JOHN CURTIS - Daily Union Sports Editor
SHELBYVILLE, IL. —
CHBC Hornet basketball was going for their 20th win on Friday, but first they had to get past the Christ Our Rock Lutheran Stallions and their star center Amanda Geiger. As long as Hornet all-state center Micah Jones was on the floor, that was no problem.
The Hornets easily won the rescheduled affair, 61-44, even without their third scorer Autumn Riley, absent due to a prior commitment.
Geiger did score 28 points, but eight of them came when Jones wasn't on the floor. She scored 15 until Jones went out in the 3rd period. Jones scored 30 as the game-high scorer, with 23 coming in the same span. Jones also passed up a lot of shots in the 2nd half with a big Hornet lead to work the ball and get others involved.
The game opened up with CHBC's Ava Paruleski splashing a 3-pointer and the Hornets were off and running. Jones grabbed a defensive rebound and took it to the other end for 5-0 lead.
COR scored on a long two, then Paruleski dished to Jones in transition for two more, 7-2. Jones was fouled and made 1-of-2. After a COR miss, Paruleski brought it in transition getting to Jensyn Morrison, who dished to Jones for two more, 10-2.
Geiger got on the board with a 3, but Jones rebounded and Paruleski finished the break. Geiger split the Hornet "D" on the opposite side of Jones, 14-7.
After empty trips from both teams, Jones blocked a shot with the clock windins down in the 1st. Paruleski launched a long triple at the buzzer and it was nothng but net, 17-7. Jones and Paruleski scored all 17 of the CHBC points, Jones nine and Paruleski eight, mostly in transition.
Jones then went to the post in the 2nd. She worked a move against Geiger on a double team and scored with her left. COR scored, but Paruleski took the next COR miss and went coast to coast, 21-9.
COR hit a triple, then Jones spun around Geiger in the lane and scored again with her left. Jones then blocked a Geiger shot. Jones then spun to the right and scored against Geiger with 5:20 left in the 2nd, 25-12.
COR scored and, after two Geiger misses, Paruleski drove to the hole in transition past defenders and scored for a 13-point lead. Geiger scored on a put back and put a halt to the CHBC runaway train.
A long two, got the CHBC lead under 10, 27-18. Ashley Miller grabbed a CHBC rebound and was fouled on the put back. She buried both shots. COR scored, but Jones went to work inside again against a double team, including Geiger, and scored to pushe the CHBC lead back to double-digits at the half, 31-20.
No one scored in the 3rd, until Jones blocked a shot and grabbed it out of the air. The Hornets scored at the other end. COR scored and a minute later Jensyn Morrison nailed a shot from the wing, 35-22.
Jones dished to Kirby Hermann inside for two to extend the lead to 15 with 4:00 in the 3rd, 37-22. Jones blocked another shot. Geiger made 1-of-2 foul shots, before Jones made two free throws. Jones then dished to Morrison inside for two, 41-23.
CHBC defended a miss and Jones missed in transition, but Morrison tapped the rebound to Jones and she scored for a 20-point lead, 43-23.
Goodin scored for COR and was fouled. She missed the free throw, but Geiger got the put back. Jones dished to Paruleski in transition and she was fouled. Paruleski made both free throws. Geiger was fouled with Jones out and made the free throws, cutting the lead to 16.
But with time still on the clock in the 3rd, Paruleski skip passed to Taylor Edwards on the wing and she buried the 3 at the buzzer, 48-29.
In the 4th, Jones re-entered. Lape was fouled and made the first free throw. On her miss, Geiger got another put back. Jones then drove then dished out to the free throw line to Chandler Ward for a jumper. Jones then stole the ball at the COR end and brought it coast to coast against Geiger and scored with her left.
Paruleski missed a shot and Jones got the board, the put back two, and the foul. She converted the 3-point play. Jones got another defensive board and went coast to coast for two and a 25-point lead with 5:35 left in the game, 57-32.
Geiger launched a trey and Goodin made one free throw. Paruleski made two free throws. COR scored, then Jones took her bows at the 2:00 mark with a 21-point lead, 59-38.
Geiger scored inside unmolested. Kerby Herrmann scored inside for CHBC. Geiger scored again inside, then scored again inside to cap the score at 61-44.
Jones led all-scorers with 30 points, scoring 13 times from the floor, in transition and inside the lane. She also shot 4-of-5 at the line. Paruleski finished with 16 points, 12 in the 1st half. She had a trio of twos and a pair of treys. She also made 4-of-4 at the line.
Geiger led COR with 28 points. She scored 11 times from the floor, including a trey hat trick. She also made 3-of-4 at the line. She was the only Stallion in double figures.
CHBC shot excellent at the line, making 10-of-11. Jones was 4-of-5, Paruleski shot 4-of-r4, Miller shot 2-of-2. COR was 5-of-8 at the line.
CHBC (20-5) has another rescheduled game on Saturday against Dieterich, before heading to regionals next week as the #1 seed. CHBC plays Tuesday against the winner of the #4/#5 game.
CHBC 61, Christ our Rock 44.
CHBC stats: Jones 30 (13 FGs, 4/5 FTs), 21 rebounds; Paruleski 16 (3-2s, 2-3 pt FGs, 4/4 FTs), Morrison 4 (2 FGs), Herrmann 4 (2 FGs), Edwards 3 (FG), Miller 2 (2/2 FTs), Ward 2 (FG). Team FGs 24. 3-Pointers: 3 (Paruleski 2, Edwads). Team FTs 10-of-11.
COR stats: Geiger 28 (8-2s, 3-3 pt FGs, 3/4 FTs), Lyons 6 (3 FGs), Goodin 5 (2 FGs, 1/2 FTs), Maschoff 2 (FG), Fuehne 2 (FG), Lape 1 (1/2 FTs). Team FGs 18. 3-Pointers: 3 (Geiger 3). Team FTs 5-of-8.
CHBC 38, COR 19
CHBC stats: Morrison 14 (6 FGs, 2/2 FTs), Miller 10 (2 FGs, 6/8 FTs), Herrmann 6 (2 FGs, 2/4 FTs), Alicia Adams 5 (2 FGs, 1/2 FTs), Ward 2 (FG), Chloe Meek 1 (1/2 FTs). Team FGs 13. Team FTs 12-of-18.
COR stats: Lape 6 (FG, 4/4 FTs), Maschenhoff 5 (1-3 pt FG, 2/4 FTs), Goodin 2 (FG), Haake 2 (FG, 0/2 FTs), Rueter 2 (FG), Deboard 1 (1/2 FTs), Ruckman 1 (1/6 FTs). Team FGs 5 (1-3). Team FTs 8-of-18.