Lincoln Trail's Kendall Jones (3) finishes off one of several slam dunks he had against Ivy Tech Dec. 6. Jones posted a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Statesmen in their 93-81 win. (Josh Brown photo)
They don't all have to be pretty to land in the win column and Wednesday (Dec. 6)'s game certainly wasn't a work of art, but it was good enough for Lincoln Trail College's men's basketball team back in the win column.
A short-handed Statesmen squad was missing several regular rotation players, but managed to put together a big second half to pull away from Ivy Tech Community College for a 93-81 victory.
"This was the right game at the right time," LTC head coach Luke Stuckey said. "With our injury situation, we had some guys playing positions they hadn't played before, but we got some guys some confidence and found a way to win. It was a good win for us."
A close game got away from Robinson High School's boys' basketball team late Tuesday night (Dec. 5).
Robinson and Mt. Carmel traded punches for much of the first three quarters, but the Golden Aces were able to deliver some knockout blows late, sending the Maroons to a 61-45 loss in the non-conference contest.
"We didn't shoot the ball well, but that is going to happen sometimes," RHS head coach Mack Thompson said. "But we have to do a better job with the silly turnovers and fundamental breakdowns. I also have no idea where our help side defense went tonight. We gave up too many open drives to the basket."
Two teams in search of their first win took the to the court Tuesday night (Dec. 5), but the game ended up not being as close as the records indicated.
Both Oblong and Lawrenceville's boys' basketball teams came into their non-conference game still searching for their first win of the season and unfortunately for the Panthers, it was the visiting Indians who came out on top, as they handed the Panthers a 79-47 defeat.
"We came out tonight and liked the matchup we had, but they (Lawrenceville) just controlled the tempo from the tipoff," OHS head coach Ryan Cheek said. "We put together a fairly strong first quarter and then after that their pressure got the best of us and we began to throw the ball away."
Another standout player from Crawford County has decided to stay home to continue her volleyball career.
Hutsonville High School senior Mandi Alspach recently signed a letter-of-intent to play at Lincoln Trail College next season.
"It feels good to be able to say I'm a college volleyball player because it's been a goal of mine throughout high school," Alspach said. "I decided my freshman year that I wanted to play in college because that's when I started club volleyball and really got more serious about it."
Once again, Oblong High School and the Palestine/Hutsonville co-op are looking for a new home, but this time it was not their decision.
A mass exodus last week from the Little Okaw Valley Conference has left the Crawford County schools searching for what is best for their student-athletes in the future.
This development comes just three years after the local schools departed the Little Illini Conference for the LOVC, citing competition against schools more their size.
A total of 15 schools out of the 19 that are members of the LOVC decided to submit letters of withdrawal last week, citing a variety of reasons.
"At this time, there is a restructuring of the conference and schools are doing what they feel is in the best interest of their students and communities," Matt Shoaff, principal at Okaw Valley High School and president of the LOVC said in a press release issued Friday (Dec. 1).