Three local teams play in shootout

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By Andrew Harner

VANDALIA – Local teams provided plenty of excitement on the first day of the second Vandal shootout, as both St. Elmo and Patoka battled Vandalia to close results.


The Vandals needed overtime to beat Patoka, 45-43, in an afternoon game at Vandalia Junior High last Thursday, with rising senior Carson Smith knocking down a jumper on the first possession of the extra period.

In a wild finish, rising junior Collin Nestleroad put in a layup with 11 seconds left in regulation, but that was followed by a quick layup for Patoka from rising freshman Jered Cain with five seconds left on the clock to tie the score at 43.

After rising senior Colton Woolsey won the overtime tip, Smith made his jumper to give the Vandals the win. By rule, the first team to be up by two points wins the sudden-death period.

Vandalia had led for the majority of the game, holding as much as a 10-point lead in the second half, but Patoka closed down the lead in the last five minutes of regulation, pulling within two on a 3-pointer from rising sophomore Shane Cain and tying the game on Jered Cain’s layup with 1:55 left to play.

Jered Cain made a pair of free throws after a Vandals turnover, but Smith nailed a 3-pointer with 1:30 on the clock, and rising Patoka senior Johnnie Clift tied the game at 41 with a free throw 29 seconds later.

Scoring leaders in the game were rising senior Wade Harre with eight points for the Vandals, and Clift with 16 points and Jered Cain with 15 points for the Warriors.

Against St. Elmo last Thursday morning at the elementary, it was the Vandals who needed the comeback, but it would fall just two points short when rising St. Elmo senior Levi Maxey made a contested layup with two seconds left on the clock in a 36-34 Eagles victory.

Woolsey tied the game at 34 by sinking a pair of free throws with 52 seconds in regulation, but St. Elmo used a long possession to try to score, before calling a timeout with 12 seconds left to draw up one last play.

Maxey cut under the basket and made the shot past an aggressive Vandalia defensive effort to give the Eagles the win.

He led the Eagles with 16 points, and Woolsey paced the Vandals with the same tally.

St. Elmo had led throughout almost all of the game, but a 7-0 run for the Vandals ended with 5:20 on the clock and the score tied at 30.

Layups by Harre and rising junior Luke Hollinshead, and a 3-pointer by Woolsey pushed the Vandals to the tie score, but two free throws and a layup by Maxey helped the Eagles get back ahead.

Prior to losing to St. Elmo, the Vandals knocked off Dieterich, 34-24, to win their first game of the summer. Also on day one, Vandalia was defeated by Annawan.

In the tournament at the end of day two, the Vandals opened up an early lead against Christopher, but then allowed a 12-0 run to help the Bearcats to a 32-23 victory.

Vandalia led 7-0, but a second-chance layup and four straight points off of turnovers allowed Christopher to take a lead it would not relinquish.

Woolsey led the Vandals with 11 points, including a baby dunk at the buzzer.

Prior to meeting the Vandals, Christopher dispatched St. Elmo in the tournament, with a 37-18 victory.

In pool play on day two, the Vandals finished 0-2, with a 52-35 loss to Olney and a loss to Heritage.

Olney secured more than half of its point on nine 3-pointers, while the Vandals struggled to score after the first 10 minutes of the game, save for a couple of stretches late in the second half.

Vandalia’s JV team lost all three of its games, falling to Litchfield, 44-13, Edwards County and Patoka in the tournament. Patoka lost to Massac County in the second round.

The Warriors nearly pulled off a win against Christopher in pool play on Friday morning, losing 44-43 in a game that was tight throughout.

A basket by Dylan Collier was not tallied on the scoreboard, which read 44-41 at the end of regulation, though the closer score likely wouldn’t have changed the late-game strategy of either team.

Clift paced Patoka with 21 points in the game.

Vandalia, Patoka and St. Elmo/Brownstown each finished pool play at 2-4.

June 13-14
Shootout No. 2
Pool play
•Flora, 6-0
•Olney, 5-1
•Litchfield, 5-1
•Massac County, 5-1
•Greenville, 4-2
•Carlyle, 4-2
•Anna Jonesboro, 3-3
•Heritage, 3-3
•Benton, 3-3
•Vandalia, 2-4
•Patoka, 2-4
•St. Elmo/Brownstown, 2-4
•Dieterich, 2-4
•Edwards County, 2-4
•Pana, 1-1
•Columbia, 1-3
•Christopher, 1-5
•Annawan, 1-5
•Vandalia JV, 0-2
First round
•Patoka def. Vandalia JV
•Edwards County def. Greenville
•Christopher def. St. Elmo/Brownstown
•Massac County def. Pana
•Carlyle def. Dieterich
•Litchfield def. Benton
•Flora def. Heritage
•Anna Jonesboro def. Annawan
Second round
•Christopher def. Vandalia
•Massac County def. Patoka
•Flora def. Litchfield
Third round
•Olney def. Massac County
•Anna Jonesboro def. Edwards County
•Carlyle def. Christopher
•Anna Jonesboro def. Olney
•Flora def. Carlyle
•Flora def. Anna-Jonesboro

June 10-11
Shootout No. 1
Pool play
•Princeton, Ind., 7-0
•Nashville, 5-1
•Arcola, 5-1
•Hillsboro, 4-2
•Altamont, 4-2
•Putnam County, 4-2
•Mt. Carmel, 4-2
•Johnston City, 3-3
•Fairfield, 3-3
•Patoka, 3-3
•Murphysboro, 3-3
•Breese Central, 2-3
•Mendota, 2-4
•Cerro Gordo, 1-5
•West Frankfort, 1-5
•Cumberland, 1-5
•Vandalia, 0-6
•Vandalia JV, 0-2
First round
•Princeton def. Arcola
•Fairfield def. Hillsboro
•Nashville def. Altamont
•Breese Central def. Johnston City
•Cerro Gordo def. Cumberland
•Mt. Carmel def. Patoka
•Putnam County def. Vandalia
•Mendota def. Vandalia JV
Second round
•Princeton def. Mendota
•Nashville def. Fairfield
•Breese Central def. Cerro Gordo
•Mt. Carmel def. Putnam County
•Princeton def. Nashville
•Mt. Carmel def. Breese Central
•Mt. Carmel def. Princeton