By Mark Jurgena
It was a tough week for the Collinsville girls basketball squad as their record dropped to 10-11 overall and 3-4 in the SWC.
Highland 47 Collinsville 28
Highland used a big 19-7 advantage in the third quarter to break open a five point game on their way to a 47-28 win over Collinsville in the first round of the 36th annual Highland Invitational Saturday afternoon.
As she had done all week Megan Janson led the Kahoks in scoring with 13 points on 6-of-10 shooting including a three.
She filled up the stat sheet with three assists, two steals and two blocks.
Talesha Gilmore had seven points and team highs in rebounds with nine and blocks with three.
Highland moved to 18-5 overall.
Belleville East 42 Collinsville 34 (OT)
East went 10-for-11 at the free throw line during the overtime period with eight of those makes coming with less than one minute to play to turn a tie game into a Southwestern Conference victory on Jan. 12 in Belleville.
The game was a low-scoring back-and-forth contest that featured ten lead changes and four ties in the second half.
That last tie – which sent the game into overtime – was dramatic.
East took the lead on a steal by Taylor Smith off an inbound pass. She converted the layup to make it a 32-31 game. The Lancers came up with another steal with a shot to go up three but missed the first shot in the bonus situation.
Jenna Scheller pulled down the rebound and Collinsville coach Colin Moore called a time-out with 4.2 seconds to play.
CHS pushed the ball up the floor getting it to Katie Bardwell. She drove to the basket and was hammered as her shot went up and the horn sounded.
Because the clock showed no time remaining, she had to step to the line with no one from either team in the lane and showed some serious toughness.
After just missing her first attempt, Bardwell quickly regrouped and calmly buried the second attempt to tie the game and force the OT period.
From there CHS gained the early advantage in OT on a bucket by Janson at the 3:08 mark but East hit two free throws a few seconds later to tie it up before they put the game away at the line.
Janson led the scoring charge with 14 points and added four assists. Scheller added seven points and eight rebounds while Gilmore also had eight rebounds.
Alton 64 Collinsville 28
In the opening half, undefeated Alton went 16-for-26 from the field while Collinsville went 5-for-19.
That sums up the contest at Fletcher Gym on Jan. 10.
Alton – who sat at 20-0 after the weekend – scored a 64-28 running clock win over the Kahoks.
The Redbirds came out gunning as they took a 23-8 lead after one quarter. Five threes bolstered them.
While the Kahoks struggled the Redbirds continued their onslaught leading 41-16 at the half.
However, Janson had a big half offensively for Collinsville. She scored 11 points and finished the game with 14 markers.
Carsyn Moad finished the game with six rebounds while Gilmore had five.
Waterloo 56 Collinsville 50
In the end, it was too much Gum and Lindhorst.
Waterloo’s dynamic duo of Norah Gum and Sam Lindhorst scored 22 of the Dogs 30 second half points to help them to a 56-50 non-conference win over Collinsville on Jan. 9 at Fletcher Gym.
Waterloo carried a 37-29 lead with just over one minute to play in the third quarter when Collinsville called a time out.
The break energized the Kahoks as they went on a 6-0 run including a huge three from Janson at the buzzer to cut the WHS lead to 37-35.
Collinsville’s run continued to start the fourth as they took the lead for the first time since the opening quarter when Janson opened up the scoring with a three from the left wing to take a 38-37 lead.
Over the next three minutes, the game would be tied or see a lead change eight more times.
A Bardwell three and a Moad bucket allowed Collinsville to take leads in the fourth quarter.
Scheller hit one of two free throws to establish a 44-43 lead for the Kahoks at the 4:54 mark but it would be their last.
The Bulldogs finished the game on a 13-6 run to gain the victory.
Janson filled up the stat sheet with 16 points, three rebounds, three assists and three steals while Gilmore was right behind with 12 points and seven boards.
Scheller led CHS with nine rebounds.
The Kahoks had a rematch with Belleville East at the Highland Tournament on Monday however results were unavailable at press time. The tourney concludes Saturday.