CARBONDALE — After a slow start, the Carbondale Terriers cranked it up the last five minutes of the second quarter to run away from the Cahokia Comanches, 52-39, to snap their four-game losing streak on Senior and Pink-Out Night on Friday.
"Once we settled down we created a lot of difficulties for them with our defense," said Terriers coach Jim Miller. "We prevented penetration and when they kicked (out), our hand was in the their face. The effort at the defensive end was the key."
Cahokia (13-14, 2-7 South Seven) was held to just 2-of-24 from the outside the paint and only 13-of-31 inside.
The night was special for Miller, who was honored prior to the game for being inducted into the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. It was also special for his daughter Skylar, who was given a ball for surpassing the 1,000 point mark as a member of the Terriers girls basketball team, which was also recognized for winning its third straight conference title and for winning the regional title the night before.
Carbondale (16-9, 3-6 South Seven) finished with three players in double digit scoring, led by Shahere Lark with 15, followed by Unree Westley with 12, including three key 3-pointers during a 20-4 second quarter run, and 12 points by Kani Acree.
The Terriers trailed 7-3 after the first quarter and were behind 9-3 at the start of the second when Acree started a 24-4 run spanning both sides of the half with a steal and a dunk that closed out the first half.
Cahokia cut that lead in half with a minute left in the third quarter on three straight baskets by Elijah Rice, Eugene Gully, Jr. and Chris Roberts, and after Darius Beane split a pair of free throws, Rice hit a jumper and the Comanches trailed 33-26. Beane finished with five points.
The Terriers rebounded and went on a 12-0 run behind Lark, who closed out the third quarter with a layup and opened the fourth with a free throw, a one-hand tip in and a layup to up the lead to 19 with 3:46 left.