Sunday, December 3, 2017

Potters defeat the Cheesemakers

East Peoria, IL - It was the Potters against the Cheesemakers at Illinois Central College's Lorene Ramsey Gym Saturday night as the Morton girls basketball team squared off against Monroe from Wisconsin.

Many may wonder how a matchup like this may come about.

Jeff Newcomer, athletic director for Monroe, has a Bradley University connection. He used to be the Assistant Director of Campus Recreation, his duties including opening and managing the Renaissance Coliseum, the home for Bradley Women's Basketball and Volleyball games. He was in that role for 2-3 years.

The Cheesemakers were having a difficult time finding a needed opponent, so when the idea came up of potentially playing in Illinois, they asked around. Morton was brought up, so Newcomer reached out to Morton and they agreed to play. The game was set. 

This was a close game throughout, and just when it seemed like one team may have a lead, it was back to a tie or the lead may have even gone the other way. 

A basket from Morton sophomore Lindsey Dullard with just seconds remaining in the fourth quarter sealed it for the 3-time defending state champions. The final score was 58-57. 

After the game, Potters head coach Bob Becker mentioned how games like this will help looking down the road.

"You learn some grit, some toughness. That helps prepare for sectional finals and regional finals. You have to be able to execute in crunch time, in the biggest moments in this kind of a game."

Becker went on to talk about Monroe's Sydney Hilliard, who has reportedly received offers from almost half of the Big Ten Conference. Coach Becker believes that his girls haven't seen a player like Hilliard to this point of the season, referring to her as "a heck of a player". 

Despite the big win in crunch time, the 19th-year head coach still thought there was some things that could've gone better.

"I thought we rushed a couple of shots with the lead. All those situations in a close game like this, we can learn from and grow from."

With a (5-1) (1-0) record headed into their next game with Bloomington, he believes that his girls are where they need to be at this point.

"Our kids are excited. We're a really solid team. The kids are in good moods."

The Potters had 3 girls finish in double figures, lead by Lindsey Dullard, who finished with 18 points.

Potters Scoring: 
Lindsey Dullard (18), Tenley Dowell (16), Caylie Jones (10), Josi Becker (5), Courtney Jones (4), Peyton Dearing (4), Megan Gold (4), Kassidy Shurman (1)

Potters Statistical Leaders: 
2's | Tenley Dowell (5)
3's | Lindsey Dullard (3)
Free Throws | Tenley Dowell (6 for 8)

Next Morton Varsity Girls Basketball Game:
Tuesday, December 5th
vs. Bloomington
7:00 pm

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