CANTON — Both the Morton and the Canton girls basketball teams entered their Mid-Illini Conference game Tuesday night with perfect league records.
Only the state-ranked Potters (10-1, 5-0) remained unbeaten in M-I play after a 62-44 victory over the hosts.
"(Canton is) a good team," said Morton coach Bob Becker. "And it's a challenge to go on the road and beat a good team."
Canton (10-1, 4-1) closed to within 40-35 after Brooke Henry hit two free throws with 1:53 left in the third quarter.
Morton, ranked No. 2 statewide in Class 3A, then closed out the third with an eight-point run, highlighted by two 3-pointers from Josi Becker sandwiched around a basket from Tenley Dowell.
"I thought we played really well for two and half quarters. We just could have executed better in the second half," Canton coach Jessica Thum said. "I am really proud how the community has rallied around the girls."
Morton led 48-35 after three and needed only 2:04 of the fourth to push its margin to 55-37. Dowell canned another 3-pointer as the visitors took complete control in the game.
Dowell led Morton in scoring with 17 points while Josi Becker finished with 16.
Fawcett led Canton with 12 points, all in the first half. Plumer added eight.
Morton jumped out to a 9-3 lead as Kassidy Sherman knocked down a 3-pointer. The Little Giants battled back, tying the game at 11-11 on a three-point play from Cassidy Fawcett before Morton answered with the final six points in the quarter for a 17-11 lead.
A field goal from Dowell increased Morton's lead to 19-11 early in the second quarter. Canton rallied again with 10 consecutive points, taking a 21-19 lead at the 5:40 mark. Fawcett supplied seven of the points while the other points came on a 3-pointer from Anna Plumer.
Morton then turned things around with an 11-point run of its own for a 30-21 lead as nine of the points came on consecutive 3-pointers from Josi Becker, Peyton Dearing, and Dowell.
The half played out with the Giants cutting their deficit to 30-25 at intermission.
The second half began with a flurry of action as the Potters made it a 40-31 game on a basket in transition from Lindsey Dullard. Earlier in the quarter, Maddy Becker hit back-to-back 3s.