It was the final showing for Scotland County R-I graduates Lane Pence and Ashleigh Creek, and unfortunately the Show-Me State didn’t fare well as Illinois picked up a pair of victories in Saturday’s McDonald’s/Herald-Whig Classic all-star basketball games.
Pence suited up for the Missouri boys who were 76-68 losers to Illinois. The Land of Lincoln continued its dominance in the boys action, improving to 33-2 overall in the 35th Annual event.
Pence scored five points and grabbed five rebounds for the Missouri squad, which trailed by as many as 16 points before closing out with a late run. Six-foot-five center Ben Amos of Quincy High School was crowned the games’ outstanding player, with a game-high 20 points to go along with six rebounds.
Peyton Plunkett of Palmyra won the Show-Me State top player award, posting a team-high 16 points and 10 rebounds in a losing effort.
The Show-Me State girls did not fare any better, falling to Illinois 71-58 in the games played at the Student Activity Center in John Wood Community College after a HVAC issue forced a venue change from Quincy University’s Pepsi Arena.
Creek finished with six points and eight rebounds for the Missouri squad.
Molly Penn, a 5-10 graduate of Quincy Notre Dame, was named the game’s Most Outstanding Player after posting a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds.
Clark County’s Carrisa Bevans was named Missouri’s Outstanding Player after scoring 11 points to go with six rebounds.