A fourth-quarter shutout of Normal West highlighted a Morton girls basketball victory Dec. 28.

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.