By Mark Jurgena
The Collinsville girls basketball team headed into the Christmas weekend with a 9-4 overall mark and have won eight of their last nine games after taking a pair of non-conference wins last week.
CHS 67 Granite City 27
Their performance was dominating.
Collinsville ripped into the town and took a 43-15 lead into the half as they went on to dominate at Granite City during a 40-point blowout on Dec. 20.
The Kahoks, who led 23-5 after one quarter ended up shooting 51 percent for the first half on 19-37 shooting to get out to the big lead. Meanwhile, Collinsville’s defense held the Warriors to 6-for-32 shooting or 18.8 percent during the same time frame.
“We did a great job rebounding and adapting to what they tried to take away,” said CHS coach Colin Moore. “Passed the ball great and everyone played very hard. Great team effort.”
What the Warriors couldn’t take away was the inside game as Kahok post players Talesha Gilmore and Jenna Scheller dominated in the opening quarter with 13 points between them. Guard Megan Janson added five on layups while another guard Lily Carlisle dropped in four points from close range as well
The pressure by the Kahoks continued as CHS ran out to a 9-0 run to begin the 2nd quarter which was started by an early three from Emma Hrabusicky. Carsyn Moad had four points during the spree while Janson and Scheller also added buckets.
During the flurry, CHS connected on a four-point possession.
Janson was fouled after the shot and it went in meaning the Kahoks got the ball right back. They quickly got the ball to Scheller who turned it into points to complete the rare event.
To begin the 2nd half the Kahoks put together another big run, this time of the 8-0 variety.
Scheller got it going 12 seconds into the half followed by buckets from Gilmore, Janson, and Scheller closed out the run with another shot from close range to make it 51-15 CHS.
The quarter ended on a 4-0 Kahok run on buckets from Scheller and Janson and CHS invoked the running clock rule with a 58-21 lead after three.
For the game Scheller led the Kahoks with 20 points and nine rebounds while Janson had 14 points. Carlisle had 12 markers.
Gilmore tied Scheller for the rebounding lead with nine while Janson filled up the stat sheets with nine rebounds and three steals.
CHS 53 Alton (Marquette) 27
Collinsville jumped out to a 14-2 lead and never looked back as they got a big victory over Marquette at Fletcher Gym on Dec. 19.
“It was nice to come out and take charge of the game early,” said Moore. “We can struggle at times not getting off to good starts and it was nice to go out and play well early.”
CHS jumped out to a 3-0 lead thanks to a bucket by Gilmore and a free throw from Elliana Rihinhart. Marquette got a quick bucket then Collinsville kicked it in gear.
Ella Guerrero buried a three at the 4:37 mark of the quarter to go up 6-2 then CHS slapped the press on and got immediate results.
Janson picked up and steal and converted it into a layup to make it 8-2. A steal on the press again gave Janson a chance to bury a three from the left corner. Yet another steal gave Guerrero the opportunity to make a three and CHS had a 14-2 lead at the 3:53 mark of the opening quarter.
“We were able to get some steals and force them to take some quick shots,” said Moore. “It was nice to capitalize on some of their mistakes. The press was effective and then we switched to a man defense when they figured out the press.”
CHS grabbed a 19-8 lead after one thanks to a three from Guerrero and a bucket by Scheller.
The Kahoks extended their lead to 32-14 at the half and 42-22 after three.
For the game, Janson had 13 points, Guerrero put in 12 on four threes, and Scheller had ten.
Gilmore and Rhinehart tied for the rebounding lead with nine each. Janson had five assists and three steals while Gilmore had four steals.