Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Metamora Girls get comeback road win over Bloomington

Bloomington High School's gym sits empty after Tuesday's game between Metamora and Bloomington
PHOTO / ALEX STAAB
Bloomington, Ill. - In basketball, there are two halves. Metamora (5-1) (0-0) would need both to beat the host Bloomington Raiders (1-4) (0-0) on Tuesday.

The game did not get off to a great start, or perhaps even a good start. Metamora was being beat in almost every facet of the game. For just the second time this season, the Redbirds would score single digits in both first half quarters.

Alivia West was certainly a bright spot for Metamora in the first half. The senior dropped five points apiece in each quarter to be the game's lone double figures scorer at the break (10 pts).

The scoring was balanced, but there wasn't much to go around. All former leading scorer Reagan Begole was able to get off was a two in the first quarter. Anne Peters went scoreless. Needless to say, a pretty uncharacteristic opening half all around.

Despite all the things that weren't going right at halftime, Metamora was only down by six, 23-17.

Whatever head coach Brianna Morrow said at halftime, it worked. It was evident from the onset of the second half that Metamora came out and ready to play. Right from an early forced turnover to a couple of converted three-point plays by Alana Terry, it became a true 'tale of two halves'.

The version of the Metamora team would not have done well in the long run. In the second half, everybody was playing their best game. West, Peters, Kaylee Hieronymus, and Terry all scored.

It was the third quarter that got it started for the Redbirds. A 17-point quarter on its own turned that six-point deficit at the break into a six-point lead.

The only question would be if the Redbirds would be able to withstand the momentum they had and keep their foot on the gas.

A solid fourth quarter by Peters and a six-point quarter from Alana Terry led the way for Metamora as Bloomington had opened the door, left it open, and allowed the Redbirds to not only make their way back into the game, but win comfortably.

Always a positive for any team on the right side of it, Bloomington was forced to start fouling as the seconds ticked down, and Metamora made almost every free throw.

The late burst by the Redbirds offense would be enough for the comeback win, by a score of 50-36.

Metamora will host East Peoria on Thursday in the conference opener.

Metamora Scoring: Alana Terry (15), Alivia West (12), Anne Peters (11), Kaylee Hieronymus (5), Katie Lalumandier (4), Reagan Begole (3)

Metamora Team Stats: 17 2's, 1 3, 13-18 FTs, 11 fouls, 50 points

Metamora Individual Leaders:
2's | Alana Terry (6)
3's | Anne Peters (1)
FTs | Alivia West (4-6)

Player of the Game:
Alana Terry (5'11" Sophomore Forward)
- 6 2's, 0 3's, 3-4 FTs, 1 foul, 15 points
- 2 three-point plays

Next Game:
vs. East Peoria
Thursday, November 29th
7:00 pm

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