BETHALTO – Allie Troeckler made it a grand night for herself – and the Civic Memorial High girls’ basketball team – on Monday. She propelled her way in to the Land of 1,000 Points.
It proved to be a timely dance. The talented sophomore scored 27 points to guide the Eagles past Mascoutah, 53-35, in a Mississippi Valley Conference game. CM, sweeping the Indians, improved to 22-6 overall and 7-2 in the league. Mascoutah fell to 12-13 and 5-4.
The 5-foot-10 Troeckler made a basket to reach 1,000 career points at 6:03 of the first quarter and then kept her scoring show going. Overall, she hit 7 of 10 shots, including three treys, and added four free throws. Troeckler now has 1,023 points, sixth on the school’s all-time scoring chart.
“It kind of has been in the back of my mind, but not my main focus,” said Troeckler, more interested in victories. “Once I dropped in a couple of shots, my confidence went higher and it opened things up for me.”
She added, “It’s really exciting (1,000 points), but it can’t be my main focus. I want to keep working and we want to keep winning.”
Mascoutah coach Terry Moeller said Troeckler is a handful to defend. “She’s tough to guard, there’s no doubt about it,” he said.
“She’s a great player.”
CM coach Jonathan Denney said the Eagles might have been too anxious early in the game when they fell behind 10-8. They were eager to get Troeckler to the magic grand number.
“It shows how good of player she is – to get to 1,000 points as a sophomore,” he said. “She’s one of the best players in the Metro East, And she just turned 16.”
Freshman Kaylee Eaton punched in a couple of second-quarter 3-pointers to help the Eagles scoot ahead 22-17 by halftime. Eaton finished with 10 points, thanks to a trio of treys.
But the second half belonged to Troeckler. She scored 10 of the Eagles’ 16 points in the third quarter when they shot ahead 38-25. Then she tallied nine of their 15 fourth-quarter points. She sped past Callie Sears (1,011 points) on the CM scoring list. Kaci Harkey (1,037), Cassie Endicott (1,080), Sara Frankford (1,192), Casey Law (1,195) and Katie Broadway (2,079) are ahead of her.
“We were able to take care of business tonight and now we need to do it Thursday against Jerseyville,” Troeckler said. The Eagles remained on the heels of MVC leader Highland, which clinched a share of the league championship Monday.
Eaton and Troeckler teamed for six of CM’s seven treys. The Eagles made 18 of 45 shots and benefited from Mascoutah’s erratic shooting. The Indians made only 14 of 59 shots, or 25 percent. Alex Cleveland led them with 10 points.
“I told them we played pretty good defense,” Denney said.
Moeller noted, “Give CM credit. They kept pressure on the ball and forced us to do some things we didn’t want to do.”
Katelyn Turbyfill pitched in seven points for CM, which made 7 of 8 free throws in the fourth quarter to put the finishes touches on its victory. Following Thursday’s home game, the second-seed Eagles compete in the rugged five-team Class 3A Jersey Regional.
“There will be no easy games in the regional,” Denney said.
CM 53, MASCOUTAH 35
Mascoutah 10 7 8 10 –35
CM 8 14 16 15 – 53
Mascoutah (12-13, 5-4) – Katie Jokisch 4, Maddie Nekola 6, Alex Cleveland 10, Tennaye Green 9, Amaya Keeling 3, Kennedy Bryant 3. 2FG-10 3FG-4 FT-3 PF-20
CM (22-6, 7-2) – Allie Troeckler 27, Katelyn Turbyfill 7, Journey Coffman 4, Kaitlyn Kappler 3, Alaria Tyus 2, Kaylee Eaton 10. 2FG-11 3FG-7 FT-10 PF-14