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Girls High School Basketball News - 2008-2009 Season

Mid-Illini Week in Review - March 15, 2009 - By Steve Stein
Congratulations to the players named to the Mid-Illini Conference all-conference girls basketball teams:


* Natecia Augusta, Limestone sophomore
* Brooke Bisping, Morton senior
* Jenni Erlandson, Dunlap senior
* Lexi Grayer, Washington junior
* Anna Kreuser, Dunlap senior
* Lauren Link, Metamora senior
* Mallory Moser, Canton junior
* Ashleigh Nagle, Canton senior

* Kierstyn Cagle, Pekin junior
* Sarah Hendricks, Morton senior
* Lauren Keegan, Dunlap senior
* Brittany Martin, Canton junior
* Carrie Myers, East Peoria sophomore
* Mariah Nimmo, Morton sophomore
* Sara Ohlman, Washington senior
* Justine Phillips, Metamora junior

Bisping led the conference in scoring (23.3 points per game) and rebounding (11.1 rebounds per game). Augusta was second in scoring (21.7) and rebounding (9.0).

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Mid-Illini Week in Review - February 22, 2009 - By Steve Stein
THE BIG STORY: How about those Lady Redbirds! Metamora beat Mid-Illini Conference champion Morton 71-63 Thursday to capture the championship of the Class 3A Washington Regional.
This was an improbable title. Morton had beaten Metamora 69-54 and 58-54 in their previous meetings. The Lady Redbirds lost starter Whitney Rohrbach to a season-ending knee injury in December, and suffered through a five-game losing streak that started Dec. 31 and continued into January. Metamora beat Washington 65-51 and Morton topped Limestone 50-40 in the regional semifinals.

SUDDEN SAM: Metamora’s Sam Kapraun scored a career-high 22 points in the Lady Redbirds’ victory over Morton.

UNSUNG HERO OF THE WEEK: Metamora’s Lauren Link scored 21 points on 10-of-15 shooting from the field and grabbed 14 rebounds in the Lady Redbirds’ victory over Morton.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “We hit a low spot and I asked the girls to keep trying. Every single one of them did.” -- Metamora coach Kathy Wainman, talking about her team’s five-game losing streak, in a story in the Journal Star.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK: So long, Brooke Bisping. The four-year Morton star, who is headed to Bradley, scored 24 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in the Lady Potters’ loss to Metamora. The defeat left Morton with a final 21-11 record.

STAT OF THE WEEK: Metamora ended Morton’s run of four straight regional championships.

SEEDY CHARACTERS: Metamora was seeded No. 3 while Washington was seeded No. 2 in the Washington Regional, but those seeds were determined by the Illinois High School Association, not the coaches. Metamora won both Mid-Illini games against Washington. Metamora beat Pontiac 65-44 to get a shot at Washington.

SOPH TOUCH: Limestone sophomore Natecia Augusta -- sister of Limestone boys star Donivine Stewart --scored 13 of her 25 points in the fourth quarter Monday to lead the Lady Rockets past East Peoria 48-40 in the play-in game of the Washington Regional. Augusta was nearly perfect at the free throw line during the game, making 12-of-13.

NICE JOB, DUNLAP: Congrats to Dunlap for a great season. The Lady Eagles lost 64-55 Monday to Peoria Woodruff in a matchup of fine teams in the play-in game at the Dunlap Class 3A Regional, and they finished 21-7. They were 10-4 in the Mid-Illini, tied for second place with Canton, a game behind Morton.

A LOOK AHEAD I: Thanks to its regional championship, Metamora (19-11) returns home to host a sectional. The Lady Redbirds will face Ottawa (26-2) at 6 p.m. and No. 2-ranked Peoria Richwoods (29-3) will meet Rock Island (13-14) at 8 p.m. Monday in semifinals. The championship game is at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, with the winner moving on to the Bloomington Supersectional.

A LOOK AHEAD II: Natecia Augusta (Limestone), Jaquie Flanagan (Washington), Erica Harper (East Peoria) and Carrie Myers (East Peoria) have advanced the sectional round of the statewide 3-point shooting competition.

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East Peoria Lady Raiders Vs. Washington Lady Panthers - January 13, 2009         | Back |
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Washington's Lexie Barra (32) pulls down a rebound in second quarter action.  The Lady Panthers held on with 13.1 seconds to go to win in East Peoria 36-35.

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Jen Jones (21), East Peoria forward, battles Abby Clanin (21) for a loose ball in second quarter action.

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East Peoria, IL - "It was a tale of two halves," said East Peoria Head Coach Pete McGinnis of the Lady Raiders Mid-Illini Conference game with the Washington Panthers on Tuesday night in East Peoria.

