Morton bewildered the Metamora girls basketball team Dec. 21.

Morton bewildered the Metamora girls basketball team Dec. 21.

The Potters led 33-17 at halftime en route to a 66-32 road victory that kept them unbeaten in Mid-Illini Conference play.

Morton improved to 6-0 in the league, while dropping the Redbirds to 1-5.

Chandler Ryan paced all scorers with 18 points as the Potters extended their winning streak. She drilled four 3-pointers.

Sarah Livingston recorded 13 points and Morton teammate Kate Byrne chipped in 11.

The Potters' cushion was 29 points after an 18-5 margin in the third quarter.

Kyler Samp had 10 points as the lone Metamora player in double figures.

Morton resumes conference action Tuesday vs. East Peoria.

State Farm Holiday Classic
It was not a high-level Morton performance Dec. 26, but it got the desired result.

The Potters advanced to the quarterfinals with a 45-29 victory over Chicago St. Ignatius at U.S. Cellular Coliseum.

No player on either side reached double digits, giving Byrne, one of nine to score for Morton, game-high honors with nine points.

"The game was never in doubt, but I was hoping for a little more energy," MHS head coach Bob Becker said. "We'll need to play better (Dec. 27)."

Abbie Cox had eight points on 3-of-4 shooting. She had five first-quarter rebounds.

Seven of Livingston's game-leading 10 rebounds came in the third period.

From the moment Ryan canned a corner 3 in front of the St. Ignatius bench at the 7:28 mark of the opening quarter, Morton never trailed.

Back-to-back baskets by Emily Schultz and Byrne gave the Potters an 11-4 lead.

Bella Jackson beat the first-period buzzer to send Morton to a 14-6 advantage.

Morton was purposely trying to play deep with three more tournament games upcoming.

Jadison Wharram, who opened second-quarter scoring with a field goal, was a reserve who thrived. Becker said the freshman forward provided a spark.

A Byrne trey and two Schultz free throws stretched the Potter lead to 21-8 with 2:10 remaining in the first half.

The Wolfpack clawed back within eight points by halftime, however.

Morton reestablished a 27-13 cushion in the third quarter on buckets by Ryan, Byrne and Livingston.

The Potters closed the period on a 7-0 spurt as Livingston, Byrne and Tenley Dowell (on a 3) all hit shots.

Madie Kraft joined the list of scorers on a triple, the lone Morton points during a 7-3 St. Ignatius push.

The Wolfpack actually drew as close as 39-29 at the three-minute mark and the Potters had to send in some reinforcements.

Order was restored when Ashley Gilles, Cox and Wharram supplied baskets in the last 2:56.

Gabby Ortiz and Maura Walsh had six points to top new tournament entrant St. Ignatius.

The Potters fell Dec. 27, 55-53, to Rock Island, which moved to 16-0.

Morton (11-3) saw its eight-game victory string snapped despite a game-leading 16 points from Byrne.

Livingston had 13 points against the Rocks in a game that was close throughout.

Cox added eight points, Ryan six and Kraft five as Morton fell back to the .500 mark all-time at the State Farm tournament.

Jacqueline Twing and Carlee Hoover had 11 points apiece to guide Rock Island.

More tournament action: On Friday, a win over Normal West, followed by a loss to Chicago Morgan Park, gave Morton a sixth-place finish at the State Farm tournament.

Check back at this website and see the Jan. 9 edition of the Morton Times-News for a tournament recap.