High School Sports

Game Balls: Top performances from the week in high school sports

Chamya Darough

Belleville West Girls Basketball

It was a big week for Darough, a freshman guard who started it off with 25 points Tuesday in a 53-51 Southwestern Conference loss to O’Fallon. Darough also had 23 points Thursday in a 54-47 SWC win over Alton. She is the Maroons’ top scorer at 12.7 points per game.

Logan Kohrmann

Central Basketball

The talented senior guard had a huge role in the Cougars’ 3-0 week, kicking it off with a 30-point outing in Tuesday’s 45-31 Cahokia Conference win over Wesclin. Kohrmann, who is receiving Division II recruiting interest, had 25 points Friday in a 65-56 league win over previiously unbeaten Columbia and then led Central with 18 on Saturday in a 65-54 victory over Okawville at the Highand Optimist Shootout.

Alina Lance

New Athens Girls Basketball

A key member of the Yellow Jackets team which was among the best small school teams in the state a year ago, Lance scored 56 points this week as she helped New Athens coast to the title at the Chester Classic. Lance was at her best in the title game, scoring 24 points as the Yellow Jackets (14-3) beat Dupo 61-29.

Marcus Latham and Maurice Edwards

Alton Boys Basketball

Latham and Edwards put on a long distance shooting display as they combined for eight 3-point baskets and 48 points as the Redbirds pounded Belleville West 75-58 on Friay in a Southwestern Conference game.

Royce Newman

Nashville Basketball

Te 6-foot-7 senior forward poured in a career-high 32 points Tuesday as the Nashville Hornets reversed a previous defeat against Okawville at the Mater Dei Christmas Tournament with a 58-56 victory. The Hornets led most of the way and held off a late comeback by the Rockets. Newman originally committed to Missouri as an offensive lineman, btu has since opened his recruiting to include Nebraska, Ole Miss and Penn State, among others.

Javon Pickett

Belleville East Basketball

Pickett scored 27 of his 31 points in an amazing first half of brilliance as the Lancers stayed hot with a 65-50 victory over Collinsville on Friday. Pickett, a junior who has an offer from Illinois, has amassed 161 points in East’s five-game winning streak and averages 24.1 points per game.

Amanda Ponce and Alex LaPorta

Highland Girls Basketball

Staking their claim as perhaps one of the top duos in the St. Louis area, Ponce and LaPorta combined for 87 points as the Bulldogs ran their winning streak to 11 straight with wins over Mater Dei, Central and Triad this week. Ponce and LaPorta combined for 41 points in Highland’s win over Central, the state’s top ranked Class 2A team.

Rachel Pranger

Edwardsville Girls basketball

Pranger scored a team-high 19 points in a 59-41 victory at O’Fallon on Thursday as the Tigers won their 10th in a row to set up their big rematch with Collinsville at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Edwardsville. It was the Kahoks who ended Edwardsville’s 89-game Southwestern Conference winning streak on Dec. 3.

Kyle Smith

Marissa Basketball

Needing 23 points to reach 1,000 points for his career, Smith hit that total in the first half Friday on the way to a 35-point explosion in Marissa’s 43-26 Cahokia Conference win over New Athens. The junior guard hit five of his eight 3-point tries. Smith also had 18 points Tuesday in a 60-46 loss to Metro-East Lutheran. Smith is averaging 21 points with 38 3-pointers.

Mark Smith

Edwardsvills Basketball

One of the top guards in the Southwestern Conference, Smith averaged 15.5 points this week as the Tigers (11-3) remained undefeated in league play with wins over East St. Louis and O’Fallon. Smith scored 19 points in the Tigers’ come-from-behind 62-61 win at East St. Louis on Tuesday.

Rico Sylvester

Belleville East Basketball

Sylvester scored 16 of his 22 points in the second half Friday in the Lancers’ 65-50 triumph over Collinsville. The junior guard canned six 3-pointers, one coming early in the fourth quarter that essentially ended the Kahoks’ comeback bid.

Sophie Thompson

Triad Girls Basketball

The Central Methodist recruit got the early crowd buzzing Saturday at the Highland Optimist Shootout by sinking seven 3-pointers and scoring 27 points in a 56-50 Mississippi Valley Conference loss to Highland. Thompson is the Knights’ top scorer at 18.7 points per game and lead the team with 33 3-pointers.

Allie Troeckler

Civic Memorial Girls Basketball

The top offensive player in the metro-east, Troeckler raised her average (21.0) even more by scoring 46 points in the Indians wins over Mascoutah and Class 2A state power Quincy Notre Dane. Troeckler had 26 points in the Eagles 50-45 victory over Notre Dame.