[February 11, 2013]
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By Teena Lowery
MOUNT PULASKI -- The Illini Central Cougars
paid a visit to the hilltop Friday night, and they certainly left
their paw prints all over the court.
The Cougars brought quite a caravan of fans into town
with them and showed the folks of Mount
Pulaski why they are the No. 2-ranked team in Class 1A boys
Although I have to give credit
to our young Mount Pulaski team. Led by sophomore Michael Lowery's 11
points in the first quarter, the Toppers and the Cougars were all
tied up at 21 following the first eight minutes. But that would be
as good as it would get for the Toppers on this night.
The Cougars jumped way ahead
in the second quarter, outscoring the Toppers 28-7. Senior Jordan
Bradshaw led Illini Central with 10 points in that second quarter.
The score at the half was 49-28 as the Cougars did not come to Mount
Pulaski to lose. By the end of the third quarter, Illini Central
would take a commanding 65-39 lead, while rotating some of the
players off the bench.
The fourth quarter saw the
teams score eight points each as both MP and IC played key reserves
and gave their starters some rest. At the end of the night, Illini
Central was able to leave town with a 73-47 victory.
Pictures by Teena Lowery