By Mark Jurgena
Edwardsville started fast and steadily pulled away from the Collinsville girls basketball team on Jan. 5 at Fletcher Gym to score a 51-30 victory.
After CHS opened the game with a 4-1 lead thanks to buckets by Megan Janson and Talesha Gilmore, the Tigers closed out the opening quarter on a 9-2 run to lead 13-6 after one quarter.
EHS expanded their lead to 30-18 at the half despite both teams hitting six field goals in the second quarter. One of the Tiger makes was from beyond the arc and EHS went 4-for-6 from the free throw line. Additionally, Collinsville committed six turnovers in the stanza.
The Kahoks were only able to hit a single shot in the third quarter and were outscored 9-2 to trail 39-20 at the end of three.
CHS briefly cut the lead to 41-28 early in the fourth quarter thanks to threes from Janson and Ella Guerrero along with a layup by Gilmore, but the Tigers went on a 10-0 run to rebuild their lead before Kahok Deairra Spears closed out the scoring with a pair of free throws.
Edwardsville sat at 7-9 after the weekend and 3-2 in SWC play while Collinsville dropped to 10-7 on the season and 3-2 in conference play.
Janson led the Kahoks with nine points while Guerrero had seven. Lilly Carlisle had six markers for CHS.
Gilmore and Jenna Scheller led Collinsville with four rebounds each.
Janson led CHS with three assists.
This week is a bit of a tough one for CHS. On Monday they hosted Waterloo and Tuesday they hosted undefeated Alton however results were unavailable at press time.
Tonight they face Belleville East at Fletcher Gym before traveling to Highland on Saturday to face the Bulldogs in the opening game of the 16-team Highland Mid-Winter Classic.