KHQA/Subway SuperFan Shootout game capsules

Posted: Jan. 31, 2013 3:55 am Updated: Feb. 14, 2013 7:15 am

Here is a game-by-game look at the matchups on display this weekend during the KHQA/Subway SuperFan Shootout ...


5:30 p.m. Friday

Rizzo's Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Game Projection: Quincy 48, Unity 46

Breaking it down: This is a rare matchup between schools from Illinois' smallest and biggest classes. In fact, Quincy's three-class enrollment is more than 20 times bigger than Unity's four-class enrollment.

That doesn't intimidate the Lady Mustangs. Unity carries a nine-game winning streak into the event and hasn't lost in 2013. The challenge will be for Unity to score against the shot-blocking abilities of Quincy's Jordan Fletcher.

Meanwhile, the Blue Devils will use their speed and aggressiveness, highlighted by the jitterbug-quick play of junior guard Angel Bradford, to create turnovers and easy buckets.



7 p.m. Friday

Rizzo's Rating: 4 out of 5

Game projection: QND 56, Springfield 53

Breaking it down: Springfield is led by 5-foot-10 guard Ashton Williams, who has signed with the Air Force Academy, and is trying to rebound from a loss to Springfield Southeast in the championship game of the City Tournament.

The Senators, who fell to No. 5 in the Class 4A state poll, are 12-1 in the Central State Eight Conference. Sophomore Courtney Pence gives Springfield a sturdy defensive presence.

The Lady Raiders beat the Senators 67-51 on the road last season and carry a 68-game winning streak against Illinois schools into this week.



9 a.m. Saturday

Rizzo's Rating: 4 out of 5

Game Projection: Calhoun 49, Clopton 48

Breaking it down: Calhoun is led by Kailyn, Emma and Maddie Baalman. Emma leads the team in both scoring (16.8 points per game) and rebounding (9.5 rebounds per game). Maddie is second in scoring (11.7) and rebounding (6.5) while Kailyn (8.6) is third in scoring and first in steals (three steals per game).

Clopton is led by Shelby Dunn, who is averaging 16 points per game.



10:30 a.m. Saturday

Rizzo's Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Game projection: Payson 62, Knox County 45

Breaking it down: Knox County would like to atone for its 0-3 finish the first time it played in Illinois this season at the Gully Transportation/Suns Classic Tournament Tip-off Classic in November.

The Eagles will need to find scoring from other players than junior guard Royce Poore, who has over 1,000 career points, to stay with Payson. Forwards Lee Tague, Andrew Hunolt and Kellen Gillaspy may be able to have some success inside.

Payson will want to play up-tempo and utilize scoring from Cody Hildebrand and Jake Voss. Gage Klitz will be counted on to protect the rim for the Indians.


PITTSFIELD (11-12) vs. SILEX BOYS (7-12)

Noon Saturday

Rizzo's Rating: 2 out of 5

Game projection: Pittsfield 55, Silex 44

Breaking it down: This game is all about tempo. The Saukees have scored exactly 1,000 points this season, which leads to averaging 43.5 points per game.

Junior guard Wadye Smith averages 15 points per game and is developing into a consistent scorer who can do everything. The challenge for Saukees will be on the boards where no one averages more than 3.4 rebounds per game.

The Owls will want to push the pace when it can to snap Pittsfield out of its system. Austin Fleming leads the Owls, averaging more than 10 points per game.



1:30 p.m. Saturday

Rizzo's Rating: 3 of 5

Game projection: Illini West 54, West Central 42.

Breaking it down: Graci Bastert leads an Illini West squad that has started to find its balance on offense in recent games. Bastert is averaging 12 points and five assists per game, while Michaela Gronewold and Elyce Trout are averaging around eight points per game.

Gronewold and Josie Finch have combined for 33 3-pointers this season.

West Central relies on an inside-outside game, which was displayed during the Carrollton Invitational. KayDee Carmondy and Abby Lashmett were named to the all-tournament team.



3 p.m. Saturday

Rizzo's Rating: 2 out of 5

Game projection: North Lawndale 59, Illini West 44

Breaking it down: Illini West will be playing without Ethan Neally, who is out with a shoulder injury, putting more pressure on Brody Gronewold and Levi Kirby to score.

The Chargers are used to that, especially Gronewold, who stepped in as the football team's quarterback this season in his return to the gridiron.

North Lawndale will attempt to use its athletic lineup, led by 6-5 junior forward Keith Mack. The Phoenix play in the Chicago Public League Red West Division, which features No. 2-ranked Chicago Whitney Young, Chicago Farragut and Chicago Orr.



4:30 p.m. Saturday

Rizzo's Rating: 2.5 out of 5

Game projection: Routt 54, West Hancock 50

Breaking it down: Routt has had a hard time keeping its players on the floor this season, losing Johanna Gross and Alyssa Garde to leg injuries. Katie Tonry and Natalie Halpin will both be counted on to lead the Rockets.

West Hancock is coming off back-to-back wins for the first time since early January. The Titans have been balanced offensively this season, with Allison Dewald, Shelby Koehler, Keaghan Shacklett, Haleigh Hammel and Carly Runge all leading the team in scoring.

West Hancock has had problems finishing closing games, losing five games by four points or less.



6 p.m. Saturday

Rizzo's Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Game Projection: West Hancock 56, Elsberry 39

Breaking it down: Elsberry's Kenny Lesley, a 6-foot-8 sophomore center, averages a double-double (18 points and 13 rebounds per game) for an explosive offense that averages 54 points per game.

Senior Charles Fraction (13.3 points per game) and sophomore Raheim Porter (11.9) also add scoring punch for the Indians.

West Hancock's 6-5 senior forward Parker Gibbs will be asked stop Lesley. Coy Dorothy will also return to the lineup for West Hancock after missing several games with a leg injury.



7:30 p.m. Saturday

Rizzo's Rating: 5 of 5

Game projection: Quincy Notre Dame 62, Rolling Meadows 61

Breaking it down: Lady Raiders coach Eric Orne believes this is the most talented team QND will play during this three games in three days against three ranked opponents.

The Mustangs have three juniors – 5-10 guard Alexis Glasgow, 6-1 forward Jenny Vliet and 5-6 guard Jackie Kemph – that have all garnered Division I recruiting interest. Rolling Meadows has a high-octane offense that has topped 72 points eight times this season.

QND counters with a team built around defense. The Lady Raiders have limited their last eight opponents to 38 or fewer points.


-- Capsules compiled by Herald-Whig Sports Writer Josh Rizzo


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