INA, Ill. - Erika McCaster was hot enough in the first half of the NJCAA Region 24 tournament against Wabash Valley Saturday at Rend Lake College, with 14 points.
She only hit one shot in the second half, but it was huge. Her 3-pointer with 50 seconds left clinched Southwestern’s 55-53 victory over Wabash Valley, sending the upset-minded Blue Angels to the national tournament next week in Salina, Kan.
Southwestern (21-6), the third-seeded team in the tournament, had already upset No. 2 seed Kaskaskia in the semifinals to take dead aim at 17th-ranked WVC (26-5), a team which had beaten twice already.
DU QUOIN, Ill. — Nashville did not use a basketball playbook to devise a strategy to defeat Mt. Carmel and win the IHSA Class 2A sectional tournament here Friday.
The Hornets went to the military playbook instead.
Nashville used an aerial bombardment early to soften up the Golden Aces defenses, then introduced ground troops later to record a 63-55 victory and advance to Tuesday’s Super-Sectional at SIU Arena in Carbondale.
Call it “shock and awe.”
Tonight’s IHSA Class 2A boys sectional championship basketball game between Mt. Carmel and Nashville is more than two teams with different strategies: the Aces desire to run in transition against Nashville’s renowned offensive patience.
This is also a story about two different basketball cultures: the Hornets starlit tradition against a historically rare Mt. Carmel attempt to steal the show.
Something has got to give when these two clash at 7 p.m. in the 2,000-seat Du Quoin gymnasium, after the 5:30 p.m. 3-point showdown gets the evening started.
NICEVILLE, Fla. — A solo home run by Cortney Norris in the sixth inning held up as Wabash Valley edged Southeastern Iowa, 1-0, to complete a sweep of Thursday softball games here.
In the opener, the Lady Warriors defeated Lake Michigan, 8-2, helped in part by a homer by Norris, the Gibson Southern sophomore who had two shots on the day.
WVC improved to 7-3 on the season, and remain undefeated on their week-long Florida swing, at 5-0.