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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

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 sophomore Victor Cardoso scored the game’s only goal in the 52nd minute off an assist from freshman Diego Valdez for a 1-0 victory. The Cougars (2-0-0) goalkeeper Omar Ramirez had six saves for his second shutout in the young season. Two Lincoln College players were issued red cards in the match, and the 10th ranked Lynx (1-1-0) played the final 15 minutes of the game with just nine players.

-Bob

Ninth seeded Monroe College (30-6) from New Rochelle, NY outlasted the fourth seeded Louisburg (30-2) lady Hurricanes from Louisburg, NC 74-69 to advance to the championship game. The Mustangs had 4 players in double figures, led by Aivah Parham with 18 points, Jasmine McRoy with 16, Kashay Barnes with 15 and 6’5″ center Verdine Warner added 14 points along with 14 rebounds. Louisburg’s Jazmine Parker scored 19 points, Olivia Gaines added 15. Monroe will try to defend there 2011 NJCAA Div. II championship against Lake Michigan (30-4) Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. on the Lorene M. Ramsey Gymnasium on the campus of Illinois Central College.

-Bob

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