East Peoria’s second-half woes led to its downfall Dec. 15.



The Raiders fell to Morton, 64-35, in a Mid-Illini Conference girls basketball game at the Potterdome.


East Peoria’s second-half woes led to its downfall Dec. 15.

The Raiders fell to Morton, 64-35, in a Mid-Illini Conference girls basketball game at the Potterdome.

Carrie Myers recorded 22 points for the second game in a row to lead East Peoria (4-3, 1-2).

Myers was particularly impressive in the first half when she scored 16 points and waged an offensive battle with Potter all-state selection Brooke Bisping.

Morton embarked on a 12-4 run to end the first quarter with a 16-10 advantage.

The Potters were ahead 22-14 midway through the second period before Myers and Bisping combined for the last 18 points of the half.

Myers had 11 of the points. She started the string with an old-fashioned three-point play before back-to-back threes in the final minute.

With Myers going 5-of-8 from the field, the Raiders trailed only 29-25 at intermission.

“When we needed it, she went and got us that bucket,” EPCHS head coach Pete McGinnes said about the sophomore guard.

But Morton brought a new resolve to the defensive end of the floor in the second half.

McGinnes said the home team played a more aggressive man-to-man defense.

The Potters held East Peoria to five field goals over the final 16 minutes, while the hosts .600 (15-of-25).

“We didn’t want to put a body on anyone,” McGinnes said.

Particularly troubling was a 35-15 rebounding deficit. Many of the Morton boards were on the offensive end.

The Potters outscored the Raiders 19-6 in the third quarter as the visitors had only one basket in the last 4:11.

Morton’s surge carried into the fourth frame as East Peoria hit one shot in the first 7:30.

That bucket was an impressive one, as Erica Harper delivered a perfect pass to Rebekah Minter for an open lay-up.

Bisping led all scorers with 28 points and 16 boards. She was a perfect 8-of-8 at the free-throw line.

With four points, Kelsey Shoemake was the only Raider who canned more than one shot.

Myers not only showed her outside skills, she also beat the Potters on drives to the hoop.

Fundamentals were going to be addressed, McGinnes said, prior to a visit Saturday from Metamora.

He said the girls did not run any offense in becoming Morton’s sixth straight victim.