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St. Elmo to play for second straight regional title

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By Andrew Harner

ALTAMONT — St. Elmo played nearly flawless basketball in the first half to build an insurmountable lead during a 68-40 victory against North Clay in Wednesday night's regional semifinals.

The Eagles scored first, but after a short tie at 2-2, St. Elmo pulled away to a 20-2 lead. The team led 37-11 at halftime.

Senior Blake Pruett was the leading scorer with 20 points, and junior Connor Beasley (13) and senior Patrick Schaal (11) also reached double-digits.

On Friday, St. Elmo will meet Altamont at 7:30 p.m. in seeking its second straight regional championship. The Eagles have defeated Altamont three times this season.

Altamont reached the title game by defeating South Central, 50-38, on Wednesday night.

Local players shooting in the regional finals of the Country Financial 3-point shootout are: Rudy Habewitz, South Central; Jacob Denton, St. Elmo; Quinn Wadkins, Patoka; Patrick Schaal, St. Elmo; and Fischer Tharp, South Central.