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Friday, November 21, 2014

Sullivan Preview

From the Decatur newspaper- preview of Sullivan who we will play at Mattoon....

SULLIVAN – Getting older hasn’t slowed down these Sullivan seniors.
With a handful of guards and a post player who can run the floor step-for-step, Sullivan’s last couple of years has been defined as high-energy.
The senior group has played varsity minutes for three years, but that quick pace accentuated when this group really took control last year.

Jacksonville over Quincy

Olivia Kaufmann scored a team-high 30 points to lead the Jacksonville High girls’ basketball team to a 57-44 win over Quincy in the Crimsons’ season opener Tuesday.

Daisy Wood, Sarah James and Emily Hillis added 7 points apiece for Jacksonville (1-0).

The Crimsons jumped out to a 15-9 lead at the end of the first quarter, and took a 27-22 lead into halftime. Jacksonville outscored Quincy 30-22 in the second half, including 16-7 in the fourth quarter, to seal the win.

Rocky Preview

From the Argus....

Rocky With Big Win

From Argus....

Rock Island 89, Orion 29: Consistently converting shots helped the Rocks open the season with their third consecutive victory, but that was not their highlight. Rocky coach Thad Hoover felt the 29 points allowed told the whole story.
"If we can put pressure on people and not give up a lot of points, that will be huge," Hoover said. "Then, you don't have to shoot well."

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Sullivan Beat T-Town

Sullivan, a team in the Mattoon tourney opens with big win.

Sullivan 49, Tetuopolis 43
TEUTOPOLIS: Bueker 3-0-6; Hardieck 6-1-13; Sandschafer 1-0-2; Repking 2-2-6; Schmidt 5-1-11; Thoele 2-1-5; Totals 19-5-43
SULLIVAN: Stewart 1-1-4; Marshall 0-2-2; Ellis 2-0-5; Boyer 4-6-14; Neuhauser 7-6-24; Totals 14-15-49
Three-point goals: Teutopolis 0, Sullivan 6 (Neuhauser 4, Ellis 1, Stewart 1)

U-High Wins Opener

BLOOMINGTON — Central Catholic High School junior Sydney Shanks got off to a fast start Monday night, scoring seven first-quarter points. More important for the Saints, Shanks also finished strong in a 55-52 overtime victory over Normal Community in the opening round of the Girls Intercity Basketball Tournament.
Shanks scored her team's first six points of the extra period and the Saints held on to win on their homecourt.
"That really showed that she's been a three-year varsity player right there," Central coach Debbie Coffman said.
"She took charge and took the lead and did a nice job there."
In Monday night's first game, University High jumped to a 20-3 first-quarter lead and went on to a 64-33 victory over Bloomington.
The tournament resumes Wednesday with BHS facing Central at 6 p.m. and Normal West meeting U High at 7:30 p.m.
Shanks finished with a game-high 15 points. She had not scored in the second half before the flurry in overtime, which included a basket on a drive, another on a rebound and a third after a steal.
NCHS had tied the game at 48 on a driving basket by sophomore Kendall Sosa with three seconds left in regulation.
The Iron trailed 11-2 to start the game, were within 29-27 at the half, but fell behind 40-28 in the third quarter.
They fought back behind 13 points from senior Jill Welch, 11 from sophomore Julia Lemke and 10 from Sosa.
"That's probably going to be our identity all year. We just want to make sure we're competitive and fighting every time we get a chance," NCHS coach Marcus Mann said. "We have some young girls and girls who are trying to gel together. But if they can keep fighting like that we'll have some success this year."
Sophomore Ellie Stevens added 12 points and senior Riley Stevens nine for Central, which won despite going 2 of 9 from the free-throw line in the final three minutes of regulation and overtime.
"We have a lot of young kids on the floor and the thing I told them at halftime was 'Welcome to varsity basketball,'" Coffman said. "It's a different speed. I thought they came out at halftime and adjusted to things we did and got another lead. It was a battle and there are some things we need to work on."
Shanks also led Central with 10 rebounds, while Elexis Swartzentruber had nine for NCHS.
BHS-U High
U High scored the game's first 18 points while hounding BHS into 12 first-quarter turnovers. The Pioneers led 31-8 at the half and were paced by 12 points each from junior star Chante Stonewall and sophomore Amber Nanni.
Freshman Addy Loeffler scored 10 for the Pioneers and junior Bailey Larsen had eight.
"For us to be good we have to have lots of contributors," U High coach Laura Sellers said. "I thought the first quarter we really came out strong defensively with a lot of energy and shared the basketball very well.

Morton Basketball Blog

Sterling Loses Opener

STERLING – There was a time when Stillman Valley coach Bobby Mellon would have been glad to see Gabby Sandoval go on an eight-point run.
Monday night that wasn’t the case when the Sterling senior did that in the third quarter to give the Warriors a brief lead.
Mellon was glad to see his team respond. That’s what the Cardinals did every time the Warriors made a run at Musgrove Fieldhouse.
The Cardinals won 65-55 in the opening night of the Sauk Valley Shootout.
“I coached Gabby a few years ago in AAU, and I know what kind of shooter she is,” Mellon said. “They had a few other girls we didn’t know could shoot like that, but I think we threw some different defenses at them, and that threw them off a bit.”

Sterling Preview

Sterling girls basketball coach Ryan Vasquez taped laminated rectangular cards onto the folded bleachers at Musgrove Fieldhouse before practice on Thursday.
The cards read “the Golden Warriors way.”
Vasquez, who is in his first year as head coach after taking over for longtime coach Julie Schroeder, hopes to instill a new mentality this season. The cards simply act as a reminder.
“It’s who we are,” Vasquez said. “I’m going to bring a defense-first mentality to this team, and we’re going to play with a lot of energy.”

UT Preview in QC Times