Using the left —Central senior Clarece Jansen dribbles into the lane for the Cougars who won both of their games last week with nonconference victories over Highland and Teutopolis. Central is now 16-2 on the season.
    The Central Cougars girls basketball team kept up their torrid play with three wins over top tier programs last week in wins over Highland, Teutopolis and Salem.
    The Cougars are now 16-2 on the season overall and 6-0 in Cahokia Conference play.  They have won five straight and 13 of their last 14 games.
    They will play in the Highland Girls Tournament this week with their first game against Triad at 1 p.m. on Saturday.
    Central 63, Salem 27:  The Cougars started the second half of the conference season with their 6th-straight conference victory on Monday.
    Central senior Faye Meissner and junior Ally Fehrmann left no doubt when the duo scored 13 points in the first quarter as the visiting Cougars took a 15-5 lead after the initial quarter.
    Clarece Jansen added a pair of buckets in the second quarter for the Cougars while Fehrmann dialed long range for her second triple of the game as they led 26-7 at the half.
    The Central defense allowed the Lady Wildcats just two field goals over the first 16 minutes of the contest.
    Meissner went back to work in the third quarter as the guard hit for 14 points to continue the rout.
    Meissner finished with a game-high 26 points with 10 two-point field goals, a triple and three charity shots.
    Fehrmann finished with 15 points in the win while Jansen scored six.
    Kasey Sager had nine points in the loss for Salem who fell to 10-10 overall and 3-3 in conference action.
    Central 48, Teutopolis 47:  The Cougars escaped with a victory over the host Lady Shoes on Saturday afternoon in Effingham County.
    The Cougars led much of the final three quarters including a 13-point lead in the fourth quarter only to barely hang on against the previously unbeaten Shoes.
    Tuetopolis (19-1) led the contest 10-5 after the first quarter before Central got hot and took a 23-17 lead at the half.
    Ally Fehrmann hit both of her 3-pointers in the second quarter while Carson Newkirk hit another to go with a short jumper as CHS outscored the Shoes 18-7 in the frame.
    Newkirk hit another 3-pointer in the third quarter while both Faye Meissner and Olivia Wesselmann had buckets as CHS led 32-28 entering the fourth quarter.
    Meissner took over in the fourth quarter as she hit for 11 points including 2-of-3 from the line and a triple.
    Teutopolis was 15-of-21 from the free-throw line but missed four over the final six minutes of the game.
    “The girls played really well at a tough place to play,” said Central head coach Nathan Rueter.  “We had several girls hit big shots and our defense was strong.”
    Meissner led all players with 18 points with 13 of those coming in the second half.  Newkirk had 11 points while both Fehrmann and Abbie Horstmann had six points.
    Central was 9-of-13 from the line and they hit five 3-pointers.
    Macy Michels led the Lady Shoes with 17 points and four rebounds while Mariana Hemmen added nine points and one assist. Jolene Bueker and Sadie Bueker each contributed six points in the loss for the Shoes.
    Central 48, Highland 37:  The Cougars used a strong second half to defend their home court last Thursday in Breese.
    The Bulldogs got off the bus with an attitude as they ran out to az 16-10 lead over the host Cougars.
    HHS got 3-pointers from Rece Portell and Megan Kronk while Kayla Eads scored six points.
    Central battled back in the second quarter despite seven more points from Portell.
   The Cougars got six points from both Abbie Horstmann and Carson Newkirk as they got within 28-26 at the break.
    The Bulldogs had only a Portell field goal and a free throw in the third quarter as the Cougars took the lead for good.
    Central got a 3-pointer from Faye Meissner and buckets from Lexi Klostermann, Clarece Jansen and Newkirk as they enjoyed a 36-31 lead entering the final quarter.
    Ashlyn Klucker hit three field goals for the Bulldogs in the fourth quarter for Highland’s only scoring as they managed just four field goals over the final 16 minutes.
    Meanwhile, the Cougars hit 8-of-10 from the line in the fourth quarter to seal the victory.
    Meissner led all players with 13 points that included 4-of-4 from the line.  Newkirk added 11 points while Jansen scored seven. 
    Central was 11-of-15 from the line for the game with just one 3-pointer.
    Portell led Highland with 11 points as they managed just 10 2-pointers to go along with four 3-pointers.  They were 5-of-6 from the line

