The Morton girls basketball team did not give East Peoria any glimmer of hope Feb. 18.

The Potters outscored the Raiders 14-5 in the first quarter and won every period thereafter by at least five points in a lopsided Class 3A Morton Regional semifinal.

The Morton girls basketball team did not give East Peoria any glimmer of hope Feb. 18.

The Potters outscored the Raiders 14-5 in the first quarter and won every period thereafter by at least five points in a lopsided Class 3A Morton Regional semifinal.

No. 1 seed Morton, ranked No. 7 in the final Associated Press 3A state poll, produced a 60-28 victory as Jadison Wharram led all scorers with 15 points.

Brandi Bisping had 12 points and Potters teammate Chandler Ryan 11 in the squad’s third 2014-15 win over fellow Mid-Illini Conference member East Peoria (8-23).

All 13 Morton uniformed players saw time for a team that entered the fourth quarter with a 44-22 advantage on its home floor.

The fifth-seeded Raiders, who came into the contest with back-to-back wins, were led by Rachel Hilton’s 10 points.

MHS 67, Prairie Central 35
The Potters are a regional champion for the ninth time in the last 11 seasons.

Morton (28-3) won for the 15th time in its last 16 games by ousting the third-seeded Hawks Friday.

“It doesn’t get any easier, that’s for sure,” MHS head coach Bob Becker said. “I’m proud of the kids. It’s been a long year.”

Ryan blasted the Hawks for 31 points on 10-for-13 shooting. She made 8-of-9 shots combined in the second and third quarters to score 21.

“It was nice to see her on a big stage just light it up tonight,” said Becker of Ryan.

PC (22-9) was on top 5-2 in the first two minutes, but the Potters came back with seven straight points and 15 of 18 to end the opening period.

The No. 3 seed Hawks never recovered from a nine-point deficit after the first frame in the regional final.

Ryan had seven points in the segment, including a 5-for-5 free-throw effort that she said helped get her started.

She drew two fouls on PC’s Kiana Coomber, a Loyola University verbal commit. Coomber was a non-factor with just six points while sitting for stretches.

Two days earlier, Coomber’s game-high 20 points helped the Hawks stun No. 9 Washington 43-36 in the regional semifinals.

Ryan netted 13 points in 5 minutes, 33 seconds in the second quarter during a 15-2 run in which the Morton lead swelled to 32-12 at halftime.

“My teammates definitely found me,” said Ryan.

Caylie Jones provided instant offense in the third with perfect 3-for-3 shooting in just over two minutes.

When Ryan made the fifth of her six 3s, the Potters’ advantage climbed past 30 points at 51-19 with 47 seconds left in the period.   

Crystal Cobler and Lisa Walter provided baskets as the entire Morton active roster saw time in the fourth. Senior Kathleen Saunders capped the scoring with a traditional three-point play at 0:29.7.

The Potters were a plus-17 on the boards, with Jadison Wharram grabbing nine rebounds to go along with her seven points.

Bisping and Jones both tallied six points. That was the same total that Coomber and Callie Williams provided to co-lead PC.

Morton has played in the regional championship game 12 consecutive seasons with a 9-3 record on those trophy games.

The Potters also defeated Prairie Central 54-40 at home Jan. 17 as part of the Galesburg Martin Luther King Classic.

Sectional: Morton defeated Mendota (25-4) Monday 52-34 in the LaSalle Sectional semifinals.

The other Monday semifinal featured Galesburg (27-7) downing Richwoods (24-8) 68-51.

The Potters and Silver Streaks meet at 7 p.m. Thursday for the championship.

Morton is seeking its third sectional title in the last four years and fourth overall.

The LaSalle Sectional winner advances to Monday’s Romeoville Super-sectional at Lewis University to face the Hampshire Sectional champion. Game time is 7 p.m.