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Vandals fall to pair of nonconference foes

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By Andrew Harner

After winning back-to-back games, the Vandals dropped a pair leading up to a string of South Central Conference games.

Vandalia fell at Pinckneyville, 83-35, last Saturday, and 93-62, at Altamont on Tuesday, and starting on Wednesday began a stretch of eight SCC games over the final 11.

On Wednesday, Vandalia hosted Gillespie in a game originally scheduled for Dec. 13, but it was twice postponed due to poor weather. Results of the game will be available at www.leaderunion.com on Thursday.

The Vandals then travel to Greenville on Friday night before taking a week break before meeting nonconference foe Patoka on Jan. 24.

At Pinckneyville, the Vandals had no answer for the Panthers, who dominated all four quarters and held Vandalia to just 13 first-half points.

Junior Collin Nestleroad paced the Vandals with 11 points, and senior Colton Woolsey added seven in a game that saw Vandalia (5-10) surrender at least 70 points for the fourth time this season, while also having its worst offensive night.

Against Altamont, the Vandals played their worst quarter of the season in the second period to turn a one-point deficit into a 15-point gap at halftime during the lopsided loss.

Altamont scored 29 points in those eight minutes, and added another 46 points in the second half to cruise to the victory.

Woolsey led the Vandals (5-11) with 13 points, and Nestleroad added 11.

Freshman Richie Well had a career-high eight points.

Altamont (11-1) was led by 16 points from Garrett Ziegler and Derek Jahraus.

The Vandals played well the first time the teams faced, holding Altamont to just 54 points during a loss in the Vandalia Holiday Tournament on Dec. 26.

Tuesday, Jan. 14
Altamont 93
Vandalia 62
V: 17-15-17-13—62
A: 18-29-21-25—93
Points: Woolsey, 13; Nestleroad, 11; Wade Harre, 8; Luke Hollinshead, 8; Well, 8; Carson Smith, 5; Drake Dokey, 2; Colin Ledbetter, 2; Matt Rademacher, 2; Jake Shulman, 2; Kelly Jones, 1.
Record: 5-11

Saturday, Jan. 11
Pinckneyville 83
Vandalia 35
V: 7-6-12-10—35
P: 18-23-17-25—83
Points: Nestleroad, 11; Woolsey, 7; Smith, 6; Hollinshead, 4; Shulman, 3; Durbin, 2; Harre, 2.
Record: 5-10