December, 2013 Archives

The Illinois Central College Lady Cougars (12-2) defeated the second ranked Kirkwood Community College Eagles 65-53 Monday night to capture the Stoney Creek Inn Cougar Holiday basketball tournament. Sophomore forward Chanta Wright paced the Cougars with 16 points and 13 rebounds, Gabby Williams added 10 points and 14 boards, and April Gebke chipped in 11 points and five assists. ICC held Kirkwood to 24.6 percent shooting (14-for-57) from the floor. The Eagles were led by freshman guard Tyra Polite with 16 points and sophomore Danielle Woolfolk added 13 points.

-Bob

The IHSA No. 10-ranked Washington Panthers (5-0) ended Morton’s 36-game league win streak with a 69-56, three-overtime Class 3A girls basketball victory at the Potterdome. It was the Potters first Mid-Illini loss since Jan. 25, 2011 Senior guard Hayley Reneau gave the game its 14th and final lead change 54 seconds into the third overtime. The senior hit the go-ahead, 3-pointer in the 3rd OT. She made five 3s to finish with a game-high 18 points. Washington extended its lead to six thanks to a three-point play by senior guard Makayla Hartter (17 points). The senior guard was fouled after making a layup and sunk the free throw for a 60-54 lead. She also helped hold Morton’s leading scorer sophomore Chandler Ryan to 10 points on 4-for-17 shooting. Morton freshman Brandi Bisping scored 15 and senior Emily Schultz, who scored seven straight in the second quarter, added 12 before both fouled out. The Panthers junior forward Jess Learned added 14 points and 11 rebounds.

-Bob



Center Garrett Vermeersch scored two goals and added an assist as the Peoria Rivermen rolled to a 6-2 victory over the Bloomington Thunder at Carver Arena on Central Illinois STRONG night before 2,979 fans. Rookie netminder Eric Levine made 22 saves on 24 shots, and earned his fourth straight win, as the Rivermen never trailed in the contest. With the victory, Peoria (8-6-3) is now on a season-long five game win streak and is also 5-0-0 against the Thunder (5-14-0) this season. Peoria outshot Bloomington 21-2 in the first. In support of the local American Red Cross and its tornado relief efforts in central Illinois, the Rivermen wore custom jerseys, which were auctioned off live after the game. The Rivermen continue their three-game series with the Thunder on Saturday night, with a 7:05 p.m. puck drop in Bloomington at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum.

-Bob

Illinois Central College (9-2) jumped out to a quick 9-0 lead and never looked back as they cruised to a 80-55 victory over the Lincoln Land College (8-3) Thursday night at Lorene M. Ramsey Gymnasium. The Lady Cougars were lead in scoring by sophomore forward Chanta Wright (Peoria Manual High School, Peoria, IL) with 22 points and 14 rebounds. Freshman guard Breonna Lewis (Springfield-Lanphier High School, Springfield, IL) scored 15 points and added 5 rebounds for the Loggers.

-Bob

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The Bloomington Thunder dropped their final meeting of the season with the Mississippi Surge 6-1 on Sunday afternoon at U.S. Cellular Coliseum. All four first-period goals were scored on power plays to give the Surge a 3-1 lead at the first intermission. A bad bounce ended up off the back of Thunder goalie Max Strang and into the net on a goal by Luke Greiner on a power play, but Kevin Walrod answered by tipping a Burke Gallimore drive from the high slot on a power play also assisted by Travis Granbois with 14:07 showing on the first period clock. Yet another power play goal gave the Surge a 2-1 advantage with 10:55 left in the opening chapter on a drive by Kyle Kudroch at the right post. The Surge scored on another man advantage when Kudroch batted a rebound into an open net with just 38 seconds remaining before the first intermission. Max Strang took the loss while stopping 14 of the 19 shots he faced before being replaced after the fifth Surge goal by B.J. O’Brien, who saved nine of the 10 shots. Mathieu Dugas took the win with 37 saves. The Surge were 3-for-5 on the power play while the Thunder were 1-of-6.

-Bob


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