The regular season is over and the Ghosts are in the second season, the Regional.
Illinois Valley Central's girls basketball team started the final week of the regular season with a 49-33 loss to Limestone on the road Jan. 28.
"That game went good at times," coach Marc Lowe said. "We just ran into three really tough teams to end the year. We couldn't score. I don't know what has happened to our scoring, but the last three games we have not scored like we are capable of."
IVC's offense was stymied from the start with the Rocket defense pressuring the Ghosts into bad shots and turnovers.
The Ghost defense, however, started the game relatively successfully by holding the Rockets from finding a distinct offensive rhythm.
After one quarter, Limestone led 9-4.
The second frame saw both sides lapsing on defense but taking off offensively.
Limestone exploded for its best quarter of the game, banking in shot after shot to rack up 20 points.
The Ghosts, however, also had the team's best offensive quarter of the game.
Candis Rudolph was laser accurate from the floor and led the team with 10 points for the game.
Unfortunately, IVC's best could not match Limestone's and the Ghosts trailed 29-16 at halftime.
Both teams played solidly on offense throughout the remaining 16 minutes but Limestone held on to take the W.
The team headed to Peoria Christian Jan. 29 and fell to the Chargers, 41-23.
"We had a great first half and then, in the second half, we couldn't score," Lowe said. "We had crucial turnovers from our guards, but I can't blame it all on our guards. We just need to be stronger and score. That's been the same problem for us all year. We never know who is going to be our leading scorer each day."
The Ghosts hung with the Chargers through the early goings, staying within several points throughout the frame.
Bria Kohlman helped the offense put up points early with smart shooting decisions.
Kohlman led the team with 10 points for the game.
In the second quarter, the Ghost defense fell apart and Peoria Christian went on a 17-6 scoring binge.
The Ghost offense, however, was stymied by the stingy defense of Peoria Christian and the Chargers took a 28-14 lead into halftime.
The third quarter saw the Ghost defense play its best frame of the game.
For eight minutes, nothing the Chargers tried would work as IVC used speedy pressure to force Peoria Christian into poor shot selection and turnovers.
Page 2 of 2 - Unfortunately for IVC, the team could only muster nine points during the final two quarters and Peoria Christian won going away.
The team lost the final game of the year Thursday at Annawan, 63-42.
"Annawan was another good team," Lowe said. "Candis (Rudolph) and Erica (Larson) were out with the flu and that didn't really help. Bria (Kohlman) stepped up and played well.
"If you don't have two of the people that usually lead you in scoring, then that's gonna hurt. We ran into some good teams down the stretch, and we didn't take care of the ball."
The early goings of the game thrilled fans with an offensive battle.
Annawan's offense was on fire for the first 16 minutes, racking up 44 points in the opening half.
The Ghost offense, while not able to match Annawan's effort, despite a strong showing from Kohlman.
Kohlman, who led the team with 12 points, blasted through the Annawan defense to help the Ghosts reach the scoreboard.
IVC trailed, 44-21, at halftime.
The third quarter was a defensive battle for the first time in the game.
Despite holding Annawan to 19 points over the final two quarters, the Ghosts were unable to put their foot on the gas and fell.
The team started the Dunlap Regional Monday against Geneseo.
"I hope the level of competition of teams that we faced will help in the Regional but some of the same problems that we have had all year hurt us," Lowe said. "Again, I'm going to change a few things up and give us a different look. I'm going more with what the kids are comfortable with.
"I think we have to be consistent and have good guard and post play. We have to rebound better too. We have been lacking in rebounding the last few days."
If the team beat Geneseo and went on to beat Galesburg Tuesday, then the Ghosts will play at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Dunlap against the winner of the Rock Island and Dunlap game.