West Carroll’s Jordan Bracero gets off a shot with a Freeport Aquin Bulldog defending. Jordan scored five of the Thunder’s fifty-two as Aquin took the 77-52 win.
(PA photo/Craig Lang)
West Carroll’s Demi Hess puts up a shot with a Forreston defender going for the block. Demi led the Lady Thunder with fourteen points in Forreston’s 38-29 win.
(PA photo/Craig Lang)
Sterling Newman’s Nolan McGinn gets a shot off with Rockridge Rocket Ethan Happ going for the block. Nolan scored six points in the Rockridge 62-50 victory.
(PA photo/Craig Lang)
Milledgeville Missile Zach Herin puts up a shot at the hoop during Saturday morning’s action at the West Carroll Shootout. Zach led Milledgeville with sixteen points as the Missiles took the 53-28 victory. (PA photo/Craig Lang)
West Carroll Manny’s Pizza Shootout A Success
Despite the day starting out with a blizzard, the first game of the 7th Annual West Carroll Manny’s Pizza Shootout started at 10 a.m. with the West Carroll Lady Thunder facing the Forreston Cardinals.
Forreston jumped out to a nine to four first quarter lead and extended that lead to twenty to thirteen at the half. The Cardinals outscored West Carroll fourteen to five in the second half and cruised to the thirty four to eighteen win. Forreston’s Rachel Walton led all Cardinal scorers, dropping in sixteen points while Demi Hess led the Lady Thunder with fourteen points.
The day’s second game had the Milledgeville Missiles matching up with the Oregon Hawks, a team that had defeated Milledgeville early in the season at the Oregon tournament. The Missiles took a twelve to eight first quarter lead and built that lead to twenty eight to sixteen at the intermission. The lead was thirty four to twenty going into the final quarter and Milledgeville outscored the Hawks nineteen to eight in the final frame to take the fifty three to twenty eight victory.
Zach Herin led the Missiles with sixteen points with teammates Jordan Harris adding a dozen and Kameron DawTyne scoring ten points. Trevor Otten led Oregon with eleven points.
The day’s third game saw the West Carroll Thunder boys taking on the Bulldogs from Freeport Aquin. Aquin came out hot and took a twenty to to four first quarter lead. A twenty two point second quarter saw the Bulldogs go into the locker room at the half leading forty four to twenty five. A thirty three to twenty seven second half made the final of Aquin seventy seven and West Carroll fifty two.
Aiden Chang led the Bulldogs with nineteen points and the Thunder’s Devon Hartley led West Carroll with eighteen.
The second girl’s game of the day was next as the Spartans from Sycamore took on the Lancers from North Scott. The Lancers prevailed in a close one taking the 56-44 win. Sycamore’s Lauren Goff led the Spartans with fifteen points while Bailey Gilbert added fourteen.
Forreston matched up with the Easton Valley Riverhawks from Preston, Iowa in game five and the Cardinals took the commanding sixteen point win 71-55.
Game six had the Cougars from Gary, Indiana West Side facing the Lions from Peoria High School. A run and gun game followed with both teams playing a very fast paced contest. The Lions seemed to have no answer for the pressure defense of the Cougars and Gary built a sizeable lead to take the 58-24 win.
The finale of the day seemed to be the game everyone was looking forward to as the #1 ranked Rockridge Rockets took the floor to face the #4 ranked Sterling Newman Comets.
Newman came out on fire as Comet A.J. Sharp poured in twelve first quarter points to give Sterling Newman a sixteen to ten first quarter lead. The Rockets regrouped and responded in the second quarter as 6’8” Wisconsin recruit Ethan Happ went five for five shooting in quarter two to bring Rockridge back to within a point at twenty five to twenty four at the half.
The Rockets took control in the second half finishing the third quarter with a ten to three run to go into the final quarter with a thirty nine to thirty two lead. Newman closed to within four points in the final quarter but that was as close as they’d come. Rockridge outscored the Comets twenty three to eighteen to make the final margin of victory 62-50.
Bryan Heath led the Rockets with twenty five points and teammate Happ added twenty. The Comets were led by Sharp’s twenty three and teammate Noah McCarty added seven.
All in all a great day of basketball and Manny’s famous pizza to top it all off. If you haven’t attended one yet, don’t miss the 8th annual shootout in 2015!