Basketball

LADY ACES CELEBRATE SEASON

MOUNT CARMEL, Ill. -- The two seniors on the Mount Carmel girls’ basketball team will forever be credited with returning the Lady Aces to the north side of the .500 mark for the first time since Tyra Buss played at the Hilltop.

Kylie Terrel and McKenna Zimmerman will also get credit for setting the table for the surge that is surely ahead. Because just as much as the awards banquet held last week was about them, it was also about the future, which looks extremely bright, by the way.

WVC loses first game in Lubbock

LUBBOCK, Tex. --- Twice in the third quarter of Monday night’s NJCAA women’s national tournament basketball game, it appeared as if Wabash Valley was about to reverse its fortune against lower-seeded Cochise, Arizona.

The Apaches, however, had an answer to each challenge, eventually pulling away to a surprisingly-easy 96-75 victory in the final game of the first day of play in the 24-team tourney being played at Rip Griffin Center on the campus of Lubbock Christian University.

Aces Make History

PEORIA, Ill. – Who is sweating the details, anyway.

Considering the historic achievement of the Mount Carmel boys’ basketball team this weekend, a second-place finish in the IHSA Class 2A state tournament should not be diminished.

For the Golden Aces of 2016-17 achieved something grander than any trophy will ever show. After 90 long years, they have put Mount Carmel basketball back on the map.

Chicago Orr defeated Mount Carmel, 59-39, in the finals. The Spartans did early damage against the Aces, with three blocked shots in the first eight minutes and a 16-6 lead at the end of the first period. The Aces, meanwhile, came out cold, missing six of their first seven shots.

Aces win, reach finals

PEORIA, Ill. --- Southern Illinois has become all too familiar with how punishing Mount Carmel’s twin towers can be. Now, the entire state knows.

Jackson Marcotte and Justin Carpenter both recorded double-doubles on Friday night, leading Mount Carmel to a 67-55 victory over Kankakee Bishop McNamara in the semifinals of the IHSA Class 2A state tournament at Carver Arena in Peoria.

The win sent the ninth-rated Aces into the championship game on Saturday at 7:15 p.m. against the only other AP Top 10 team to play in Peoria, Chicago Orr (22-5), who eliminated Monticello, 62-44.

State trip outlined months ago

PEORIA, Ill. --- Everything ran like clockwork on Thursday for the state-bound Mount Carmel boys’ basketball team.

After a 7:30 a.m. sendoff from the Hilltop, the yellow District 348 school bus motored its way to Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, where coach Tyler Buss’ alma mater threw open the doors to Lantz Gum for a mid-morning workout.

The entourage arrived in Peoria in time for a photography session followed by 30 minutes of court time on the Carver Arena floor, where the Golden Aces will return Friday for the Class 2A semifinal game against Kankakee Bishop McNamara.

A pre-tournament banquet wrapped up the festivities on the eve of Mount Carmel’s first state tournament appearance since 1944.

The schedule was arranged in advance by Buss, of course.

Last September.

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