the Collinsville Kahoks for a Southwestern Conference showdown Thursday and promptly lost 60-37.
With the defeat, Alton dipped to 1-8 and 0-5 on the league slate. The Kahoks improved to 5-4 and 2-2 with the win.
AHS was behind 14-9 after one quarter and trailed 32-24 entering the locker room. Collinsville poured it on in the second half though, outscoring the Redbirds 28-13 to secure the victory.
"I am not sure if it was finals, the different routine of the day, but mentally we were not here tonight,” Alton head coach Bobby Rickman said. “We are off in so many areas.
"It was a frustrating night. We lacked intensity, defensively we were not active and talking, we allowed too many easy baskets either off a drive or putbacks."
LaJarvia Brown of the Birds led all scorers with 15 points. Jewel Wagner added 8 points in the loss.
"Their focus was to take LaJarvia out of the game, and she still scored 15, but we are not playing a team oriented game right now and we are going to have to find the personnel to put on the floor that can get it done defensively and take care of the ball,” Rickman said.
EDWARDSVILLE ROUTS GRANITE CITY — The Granite City Warriors played host to the Edwardsville Tigers and suffered a 69-33 setback in the Southwestern Conference.
Granite City is now 2-5 overall and 1-3 in the SWC. EHS improved to 8-1 and 3-1 with the victory.
GCHS trailed 26-6 after one quarter and 46-9 at the break on the way to the loss.
Addaya Moore paced the Warriors with 13 points, while Khadija Helms netted 9, Donyai Garrett scored 6 and Robyn Pointer chipped in 5.
Edwardsville's Criste'on Waters led all scorers with 20 points.
ALTON SPLITS WITH BELLEVILLE EAST — The Alton Redbirds split a Southwestern Conference dual with the Belleville East Lancers on Thursday.
Alton won 2,800 to 2,589 on the girls' front, but fell 3,127 to 3,082 in the boys' match. The AHS girls are now 8-0 overall on the season and 6-0 in the SWC. The Redbird boys slipped to 4-6 and 3-5 with the loss.
Eryka Graham's 647 series directed the Birds. She also had the high-game for Alton with a 247.
On the boys' side, Tyler Stevenson paced the Redbirds with a 701 series. He rolled a 290 in his the second game of his three-game series to lead the Birds, too.
TIGERS TOO MUCH FOR GRANITE CITY — The Edwardsville Tigers visited Granite City on Thursday and handed the Warriors a 51-9 loss. The dual win was the 400th in the career of EHS head coach Jon Wagner.
Edwardsville won 12 of the 14 matches and logged five pins in the lopsided dual.
The Warriors sank to 1-3 in the Southwestern Conference with the loss.