SHELLS FINISH SIXTH IN PINCKNEYVILLE — It was a day of mixed emotions for the Roxana Shells on Tuesday at the Duster Thomas Hoops Classic in Pinckneyville.
The Shells defeated DuQuoin 56-42 Tuesday morning to reach the fifth-place match with Benton. Unfortunately, Roxana dropped that contest 47-34 to finish in sixth place in the tournament. Along the way senior Trace Gentry joined the 1,000-point club for the Shells. Play was stopped to recognize Gentry's accomplishment.
Roxana is now 9-5 on the season after splitting the two games.
Against Benton, the Shells led 9-8 after one quarter, but trailed 23-18 at the break and could never get over the hump.
Gentry scored 14 points and Zach Golenor netted 11 points in the loss.
Roxana is now idle until 7:30 p.m. Jan. 8 when it travels to Greenville for a South Central Conference affair.
MARQUETTE ADVANCES TO FIFTH-PLACE GAME — The Marquette Catholic Explorers rolled to a 66-42 victory over Sparta at the Columbia-Freeburg Holiday Tournament on Tuesday.
The win propelled Marquette into the consolation bracket finals, or the fifth-place game. The Explorers face Waterloo at 4 p.m. today at Columbia High.
Shandon Boone paced Marquette in the win over Sparta, netting a game-high 21 points. Ben Sebacher and Reagan Snider complemented Boone with 13 and 12 points in the triumph.
The Explorers are now 8-3 on the season.
ALTON FINISHES WITH CONSECUTIVE LOSSES IN CENTRALIA — The Alton Redbirds finished up the Centralia Holiday Tournament with a pair of losses.
The Redbirds couldn't get over the hump against Arlington, Tenn., on Tuesday, falling 73-52. AHS then stumbled in a 61-56 loss to Mount Vernon in the fifth-place semifinal game Wednesday morning, wrapping up its tournament action.
The Redbirds are now 7-4 after the consecutive losses. They finished the tournament with a 1-2 record.
Alton got 16 points from Marcus Latham and 15 from Maurice Edwards in the loss to Arlington.
Against Mount Vernon, the Birds led 34-23 at halftime and 43-42 after three quarters, but couldn't hold on for the win.
Alton is back in action at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 5 vs. Belleville East at home. The Redbirds are 4-0 in Southwestern Conference action on the season.
EA-WR FALLS TO MOUNT OLIVE IN CARLINVILLE — The East Alton-Wood River Oilers sank to 0-3 in pool play at the Carlinville Holiday Tournament on Tuesday, falling to Mount Olive 79-65.
With the loss, the Oilers are now 4-8 on the season. The Wildcats improved to 2-11 with the win.
Blake Marks highlighted EA-WR, pouring in 36 points in the defeat. Justin Englar punched in 13 points for good measure.
The Oilers trailed 22-13 after the opening frame and 35-25 at the half. They cut it to 48-42 through three quarters, but couldn't complete the comeback.
EA-WR meets Staunton at 1:30 p.m. today in its final game at the tournament.
GRANITE CITY LOSES PAIR OF GAMES IN COLLINSVILLE — The Granite City Warriors suffered two losses on Tuesday at the Prairie Farms Holiday Tournament in Collinsville.
The Warriors opened the day with highly-touted Althoff, falling 72-46. They then met the host Kahoks and dropped a tight contest, 66-64. GCHS is now 6-5 on the season.
The Crusaders saw four players reach double digits in scoring in their win over the Warriors, led by Jordan Goodwin with 17 points. Jaylin Harper and Jake Roustio paced Granite City with 9 points apiece.
The Warriors were behind Althoff 51-21 at halftime and couldn't overcome the insurmountable deficit. They outscored the Crusaders 25-21 in the second half.
GCHS responded by taking Collinsville to overtime. The game was knotted at 59-59 at the end of regulation, but the Kahoks outscored the Warriors 7-5 in OT to pull out the win.
Granite City led 21-14 after one quarter, trailed 32-30 at the break and 52-45 after three frames before charging back to tie it up.
Kenny Berry sank a game-high 34 points for the Warriors. Tra' Allen complemented him with 12 points in the loss.
Ronnie Midgett led Collinsville with 25 points.
GCHS now draws East St. Louis at noon today in Collinsville.
ALTON WINS GAME IN JEFF CITY — The Alton Redbirds picked up a much-needed victory on Tuesday, besting Eureka, Mo., 64-48 at Helias High School in Jefferson City, Mo.
The win raised the Redbirds to 2-9 on the season, while Eureka slipped to 4-5.
Alton shot out to a 16-12 lead after one and 31-19 heading to the locker room.
"We started out well, the girls were taking good shots and we were getting the ball in the basket," AHS head coach Bobby Rickman said.
The Birds led 40-31 after three quarters and then outscored Eureka 24-17 over the final eight minutes behind 16 points from senior LaJarvia Brown. Brown netted a game-high 29 points. Jewel Wagner chipped in with 18 points in the victory.
"We still have many areas to fix, but we made a step forward,” Rickman said. “We need to take another step forward tomorrow."
Alton plays Lebanon, Mo., in the consolation championship at 4 p.m. today. Lebanon features Kelsey Winfrey, a junior guard that has already committed to Missouri.
ROXANA FALLS TO FLANAGAN — The Roxana Shells suffered a 66-38 loss to Flanagan in the Tri-City Holiday Tournament on Tuesday.
Roxana is now 8-7 following the loss.
The Shells trailed 12-6 after one quarter and 37-14 at halftime on their way to the loss.
Abby Palen led the charge for Roxana with 10 points.
The Shells play Mount Pulaski at 6 p.m. today in their final game at Tri-City.
NOKOMIS TOO MUCH FOR OILERS — The East Alton-Wood River Oilers plummeted to 0-3 in pool play at the Carlinville Holiday Tournament on Tuesday, losing 59-9 to Nokomis.
EA-WR is now 2-14 on the season following the loss.
The Oilers fell behind 19-3 after one quarter and trailed 38-3 at the break on their way to the lopsided loss.
Carly Campbell netted 4 points to lead the EA-WR offense.
The Oilers face Staunton at noon today in their final game in Carlinville. They bested the Bulldogs 32-27 earlier in the season.
WARRIORS STUMBLE VS. JERSEY — The Granite City Warriors drew the host Jersey Panthers at the Jersey Holiday Tournament on Tuesday and despite a game-high 30 points from Addaya Moore, lost 69-54.
The loss sank GCHS to 2-8 on the season and 0-3 in pool play in Jerseyville.
Jersey raced out to a 44-21 lead at halftime, but the Warriors made a valiant comeback attempt in the second half. They outscored the Panthers 33-25 in the second half, but it wasn't enough.
Jersey had three players in double figures in the win. Bethany Muenstermann scored 25 and Mackenzie Thurston netted 24 to pace them.
Donyai Garrett, 9 points, complemented Moore for Granite City.
The Warriors battle Carrollton at 3 p.m. today in their final game in Jerseyville.