East Peoria unseats Morton
The Morton girls basketball team stayed in stride with Washington.
The Potters kept pace with the Lady Panthers atop the Mid-Illini Conference with a 65-45 victory Feb. 12 at Dunlap.
Chandler Ryan's 30 points, with six 3-pointers and 4-of-4 free-throw shooting, piloted Morton to a sweep of the Eagles.
Emily Schultz and Brandi Bisping added 10 points apiece for the Potters in their last road game of the regular season.
Morton recorded 25 points in the second quarter to take a 38-27 lead into the halftime break of the contest that was rescheduled from a Feb. 4 postponement.
The Potters entered the postseason with a 13-2 record at road/neutral sites.
Morton stayed in the No. 5 slot in the updated Associated Press Class 3A state poll.
Dunlap was led by Madison Lowe's 18 points on 10-of-11 free-throw shooting.
The fourth-place Eagles went 0-6 against the conference's top-three teams, losing by an average of 18 points per game.
East Peoria 51, MHS 45
The Potters missed out on a chance for a league co-championship with a Senior Night loss Friday.
Morton (25-4, 12-2) finished one game behind champion Washington (22-3, 13-1) after the Lady Panthers won a night earlier vs. Canton.
The Potters' winning streak ended at 15 games as Kylie Giebelhausen led East Peoria (19-8, 10-4) with 20 points.
Bisping's 11 points topped Morton, which owned a 34-30 lead entering the fourth quarter.
Emma Heisler also was in double figures with 10 points on a cold-shooting night for the Potters.
Schultz had nine points and Ryan eight in Morton's first loss to the Raiders since the 2009-10 season.
East Peoria set a school record with its 19th win, breaking an 11-year-old mark.
Postseason: Morton was scheduled to face the Central-Metamora winner Tuesday in the Class 3A Metamora Regional semifinals.
The winner advanced to the title game at 7 p.m. Thursday.
Washington and East Peoria were set to collide in the other semifinal, their fourth matchup this season.
A Morton-Washington final would be a postseason spotlight game with two state-ranked teams. They split in the regular season with each winning on the road.
The Metamora Regional champion faces the Geneseo Regional winner at 6 p.m. Monday in the Chillicothe Sectional semifinals.