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Morton Times-News - Morton, IL
  • Morton splits State Farm set

  • A fourth-quarter shutout of Normal West highlighted a Morton girls basketball victory Dec. 28.
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  • A fourth-quarter shutout of Normal West highlighted a Morton girls basketball victory Dec. 28.
    One day after the their nine-game winning streak was halted by Rock Island, the Potters buried the Wildcats, 52-27, on day three of the State Farm Holiday Classic.
    Chandler Ryan's 17 points, which included all three Morton 3-pointers, led all participants.
    After Normal West trimmed a 30-12 halftime deficit to 11 points by the end of the third quarter, the Potters outscored the Big Twelve Conference member 14-0 in the fourth.
    Kate Byrne delivered 11 points for Morton and Emily Schultz eight.
    Kennola Thomas had a meager seven points to lead the Wildcats.
    Chicago Morgan Park 48, MHS 44
    The Potters lost the fifth-place contest after a combined nine-point deficit in the first and third periods Dec. 28.
    Morton (12-4) finished sixth in the championship bracket after going 2-2 for the fifth time in seven State Farm tournament appearances.
    Ryan again guided the Potters with 15 points, all from the 3-point arc.
    Abbie Cox and Sarah Livingston collected eight points and Byrne seven.
    The Lady Mustangs, who exited the tournament with a 14-2 mark, received 21 points from Bhrea Griffin.
    Champaign Centennial won the tournament championship, 44-28, Dec. 29 over Richwoods.
    Morton is 14-14 all-time at the State Farm Holiday Classic.
    Conference play restarts: The Potters were scheduled to play their first Mid-Illini game in 18 days when fourth-place East Peoria visited the league leader Tuesday.
    The Raiders were winners of five of their last seven games after a third-place award at Manual.
    It was a big night in the M-I race as Canton and Washington, in second and third place, respectively, collided at the Lady Panthers' Torry Gymnasium.

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