High School Sports

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

The top performers in the metro-east this past week are ...
The top performers in the metro-east this past week are ... JJAVA - Fotolia

Tra’Ron Allen

Granite City basketball

Allen dropped in 22 points Monday as the Warriors outlasted Collinsville 58-53 in overtime in the first round of the Class 4A Alton Regional. Allen was 7-for-13 from the field and 8-for-9 from the free-throw line.

Cami Meddows

Wesclin Girls Basketball

The junior guard last week hit nine shots in a row to become the Illinois Class 2A Three-Point Challenge champion. Saturday, competing with three other class champions for the title of Queen of the Hill, Meddows placed second. She drained nine of 15 three-point shots, just two off the mark of eventual champion Haillie Williams, the 3A champion from Lincoln High School.

Javon Pickett

Belleville East basketball

The University of Illinois recruit had 26 points and 12 rebounds Wednesday as the Lancers defeated East St. Louis 63-60 in the semifinals of the Class 4A East St. Louis Regional. Pickett. Pickett closed his season with a 16-point performance Friday in a 67-60 loss to Edwardsville in the championship game.

Mark Smith

Edwardsville basketball

Smith, a junior guard, poured in a game-best 26 points Friday to lead the Tigers past Belleville East 67-60 in the title contest of the Class 4A East St. Louis Regional. The victory gave Edwardsville coach Mike Waldo his 20th regional championship in 28 seasons with the Tigers.

Amanda Ponce, Madison Wellen and Alex LaPorta

Highland girls basketball

The main offensive weapons for the Bulldogs all season, this trio was nothing short of spectacular this past weekend as it led Highland to a third place finish at the Class 3A Girls State Basketball Tournament. With Ponce scoring 24 points, the trio tallied 41 of Highland’s 57 points in a crushing 59-57 double-overtime loss to North Lawndale in the semifinals. LaPorta then tallied 20 points and while Wellen and Ponce combined for 36 more in the Bulldogs 62-51 win in the third place game.