Metamora girls' basketball continues to struggle

Justin Miller

A tough start to the Mid-Illini Conference basketball season got tougher for the Metamora Lady Redbirds when the team lost to Dunlap, 59-48, at home Dec. 11.

The game was close throughout the first half, with Dunlap taking a small lead but Metamora remained able to stay within striking distance.

Cassidy Ioerger helped Metamora stay in the game by knocking down shots.

Ioerger led the team with 16 points.

At halftime, Dunlap led, 25-19.

The Eagles went on a tear throughout the third quarter, sinking shot after shot from anywhere on the court. Nothing the Metamora defense did could stop Dunlap from taking a 48-31 lead heading into the final quarter.

Thanks to smart choices with the ball from Hailey Mueller, Metamora put up its best offensive quarter of the game in the fourth but it was not enough to regain the lead.

The team then dropped another Mid-Illini game, this time a 46-37 loss at Pekin Saturday.

Neither team looked particularly dominant throughout the opening frame. Throughout the first half, Pekin took a little bit of an edge in each quarter to slowly build a lead.

At halftime, Pekin was up, 22-17.

The third quarter was all Metamora. Kyler Samp set up her teammates with good passes but did not pass on chances to send the ball to the hoop when they came to her.

For the game, Samp led the team with 14 points.

Heading into the final quarter, Pekin's lead was demolished and the game was tied at to 31.

Metamora collapsed in the last eight minutes with the offense unable to set anything up. Pekin's offense had no such problem and cruised through the quarter to win.

The team next plays at 7 p.m. Friday at home against Morton.