Athletics Weekend Updates

Four College sports were very busy this past weekend with a variety of contests.  Baseball headed to Carterville, IL for the Logan Classic on February 24-26 which proved successful for the team.  On Friday, the men faced their tough host, John A. Logan, in a noon matchup and defeated them 14-7.  Saturday, February 25, the team faced Carl Sandburg College and also defeated them with a score of 5 -3 in 7 innings.  Sunday included 2 games starting with repeat opponent, John A. Logan, and again the Cougars came out on top with a 11-10 win in eight innings. However, the final game of the long weekend resulted in a loss to South Suburban with a 2-11 loss that had to be called after 6 innings due to darkness. Overall, a successful weekend.

The softball team traveled to the Gwen Magee Invitational in Ellisville, Mississippi which was held February 24 & 25.  The ladies started well with a 5-3 win against Southwest Mississippi, but lost later in the day to Jones County Junior College, 1-5.  Saturday, February 25 brought additional defeat at rematches with Southwest Mississippi (7-10 loss) and Jones County (1-9 loss). Take heart, though, as the season is still young.

Women’s basketball played very well in their last home game on Saturday, February 25 vs. South Suburban.  They handed the visitors a 64-41 loss. See a detailed game description at the end of this article.  The women’s team has completed their regular season play, but will host a scrimmage vs. Bradley University Club on Friday, March 3, at 6 pm in continued preparation for the Region 24 tournament: March 10-12 hosted by Parkland College. The team should know their seed and game time for the tournament on March 4.

The men’s basketball team traveled to Lincoln IL, on Saturday, March 25 for a 3 pm matchup with Lincoln College. The team played hard but came out with a loss of 77-80.  The men have two more regular season games before launching into their Regional Tournament March 9-11 hosted by Rend Lake College. They play John Wood Community College at home on Wednesday, March 1 at 7 pm, followed by a game at Danville Area Community College on Saturday, March 4 at 3 pm.

The remainder of the spring semester promises to be very exciting with six of the ten sports competing in various competitions and invitationals:  Women’s Basketball, Softball, Volleyball, Men’s Basketball, Baseball, and Golf. Go, Cougars, GO!!


Cougars Get Defensive In Win

The #9 ICC women’s basketball team used a solid defensive effort to forge a 64-41 win over South Suburban College on Saturday afternoon at Ramsey Gym.  The Cougars held SSC to 29% field goal shooting on the day (16-55) and owned the boards (46-32) to get the victory. The game started slowly, with ICC taking a 6-4 lead at the halfway point of the 1st quarter. Sydney McClintock connected on a field goal inside (assist Bailey Larsen) that ignited an 11-0 run for the Cougars.  McClintock and Jasmine Elliott each scored (Krystal Walker assists), Larsen splashed home a three-pointer (assist Brandi Fier), and a Kellyn Maynard rebound put back capped the run to put the Cougars up 17-4.  The Blue & Gold took a 21-8 advantage heading into the second period, but the Bulldogs strung a few scores together and cut their deficit to 21-13.  Fier countered with a three-pointer (assist Larsen) and McClintock scored again to push the lead back to 28-15, Sommer Burgard scored inside before the end of the half to put ICC up 36-21 going into recess.

Burgard hit two free throws to start the third period, and, with the offense a little stagnant, crashed the offensive boards with success as Elliott and Larsen connected on put backs to put ICC up 44-25.  The Cougars ramped up the defense forcing Bulldog turnovers and cashing them into scores by Elliott (assist Walker) and Walker (assist Fier).  Larsen closed out the final seconds of the 3rd period with a nice hustle play, saving the ball from out-of-bounds and then hitting Walker for a three-pointer on the left wing to give ICC a 51-28 lead heading into the fourth quarter.  The teams played virtually even until the final buzzer, and ICC picked up the win, moving their overall record to 23-6.

Game goals met:
Opponent does not score on final possession of each quarter
Win 80% of 50/50 balls
Opponent doesn’t go on more than a 6-0 run
70% free throw shooting (13-14 for 93%—Burgard 8-8!)
Win bench scoring (ICC 34, South Suburban 9)

Individual stats:
Burgard (14 pts, 3 reb), Elliott (12 pts, 8 reb), Walker (10 pts, 4 asts, 3 st), McClintock (8pts), Larsen (7pts, 7 reb, 6 asts, 4 st), Fier (5 pts, 4 asts), Henson (5reb, 4 pts), Maynard (4pts), Meiss (6reb, 3 asts), Meiss (6reb, 3 asts). 

Four sophomores were recognized for their contributions to the women’s basketball program before the game:  Sommer Burgard (daughter of Barry Burgard and Julie Burgard), Brandi Fier (daughter of Scott Fier & Julie Fier), Brianna Henson (daughter of Ron & Betty Henson), and Serena Meiss (daughter of Trent & Lucy Meiss).  Thank you ladies for your time and commitment to our program! 

A special thank-you to the official scorers’ table staff for their hard work this season at all of our home games:  Donna Thomas & Margaret Kizer (statisticians), Dave Mateer & Brett Kelley (score book), Mindy Stille, Ben Diggle, Tim Sack (scoreboard & shot clock), Bob Thommen (stat board), and Dustin Fitzpatrick (public announcer).