By Mark Jurgena
Nashville added to their halftime lead by shooting the lights out in the second half.
Collinsville did not.
The Hornettes went 7-for-12 from the floor in the final half to pull away from the Kahoks and win the Consolation championship at the Highland Tournament Saturday by a 47-27 count.
During the same span, the Kahoks went 3-for-16 from the field including an eight minute scoring drought from late in the second quarter to late in the third.
Nashville led 27-19 at the half and 37-21 after three.
Guerrero led the Kahoks in scoring including eight in the first half with a pair of threes. She finished with a team-high 12 points to lead CHS for the second time in three games.
Janson had nine points and two assists, while Talesha Gilmore had six rebounds.
CHS 56 Waterloo 44
Waterloo had no answer for Talesha Gilmore.
Gilmore had a double-double – her fifth of the season – with three steals and two blocked shots to lead Collinsville to a 56-44 win over Waterloo in the consolation semifinals at the Highland Tournament on Jan. 18.
The Kahoks gained a measure of revenge as they turned the tables on the Bulldogs after WHS came to Collinsville and beat the Kahoks 56-50 on Jan. 9.
Collinsville had three scorers in double figures with Gilmore dropping in 20, Janson putting in 13 and Guerrero scoring 11. But in the end it was too much Gilmore from too close to the basket that made the difference.
She had 12 points during a decisive 18-5 run in the second half to push Collinsville to a 54-34 lead with just over five minutes remaining in the game. Guerrero scored the final six during the run.
While the second half run put the game out of reach, the CHS first half run gave them the lead and some breathing room.
Trailing 20-16 midway through the second, the Kahoks went on an 11-0 spree to take a 29-20 lead.
During the run three Kahoks nailed threes including Janson, Katie Bardwell, and Emma Hrabusicky. Gilmore finished the run with a putback bucket.
Gilmore also grabbed 14 of Kahoks 28 rebounds during the contest while Bardwell grabbed six.
Guerrero and Janson had four assists each while Janson also recorded four steals.
Scheller had three steals and two blocks.
CHS 45 Belleville East 36
Collinsville needed a boost.
Ella Guerrero provided it.
With the Kahoks on a nine game losing skid and struggling to score against Belleville East, Guerrero entered the game late in the first quarter. She proceeded to score 18 of Collinsville’s next 21 points to stake the Kahoks to an eight point lead and eventually a 45-36 win to break the streak in the consolation quarterfinals at the Highland Tournament on Jan. 16.
The win came on the heels of a 42-34 overtime loss at East just four days earlier.
East held a 6-5 lead late in the first when Guerrero found her range from deep as she buried a triple from the top of the key with 43 seconds remaining to put CHS up 8-6 at the break.
After the Lancers answered early in the second, Guerrero began a 14-0 Kahok run with a runner to give CHS the lead for good 10-9 at the 6:18 mark of the second.
From there it rained threes.
Megan Janson buried a three to go up four before Guerrero hit three in a row to make it a 22-9 game with just under three to play in the half.
The Lancers cut it to seven before the half, but Guerrero returned to hit a pair of free throws with 4.9 seconds left to make it 24-15 at the break.
East responded to the break with a three but Guerrero completed her scoring mission with another bucket before handing the scoring reigns over to her teammates the rest of the game.
CHS increased their lead to 18 points after three. Jenna Scheller had eight points in the third while Janson scored four. Talesha Gilmore had a bucket as well.
The Kahoks set up a patient passing offense in the final stanza to help chew up the clock.
Janson had 13 points, nine rebounds and four assists. Carsyn Moad led the team in blocked shots with two.
Alton moved to 23-0 on the season with a 54-38 win over Okawville in the championship game. Okawville had upset O’Fallon 55-50 in the semifinals.
Collinsville hosted Belleville West Tuesday night however results were unavailable at press time. They host East St. Louis tonight. They travel to Edwardsville next Tuesday.
The Kahoks are 12-12 on the season.