Girls basketball rolls past Alton, East St. Louis, and Salem

Marta Durk weaves through multiple defenders in last Thursday's game against East St. Louis (O'Fallon Weekly Photo by Nick Miller)

Marta Durk weaves through multiple defenders in last Thursday’s game against East St. Louis (O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Nick Miller)

The O’Fallon Lady Panther basketball team continued their strong play in 2017 with a pair of wins last week against Alton and East St. Louis as well as a win in the Highland Tournament on Monday.

O’Fallon faced off against Salem in their opening match up of the tournament in Highland. After getting the lead in the first quarter the Lady Panthers were relentless in their effort, defeating Salem by a final score of 68-32.

Although the game was a lopsided affair for OTHS, a number of turnovers early in the first and third quarter gave head coach Ryan Massey plenty to focus on before the next round of the tournament.

“We had the lead from the start but we started off slow,” said Massey. “By no means are we playing flawless basketball and there are plenty of things for us to clean up.”

Before their win over Salem the Lady Panthers defeated both Alton and East St Louis in conference match ups earlier in the week.

Senior Marta Durk dominated the basket with a season high 28 points in the 75-40 win over the Alton Redbirds. The offense did not stop there for Durk as she posted another big night against East St Louis with 23 points.

Divine Lane and Jayla Stubblefield also provided offensive sparks for O’Fallon. The duo combined for 18 points against Alton and 23 against East St Louis.

The Lady Panthers defeated the Flyers 63-43 and improved their South Western Conference record to 8-2. With the win O’Fallon moves into second place in the conference behind Edwardsville.

As the season reaches its final stretch, coach Massey looks to use this week’s tournament in Highland as a tool to prepare for the postseason.

“It kind of tells us where we were at for the finals weeks of the season. We get to see some different faces of competition and styles of play. I’m proud of how the girls have played so far and this tournament provides us with a list of things to fine tune going into the end of the season.”