Friday, December 14, 2018

Redbirds end 8-game win streak with loss to #4 Morton

Metamora's Alivia West and Morton's Katie Krupa jump at the opening tipoff of Thursday's game between the Redbirds and Potters. #4 Morton would go on to win the game, 68-39. PHOTO / CHRISTOPHER LEE
Metamora, Ill. - Heading into the game, on paper, it was looking like Metamora (9-2) (3-1) hosting fourth-ranked Morton (10-1) (4-0) would be one of the greatest possible matchups a fan could catch in the Peoria area. In potentially the largest regular season crowd for a Metamora game in recent years, Toepke Gymnasium was roughly 75-80% full. All that was left was for the game to tip off.

It got off to a solid start for the Redbirds. A key in this game was going to be that if the Potters were winning, it couldn't be by much if at all. Metamora accomplished that in the early-going. The scoring was about as even as it could get, with both sides each making six shots. Alana Terry would score all nine of her points in this quarter. In fact, Terry was the game's leading scorer at this point, regardless of team. The only difference being the Potters making five free throws to Metamora's three. Morton carried a balanced scoring effort to a slim 19-16 lead after the opening quarter.

The second quarter, roughly, was where things turned, and not in favor of the host Redbirds. A key stretch to pinpoint would certainly be Morton's Lindsey Dullard making three shots from behind the arc in only a couple of possessions to total nine of her 16 points on the game. As to how Metamora would respond to the Potters scoring continuing just as well as it did in the first, seven points. A three from freshman Katie Lalumandier to go with a pair of two-pointers from Anne Peters and Reagan Begole compiled the second quarter scoring for the Redbirds.

The difference was simply Morton kept up their scoring pace, and Metamora just couldn't get the scoring back up to pace. A three-point Morton lead after a quarter became a 14-point lead at the break.

Perhaps it'd be needed for Metamora to be down at the half, allow the conversation in the halftime locker room to perhaps spark a comeback.

Now there were certainly some bright spots in the third, including a three from Peters, but the Potters made twice as many field goals and almost twice as many points, and the lead just got bigger. It seemed that the Potters would roll to victory, up 50-30 before the fourth quarter.

The fourth quarter was icing on the cake for Morton. It just got a little rough in the late-going. Within the last couple of minutes, and it really may have seemed like less if you were in attendance, but the following three things happened that quickly: Bob Becker technical foul, Brianna Morrow technical foul, Anne Peters fouled out. It was certainly a rough way to go out, but in the end, Morton dominated the final score, winning 68-39.

The Redbirds have a quick turnaround, having only today (Friday) off from games. They'll play two up in Ottawa's Kingman Gym on Saturday.

Metamora Scoring: Anne Peters (10), Alana Terry (9), Alivia West (9), Reagan Begole (5), Katie Lalumandier (3), Kaylee Hieronymus (3)

#4 Morton Scoring: Tenley Dowell (17), Lindsey Dullard (16), Raquel Frakes (10), Katie Krupa (9), Maddy Becker (7), Courtney Jones (5), Megan Gold (2), Addi Cox (2)

Metamora Team Stats: 11 2's, 3 3's, 8-15 FTs, 20 fouls, 39 points

#4 Morton Team Stats: 13 2's, 6 3's, 24-29 FTs, 16 fouls, 68 points

Metamora Individual Leaders:
2's | Alana Terry (4)
3's | Katie Lalumandier, Anne Peters, Reagan Begole (1 each)
FTs | Alivia West (5-10)

Morton Individual Leaders:
2's | Tenley Dowell & Katie Krupa (4 each)
3's | Lindsey Dullard (3)
FTs | Tenley Dowell (9-10)

Next Metamora Game:
Saturday, December 15th
vs. Serena Huskers (1A)
@ Ottawa's Kingman Gym
10:30 am tipoff
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Next #4 Morton Game:
Tuesday, December 18th
vs. Limestone Rockets
@ PotterDome
7:00 pm tipoff
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