Potters top Washington girls, 45-29

Bryan Veginski
Morton freshman Brandi Bisping, middle goes up for a shot Jan. 24 vs. Metamora. The Potters pulled into a first-place Mid-Illini Conference tie with Washington Saturday with a 45-29 girls basketball win on the Lady Panthers' home floor.

Morton turned a hefty halftime lead Jan. 28 into a girls basketball road win.

The Potters kept the pressure on Mid-Illini Conference leader Washington with a 48-33 victory over Limestone in Bartonville.

Morton swept the regular-season series from the Rockets as Chandler Ryan had a game-high 18 points in Vern Woosley Gymnasium.

Emma Heisler, who had two 3-pointers like Ryan, chipped in a dozen points for the Potters.

Morton, which rose one spot to No. 5 in the newly-released Associated Press Class 3A state poll, held a 30-15 advantage at the midway point.

McKenna Weaver had 11 points to pace 14-win Limestone.

MHS 45, Washington 29

The Potters are no longer in second place in the conference.

Morton (22-3, 9-1) jumped into a first-place tie with Washington (17-3, 9-1) Saturday after winning its 12th straight game.

Both teams were scheduled to play Tuesday on the road. Morton was at Dunlap and Washington was at Metamora in a make-up date.

The Potters led 34-17 at halftime in the Lady Panthers' Torry Gymnasium to avenge a 69-56 triple-overtime defeat Dec. 21.

After seventh-ranked Washington pulled within 11 points after three quarters, Morton held the home team to a deuce over the final eight minutes.

Schultz burned the Lady Panthers for a game-best 17 points.

While the Potters had an efficient shooting game, Washington was as cold as most of the Central Illinois winter.

Ryan was the other participant in double figures with 12 points.

Hayley Reneau and Tia Sherman shared the Lady Panthers' team lead with six points.

Morton halted a Washington 12-game winning streak in conference games. When the Lady Panthers beat the Potters in December they stopped a 36-game M-I victory string.

Regional seeds: Pairings for the Class 3A Metamora Regional, which begins Feb. 17, will be revealed later this week.

Morton would seem to have the inside track for the No. 1 seed over Washington after the most recent result between the teams.

Ultimately, the other three teams in the regional — East Peoria, Central and Metamora — will decide the coveted top spot in what probably will be a split vote.