Lady Redbird basketball struggles through tough weekend

Justin Miller

The Lady Redbirds could not have come any closer than they did Friday night.

The Metamora's girls basketball team fell to Mid-Illini rival East Peoria, 47-46, on the road.

In what would be the theme for the game, the teams traded scores throughout the opening quarter, with neither side able to come away with a clear lead.

Kyler Samp began establishing herself as Metamora's MVP when she knocked down shot after shot to keep things close.

Samp led the team with 21 points for the game.

East Peoria held a slim 10-9 lead after the opening quarter.

Metamora was able to find enough holes in the Raider defense to create some separation and took a 22-16 lead at half.

East Peoria awoke in the third quarter to begin clawing its way into the Redbird lead and, thanks to defensive lapses from the Lady Redbirds, was able to cut the lead to 35-34 heading into the final frame of play.

The fourth quarter found both teams playing all out and not wanting to give any easy points to the opposition.

The Raiders, however, created enough turnovers and found enough holes in Metamora's defense to eek out the win.

The team then lost to Richwoods on the road, 65-32, Saturday.

A very tough Richwoods team opened the game on a 20-4 run that put Metamora in a hole they would never be able to climb out of, despite a good effort at times.

Alyvia Schneider helped the Metamora offense put points up in the second quarter with shots over Richwoods defenders but the team was still trailing, 37-12, at halftime.

The second half was more or less a repeat of the first with Metamora's offense struggling against a very tough Richwoods defense.

Despite good play from Cassidy Ioerger, Metamora fell.

The team next plays at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Pekin.