REDBIRDS WIN ANOTHER TOURNAMENT — After winning the Geneva Invite just a week ago, the Alton Redbirds continued flying high with the title at the Batavia Invitational on Saturday.
The Redbirds compiled 204 points behind five individual champions to win the team title. It was the third team title for the Birds this year, who also won at Mascoutah besides Geneva and Batavia.
Following Alton was second-place Wheaton North (184.5) and third-place Plainfield South (182.5).
Connor Broyles (120), Phyllip DeLoach (145), Nicholas DeLoach (152), Qiant'e Wagner (160) and KeOntay Holmes (182) all secured individual crowns for the Redbirds.
Phyllip (30-0) and Nicholas (31-0) DeLoach maintained their perfect seasons thus far by each going 4-0 in the tournament.
Next on the docket for the Redbirds is a home triangular at 6 p.m. Wednesday against Triad and Quincy. They return to Southwestern Conference play at 7 p.m. Thursday playing host to O'Fallon.
CM STARTS WITH A BANG AT LITCHFIELD INVITE — The Civic Memorial Eagles kicked off the Litchfield Invitational with a bang on Saturday.
The No. 3 seed in the tournament, CM cruised past Hillsboro 70-28 in pool play on Saturday to improve to 10-6 on the season.
The Eagles owned a comfortable 41-17 lead at the break and were never in danger of losing vs. the Hiltoppers.
Senior Jakob Lowrance paced CM with 23 points in the win, while Zach Lehnen chipped in 11, David Lane netted nine and freshman Jaquan Adams scored seven points to help guide the offense.
Next up for the Eagles is a 6 p.m. matchup with Nokomis on Tuesday in Litchfield.
ALTON WINS TWO AT WASHINGTON — The Alton Redbirds began their defense of the Team Works Invitational in Washington on a good note Saturday.
The Redbirds defeated Mahomet Seymour 51-47 and Grayslake North 63-57 in two games on Saturday. Alton improved to 16-3 on the season with the pair of victories.
AHS concludes play in Washington today with a 2 p.m. game vs. East Peoria and a 5:30 p.m. game against host Washington.
EA-WR STUMBLES VS. NO. 2 SEED TAYLORVILLE — The East Alton-Wood River Oilers didn't start the Litchfield Invitational the way they would have liked on Saturday.
The Oilers battled No. 2 seed Taylorville and fell 93-51 to begin pool play. EA-WR dipped to 6-12 on the season with the loss.
Mike Stimac directed the Oilers with 27 points in the loss, while Blake Marks complemented him with 18 points. Nic Daily, four points, and Zac Butkovich, two points, were the only others to contribute offensively for EA-WR.
The Oilers return to action at 5:30 p.m. today against rival Roxana in Litchfield. It's the third time the local foes have met this season. The Shells have won the previous two encounters.
MARQUETTE BOWS TO PITTSFIELD IN JERSEYVILLE — The Marquette Catholic Explorers scratched their heads after opening the Jersey Invite with a 44-35 loss to Pittsfield on Saturday.
The Saukees snapped a nine-game losing streak in Jerseyville with the victory, improving to 11-7. Marquette sank to 13-5 with the loss.
Pittsfield led 18-17 at the break and ballooned its lead to nine points in the second half before the Explorers mounted an unsuccessful comeback.
Shandon Boone directed the offense for Marquette with 16 points. Max Goepel and Trey Aguirre chipped in eight points each in the loss.
It won't get easier for the Explorers now, who battle Quincy Notre Dame at 4 p.m. today in Jerseyville. Collinsville, Cahokia and the host Panthers are still on the horizon for Marquette in the tourney, too.
ALTON SPLITS TWO IN WASHINGTON — The Alton Redbirds split a pair of games on Saturday to start the Team Works Invitational in Washington.
Alton bested Urbana 53-47 in its first game, but then came up short 43-31 in its second contest vs. Grayslake North.
Against Urbana, LaJarvia Brown sparked the Redbirds with 16 points and was helped out by Jewel Wagner's 15 points. Wagner also picked up 13 rebounds in the win.
In the second game vs. Grayslake North, Brown was the only Redbird player to reach double figures with 10 points. Wagner netted seven and Chayvon Buckingham and Kenya Burnett each scored six points for good measure.
AHS is now 4-13 on the season and wraps up the tournament in Washington today with East Peoria at 12:30 p.m. and host Washington at 4 p.m.
CM DEFEATS CENTRALIA — The Civic Memorial Eagles traveled to Centralia on Saturday and came away with a 55-44 victory.
The Eagles improved to 14-5 with the win.
Allie Troeckler directed the attack for CM with 24 points, nine rebounds, four blocks three steals and three assists. Katelyn Turbyfill complemented Troeckler with 12 points and six rebounds.
The Eagles are back in action at 7:30 p.m. tonight at Freeburg.
MARQUETTE LOSES TO JERSEY AT HOME — The Jersey Panthers visited Marquette Catholic High School on Saturday and divvied out a 43-30 loss to the host Explorers.
Marquette is now 4-15 on the season after suffering the loss to the Panthers, who improved to 7-13 with the victory.
Claire Snider was the leading scorer for the Explorers with 10 points, while Andria Pace produced nine points and 10 rebounds in the loss. Jersey's Bethany Muenstermann led all scorers with 11 points.
Marquette returns to action at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in a Prairie State Conference affair at Metro East Lutheran.