A game after scoring his 1,000th career point, South Central Fischer Tharp nearly added another milestone to his list of accomplishment.
Scoring 41 points in a 62-51 win against Odin last Friday, Tharp was just one point short of the school record for single-game scoring. That record was set by Spencer Patton in the 2006 Vandalia Regional Tournament.
Tharp’s career-high in scoring is the highest single-game total for an area player so far this season. Brownstown senior Matt Sefton set this year’s standard with 31 points in the season-opener.
Tharp was consistent throughout the game for the Cougars (2-1), scoring at least 10 points in every period but the second. Twenty-four of his points came in the second half, which saw South Central outscore the Eagles, 41-21.
The Cougars had trailed 30-21 at halftime, but held Odin (3-3) to just three points in the third quarter.
Tharp had 18 field goals and was 5-of-11 from the free-throw line.
Senior Rudy Hablewitz had his season-high for scoring, doubling his season total with 13 points in the game.
Joel Rose had a season-high with five points, and freshman Brett Harmeier scored his first career basket in the opening quarter.
Friday, Nov. 30
South Central 62
Points: Tharp, 41; Hablewitz, 13; Rose, 5; Harmeier, 2; Austin Schwarm, 1.