The first half belonged to the Raiders, who held the Panthers scoreless in the first six minutes and to nine points for the first half. The second half belonged to the Panthers who returned the favor and held the Raiders to nine points in the second half, got their first lead of the game on a Lexi Grayer free throw with 13.1 seconds left in the game and held on to win 36-35.

Trailing at the half 26-9, Randy Marchand, Washington’s head coach, told his team, "We can do what they did to us." And they did.

The Panthers opened the second half with a 7-0 run and cut the deficit to ten at 26-16 wit 4:56 to go in the third quarter.

Sara Ohlman canned a three from the corner at the start of the fourth to give the Panthers 25 to the Raiders 31 and the march was on.

A long three from Grayer with 2:17 to go and a jumper by Ohlman at 1:40 cut the deficit to three at 35-32 Raiders.

East Peoria’s Sydney Marshall was fouled with 55.8 to go and stepped up to the line for a one-in-one. Marshall missed the front end, the Panthers picked up the rebound and Grayer scored getting the Panthers to within one at 35-34.

Lindsey Boyer fouled Marshall, setting her up for another one-in-one with 27.5 to go. Again, Marshall missed the front end and the Panther’s grabbed the rebound.

With 13.1 to go, Marshall drew her fifth foul sending Grayer to the stripe for two. Grayer hit both shots, giving Washington their first lead of the game at 36-35.

The Raiders had a chance for the win, inbounding the ball under their basket in the corner with 2.8 seconds remaining. But Washington would deflect Emilee Brown’s shot at the buzzer and hold on to win 36-35.

"We make our free throws and we win the game," McGinnis said. "Defensively, we were just not good in the last part of the game."

Lexi Grayer led Washington’s scoring with 15, including one three and the two crucial free throws for the lead. Carrie Myers came off the bench and topped the Raider’s with 13, two of which were from beyond the arc.

Metamora Lady Redbirds Vs. Canton Lady Little Giants - January 6, 2009         | Back |
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Canton's Brittany Martin (23) was the Little Giants top scorer with 19 points.
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Justine Phillips (13) led the Redbirds scoring with 17 points.
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Ashleigh Nagle (40) and Sam Kapraun (25) anticipate a rebound off a Canton free throw.
Metamora, Illinois - After a sluggish start, the Metamora Lady Redbirds played catch-up all night to the Canton Lady Little Giants in a 56-55 loss at Metamora Tuesday evening. "The kids never lost focus," Canton Head Coach Layne Langholf stated. "They maintained their composure well enough to win on the road."

Canton lost by seven to the Lady Redbirds in the Woodruff Tournament last week. "The key for us after getting beat last week was getting lay-ups off their pressure," Langholf said. "Ashleigh Nagle and Brittany Martin had a lot to do with that."

Metamora trailed by eight at the break at 29-21, but came on strong at the open of the second half with a three from Sam Kapraun and a pair of free throws from Courtney DeLap to trail Canton 29-26. DeLap hit a three at the end of the third quarter to make the score 46-40 Canton. The Redbirds hit a total of five threes in the third.

Down by four with 1:31 left in the game, DeLap got a pick and an easy lay-up leaving the Little Giants with a 53-51 lead. With :52.3 to go, Canton's Brittany Martin was fouled and made both shots to lead 55-51.

DeLap picked up her fifth foul and headed for the bench sending Ashleigh Nagle to the line for two. Nagle sank one to go up by three with :11.3 in the game. A long pass down court got the ball to Lauren Link who made a long two at the buzzer to come up one short at 56-55 Canton.

The Little Giants were 21 of 25 (84%) from the line for the game compared to 11 of 20 (55%) for Metamora. Justine Phillips led the Redbirds scoring with 17, including two threes. Link and DeLap were in double digits with 12 and 11 respectively.

Brittany Martin was top scorer for Canton with 19 followed my Mallory Moser with 14 and the Little Giants only three, and Ashleigh Nagle with 13.

Metamora fell to 3-2 in the conference and 10-5 overall. Canton improved to 5-1 in the Mid-Illini and an overall record of 14-3.

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Washington Lady Panthers Vs. Springfield Lady Senators - December 29, 2008         | Back |
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Washington's Lindsey Boyer (13) chases a loose ball in first quarter action.
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Jaymi Holloman (15) drives the lane.   Holloman scored nine for the Lady Panthers.
Peoria, Illinois - The Washington Lady Panthers breezed through the Quincy Lady Blue Devils (48-36) and the Lanphier (Springfield) Lady Lyons (55-35), but were unable to hold the streak against the Springfield Lady Senators in the Girls Holiday Basketball Tournament held at Manual High School.

