The Illinois Valley Central basketball team lost its final game of the regular season at Canton, 62-51, February 14.


The Illinois Valley Central basketball team lost its final game of the regular season at Canton, 62-51, February 14.

“I’ve been pleased with our season overall,”  coach Jim Thornton said. “I think this has been one of our tougher schedules and we really responded to it well. To not only play the level of competition we have played, but also the stretches of a lot of games in a short time, we did a really good job.”

The Ghost offense fired on all cylinders to start the game and created a 24-15 lead in the opening quarter by making smart passing and ball handling decisions to weave through the Little Giant defense.

“We shot the ball really well in the first quarter,” coach Jim Thornton said. “Bryce Jackson made four three pointers in that quarter. Unfortunately, we had a lot of turnovers in the second quarter and that really hurt us.”

Jordan Seele stood tall over Canton defenders in the low post to bank shots in near the basket.

Seele added 11 points for the Ghosts during the game.

“We shot the ball really well in the first quarter,” Thornton said. “Bryce Jackson made four three pointers in that quarter. Unfortunately, we had a lot of turnovers in the second quarter and that really hurt us.”

In the second quarter, the Ghost offense lagged due to increased pressure from the Canton defense.

IVC had trouble setting up the offense and finding the hoop, but the Little Giants rolled to their best quarter of the game.

At halftime, Canton took a 33-31 lead.

The Ghost defense held Canton to its lowest point total of the game in the third quarter by locking down on whichever Little Giant had the ball and battling for rebounds on the boards.

Offensively, however, the Ghosts still could not regain their swagger and were trailing, 45-39, heading into the fourth quarter.

In the final frame, Jackson helped the Ghosts attempt a comeback by knocking down shots all over the court and threading the needle on passes to open teammates.

Jackson led the team with 22 points.

In the end, however, the Ghosts could not overcome Canton and fell.

“We’ve been trying to mix up practices,” Thornton said. “We are coming back to practice on Tuesday to get ready for Metamora. We’re trying to switch up our practices to stay fresh for the Regional.”

The third-seeded Ghosts (17-8) play at 8:10 p.m. Tuesday at Ottawa Regional against second seed Metamora.

“Metamora is a big and physical team and we’re going to have to play one of our best games of the year to beat them,” Thornton said. “They guard with a lot of pressure on defense so we are going to have to really take care of the ball.”