Kahok girls fall to Edwardsville and Lincoln
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By Mark Jurgena
The Kahoks just could not get over the hump.
Collinsville cut the Edwardsville lead down to four points with 3:15 left in the game but could not prevent the Tigers from answering as the Kahoks fell 48-39 at EHS on Feb.2.
CHS fell to 4-6 in SWC play while Edwardsville improved to 14-12 overall and 7-4 in the SWC.
Collinsville had two leads in the opening quarter thanks to Megan Janson burying the first shot of the game from three and later a bucket by Jenna Scheller that put CHS back on top at 5-4.
After that Edwardsville kicked into gear and opened up as much as an 11 point lead in the third quarter.
The Kahoks stayed within striking distance all game but couldn’t put together a run until Megan Janson and Elliana Rhinehart contributed equally to a 6-0 spree midway through the third to cut the lead to 31-26.
But the Tigers answered with six of their own to get the lead back up to eleven after three.
Janson continued with a personal 8-2 run to cut the lead back down to five at 39-34 to start the fourth quarter but once again the Tigers responded to get the lead back up to nine.
Finally, the Kahoks cut the lead to four with 3:15 to play thanks to a three from Lilly Carlisle and a bucket by Talesha Gilmore, but Collinsville got no closer as the Tigers closed out the game on a 5-0 run to take the victory.
Janson had a 17-point outing including going 4 for 6 from beyond the 3-point arc. She also picked up three assists and one steal.
Sheller had six points and three rebounds while Katie Bardwell and Danaja Willis also grabbed three boards.
Rhinehart had three assists in the contest.
Lincoln 61 CHS 27
Despite their Railsplitter nickname, the Lincoln girls basketball team was an absolute buzzsaw on Feb. 4 when they hosted Collinsville.
The No. 2 ranked team in Class 3A began the game on a 20-2 run, led 35-14 at the half and 56-22 after three quarters of play.
They forced Collinsville into 20 turnovers while committing only one turnover themselves before the starters for both teams came out early in the fourth quarter.
During that span, Lincoln went 23 for 59 from the field while the Kahoks were 9 for 31 in that same time.
For Collinsville, Janson and Gilmore led the way with eight points each while Jenna Scheller grabbed a team-high eight rebounds and three blocked shots.
Janson also led CHS with three assists and two steals.
The Kahoks dropped to 13-15 overall on the season.
Lincoln – yes just like the boys they utilize the 1-2-2 defense – improved to 28-0 on the season. They have already clinched the Apollo Conference championship at 10-0 with two games to play.
Collinsville hosted Jerseyville Monday night. It was Senior Night at Fletcher Gym. On Tuesday they traveled to 26-4 O’Fallon however results were unavailable at press time.
Tonight they travel to 26-1 Alton for their final regular season contest.
So three of their last four games are against opponents with a combined 80-5 record. Jerseyville stood at 17-12 before facing Collinsville.