Friday, December 22, 2017

Metamora Girls Basketball gets career-high 26 points from Anne Peters in win over Rockford East

Anne Peters, Reagan Begole, and Sierrah Seals fight for the loose ball for Metamora. Peters (26), Begole (14), Seals (6), as well as Alison Lee (not pictured) combined to outscore Rockford East Friday night, 52-40. PHOTO / CHRISTOPHER LEE

Ottawa, IL - The Metamora Redbirds (7-8) (2-3) are feeling good right now. They're on a 3-game win streak, and the run they've been on was in prime form Friday night in Ottawa against Rockford East.

Things got off to a very fast start, as Anne Peters scored nine of her team-high, game-high, and career-high 26 points. Reagan Begole also made great contributions in the first quarter, totaling seven of her 14 in the first ten minutes. Metamora would finish the first frame with a 22-12 lead.

Although things somewhat tapered off in the second quarter, the scoring was still very well balanced, as Anne Peters (5), Alison Lee (4), and Kaylee Hieronymus (4) all scoring in the quarter. The E-Rabs were able to pick things up in this period, and as a result, Metamora would have a 10-point lead, 35-25, headed into halftime.

Just when you thought Peters may be done with the three, she wasn't. The junior nailed two more threes in the third quarter. The Redbirds as a team didn't slow down as a whole either. Scoring 14 points in the third to Rockford East's four, increasing the Redbird lead to a commanding 20, 49-29.

The E-Rabs were not finished scoring just yet, but it was too little too late, as the Redbirds kept their foot on the gas and rolled to victory, beating the Rockford East E-Rabs, 63-40.

After the game, Peters talked about what it meant to get a new career high.

"I'm not going to lie. It feels pretty awesome. My teammates picked me up the whole time. They're always so encouraging."

Head Coach Brianna Morrow, who picked up her 200th career victory with Friday night's win, says that Peters has been showing a lot of promise lately.

"She's been very focused lately, focused on her shot, putting in the work. Her teammates have done a great job of finding her and putting her in places where she can be successful and do what she needs to do."

The Redbirds have scored 120 points in the last two games, scoring 57 against Pekin and 63 against Rockford East. As far as what's been the factor for the team, Peters thinks it's one thing.

"The difference is that we're finally knowing our own roles on offense."

Coach Morrow agrees, saying that the whole team "is executing and doing their job, and doing it very well,"

Morrow also cites that the defensive efforts have been a factor.

Metamora will play for fifth place tomorrow against Bishop McNamara.

Redbird Scorers:
Anne Peters (26), Reagan Begole (14), Sierrah Seals (6), Alison Lee (6), Anna Barrow (5), Kaylee Hieronymus (4), Alivia West (2)

Redbird Statistical Leaders:
2's | Reagan Begole (5)
3's | Anne Peters (6)
FTs | Anna Barrow (3 for 4)
Rebounds | Alivia West, Sierrah Seals, Alison Lee, and Anna Barrow (5 each)
Steals | Reagan Begole, Tameshia Smullin, Kaylee Hieronymus (3 each)
Assists | Sierrah Seals (4)

Next Metamora Varsity Girls Basketball Game:
Saturday, December 23rd, 2017
Ottawa Lady Pirates Christmas Classic
vs. Kankakee Bishop McNamara Fighting Irish
Kingman Gym - Ottawa HS 
3:00 pm 

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