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Woodford Times - Peoria, IL
  • Lady Redbirds go down south for holiday tourney

  • The Metamora varsity girls team will be heading to the Tiger Holiday Classic at Edwardsville for the two-day tournament Friday and Saturday.

    “It’ll be nice to see somebody different and to get away for a little bit,” said coach Riley Gardner.
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  • The Metamora varsity girls team will be heading to the Tiger Holiday Classic at Edwardsville for the two-day tournament Friday and Saturday. “It’ll be nice to see somebody different and to get away for a little bit,” said coach Riley Gardner. The Lady Redbirds will face host Edwardsville first at 1 p.m. Friday. Edwardsville is undefeated for the season at 7-0, as of Dec. 18. The next match up will be at 6:30 p.m. the same day against Jacksonville. The last game before the finals begin will be against Champaign Central, which are 4-3 as of Dec. 13. “Edwardsville will be good, Jacksonville will be good and Central will be different. They’ll be quick, athletic and really good for us,” said Gardner. Metamora is entering the tournament with a 1-8 record for the season, but the scoreboard at the end of the games have shown improvement throughout the season, said Gardner. After opening the season in the Galesburg tournament, the Lady Redbirds offense has stepped up and scored over 40 points in all games since. The highest scoring games for Metamora were against Bloomington with a 59-36 win and then against Canton with another 59 points, which lagged behind last to the Little Giant’s 73. “It’s much improved from last year. This year our scoring is getting better,” Gardner said. “I’m proud of our kids because it’s a lot of work to do and they know it. Our practices are really hard and they’re buying into it and they’re working hard. We’re just going to keep improving.” Dunlap 59, Metamora 47 The Lady Redbirds went up against the Dunlap Eagles Dec. 17 for a 59-47 loss. Metamora kept a tight gap in the score in the first half. After the first quarter, Metamora was down, 14-12. Sophomore Corinne Kern put in two 3-pointers to contribute in the first quarter and Kara Hartnett, Heather Deluca and Peyton Roehnelt all put in a 2-point field goal to add to the scoring. Heading into halftime, the Eagles were ahead 28-20 from five 2’s, a 3 and a free throw. Metamora’s points came from 2’s from Hartnett, Roehnelt and Kern in the second quarter. Dunlap jumped ahead again in the third quarter after leading in scoring, 13-9. The two teams tied each other in the fourth quarter for scoring with 18 points apiece. Roehnelt led in scoring with nine points, eight from field goals and one from a free throw. The Eagles racked up its points at the free-throw line. Metamora sent Dunlap to the line on eight different occasions and the Eagles took full advantage of it to make 12 out of the 15 attempts to contribute to the winning score. Roehnelt led Metamora in scoring with 15 points.
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