• Dave McKenzie

Carterville Lions Open 2019 Basketball Season in Pyramid Plus Tourney

Carterville High School is hosting this years Pyramid Plus Tournament, and the Carterville Lions opened the season against one of the top teams in the area.

This was a fast paced game right from the get-go, as Coach Darren Lee's Kahoks wanted to force the pace and the Lions played right in to their hands, as the Carterville had 10 first quarter turnovers. This allowed Collinsville to jump our to a 17-9 lead at the end of the quarter.

Collinsville coach Darren Lee sat three of his starters at the beginning of the game, put those players in the game at about the four minute mark of the first quarter and the Kahoks never looked back.

Ray-Sean Taylor, who did not start the game, showed why he is considered one of the top players in the state. He was one of the three players that didn't start, yet he finished the first half with 16 points. Taylor finished the game as the leading scorer with 25 points.

Carterville was led in scoring by 6'4 Junior Eli Downen, who finished with 10 points. Bryce Anderson and Cameron Hall each had 5 points.

The tourney will take a break tonight, with the Lions facing Mt. Vernon on Wednesday night at 6:00 PM. Mt. Vernon beat the Herrin Tigers in the night cap Monday night. The 7:30 PM game will feature the Herrin Tigers taking on cross county rival Marion Wildcats.

Carterville Girls Win First Four Games of Salem Thanksgiving Tourney

Congratulations to Coach Matt Crain and the lady Lions who won their first four games in Salem last week.

After opening the season with a 59-23 win over West Frankfort, last Tuesday, the Lions opened the tourney on Thursday night against the host Salem Wildcats. The Lions won 47-29.

On Saturday, the Lions won both of their games. In the early game, the Lions beat Centralia 38-29 and in the evening session the Lions picked up a big win over the Teutopolis Wooden Shoes 44-40.

The Lions will take on Carbondale tonight, before finishing up the Salem Thanksgiving Tournament this weekend.