Kahoks Stay Hot with Win over Warriors
January 4, 2012By Chris Kusnerick of Collinsville High School
GRANITE CITY -- On the surface, Tuesday's game against Collinsville gave Granite City a chance to build momentum from a mostly solid performance at the Kahoks' holiday tournament that included wins over Chatham Glenwood and Quincy.Collinsville decided against that, blowing out the Warriors with an 18-0 run in the first half of an eventual 63-35 Southwestern Conference victory."That'll help any performance, won't it?" Collinsville coach Darin Lee said of the 18-0 run. "I didn't realize we had that. Daryn (Foster) and Jason (Kusnerick) were shooting it well and Wellmaker was casing pressure up front. Really, everybody played well." Coming off a second-place finish at their own Collinsville-Schnucks Holiday Classic, the Kahoks won for the seventh time in their last eight games.That included a 41-29 victory over the same Granite City squad in the tourney semifinals. Collinsville (13-2 overall, 4-1 in SWC play) is ranked second in the News-Democrat Large-School (Class 3A-4A) poll.The game was competitive briefly in the first quarter before the Kahoks tore through an 18-0 run that pushed their lead to 22-5 early in the second quarter.Foster hit seven of 11 shots and finished with 21 points despite not playing in the fourth quarter. Senior J'Vaughn Williams, coming back from a bacterial illness, added 11 points in a game that was close for all of about four minutes."We can put a lot of pressure on people," Lee said. "You don't get too many of these in the Southwestern Conference. Granite City beat some good teams in our tournament, so it was a nice win for us."Granite City (7-7, 1-4) committed nine turnovers in the first quarter and 14 in the first half, unable to deal with the Kahoks at either end of the court.Foster, who had 10 points in the first half, opened the second quarter with a 3-pointer and Collinsville hit four straight shots to extend its lead to 28-7.