REDBIRDS PREVAIL IN SHOOTOUT AT VASHON — The Alton Redbirds improved to 7-1 on the season Saturday, but it wasn't without some struggles.
The Birds earned a lopsided 71-47 victory over Overton High School from Tennessee at the Ramey Shootout at Vashon High School in St. Louis on Saturday. The final didn't show the fact that Alton found itself in a 32-32 tie midway through the third quarter after owning a 25-18 halftime lead.
Six turnovers plagued the Redbirds early in the third quarter, but went on a 13-3 run after the tie to nab a 45-35 lead at the close of the frame.
Darrius Edwards paced the AHS offense with 17 points, while Bryan Hudson, 11 points, and Carlos Anderson, 10 points, joined him in double figures.
The Redbirds now sit idle until 7:30 p.m. Friday when they head to Collinsville for a Southwestern Conference showdown.
ROXANA OPENS SCC PLAY WITH A WIN — The Roxana Shells kicked off the South Central Conference portion of their season in style, topping Pana 54-44 at home Saturday.
With the win, the Shells improved to 6-2 and 1-0 in the SCC. Roxana had to respond from a 22-21 deficit at halftime, outscoring Pana 33-22 in the second half to pull out the win.
Zach Golenor poured in 20 points to guide Roxana in the victory, while Chance Foss joined him in double-digit scoring with 14 points. Trace Gentry chipped in with nine points to go with a team-high nine rebounds and team-best four assists.
The Shells are back in action in the SCC at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Litchfield.
ALTON COMES UP SHORT AT QND — The Alton Redbirds knew they had a tough task on their hands at Quincy Notre Dame on Saturday and unfortunately they came up short.
AHS lost 68-42 to the talented Raiders on the road. The loss dropped Alton to 2-6 on the seaosn. QND rose to 6-3 with the triumph.
LaJarvia Brown did the majority of the scoring for the Redbirds with 19 points. Jewel Wagner added eight points, while Megan Paulda scored five in the loss also. Wagner, Paulda and Cheriena Mitchell all pulled down six rebounds apiece to lead the Birds.
“This was a good experience for us despite the loss,” said AHS head coach Bobby Rickman. “Traveling and playing a team that puts pressure on us will be an experience I hope we can learn from and better prepare us for the tough teams in our league.”
The next game for Alton is 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Collinsville.