Category: ICC

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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Illinois Central College (31-4) women’s basketball team lost in the semifinals of the NJCAA Division II national tournament to Louisburg College (31-3)72-68 on Friday night at Lorene M. Ramsey GymnasiumOlivia Gaines had a game-high 22 points for the Lady Hurricanes. Jazmine Parker and Tiffany Johnson added 15 points apiece to join Gaines in double figures. Demeisha Morris and Chanta Wright joined  ShaVonn Watkins in double figures, with all three scoring 17 points for ICC. The loss puts the Cougars in the third-place game against fourth-seeded St. Clair Community College (21-10) at 5:30 p.m. Saturday

-Bob

Top-seeded Mesa Community College knocked off No. 9 and two-time defending champion Monroe College 53-50 in the first of two quarterfinal games Thursday night at the Lorene Ramsey Gymnasium at Illinois Central College. The Lady Thunderbirds (26-6) started out slow and didn’t even take the lead until a 3-pointer by Mariah Willadsen pushed the Thunderbirds ahead 17-16 with 6:40 left in the first half. Mesa led 27-21 at halftime. Nicole Tsosie led Mesa with 16 points. Willadsen and Mariam Ridgwell each added 10 for the Thunderbirds. Ly’Nasha Frazier led the Lady Mustangs with 16 points. “That was a very, very, very, very good team we just played and who are well coached too,” Mesa coach Kori Stephenson said after the game, a 53-50 victory for her team. “The kids just stepped up and took charge.”

-Bob

Illinois Central College (11-2-1) topped Southwestern Illinois College (12-6-0) 4-1 at EastSide Centre in East Peoria Thursday afternoon. Sophomore Keenan Vincent scored twice for the Cougars as freshman Norman Ramos assisted on both goals. Amara Soumah and Diego Valdez each scored a goal for ICC. The Blue Storm scored there only goal in the game by sophomore Jon O’Brien. There were 35 total fouls in the game, and the Cougars outshot SWIC 10-7. Omar Ramirez was outstanding in goal for the Cougars.

-Bob

Peoria Chiefs starting pitcher Gerardo Conception (2-4) held the Kernels hitless through 5.1 innings. Trailing 1-0, Ryan Jones picked up the first hit in the 6th inning as he beat out an infield single that was hit up the middle and backhanded by Chiefs second baseman Zeke DeVoss. Kaleb Cowart then followed with an infield single for the second hit. Concepcion allowed no runs on two hits while striking out four and walking four. The Kernels were held to six hits as the Peoria Chiefs shut out Cedar Rapids 4-0 on Wednesday night before 4,568 fans. Peoria added three runs in the 6th inning, Zeke DeVoss doubled to begin the frame. He came home on Taiwan Easterling’s 2-run home run to left field. Later in the inning, Javier Baez’s RBI single plated Wes Darvill. Click here for game boxscore.

-Bob


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