CARBONDALE — Atlexus Green scored 14 points to lead the Carbondale girls basketball team to a win over Mascoutah, 55-42, Thursday on Senior Night.
The seniors certainly played well for the Terriers. Brianna Simelton added 11 points, Elexis Richardson tallied 10, and Amiya Moore contributed eight.
Carbondale jumped out to a 16-3 advantage in the first quarter.
“Senior Nights can be tricky, and we knew we had a lot of extra energy with a nice crowd and the band playing,” said Carbondale coach Marialice Jenkins. “The kids were crazy in the dressing room, and you just hope that energy gets used in a positive way. I felt like in the first quarter we came out ready and did some nice things. Then, I think some of the adrenaline rush went away.”
The Terriers held Mascoutah without a field goal until the 6:40 mark of the second quarter. That’s when Amaya Keeling made a basket. Keeling finished with a game-high 24 points, but her teammates didn’t give her much help on offense.
Meanwhile, Richardson and Simelton scored baskets in the paint as Carbondale built a commanding 25-8 lead. Green canned a 3-pointer to push the advantage to 22 points before Mascoutah finished the first half strong.
Carbondale still led by 16 points at the intermission.
“I thought overall our defense was pretty good,” Jenkins said. “Keeling is a good basketball player. I wish we’d done a little bit better job late in the game when we were starting to use our bench. But it’s Senior Night, and we’re happy to get a win for our seniors.”
Moore and Simelton each made buckets in the paint, and Green sank two foul shots to give the Terriers a 20-point lead halfway through the third quarter. Moments later, Green buried another 3-pointer as Carbondale’s cushion ballooned to 25 points.
“Our posts have been doing a really nice job for us,” Jenkins said. “They get a lot of rebounds, but we’ve still got to cut down on our unforced turnovers. We try to get greedy sometimes coming up the court. We’re getting there, and hopefully at the right time.”
Mascoutah was able to slice its deficit down to 14 points against Carbondale’s reserves in the fourth quarter. But the contest was well in hand by that point.
Carbondale improved to 14-8 overall. The Terriers are 8-0 in the South Seven Conference and travel to Cahokia on Tuesday. If Carbondale wins, it will claim the conference crown outright.