EA-WR OPENS POSTSEASON WITH SHUTOUT VICTORY — The East Alton-Wood River Oilers kicked off the Class 1A MVCHA playoffs in style Thursday with a 4-0 win over Granite City at the East Alton Ice Arena.
The Oilers took a 1-0 lead over the Warriors in the best-of-three series. Game 2 is on the docket for 8:40 p.m. on Monday at the Granite City Ice Rink.
EA-WR took a 2-0 lead after one period on Thursday and tacked on single goals in the second and third periods to cruise to victory.
Goalie Blake Stone logged a shutout in the net, corralling 18 saves in just his third game of the season. He's now allowed just four goals in three games.
Cole Ford paced the offense with two goals, while Kaleb Harrop and Tyler McHatton each netted one goal. Harrop, Chris Hamby, Nolan Royse and Blake Weishaupt all had one assist in the win.
ROXANA FALLS TO DUPO — Roxana went on the road Thursday and suffered a 48-37 loss at Dupo.
With the loss the Shells sank to 9-17 on the season. It was their ninth consecutive loss.
Roxana raced out to a 14-6 lead after one quarter, but trailed 20-19 at the break and 32-28 after three on the way to the loss.
Emma Lucas led the Shells with 10 points, while Abby Palen netted 8 and Hannah Rexford scored 7.
Rachel Donald paced the Tigers with 25 points, while Leia Campbell chipped in with 13 points.
Roxana now opens the Class 2A Breese Central Regional against Carlyle at 7 p.m. on Monday.
EA-WR LOSES TO BRUSSELS ON THE ROAD — The East Alton-Wood River Oilers took the ferry to Brussels on Thursday and returned with a 59-32 loss.
EA-WR plummeted to 1-25 with the loss, entering the Class 2A playoffs with a 19 game losing streak. The Raiders improved to 21-7 with the victory.
Baylee Kiel of Brussels led all scorers with 17 points.
Next up for the Oilers is the 2A Dupo Regional, with an opening game against rival Marquette Catholic at 7 p.m. Monday.
GRANITE CITY STUMBLES TO COLLINSVILLE AT HOME — The Granite City Warriors welcomed the Collinsville Kahoks to Memorial Gym for Southwestern Conference contest on Thursday, losing 57-40.
GCHS dipped to 7-17 overall and 2-10 in SWC action. Collinsville improved to 11-13 and 6-6 with the win.
The Warriors fell behind 15-10 after one quarter and 26-19 at halftime on the way to the loss.
Addaya Moore of Granite City led all scorers with 22 points, while Haley Crider joined her in double figures with 10 points.
The seeds came out for the 4A postseason on Thursday and the Warriors got the ninth overall seed and will play host to the Granite City Regional beginning Feb. 15. The matchups will be released at 4 p.m. today on www.ihsa.org.
Granite City next plays East St. Louis at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday on the road.