The Senators jumped out to a 23-7 lead at the end of the first period after a 13-0 run and went to the locker room with a 32-11 margin. Springfield's leading contributors were Demi VanDerWal with 10 and Zahna Medley with 9. Lindsey Boyer led the Panthers with six.

Washington put together a solid third quarter with 18 points, including threes from Boyer and Moriah Peterson. But the Senators had 23 points adding to the Panther's deficit.

With a convincing 71-41 victory, the Lady Senators met up with the Moline Lady Maroons in the Championship game on Tuesday. The Korza sisters combined for 20 (Kasi 14, Kelly 6) and Medley had 13 for a 57-37 win for the tournament championship.

Washington faced the Peoria Central Lions and came away with fourth place in a 50-44 loss. Sara Ohlman led the Panthers with 16 and Ashley Hightower was the Lions top scorer with 17.

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Limestone Lady Rockets Vs. Washington Lady Panthers - December 20, 2008         | Back |
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Washington's Jaymi Holloman (15) scores two of her career high 21 in the Panthers defeat of the Limestone Rockets 60-43.

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Limestone's Jenna Brooks (31) and Washington's Sara Ohlman (11) scramble for a loose ball.

Bartonville, IL - The Washington Lady Panthers came into Bartonville winless in the Mid-Illini Conference looking to put one in the win column. "We needed to get a win here in the Conference," stated Panther's Head Coach Randy Marchand.

Led by Jaymi Holloman's career high 21 points, a balanced scoring attack and solid defense, the Panthers did not disappoint with a 60-43 victory. "It was a great team win," Holloman said. "Recently, I've been struggling and this was a very good game to get back into it."

Washington led at the half 32-23 with eight points each from Holloman, Lexie Grayer and Sara Ohlman. "The key was balanced scoring," Marchand said.

Limestone closed to within five at the four-minute mark in the third quarter on a pair of free throws from Natecia Augusta. But Augusta had picked up a technical foul that sent Holloman to the line for a pair making the score 36-29 Panthers.

Holloman had the hot hand down the stretch with 13-second half points. Sara Ohlman checked in with 15 points, including three treys and Lexie Grayer had 14 for the game.

The Lady Rockets got another solid game from Natecia Augusta with 23 points. Loren Heiser had eight with two threes for Limestone.

The Panthers, 6-3 overall, 1-3 in the Mid-Illini, meet up with Central next in a rescheduled game before appearing in the post-Christmas Manual Holiday Tournament. Limestone takes a 4-5 overall, 1-3 conference, record to the Manual Holiday tournament.

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East Peoria Lady Raiders Vs. Limestone Lady Rockets - December 12, 2008         | Back |
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Carrie Myers (10) had 22 for the Raiders, including six treys, to lead East Peoria's scoring.

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Limestone's Felicia Johnson (21) had 12 points.   Natecia Augusta led the Rocket's scoring with 25.

East Peoria, IL - East Peoria capitalized on the Rocket's zone defense and put up thirteen threes in a 61-56 victory in East Peoria in Mid-Illini Conference play Friday night. The Raider's Carrie Myers and Erica Harper combined for eleven threes, scoring 22 and 15 total points, respectively.

The Raiders got off to a slow start, but ignited their offense in the second quarter and led at the half, 25-22 on four threes from Harper before the break.

Carrie Myers and Emily Brown opened up the scoring in the second half with back-to-back threes. But the Rockets were able to scratch their way back to a three-point deficit (46-43) at the close of the third quarter.

With 4:38 left in the fourth quarter, Limestone's Cierra Braggs came off the bench to score the Rocket's only trey and tied the game at 50 all. But Erica Harper's work from beyond the arc wasn't done yet and she put up back-to-back threes to give the Raiders the lead at 59-51 with 3:36 left in the game.

After a Natecia Augusta free throw, holding a seven-point lead, East Peoria went into clock management mode and controlled the ball for over two minutes, eventually forcing Limestone to foul. With :15.9 left, Augusta fouled Sydney Marshall, sending her to the line for a one and bonus. Marshall made both shots for a 61-54 lead.

Limestone scored a field goal off the made free throws to get back to within five at 61-56. East Peoria just held the ball in the closing seconds for the win and a 1-1 record in the Mid-Illini and a 4-2 record overall. Myers led East Peoria's scoring with 22, including six threes.

Natecia Augusta topped the Rocket's scoring with 25. Limestone is 1-1 in the conference and 4-3 overall.


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