by Bruce Hixon
for the Breese Journal


Bakers dozen — Carlyle senior Tyler Siever became the 13th player in Indians’ history to score 1,000 points on the varsity level. Siever accomplshed the feat last Friday in Salem. He is pictured with the game ball and his parents Natale and Mark.
    Tyler Siever became the 13th player in the history of the Carlyle Indians basketball program to reach 1,000 career points Friday during the Tribe’s 63-36 loss at Salem in a Cahokia Conference Mississippi Division contest. 
    Siever is the first Tribe player to hit that figure since Connor Toennies joined the club last season. Carlyle was able to snap a four-game losing streak Saturday when it dismantled the visiting Staunton Bulldogs 63-26 in a nonconference game.
    Carlyle, which hosted Wesclin Tuesday in a Cahokia Conference Mississippi Division contest, begins the second half of the league season on Friday when it hosts Freeburg. The Indians begin play at the Benton Invitational Tournament on Monday when they face Pinckneyville at 7 p.m.
    The Indians are 6-10 overall, 1-3 in conference play.
    Carlyle 63, Staunton 26:  Carlyle had scored 60 points just twice this season before it reached that figure Saturday as the Indians snapped a four-game losing streak with a victory over the visiting Staunton Bulldogs in a nonconference contest. The 26 points allowed was a season best for the Tribe.
    The Indians were in control throughout as they raced out to a 14-4 lead in the opening quarter. Luke Boatright, who led all scorers with 18 points, accounted for half that production with a pair of buckets to go along with a 3-pointer. Dawson Reinacher contributed a pair of field goals during the initial surge.
    It was the same duo that led Carlyle’s 18-5 scoring advantage in the second period as Carlyle took a commanding 32-9 lead into halftime against a Staunton squad that entered the contest with a 7-4 record and a four-game winning streak. 
    Boatright knocked down the second of his four 3-pointers in the contest and added another hoop, while Reinacher  along with Lane Heinzmann contributed a pair of buckets. Alex Huels added a 3-pointer in the period.
    The Tribe continued to add to its advantage in the second half. Boatright continued his hot shooting with two more 3-pointers, while Tyler Siever added a pair of buckets during a 16-6 run that widened Carlyle’s lead to 48-15.
    Siever, who was honored prior to the contest for scoring his 1,000th career point the night before at Salem, and Reinacher contributed a couple of field goals in the fourth quarter as the Indians outscored Staunton 15-11 to cap off its win.
    Besides the 18 points from Boatright, Reinacher added 15 points and Siever had 12. Ethan Booth scored ten points to pace Staunton.
    Salem 63, Carlyle 36:  Tyler Siever joined the 1000 career points club and Dawson Reinacher scored a season-high 17 points, but little else went right for the Tribe on Friday when they were ambushed by the host Salem Wildcats in Cahokia Conference Mississippi Division play. 
    It was the first meeting between the schools since the 2006 Mater Dei Christmas Tournament and the first since Salem joined the Cahokia Conference this school year.
    Siever needed nine points headed into the contest to reach 1000 and hit that mark with a free throw on the back end of a 3-point play with 36 seconds left in the first half. Carlyle was unable to contain Salem’s 6-5 senior Damond Crosby, who scored 16 of his 24 points in the first half. 
    Crosby had seven of those in the first period as Salem (8-7 overall and 3-2 in conference play) built a 16-10 lead.
    A bucket by Siever 20 seconds into the second period brought the Tribe within four, but Salem busted the game open with a 17-0 run. 
    Brett Whitney had seven points for the Wildcats in that run and along with Cord Brown converted 3-point plays. Remingten Carpenter buried a 3-pointer and Crosby added five more points to his total as Salem opened up a 33-12 advantage.
    The Wildcats, who led 38-19 at halftime, scored the first five points and nine of the first 11 in the third quarter to extend that margin even more. 
    A 3-pointer along with another field goal by Crosby plus two buckets by Brown put the home team up 47-21. Salem led 51-25 after three quarters and had as much as a 30-point cushion midway through the fourth quarter.
    “They just took us to the wood shed,” said Carlyle coach Andy Palmer.
    While the Indians got 17 points from Reinacher and 11 from Siever, the rest of the Carlyle roster produced just eight points. Besides the 24 points from Crosby, Salem received 11 points from Brown and nine from Whitney.

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