Makenzie Silvey and the Edwardsville Tigers were determined to not let it happen again.
Silvey, a 6-foot junior, scored a game-high 19 points while 6-0 sophomore Rachel Pranger had 18 and 6-0 junior Criste’on Waters added 15 as the Tigers pulled away in the second half and defeated Collinsville 64-44 in a Southwestern Conference girls basketball game Tuesday.
Edwardsville’s victory avenged a 70-68 loss at Collinsville on Dec. 3 that ended the Tigers’ 89-game winning streak in the SWC.
“We just wanted to come out and let them know the last game, that’s one over, it’s in the past,” Silvey said. “We’ve improved a lot since then and we wanted to come out and show them what we’re really all about.”
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In the first meeting, Collinsville sank 11 3-pointers. The Kahoks managed just four in the rematch, two in each half.
“We kind of got out of our rhythm a little bit,” Collinsville coach Lori Billy said. “We tried to keep it as close as we could ... and we hit a couple of big shots. You look at the score and it says 20 (points difference), but the game was really closer than that.”
Indeed. The Kahoks (8-8, 3-4) led 12-8 in the second quarter and trailed 21-18 at halftime. But Edwardsville opened the third quarter with consecutive baskets by Waters, part of a 12-3 run that began late in the second quarter, and maintained control from that juncture.
“Both sides were a little sloppy (in the first half). It just wasn’t good basketball” said Edwardsville coach Lori Blade, whose squad had 13 turnovers at the intermission, but only three in the second half. “Both sides were anxious to get going again. ... We settled (down) in the second half and the kids executed pretty well.”
We just wanted to come out and let them know the last game, that’s one over, it’s in the past,” Silvey said. “We’ve improved a lot since then and we wanted to come out and show them what we’re really all about.
Edwardsville junior Makenzie Silvey
Blade said her players were hyped to knock off the Kahoks, but did her best to make it another game.
“A lot of people built it up,” Blade said. “We tried to stay on that even keel. We wanted to see how much we’ve improved since then, and I think we have. I think that loss did fire us a little bit. Collinsville deserved to win that night. I just think we were a little bit better tonight.”
With the Kahoks forcing an unusually high number of turnovers from Edwardsville in the first half, their confidence was high when junior Kaitlyn Fischer hit two free throws to give her team a 15-13 lead with 1:35 left in the second quarter.
But Waters scored inside to tie the game and Silvey followed with a 3-pointer to make it 18-15. Junior Danielle Knutson answered with a 3-pointer of her own to bring Collinsville into an 18-18 tie, but Silvey connected again with eight seconds to play in the period to make it 21-18.
“My teammates always do a good job setting good screens for me to get open,” said Silvey, who made three of her four 3-pointers in the second quarter. “I was just able to knock those down and give us some momentum going into halftime.”
The Tigers then took a 29-22 lead on Pranger’s basket with 5:04 left in the third quarter, and Collinsville was no closer than four points in the final 12-plus minutes.
The Kahoks trimmed a 12-point deficit to seven early in the fourth quarter, but Silvey’s basket and Pranger’s three-point play put Edwardsville back in firm control at 46-34 with 6:06 left.
Silvey was 6-for-14 from the field and 5-for-6 from the free-throw line. Pranger was 6-for-8 from the field and 6-for-6 from the line, while Waters scored 10 of her 15 points in the second half and finished 7-for-11 from the field.
Sophomore Kate Martin contributed nine points.
Fischer led Collinsville with 12 points. Seniors Gabby Morgan and Carlee Mahan had eight apiece.