The early wake-up call didn’t faze the O’Fallon Panthers on Tuesday at the Mascoutah Girls Holiday Invitational Basketball Tournament.
Jayla Stubblefield scored seven of her nine points to key a 21-2 scoring spurt by O’Fallon to start the game, and the Panthers cruised to a 55-25 win over the Triad Knights in a first round game at Mascoutah High School.
Competing in the 8:30 a.m tournament opener, the Panthers (9-2) were on their game from the outset. Led by Stubblefield’s seven points, O’Fallon had five players break into the scoring column in the first quarter which ended with O’Fallon holding a 17-2 lead.
Triad (5-5) would get no closer the rest of the way.
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“Offensively, we’re a team which shares the basketball well and one which enjoys playing good team basketball,” O’Fallon coach Ryan Massey said. “Like we have all year, we passed the ball well and got good shots. I’ve been very pleased with this group which has really bought into the team concept.
“As a coach, you talk about the kids playing a full 32 minutes, and while I thought we may have coasted a little bit in the third quarter, I was pleased at how we played. It was a good opener.”
Senior Marta Durk led O’Fallon with 13 points, sophomore Heather Rood led Triad with 10 points.
Belleville East 67, Jacksonville 30
Junior guard Brittney Nitz scored 10 of her 17 points in the second quarter to spark the Lancers (9-5) who rolled into the second round by defeating the Jacksonville Crimsons.
Getting back on the track after a week layoff, the Lancers built an early lead on quickness and pull-court pressure defense to force 13 Jacksonville turnovers in the first 10 minutes. East then used the shooting of Nitz to break the game open and take a commanding 34-18 lead at halftime
“Brittney had a huge first half on offense, but I thought she also did a good job on the defensive end and on crashing the boards. We’ve been on her a little bit to do a little more of that and today she played well in all aspects,” Lancers coach Amanda Kemezys said. “But after a little bit of a break, I thought we played pretty well.”
Kaylah Rainey and Bryce Dowell added 12 points each while Destiny Johnson added 10 points each for the Lancers who will take on Nashville in a quarterfinal game at 1 p.m. Wednesday.
Meosha Gladney led Jacksonville with 13 points. The Crimsons committed 24 turnovers.
“I thought we did a good job with our pressure,” Kemezys said. “We didn’t really know much about Jacksonville, but we were able to get some steals and create some good looks off of turnovers.”
Althoff 62, Carbondale 48
Taking on South Seven Conference rival Carbodnale for the second time in six days and third time in three weeks, the surging Crusaders kept soaring as they moved into the quarterfinals with a 14-point win.
Senior Kyleigh Vaught scored 11 of her 26 points in the first half, while Maggie Reimer and Andersyn Watts scored seven each as Althoff (10-5) jumped out to a 28-13 lead.
Vaught and senior Emily Myatt then opened the second half with 3-point baskets as the Crusaders ran their winning streak to four. Althoff has won seven of its last eight games.
Maggie Reimer added 12 points for Althoff.
Belleville West 55, Cahokia 24
Playing without leading scorer Chamya Darough, the Belleville West Maroons got a combined 24 points from Sydney Thurwalker and B’Aunce Carter and rolled past the cold-shooting Comanches in the final first round game of the day.
Darough, one of the top sophomores in the St. Louis area, will miss the next few games on what coach Seth Garrett called a ‘coaches decision’. Darough is still on the team and is practicing with the Maroons but will not dress during this time.
On Tuesday, the Maroons (9-3) played solid defense and got a good solid effort as they move into a quarterfinal game with Althoff at 4 p.m. on Wednesday.
“I thought defensively we did a good job and on offense, it wasn’t always pretty, but we were able to get the job done,’’ Garrett said. “The one thing about this team is that everyone I put on the floor I can count on to give a solid effort. We did that again tonight.’’
Nashville 51, Centralia 34
Junior guard Paige Kasten was in a zone and, because of it, the Nashville Hornettes advanced to a quarterfinal matchup with Belleville East.
Kasten connected on six 3-point baskets — five coming in the first half — as Nashville (9-3) moved on with a 17-point win.
“That’s what Paige does,” Nashville coach Doug Althoff said. “The thing about her is that she is patient. She doesn’t forced her shot. But hen she has time to set her feet and get squared away at the basket, she can be awfully tough to stop. She did that today.
Leading just 13-9 after one quarter, Nashville used a 3-point shooting spurt to break out to a 28-20 lead at halftime. Kasten led the way — making four-of-six shots from beyond the 3-point mark. Junior Rachel Kell added a 3-point basket for Nashville.
Centralia (5-7) would get no closer than five points in the second half.
“I told the girls before the game that the game would be won on the boards. They (Centralia) are big and physical up front and they like to push you under the basket which make it hard to rebound,” Althoff said. “I think they probably outrebounded us, but we were able to hold our own with them.”
Libby Ahlers added 13 points for Nashville.
Mater Dei 56, Riverview Gardens 23
Mater Dei freshman Shannon Lampe scored eight first quarter points and sophomore Kierra Winkeler added six points in the first quarter for Mater Dei (7-4), which built a 21-5 lead.
“When we got back from our break, I had a list of things that we wanted to get better at in the second half of the season and today we did a better job on some of those things,” Knights coach David Kohnen said.
Lampe led Mater Dei with 12 points, while Winkeler added 10.
Okawville 57, Mascoutah 31
Madison Hackstadt and Kathryn Lohman scored 13 points each in the first half and the Rockets were never threatened in a lopsided first round win over the host Indians.
In winning for the ninth straight game, Okawville (13-1) jumped out to an early 26-6 lead after one quarter and waltzed into a quarterfinal round game against Mater Dei on Wednesday.
Hackstadt led the way for Okawville with 24 points, while junior Danee Strong led the Indians with eight points.