Lincoln Trail's Traveon Johnson glides to the basket for a one-handed slam over a Rend Lake defender during Wednesday's game. The Statesmen ran their winning streak to four games with an 88-80 win over Southeastern Illinois College Saturday. (Josh Brown photo)
One bad quarter turned out to be the difference for Robinson High School's girls' basketball team Thursday night.
The Lady Maroons hung with visiting Newton for the first eight minutes, but they were outscored by 15 points in the second period, resulting in a 17-point halftime deficit that eventually turned into a 45-26 loss.
Two solid performances to start the year were followed up by a not-so-stellar effort Thursday night for Oblong High School's girls' basketball team.
The Lady Panthers were overwhelmed by a solid Marshall team and came out on the losing end of an 81-28 decision in the non-conference contest.
"I am going to sweep this game under the rug and that is exactly what I told the kids to do," OHS head coach Mike Johnson said. "Marshall is definitely a top-five team in Class 2A. They have a Division 1 guard who transferred in from Terre Haute and can light it up from anywhere and has a good low post player to go with her. I told the girls I want there heads up, get rid of this game and move on."
One Crawford County girls' basketball team got off to a strong start in their season opener Tuesday, while another did not.
Robinson matched its win total from last season in their first game, as they outscored county foe Palestine-Hutsonville by at least eight points in each quarter and rolled to a 54-15 win.
"We started strong, came out and executed well, set the tone for how we needed to play and used it to our advantage," RHS head coach Bob Coffman said. "We were ready to play and played well."
"We started out nervous, then played alright for awhile, but had a complete breakdown in the second quarter," PHS-HHS head coach Travis Blank said. "We struggled shooting the ball and boxing out and committed way too many turnovers."
Four solid quarters of basketball led Oblong High School's girls' basketball team to a win in its season opener Monday night.
The Lady Panthers saw 12 players get into the scoring column, as they rolled to a 71-41 win over Martinsville in a varsity-only contest.
"It was a good way to start the year off," OHS head coach Mike Johnson said. "You could tell the kids were rusty and had some nerves going into the first game. There are a lot of things we can improve on, but we just kind of wore Martinsville down tonight."