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Sharpshooter Bell sets single-game record for 3s in Collinsville victory

January 30, 2012
By Chris Kusnerick of Collinsville High School

MASCOUTAH • In a five-point loss to East St. Louis earlier this week, Collinville senior guard Tori Bell took a whack on her shooting arm to the point where something didn't feel right.

Ah, the wonders of modern medicine.

A little bit of ice and a couple of Ibuprofen and Bell was good as new. In fact, she was better than ever Saturday.

In the Kahoks' 51-33 non-conference win at Mascoutah, Bell drained 7-of-10 3-pointers to lead all scorers with 24 points. The seven treys in a single game are a school record.

"This feels awesome, I am so happy," Bell said. "I took some Advil before the game and it didn't really affect me at all. I had a feeling coming into the game that it (the record) was going to be today. I knew the record was six and I just really wanted this one bad, and I got it."

Bell opened the game by draining back-to-back 3s to give the Kahoks (11-9) the first six points.

From there, she drained one trey in the second quarter and a pair each in the third and fourth quarters to seize school history.

"Tori had a huge night for us," Collinsville coach Lori Billy said. "After the East St. Louis game, we noticed she had a knot on her elbow and we iced it, so that's what we're going to do from now on, every game."

Bell and teammate Kayla Murphy provided a 1-2 punch, particularly in the first half, for the Kahoks as Collinsville post players Shaye Barrett and Karla Halde both sat with foul trouble.

At half, Collinsville was up 21-19 and the duo had combined for 17 points.

"We had to step up our games because they were doubling down low on our post players," Murphy said. "That's when the guards have to get to work to open up shots on the inside and that's what we did."

The third quarter probably provided the Mascoutah bench with a bit of ill-timed déjà vu'.

Collinsville went on a 20-4 run over the course of the quarter, which was eerily similar to the 18-4 quarter posted by the Kahoks just after halftime in the team's 12-point win over Mascoutah on Nov. 22.

Mascoutah coach Terry Moeller seemed at a loss when trying to put into words just what happened to open the second half.

"I don't know, you'd have to ask the players (what happened)," Moeller said. "I would like to have seen them play better in the third quarter, obviously."

The rough stretch for Mascoutah (8-14) extended beyond the third quarter, however.

From an Emily Knowles layup with 1 minute, 57 seconds left in the second quarter until a very similar putback by Knowles with 4:36 left in the game -- a span of 13:21 -- Collinsville held Mascoutah to just eight free throws in going on a 27-8 run.

"We have been working on our defense a lot and really trying hard not to foul," Billy said. "We've talked a ton about moving your feet and playing solid defense. I was really pleased with the effort, especially in the second half."

Murphy added 16 points for Collinsville.

Brittany Zipfel led Mascoutah with 14 points.

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