Boys basketball recaps

Cougars split final two of MTC Tourney

After defeating Cisne, 32-18, last Wednesday, the South Central High School boys basketball team lost to North Clay, 47-39, in the consolation championship game of the Midland Trail Conference Tournament on Saturday.

The Cougars (6-14) struggled at the start, spotting Cardinals a 19-8 lead after the first quarter. North Clay extended its advantage to 31-14 at halftime.

Trailing by 17 to start the fourth period, South Central continued to fight, scoring 17 points in that quarter, while also getting some minutes for the bench players.

Sophomore Fischer Tharp led the Cougars with 20 points, 12 of which he scored in the second half.

Against Cisne, South Central  won the defensive battle by holding the Runnin' Lions to just two third-quarter points and scoring 13 points of its own in the final period.

Senior Taylor Cain made 5-of-6 free throws in the fourth quarter, and as a team, the Cougars made 12-of-15 in the game.

Saturday, Jan. 22
at MTC Tourney
vs. North Clay
North Clay 47
South Central 39

Points – Tharp, 20; Andrew Snow, 8; Cain, 4; Colby Bushue, 3; Rudy Hablewitz, 2; Jacob Linder, 2.
Record – 6-14 (1-3 MTC)
Up Next – at Woodlawn on Friday at 6:15 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 18
at MTC Tourney
South Central 32
Cisne 18

Points – Tharp, 14; Cain, 7; Nathan Hill, 6; Harmeier, 2; Snow, 2; Hablewitz, 1.

St. Elmo falls to Windsor

The St. Elmo High School boys basketball team played a decent game last Tuesday, but a star-studded Windsor team earned the 77-51 victory.

The Eagles had been struggling to score since the Vandalia Holiday Tournament, but Tuesday's game gave them at least 51 points in three straight contests.

Juniors Jake Mansker and Ben Sperry led St. Elmo with 16 points each.

Sophomore Connor Beasley was held scoreless.

Tuesday, Jan. 18
vs. Windsor
Windsor 77
St. Elmo 51

Points – Mansker, 16; Sperry, 16; Kase Stolte, 8; Garrett Buzzard, 7; Dylan Bullard, 4
Record – 4-12
Up Next – vs. Teutopolis on Tuesday at 6:15 p.m.

Aces lose close game with CORL

Senior Harley Steed recorded a double-double with 12 rebounds and 11 points during a 51-45 loss to Christ Our Rock Lutheran last Tuesday.

The only thing that separated Mulberry Grove from a victory was a slow start, as it allowed the Silver Stallions to take an 11-7 lead after the first quarter and extend that lead to 27-20 by halftime.

In the second half, the Aces shot 40 percent from the field, a vast improvement on their 19-percent effort in the first two periods.

Junior John Rickman led the team with 13 points, while junior Jacob Rickman had nine assists and senior Allen

Tompkins had nine rebounds. Steed had a team-high five steals.

Tuesday, Jan. 18
Mulberry Grove 45

Points – John Rickman, 13; Steed, 11; Devonta Williamson, 9; Tompkins, 8; Zach Heilig, 3; Kevin Boulier, 2.
Rebounds – Steed, 12; Tompkins, 9; John Rickman, 6; Williamson, 4; Boulier, 2; Heilig, 1.
JV – Mulberry Grove lost, 50-33.
Points – Nate Ketchem, 9; Christian Dawson, 8; James Willis, 5; Jordan Miller, 4; Brett Steiner, 3; Derek Phillips, 2; Dylan Street, 2.
Rebounds – Phillips, 9; Street, 5; Ketchem, 3; Miller, 3; J. Willis, 3; Shawn Willis, 3; Dawson, 2; Jacob Thomas, 2

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