WARRIORS TOP EAGLES FOR STOVE TOP STUFFING TOURNEY TITLE — For the second straight season the Granite City Warriors are the champions of the Stove Top Stuffing Tournament.
The Warriors thumped the Civic Memorial Eagles 60-39 on the final day of the tournament in Nokomis. GCHS, CM and Taylorville all finished with 3-1 marks in the tourney, but the Warriors won on the tiebreaker for fewest points allowed.
The Eagles started the game with Granite City on a high note, leading 13-7 at the conclusion of the first quarter, but the Warriors took off from there. They led CM 24-20 entering the break and then erupted with a 20-6 third frame to jump in front 44-26 entering the do or die final quarter.
Kenny Berry of Granite City, the tournament MVP, scored 21 points in the contest. He was complemented by Ron Allen's 14 points and Tra'ron Allen's 12 points. Berry also had 5 rebounds and 4 assists in the win. Torrey Deal led with 6 assists and 7 rebounds to accompany 2 points in the victory for GCHS.
Junior David Lane stirred the Eagles with 14 points. Caden Clark chipped in with 8, JaQuan Adams scored 7 and Brandon Hampton netted 5 in the losing effort.
A glaring difference in the contest was the work on the glass. Granite City outrebounded CM 28-9 in the game.
The Warriors are idle until 7:30 p.m. Friday when they travel to O'Fallon to open Southwestern Conference play.
CM is back at it at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday when it goes to local rival Alton Marquette to battle the Explorers.
CM DROPS TO TWO ON SATURDAY TO FINISH FOURTH IN SALEM — It was a rough final day to the Salem Thanksgiving Tournament on Saturday for the Civic Memorial Eagles.
The Eagles lost a pair of tight ball games, falling to host Salem 42-38 in the semifinals of the tournament and Mississippi Valley Conference rival Highland 53-51 in the third-place match. CM came out of the tournament posting a 2-3 record on the young season.
Against Salem in the semis, the Eagles shot just 24 percent (10 of 42) from the field. Allie Troeckler led the way with 11 points, while Journey Coffman scored 7 and Kaylee Eaton and Alaira Tyus each netted 6. Katelyn Turbyfill yanked down 10 rebounds in the loss.
CM led 16-9 after the first quarter, 22-18 at the break and 35-31 after three quarters before the Wildcats won the final frame 11-3 to win the game.
In the third-place showdown with the rival Bulldogs, the Eagles again led after three quarters. They led 18-14 after the opening quarter, 28-23 at halftime and 43-37 through three frames. Highland then outscored CM 16-8 over the final 8 minutes.
Troeckler posted a double double with 25 points and 10 rebounds. Alaira Tyus chipped in with 13 points and Elizabeth Buckley netted 10 points and 5 rebounds in the defeat, too.
The Eagles open MVC action at 7:30 p.m. Thursday when they travel to Waterloo.
INCARNATE WORD BLASTS MARQUETTE — The Marquette Catholic Explorers had their work cut out for them on Saturday in the Ursuline Shootout with Incarnate Word Academy.
The Red Hawks led the Explorers 28-4 after one quarter and 45-12 at halftime before cruising to a 69-22 victory. Marquette dipped to 2-4 on the season with the loss.
Incarnate Word had five players reach double figures in scoring against the Explorers, guided by 13 from Rickie Woltmann. Woltmann also had 10 rebounds to log a double double.
Marquette was paced by 6 points each from Peyton Kline and Brittany Pace and 4 points from Caitlyn Hanlon.
The Explorers return to the court at 7:30 p.m. tonight at Litchfield.