Basketball

MT. CARMEL – After one half of solid inside defense against a taller Flora team, things began to unravel for the Mt. Carmel Lady Aces in the third quarter Monday night.

What began as a drip, drip, drip turned into a torrent in the fourth quarter as the Wolfgals pulled away to a 47-36 non-conference win at the Hilltop.

“I thought we started to slide a little bit in the second quarter,” said Mt. Carmel coach Tim Willis after Flora (6-1) had spoiled his team’s home opener. “We get going 100 miles per hour and aren’t sure what to do with the ball, and that leads to turnovers. With this team, it’s about teaching patience.”

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By Bob Bowser

ALLENDALE - On Monday, December 1st, the Allendale Yellow Jackets hosted the St. Mary's Rockets in WEAA conference basketball action.  In the 7th grade game, St. Mary's defeated Allendale 28-22.  Scoring for Allendale was:  Jasper Vaughn with 12 points, Madison Smith 6 points, Zach Hurt 2 points, and McKenzie Smith with 2 points. Leading the way for St. Mary's was Gehrig Jones with 9 points and followed closely by Max Zimmerman with 7 points.

In the 8th grade game, the Rockets defeated the Yellow Jackets 51-12.  Scoring for Allendale was:  Greg Stoltz with 6 points, Brock Lane 3 points, Madison Smith 2 points, and Jasper Vaughn 1 point.  For St. Mary's, Gary Harness led the way with 19 points and Aden Gill added 11 points.

Next up for the Yellow Jackets:  home vs. New Hebron on December 11th.

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BRIDGEPORT, Ill. – For the record, Mt. Carmel lost to Teutopolis, 76-74, in the championship game of the Capital Classic Saturday night.

Make no mistake, however. The Golden Aces were the real winners of the eight-team, two-site tournament. With one starter back from last year and this team together for only four practices following an extended post-season football run, Mt. Carmel managed to drag one of Illinois’ historically grand teams through the muck and mire.

“I couldn’t be prouder of our kids,” said Aces coach Tyler Buss, underway in his third year at the helm. “We had two football linemen come to an open gym less than 24 hours after a physical game against Williamsville (in the IHSA Class 3A semifinals one week prior). It tells you the kind of guys we have. They want to be good. Now we have to teach them to be good.”

For over 31 minutes and 59 seconds the Aces were good, with Teutopolis (4-0) finally stealing the 2-point win away on a rebound basket by Brett Mette at the buzzer.

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CENTRALIA, Ill. – Both Wabash Valley College basketball teams passed their first road test of the Great Rivers Athletic Conference season at Kaskaskia Tuesday night. The Lady Warriors opened with a 68-64 win over the Blue Angels to improve to 2-0 in the GRAC. The 73-70 overtime victory achieved by the Warriors in the late game may have been even more important, after a home loss to Southeastern in the conference opener.

Jaquan Lynch buried a 3-point field goal from the right side at the buzzer to give the Warriors (4-2, 1-1 in GRAC) the OT win.

“It was probably fun to watch as a fan,” said Wabash Valley coach Mike Carpenter. “But when you put your livelihood in the hands of 18 and 19-year-olds to make decisions on the fly sometimes you don’t realize what a big game you’re watching.”

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MT. CARMEL - On Tuesday, the St. Mary’s Lady Rockets hosted Cisne. The 8th Grade Lady Rockets lost to Cisne, 43-22. Meredith Jones led the scoring for the Lady Rockets with 8 points. Additional scoring came from Amelia Tennes 4 points, Faith Witsman 2 points, Megan Hoeszle 2 points, Addison Drone 2 points, Allyson Armstrong 2 points, and Sarah Kieffer 2 points. Cisne was led in scoring by Hilliard with 10 points.

The 7th Grade Lady Rockets defeated Cisne, 20-12, after trailing 12-6 at the end of the third quarter. The 7th Grade Lady Rockets were able to score 14 points in the fourth quarter and hold Cisne scoreless. The Lady Rockets were led in scoring by Chloe Britton with 5 points. Also scoring were Taya York 4 points, Faith Fuller 4 points, Megan Hoeszle 3 points, Faith Witsman 2 points, and Madison McIntire 2 points. Keen led Cisne in scoring with 6 points.

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