Morton comes through in clutch at Limestone

Bryan Veginski

The Morton girls basketball team rose to the occasion in one of its biggest games of the season.

The Potters avenged an earlier loss to Limestone and strengthened their position in the Mid-Illini Conference race with a 43-36 win Friday.

“Beating Limestone was a pretty big deal for us,” MHS head coach Bob Becker said. “I hope this gives us a little bit of a shot in the arm.”

The victory gave Morton (18-9, 9-3) a one-game lead in the loss column over Canton and Dunlap.

The Lady Giants concluded the regular season 10-4 and the Eagles currently are 9-4.

Canton did the Potters a favor Feb. 3 by dumping host Dunlap, 47-43.

Against the Rockets at Vern Woosley Gymnasium, Brooke Bisping was 10-of-12 at the free-throw line to total a team-high 20 points. She also led the way with 10 rebounds.

Tracy Frerichs contributed eight points and Sarah Hendricks seven.

Morton was three points behind at halftime, but outscored the Rockets 25-15 over the final 16 minutes.

“In the second half, we played pretty well I thought,” said Becker.

The Potters were down just three points at the half despite Bisping sitting for more than six minutes in the second quarter with two fouls.

“We did a nice job hanging in there,” said Becker of the slim deficit through 16 minutes.

He added the girls took better care of the ball in the second half even though the three-point shots still were not falling.  

Natecia Augusta, second in the conference in scoring behind Bisping, had 23 points to lead Limestone.

Regular-season finale: Morton faces Metamora tomorrow for the Potters’ Senior Night.

The contest concludes the Mid-Illini Conference and regular season campaigns for both schools.

Last night, Morton entertained upset-minded Washington.

Dunlap travels to Bartonville Saturday afternoon to play Limestone in a game that will impact the upper half of the conference standings.

Postseason: No. 1 seed Morton will tip off at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Class 3A Washington Regional semifinals.

The Potters will await the winner of fourth-seeded Limestone and No. 5 seed East Peoria, who square off at 6 p.m. Monday in the regional quarterfinals.