Jacksonville Middle Schools state run falls short
The Jacksonville Middle School Crimsons seventh grade team started off this year’s basketball season not knowing what to expect. After their first couple games they knew they had a very special team. The Crimsons continued to show people how good they were, as they went 19-0 in the regular season. Jacksonville traveled down to Bethalto to play in their regional, they took on Quincy in the semi-finals and beat them by 37. They then moved on to play Alton in the regional final, this game quickly got out of hand, Jacksonville took a 28-0 lead after the first quarter and then went up to 30-0 early in the third before Alton scored their first basket. The Crimsons won this one 53-20 and traveled to East St. Louis for the sectional championship game. In the sectional game Jacksonville lost a close one to East St. Louis. This game ended the year for the seventh grade Crimsons, they finished the season 21-1. This was the first Jacksonville Middle School basketball team to win a regional championship.
Mike Worrell announces retirement after 22 seasons
Mike Worrell, long time coach at Illinois College, announced his retirement early this week. Worrell is only one of the several staff members to take an early retirement offered by the school. Worrell led the Blueboys to several Midwest Conference Tournaments in his 22-year span, and in this time, he took the first ever Blueboys team to the Division III National Tournament. Worrell was also a two-time Midwest Conference Coach of the Year and produced 29 All-Midwest Conference players. Late last year Worrell won his 200th game in his career at Illinois College and sits at 209 wins as of now.
West Central stayed at home for their matchup Tuesday night against Routt. West
Central came out on top of this one by a score of 62-43.
West Central traveled to Carrollton on Friday night. This game was very tight through the first quarter as they were tied at five with three minutes to play in the first. Carrollton then took an 8-7 lead after the first quarter. Carrollton did not have trouble with the Cougars press like many teams have, the scoring picked up a little for both teams as West Central lead 17-14 midway through the second quarter. At halftime West Central lead 25-20. Carrollton looked very impressive considering that they were beat by the Cougars by 34 in the Waverly Holiday Tournament. West Central continued to extend the lead little by little in the third, by the end The Cougars lead by 11. In the fourth West Central maintained their lead and won this one 63-50. The Cougars improved to 22-4 on the year.
Calhoun travelled to Triopia on Tuesday night to take on one of the hottest teams in the area. Triopia came out of the gate a little slow and trailed by six going into halftime. After the bad half for the Trojans, they used a 26-point third quarter to boost themselves to a 17-point win. This puts the Trojans at a solid 17-5 record, and 7-1 in their last eight games.
Triopia travelled to Pleasant Hill on Thursday night to play their seventh conference game, Pleasant Hill came into this game with a 7-11 record. This game was a make-up game from earlier in the year after the game was postponed due to extreme weather. Triopia came out of the gates strong and never look back. The Trojans won this game 54-41. The Trojans continued to stay unbeaten in conference play and improved to 18-5 this year.
Routt travelled to West Central on Tuesday night for a conference matchup. In this
one the Rockets looked a little out of sync and West Central won this 62-43. Routt dropped to 13-9.
On Friday night the Routt Rockets travelled to Greenfield. Routt came out hot and won this one 67-28. This defensive performance ranks among the best of them for the Rockets. Routt improved to 14-9 and has won four of their last five games.
Jacksonville travelled to Monmouth on Friday night. Jacksonvillelooked for Will
Peak and Zach Rose to lead the Crimsons as they both average close to 10 points a game. Both teams started off hot on the offensive end of the floor, and Monmouth lead 17-14 after the first quarter. Monmouth outscored Jacksonville by 13 points in the second quarter to give them a 37-21 halftime lead. Will Peak had eight points for the Crimsons at the break. Monmouth continued to extend their lead in the second half and took this game 63-46. Jacksonville moved to 4-20 on the year and lost their 10th consecutive game.
On Tuesday night the Illinois College Blueboys travelled to Knox College. The Blueboys got off to a quick 7-2 lead, but that lead disappeared quickly as Knox tied it up at 9. Later in the half Illinois College hit three threes’ in a row to give the Blueboys a 31-23 lead. The offense for the Blueboys went cold in the last three minutes of the half, but they still lead 38-28. Knox came out strong in the second half, with 13 minutes remaining they cut the Blueboy lead to just three. With a Max Stutsman basket, they extended the lead to six. Knox then caught on fire and scored on the next five possessions and took a four-point lead with only 22 second left. Riley Dugan scored a bucket with 13 seconds left to cut the Knox lead to two, but it wasn’t enough and the Blueboys lost by one at Knox. Mason Speer had a double-double with 12 points and 13 assists, one assist off the Blueboy record.
On Saturday the Blueboys travelled to Grinnell. Grinnell runs a very unique style offense and looks to push the ball at all times. This offense worked against the Blueboys as they turned the ball over 31 times. Grinnell took an 18-point lead into halftime, but the Blueboys cut the lead to nine early in the second half. Grinnell’s 13 three pointers led them to a 129-105 win. Illinois College dropped their fifth straight.
