Althoff junior Kyleigh Vaught went over the 1,000 point mark for her career with a free throw line jumper midway in the third quarter then made seven of eight free throws in the final period as Althoff stunned Teutopolis 44-41 in a first round game Saturday at the 30th annual Scott Credit Union Highland Girls Basketball Tournament .
Needing 13 points to crack the magie plateau entering the game, Vaught scored 11 points in the opening half while forward Ellie Martz added four. But trailing the Shoes 24-19 at halftime, the Crusaders closed to within one point after three quarters before overtaking T-Town (16-6) and ranked fourth in the Class 2A state poll, in the Final quarter.
Martz added three of her nine points while Amannda Kaltwasser and Maggie Reimer also masde big plays late for Althoff which advances to play Central in s quarterfinal round game on Monday at 8:30 p.m.
For the Cruaders, the win is their fourth in the last six games and moves them to 6-14 for the season.
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Triad 78, Carlyle 30
Seniors Sophie Thompson and Abby Burroughs combined to outscore the Indians (2-20) as they led the high-powered Knights to the easy first round victory.
Continuing her assault on the Triad record books, Thompson connected on 5-of-7 3-point attempts and led Triad with 26 points while Burroughs, an athletic 6-1 forward scored 20 points, making 8-of-10 from the floor and adding six rebounds.
Triad is now 15-2 for the season.
Senior Molly Isaak led Carlyle with eight points.
Highland 67, Nokomis 50
Junior Madison Wellen led a quartet of Bulldogs in double figures with 16 points as the host schoolm remained red-hot by winning its 14th straight game on Saturday.
Caitlin Lammers and Amanda Ponce added 14 points for Highland (17-3) while junior Alex LaPorta added 10.
Winner of the Mascoutah Invitational last month, Highland jumped out to a 22-11 lead and never looked back.
Belleville West 58, Taylorville 40
Still hobbling after suffeering an ankle injury two weeks ago, Belleville West senior Erika Harvey scored 19 points as the Maroons (13-7) rolled past the Tornado in a first round game.
Injured in the third place game at the Mascoutah Invitational against Belleville East, Harvey got the Maroons off to a good start, connecting on four of hernfirst six shots and scoring nine first quarter points.
With freshman B’Aunce Carter adding seven first quarter points West took an 18-11 lead and although it was sloppy at times, the Maroons never trailed as they moved into a Tuesday quarterfinal round game against host Highland.
Carter added 13 point for West while freshman guard Chamya Darough added 11.
Central 62, Okawville 35
In what was supposed to be one of the marquee games of the day featuring two of the top small school programs in Southern Illinois, the Cougars (19-3) wasted little time in taking control inside and otuside agianst the Lady Rockets.
With senior all-state center Kendra Wilken scoring at will inside the paint and senior Grace Yaunches adding 15 points, the Cougars, ranked first in the Class 2A state poll, led 28-13 at halftime and were never in jeopardy in the final two quarters.
Madison Hackstadt led Okawville (14-7) with 10 points.
Hillsboro 41, Nashville 28
Leadling the once-beaten and second ranked Class 2A team in the state 24-20 early in the second half, the Hornettes ran out of gas midway in the second half, paving the way for a 21-0 Hilltoppers scoring run in a 13-point setback.
Getting 10 points from junior Janie Holle, Nashville (13-6) seemed ready for a major upset until the Hilltoppers went into high gear.
Junior Denzelle Moore led Hillsboto with 14 points.
Salem 63, Wesclin 37
Mayghen Mugele scored 13 points but it wasn’t enough as the Warriors fell to the Wildcats.