Robinson's Walker Sandschafer makes an adjustment mid-air on his way to the basket during a Little Illini Conference game against Flora Jan. 5. Sandschafer led RHS with 24 points and 15 rebounds in a 78-49 win. (Josh Brown photo)
The effort was there, but that unfortunately did not net the results Robinson High School's girls' basketball team was hoping for Wednesday night (Jan. 17).
The ninth-seeded Lady Maroons took to the court with a chance to reach the consolation championship game of Little Illini Conference Tournament, but a slow start prevented them from keeping pace with fourth-seeded Casey-Westfield, resulting in a 56-36 loss in the consolation semifinals at Casey-Westfield High School.
"(Casey) has been in school the last two days and we haven't, so that meant our practices couldn't be mandatory," RHS head coach Sherry Bopp said. "Plus, (starting point guard) Ella (Florkowski) is still out with a concussion. We had a rough start, but I implored them not to give up and leave everything on the court. I told them to show Casey we are not the same team they played at the beginning of the year and they did just that."
Oblong High School's girls' basketball team picked a bad night to have a bad night.
The Lady Panthers saw their 10-game winning streak snapped Wednesday (Jan. 17), as they lost to Villa Grove-Heritage, 70-48, in the semifinals of the Little Okaw Valley Conference Southeast Division Tournament in Toledo.
Results were not what they were hoping for, but the day was not a total loss for Robinson High School's wrestling team at the Vandalia Duals Saturday (Jan. 13).
The Maroons did not wrestle as well as they had hoped, but still managed to come away with a 1-2 record in their three matches.
Robinson opened with a 72-6 loss to sixth-ranked Vandalia, then dropped a 56-21 decision to Monticello before finishing the day with a 42-40 win over Murphysboro.
"Ironically, I thought our best wrestling of the day was against Vandalia," RHS head coach Joe Cunningham said. "Vandalia just does not have any gaps in their line-up and we did not embarrass ourselves despite the lopsided team score. I thought that we might have caught up with Monticello this year, but we did not show it today. Momentum plays a role in all sports and we came out flat against Monticello. We got the win against Murphysboro, but it was not really a very good performance."
The third time was not the charm for Robinson High School's girls' basketball team Saturday (Jan. 13).
The Lady Maroons faced Olney for the third time this season, but came out on the wrong end of the decision yet again, this time 55-25 in the quarterfinals of the Little Illini Conference Tournament at Casey-Westfield High School.
Two games resulted in two losses for Lincoln Trail College's basketball teams on the road at Wabash Valley College Saturday, but they came in entirely different fashions.
The Statesmen held a lead at halftime of the men's game, but could not hold on in a 76-73 loss. Meanwhile, the Lady Statesmen could not keep pace with a very talented Wabash Valley team in a 100-45 loss.
Struggles on both ends of the floor led to another lopsided loss for Palestine-Hutsonville's girls' basketball team Saturday (Jan. 13).
The Lady Pioneers gave up more points in the first quarter than they would score in the entire game on their way to a 64-21 loss to Villa Grove-Heritage in the opening round of the Little Okaw Valley Conference Southeast Division Tournament in Toledo.
Conference wins have been eluding Robinson High School's girls' basketball team so far this season, but the Lady Maroons were able to pick up a big one Thursday night (Jan. 11).
Robinson came into Thursday with zero conference wins and were seeded ninth in the Little Illini Conference Tournament, but the Lady Maroons took control of their opening-round game at Casey-Westfield High School from the start and rolled to a 49-30 win over eighth-seeded Red Hill.