On Wednesday night the MacMurray Highlanders travelled down to Kentucky to take on Spalding. In this one the Highlanders got off to a slow start and they were down 4-0. After that they didn’t look back and went on a 18-0 run to give them a 14-point lead midway through the first half. The game went back and forth after the big run and the Highlanders went into half with a 46-29 lead. To start the second half Spalding went go on a nine-point run to pull them within eight, but it wasn’t enough, and the Highlanders took this one 87-74. Brent Long moved up further in the record books, in the first half of this game he grabbed his 700th career rebound and moved to the third most in MacMurray history. Brent Long had another double-double, he put up 27 points and 15 rebounds, but Michael Cameron and Kendall Davis also put up 21 points each. This was the Highlanders fourth consecutive win and evened them out at 10-10 overall.
On Saturday the Highlanders took on Greenville University, Greenville is known for running a Grinnell style offensive. MacMurray started the game on fire up 12-2 within the first two minutes of the game, but that didn’t last long as Greenville stormed back on a 15-3 run that gave Greenville their first lead of the game. The game went back and forth for the remainder of the half until MacMurray went on a run to take a 81-76 lead into halftime. The game continued going back and forth until Greenville went on a 10-0 run to extend their lead to 14. MacMurray chipped away at the lead, but it wasn’t enough as they dropped this one 146-140. Davis lead the charge for the Highlanders and had a career high 43 points. Brent Long had a good game with 17 points and 23 rebounds.
West Central took on Carrollton on Monday night in a conference game. The Cougars dropped this one by just four points, and Carrollton won 48-44.
On Thursday night the Cougars travelled to Calhoun. The Cougars got out to an early 19-7 lead after the first. In the second both teams went back and forth until halftime when the Cougars led 31-19. Calhoun came out of halftime looking to cut the lead and that’s what they did, att the end of the third quarter West Central had a four-point lead. The Cougars just barely held on to their lead in the fourth and they took the game 44-41. Maddie Lashmett led in the scoring category for the Cougars with 15 points and Jaelyne Likes also contributed on the offensive end with 10 points.
The West Central Cougars travelled to Quincy on Friday night to take on Quincy Notre Dame. The Cougars battled with the Raiders in the first half and West Central lead by one. In the third quarter Quincy held the Cougars to just eight points. The Raiders then outscored the Cougars 17-9 in the fourth quarter. The second half effort led the Raiders to a 52-41 victory. For the Cougars they looked to Jaelyne Likes, she had 10 points. West Central moved to 15-13 on the year.
West Central received the fourth seed in the White Hall sectional and will take on the fifth seeded Triopia Trojans.
The Triopia Trojan played Western on Monday night, this game was close
throughout the whole game and Triopia would edge it out by a score of 43-40. Triopia was led by Sara Evans with 12 points in the win. Anna Burrus and Kam Portwood also combined for 20 points and most of the team’s rebounds.
Triopia travelled to Springfield on Tuesday to take on Lutheran High. Triopia looked very impressive in their 50-39 win. The Trojans outscored the Crusaders in every quarter. They were led by Portwood’s 21-point game. Burrus would do her job on the defensive end and grabbed 10 rebounds. Evans also contributed for the Trojans, she put up 11 points and recorded two steals.
Triopia will take on West Central in the first round of regionals.
The Routt Rockets took on Calhoun in Monday night’s conference game, Routt
took this game by a score of 57-42. They were led by Madi Fellhauer, Katie Abell and Bella McCartney, they combined for 37 of the teams 57 points.
Routt travelled to Beardstown on Wednesday night to take on the Tigers. The Tigers came into this game with a 3-23 record and looked to get their fourth win, while Routt came into this game 22-5. Routt dominated this game and took home a 55-37 win.
Routt girls travelled to Illinois School for the Deaf on Thursday night to take on the Tigers in the intertown game. Routt again dominated their third game in a row and won this one 59-25. Routt has improved to 24-5 on the year and is a team to watch for in the postseason.
This year for the Rockets they have been led by Katie Abell in the scoring and rebounding category, she is averaging 13.9 points per game and 8.1 rebounds a game. Fellhauer has also been someone the Rockets have had to lean on, she leads the team in assists and steals.
Routt received the number one seed and will take on the winner of the play-in game between Illinois School for the Deaf and White Hall.
The Jacksonville Crimsons travelled to the capital city to take on the Springfield High School Senators on Thursday night, this was a Central State Eight matchup. The Senators jumped out to an early 15-6 lead in the first quarter. Springfield continued to increase the lead and lead 33-13 at halftime and ended up winning the game 75-24. The Crimsons dropped to 1-23 this season and 1-14 in conference play.
The Crimsons took on the Lanphier Lions on Saturday. The Lions jumped out to an early lead and never looked back, they took this one 85-41. The Crimsons dropped to 1-24 on the year and have one more game until they start regionals.