Girls' conference position improves

Bryan Veginski

The Morton girls basketball team is in a position in which every team desires.

The Potters, with a critical 43-36 win in Bartonville over Limestone Friday, improved to 9-3 in the Mid-Illini Conference.

Morton (18-9) needs one win in two home games this week to lock up a share of the league championship. Two victories would net the Potters their third outright title in the last five seasons.

The Potters' opponents are their two biggest M-I rivals — Washington (tomorrow) and Metamora (Thursday). The Lady Panthers and Redbirds both are 6-6 in the league, part of a three-way tie for fourth place with Limestone.

Morton already owns double-digit road wins over Washington and Metamora, but those programs certainly will be anxious to try to ruin the Potters' hopes for a crown. Another element in play is Thursday's game is Senior Night, when unpredictable things sometimes occur.

Canton already is finished with a 10-4 conference mark. Dunlap is 9-4 prior to its Saturday finale at Limestone. The Lady Giants knocked off the Eagles last week, 47-43.