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Last night we got a chance to get our first looks at the Brown County and West Central girls basketball teams as they faced off in an early season WIVC matchup.  After 1 qtr of play, these 2 teams were tied up  11 but West Central would not waste any time in changing that trend.  The Lady Cougars got a bit of a lead before halftime and then really separated themselves from Brown County in the second half en route to the 64-43 victory.  Brown County’s Vanessa Markert led all scorers with 20 points on the night.  For West Central, Kaydee Carmody led the Lady Cougars with 16 points.  As a team, Brown County shot an outstanding 71% from the Free Throw line which any coach has to be pleased with this early in the season.  West Central had trouble finding the basketball night but don’t expect that to be a common problem or this team.  I think that West Central will be a team that has grabbed a lot of attention by the end of this season as they have many strengths and have some excellent players coming off of the bench.  Now looking at the season for Brown County, I think the Lady Hornets really have the potential to turn some heads and be a competitive team.  They have a great group of girls but they just need that varsity game experience to really get to the level they are looking to be at.

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Calhoun and Triopia squared off in a great WIVC battle this evening. These two teams played a hard fought game where the Trojans were plagued by poor shooting and yet found a way to stay in this game.  As the night went on, Triopia started to figure out the key to playing defense against the Warriors and as a result took the lead in the 4th quarter.  Though Triopia could not take advantage of multiple opportunities to put Calhoun away and we would have to settle this one in overtime.  2 three pointers from Leo Herzberger would pull the Trojans out to a quick lead and Calhoun just could not respond and Triopia would pick up the 49-43 overtime victory.  Tyler Baalman led the Warriors with 25 points this evening while Leo Herzberger led the Trojans with 22 points on the evening.

 

Brown County traveled to Triopia last night for a WIVC battle between two rivals who know each other very well.  This game would not disappoint anyone who loves defense as Triopia played solid defense for 3 quarters here tonight.  But then finally in the 4th quarter Brown County found a way to pick up the offensive momentum which in turn, forced Triopa to start fouling.  Unfortunately for Triopia, Brown County went 10 for 11 from the free throw line in the game and pulled away for the 45-38 victory.  Triopia was led in scoring by John Love with 16 while Justin Volk had 14 for Brown County.  The Hornets shot 53% from the field in the contest while Triopia could only attain 37%.  Triopia did everything they could to keep themselves in this one but they got in a bit of a panic early in the 4th quarter while Brown County only missed one shot in the quarter, a free throw.

Our second game of the day saw #3 Carrollton take on the North Greene JV team.  This is one of those games that is hard for anyone to get motivated to play in but once Carrollton got warmed up they really looked like a solid team.  The Lady Hawks are going to give a lot of teams a lot of fits this year as they are quick, shoot often, and they have bench players that can step in and fill rolls out on the court.  Due to a very instant loss of power, the back end of this game was played with only two lights in the gym but by that point the outcome was already decided.  Carrollton advances with the 62-20 victory of the North Greene JV.  Kylie Foiles led the Lady Spartans with 6 points while Kimberly Lake led the Lady Hawks with 13.  The North Greene JV team will take on Greenfield while Carrollton advances to take on Pittsfield.

The opening round game of the 2012 Lady Spartan Classic was a very one sided affair.  Beardstown jumped out to the quick lead and never looked back.  Even though Brussels was the #8 seed in the tournament, they could never come up with an answer for anything the Lady Tigers would send their way.  Brussels main problem seemed to be that they stood around too much and never found any type of rhythm which allowed Beardstown to control just about every aspect of this game.  Beardstown would pick up the opening round victory by a score of 60-34.  Hannah Pohlman led the Lady Raiders with 12 points while Jill Harris was unstoppable for the Lady Tigers as she had 26 points. Brussels falls into the consolation bracket and get a bye in the next round while Beardstown advances to the Quarterfinals where they will take on #1 seed, Litchfield.

Tonight the South Fulton Rebels hosted the BPCA Spartans in Prairieland Conference action.  South Fulton got out to a hot start with a 6-0 run but then BPCA answered back with a 13-0 run to take a 13-6 lead after the 1st quarter.  The Spartans would hold on to the lead for just about the rest of the contest but then all of a sudden South Fulton got a couple of buckets to fall through.  Those buckets would be enough to pull South Fulton out to a late lead and the Rebels held on for the 38-34 victory.  Free throw shooting down the stretch really hurt the Spartans while it was the exact opposite with the Rebels.  BPCA shout 14/54 from the field and shot 3/7 from the free throw line while South Fulton went 13/36 from the field and 9/26 from the free throw line.  The Spartans were led in scoring by Anthony Taylor with 9 while Casey Jones led the Rebels with 12.

A late tip off would not deter either Brown County or Illini West from providing us a great contest tonight.  Brown County would have to play a solid contest up and down the floor in order to keep up with a very talented Charger ball club.  Tied at 13 after the 1st quarter, Illini West would outscore the Hornets 14-9 in the 2nd quarter to take a 27-22 halftime lead.  Brown County made a solid effort in the 2nd half but just could not find an answer for the outstanding 3-point shooting of the Chargers and fell by a score of 52-40.  Illini West shot 7-14 from behind the 3-point arc with Brody Gronewald going 4-6.  Alex Sheppard led the Hornets with 13 points while Brody Gronewald led Illini West with 18.  Brown County falls in to the consolation bracket and will take on Lewistown at 2:30 on Thursday afternoon.