The girls’ basketball season has started, but not in the way the Lady Ghosts would have liked.

Saturday, the Illinois Valley Central girls’ basketball team lost both of its games in the Olympia Tournament.


The girls’ basketball season has started, but not in the way the Lady Ghosts would have liked.
Saturday, the Illinois Valley Central girls’ basketball team lost both of its games in the Olympia Tournament.

The Ghosts lost their first game of the tournament to Tri-Valley, 56-47.

IVC jumped out to a 16-9 lead in the first quarter, but collapsed defensively, and allowed Tri-Valley to go on a 19-6 run in the second quarter to take the lead at halftime, 28-22.

The third quarter was a deadlock, literally, as each team scored 12 points.

The fourth quarter was close, but IVC was outscored, 16-13 and lost the game, never fully making up for the defensive lapse in the second quarter.

Laci Peterson led the Ghosts offensively with 13 points, a performance that helped keep the Ghosts in the game.

Mikayla Vail added 10 points to the Ghosts’ effort, and Kelsey Brooke added another eight to help anchor the Ghost offense.

The second game did not turn out much better for the Ghosts when they took on El Paso/Gridley.
IVC’s offense came out anemic, and defensively they had a let down, being outscored in the first quarter, 21-5, a deficit from which they would never fully recover.

The Ghosts came out in the second quarter and caught fire offensively, outscoring El Paso 14-7 to head into halftime down 28-19.

The Ghosts and El Paso were evenly matched in the third quarter, but the Ghosts’ offense fared a little better when they outscored Gridley 18-17.

Heading into the final quarter down by eight, the Ghosts had a chance to mount a comeback and salvage their final game of the tournament.

They could not overcome the El Paso defense and lost 58-49.

Despite outscoring El Paso in three of the four quarters, the Ghosts could not make up for that first quarter in which they came out flat.

Peterson was the Lady Ghosts’ leading scorer and game MVP with a team high 16 points, a performance that helped keep the Ghosts continually in striking distance of El Paso.

Chelsey Stumbaugh followed her up with 10 points.

The Lady Ghosts will kick of their conference season at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4 when they take on the rival Princeton Tigers at home.