Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Metamora Girls Basketall runs past Bloomington

Metamora junior Anne Peters puts shoots over Bloomington's JJ Mullins Tuesday night in Metamora. Peters finished with 9 points and is averaging 10.8 points per game through 6 games in the 2017-18 season. PHOTO / MIKE ROEDELL

Metamora, IL - The Metamora varsity girls basketball team (3-3) (0-0) was back in town Tuesday night after the Galesburg Thanksgiving Tournament, and they didn't miss a beat against the visiting Bloomington Purple Raiders (2-3).

Going into this one, the key for the Redbirds was whether they would be able to stop or at least limit the Purple Raiders star player Ellie Weltha. Weltha had a very quiet first quarter, only scoring 2 points. In fact, the Raiders' offense was almost absent from the first eight minutes, scoring just 7 points in the first. The Redbirds had things pretty spread out in the opening frame, as was the theme for a majority of the game. Anne Peters, the junior transfer from Washington, had a 3 to lead all of Metamora's 5 scorers in that quarter. The other 4 each had 2 points. The hosts would have an 11-7 lead after the first quarter.

The second quarter saw momentum swing back over to the visitors' side, with a big game coming from the Raiders' Weltha, who had 11 points that quarter alone, off of 4 2-pointers and going 3-4 from the free throw line. The Redbirds continued their strong spread-out offense, totaling 15 2nd quarter points, and going into the halftime locker room with a slim 26-24 lead, largely in part to that big second quarter from Weltha. Reagan Begole  was the leading scorer for Metamora at halftime. She had 6 points.

The third quarter saw even more spread out scoring from the Redbirds, with Peters, Alivia West, and Begole all totaling 4 points each. Weltha got a pass to the head in the third quarter and seemed out of it from that point onward. Weltha would only score 2 points the entire second half. With just one quarter remaining, the Redbirds had a 8-point lead. If they really wanted to win this one, they would need to find a way to shut the door for good in the fourth and final quarter. They did.

In the fourth quarter, the scoring came aplenty for Metamora, with Sierrah Seals, West, Begole, and Kaylee Hieronymus all making it into the scoring column. Some late game fouling secured the Redbirds' third win of the year, 54-35. Reagan Begole and Sierrah Seals would both finish in double figures scoring-wise.

Next up for the team is arguably their toughest opponent all year, who just so happens to be in the Mid-Illini Conference. The Morton Lady Potters (3-1) are back-to-back-to-back State Champions in Class 3A. In those three seasons, as well as counting this year, they have a record of (103-9). Last year in Metamora, the game was close until the end, with the Redbirds staying within six points, until the late-game fouling that plagued Bloomington Tuesday plagued the Redbirds against Morton, and the Potters would wind up winning that one by 17 points.

Thusday's Metamora-Morton game tips off from Metamora High School's Topeke Gymnasium at 7:00 pm this Thursday, November 30th.

Metamora Scorers: 
Reagan Begole (13), Sierrah Seals (10), Anne Peters (9), Alivia West (8), Anna Barrow (5), Kaylee Hieronymus (5), Tameshia Smullin (2), Alison Lee (2)

Metamora Statistical Leaders: 
2's | Reagan Begole (6)
3's | Anne Peters & Kaylee Hieronymus (1)
Made Free Throws | Sierrah Seals (4)
Attempted Free Throws | Sierrah Seals & Reagan Begole (4)
TEAM STATISTICS | 20 2's, 2 3's, 10-13 free throws, 8 fouls, 54 points



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