Women’s Basketball Weekend Highlights

The ICC women’s basketball team made just enough plays down the stretch to capture a 61-58 win over Sauk Valley on Friday night, November 11, at the ICC Classic at Ramsey Gym.  The Cougars came out sharp, taking a 9-2 lead as Jasmine Elliott scored on an offensive putback, Brandi Fier hit a jumper (assist Kellyn Maynard) followed by two baskets by Bailey Larsen (assists Maynard & Sommer Burgard) at the 6:45 mark of the first period.  Bri Henson got her first points of the season on a layup (assist Krystal Walker) and scored again a few minutes (assist Burgard) to take a 16-9 lead after one period of play. 

ICC extended their lead to 20-9 after a steal and layup by Fier and took their largest lead at 32-19 as Walker scored on an offensive putback and the Cougars appeared ready to blow the game open.  Sauk Valley had other ideas, however, closing the half on a 7-0 run in the final 1:33 of the half and trimming ICC’s advantage to 32-26.  

The game see-sawed back and forth in the 3rd quarter, as ICC went up 43-37 on a Burgard basket (assist Walker), only to see the Redhawks go on a run to knot the score at 43-all a few minutes later. The Cougars took a 48-45 lead into the final stanza and ICC worked the ball into the post to take a 52-45 lead on a Burgard post-up (assist Shelby Terrell). Elliott scored on a turnaround jumper in the paint (assist Fier) to give ICC a 58-52 lead with 3:24 remaining, but SVCC went on a 6-0 run to tie the score at 58-all with 1:06 to play.  ICC held Sauk scoreless the rest of the way and managed to make three free throws for the final score to get the hard-earned victory.

Poor shooting doomed the #11 ICC women’s basketball team on Saturday afternoon, November 12, as they lost 59-45 to #7 Kirkwood CC at Ramsey Gym.  The Cougars made just 23% of their field goal attempts (13-56) and connected on only 51% from the free throw line (17-33), which led to their second loss of the season. 

Kirkwood took control of the contest early, forging a 13-4 lead just five minutes into the contest.  ICC caught up to 13-10 on a Serena Meiss (Eureka HS) basket early in the second stanza, but the Eagles went on a 20-4 run the rest of the first half to go up 35-14 at the break.  During that span, the Cougars wasted several easy scoring opportunities from the paint and the charity stripe (4-10) to dig themselves into a big hole. 

Krystal Walker scored on a drive to the hoop, followed by a Bailey Larsen three-pointer to open the half, but then turned the ball over five out of the next eight possessions which allowed the Eagles to take their largest lead of the game at 45-21.  To their credit, the Blue and Gold did not quit as Walker scored again and Sommer Burgard finished on an old-fashioned three-point play.  Brandi Fier and Brianna Henson nailed four consecutive free throws followed by a Kellyn Maynard basket to cut the gap to 46-37, but Kirkwood responded with a three-pointer on the next possession to get some breathing room.  ICC battled down the stretch, but had dug themselves into too big of a hole to get out by the end of the game, moving their record to 2-2 on the season.

Next games: 
The team next travels to Tucson, Arizona to compete in the Native American Classic  with games on November 17, 18, and 19. They return to the home court on Wednesday, November 30 when they compete against Robert Morris, Peoria, at 6:30 in the Ramsey gym on the East Peoria campus.