MARQUETTE DROPS TOURNEY TITLE GAME BY TWO TO WATERLOO — The Marquette Catholic Explorers made a valiant effort for the title in the Candy Cane Classic at Gibault High School. Unfortunately, they fell just short, losing to champ Waterloo 44-42 in the title tilt.
The Explorers entered the tournament, reeling from a seven-game losing skid, but went 2-1 in the tournament to elevate their season record to 4-10.
Marquette bested Red Bud and Roxana in the tourney before taking Waterloo to the brink. The Explorers led 20-17 at the break, but suffered through a rough third quarter to find themselves behind the Bulldogs 30-24 entering the final frame. Marquette outscored Waterloo 18-14 over the final eight minutes, but it wasn't enough to eke out the win.
Caitlyn Hanlon paced the Explorers with 11 points in the championship game. Hanlon led them for the tournament with 34 points and was named to the all-tournament team. Lauren Fischer complemented Hanlon in the finals with 9 points and 8 rebounds.
Marquette is now idle until welcoming Bunker Hill to MCHS for a Prairie Conference affair at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 4.
CM POWERS BY CENTRALIA AT HOME — The Civic Memorial Eagles played host to Centralia on Saturday, toppling the Orphan Annies 53-38.
With the victory, CM improved to 6-5 on the season.
The Eagles led 20-14 at halftime, while junior standout Allie Troeckler spent much of the opening half on the bench with foul trouble. CM led comfortably at 38-25 after three quarters.
Troeckler spurred the attack with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Adding to the fun were: Katelyn Turbyfill with 9 points and 7 rebounds, Kaylee Eaton with 8 points, Izzy Buckley with 7 points and Alaira Tyus with 6 assists.
The Eagles now turn their attention to the Jersey Holiday Tournament. They open with two games on Dec. 28, facing the host Panthers at 3 p.m. and Granite City at 7:30 p.m. The tournament continues on Dec. 29 and wraps up on Dec. 30.
ROXANA FINISHES FOURTH AT CANDY CANE CLASSIC — The Roxana Shells dropped the third-place game of the Candy Cane Classic at Gibault High on Saturday, losing 49-32 to Columbia.
Roxana is now 6-6 on the season after the loss.
The Shells trailed 19-1 after the first quarter against the Eagles and could never find their footing. They were behind 32-11 at halftime and 43-24 after three quarters.
Cassie Vanzo directed the offense with 10 points in the loss.
Roxana is idle until Dec. 28 when it opens the TCSV Holiday Tournament at Buffalo/Trico against Ramsey at 1 p.m. and the Springfield Lutheran JV team at 8:30 p.m.
EA-WR FALLS TO WINDSOR AT GIBAULT — The East Alton-Wood River Oilers finished the Candy Cane Classic at Gibault High winless, falling to Windsor of Imperial, Mo., 69-33 in their final game.
The Oilers are currently on a six-game losing streak and dipped to 2-11 on the season.
Next up for EA-WR is the Carlinville Holiday Tournament. The Oilers open with Gillespie at the Carlinville Middle School at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 26. The tournament continues on Dec. 28 and 29 and concludes on Dec. 30.
GRANITE CITY FINISHES 11TH IN KANSAS CITY — The Granite City Warriors finished in 11th place Saturday in the grueling Kansas City Stampede Tournament.
The annual stacked tourney has been around since 2006 and included 40 teams for 11 different states this season. There were 28 teams which finished in the top four in their respective state tournaments last season participating.
Granite City finished 11th, compiling 39.5 points. Four Warriors competed in the championship round of the tourney.
Senior Wylondie Bell stood out, finishing fifth in the 138-pound bracket. Kyle Thompson finished 12th at 182, Korinthian Nabors took 14th at 285 and Mitchell Milsap was 16th at 106 pounds.
Now GCHS will begin preparing to play host to the 55th Annual William “Red” Schmitt Holiday Tournament. The annual wrestling extravaganza named for the longtime Granite City wrestling coach, will feature 24 teams from 4 different states this season — including the Alton Redbirds.