BLOOMINGTON — The Morton girls basketball team set three State Farm Classic records in its 86-26 tournament-opening win over Chicago North Lawndale on Wednesday evening.
The Potters set records for most points in a quarter (36), margin of victory (60) and consecutive points scored (48). After the Phoenix tied the game at 2, the Potters scored the next 48 points to take a 50-2 lead in the second quarter.
"It wasn't on our minds by any means," Morton coach Bob Becker said. "We just got deflections, which led to steals and then layups."
It was a rematch of the 2016 Class 3A state championship game, but this year's Phoenix featured only five players. First-year coach DeWan White said several players have quit and a couple others are academically ineligible. The biggest blow is losing three-year starter De'Asa Almon, which was diagnosed with Lupus, a systemic autoimmune disease.
"I feel for (North) Lawndale," said Becker. "They've been a solid program and have been through a lot together."
Richwoods (2009), Rock Island (2006) and Bolingbrook (2005) all scored 30 points in a quarter. Pana had the record for largest margin of victory in a 68-9 win over Olympia in 2010. Pana and Rochester both scored 43-straight points against Olympia in 2010.
Morton will play Normal West in the quarterfinals at Normal Community High School at 7 p.m.
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