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Kahok girls take two more SWC wins

by Mark Jurgena

COLLINSVILLE — A 15-0 run is great for any team. When that run turns a three point deficit into a 12-point lead with just under six minutes to play wins games.

That’s exactly what Collinsville did on Dec. 7 at Fletcher Gym.

Kahoks used a late 6-0 run in the third quarter to gain a three-point lead then began the fourth period with nine straight points to help propel themselves to a 51-37 win over East St. Louis.

Collinsville raised its record to 6-3 overall and 3-0 in SWC play while the Flyerettes dropped to 4-8 and 0-2 in conference play.

 “It was a big week for us,” said CHS coach Colin Moore. “The big run involved a great defensive play by Danajah (Willis). She converted two free throws and then we executed a new in-bounds play for a three it was a big stretch.”

The big run began with ESL up 28-25 late in the third when Carsyn Moad buried a three with 1:31 to play to tie the game.

By the end of the quarter, Katie Bardwell had increased the lead to 31-28 thanks to her free throws.

To begin the fourth Willis came up with a steal. She was fouled hard on the layup attempt and ESL was whistled for an intentional foul. Willis hit both free throws for a five-point advantage. 

On the inbounds play Ella Guerrero hit a three from the top of the key to make it a five-point play and a 36-28 CHS lead.

After a Flyerette turnover, Bardwell buried a three and Gilmore finished the run with a free throw to make it a 40-28 game.

Moad and Bardwell had big fourth quarters. Moad scored eight points including going 4-for-4 from the line in the final minute while Bardwell had five points including nailing a pair of free throws with 23.8 seconds to play.

Both Kahoks finished in double figures with Bardwell scoring 12 and Moad tossing in 11.

“Bardwell and Moad are great shooters and executed well in the fourth,” said Moore. “We know teams are going to double and triple team Talesha (Gilmore) and we have other girls that need to step up. As coaches, we always talk about if Moad or Bardwell get into double figures we like our chances.”

 The duo was a part of four Kahoks to reach double digits in scoring. Gilmore had another double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds. She added five steals and blocked two shots. Guerrero had 10 points including a pair of threes.

While the scoring was balanced so was the free throw shooting. 

Bardwell went 7-for-8 from the line while Moad was perfect on four attempts. Guerrero went 2-for-2 and Willis hit both of hers. Gilmore added five free throws.

West victory

Collinsville had another huge run, this time a 16-2 spree and forced 17 first half turnovers to score a 62-42 win over Belleville West at Fletcher Gym on Dec. 5.

“Belleville West we started a bit slow,” said Moore. “In the second quarter, we made some shots and were able to set up a little full-court trap. The girls worked hard and we kind of ended the game early.”

Collinsville may have started slow but had a 12-10 lead after one quarter courtesy of a free throw by Moad late in the quarter.

CHS then scored 15 of the next 17 points to take a commanding 27-13 lead with 4:43 to play in the second quarter.

Moad had four points during the run as did Gilmore and Bardwell. Guerrero and Ashley Janini both added buckets for the Kahoks in that span.

The half ended with a 38-19 Collinsville advantage.

West whittled the lead to 43-30 after three but the Kahoks outscored the Maroons 19-12 in the final period to claim the 20-point victory.

Kahok Stats

Three Kahoks were in double figures with Gilmore leading the way with 20 points and 11 rebounds. She also had five steals and two blocked shots.

Guerrero had 17 markers with five assists while Bardwell had 14 points, three rebounds, two steals and two blocks.

Janini piled up seven assists with Moad grabbing five steals.

Upcoming Schedule

Collinsville played at Triad on Tuesday however results were unavailable at press time. 

Tonight they play at defending Class 4A state champion O’Fallon. On Tuesday they host Granite City.

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