Area teams out in regional semis

None of the area's Class 1A boys basketball teams were able to advance to a regional championship game last week.

Three of the six teams made it into last Wednesday's semifinals, but none of them were able to come away victorious.

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At the St. Elmo Regional, the hosts of the event fell in a heart-breaking 37-35 loss to eventual champion Nokomis.

Junior Levi Maxey finished his stellar season with a game-high 21 points to end the season with 500 points (17.2 per game).

He finished with at least 10 points in all but three of the team's 29 games this season, helping lead the Eagles to a 17-12 record.

Senior Connor Beasley closed his career with 10 points and 13 rebounds, setting the school's all-time record with 845.

He scored 1,381 points in his career and averaged 14.2 points per game this season, scoring in double figures in all but six games.

Seniors Garrett Bartels, Ben Davis and Alec Brady each played in his final game with the Eagles.

Nokomis went on to defeat Altamont, 51-42, on Friday in the regional championship.

Box score
Wednesday, Feb. 20
Nokomis 37
St. Elmo 35
N: 8-8-6-15—37
S: 8-12-4-11—35
Points: L. Maxey, 21; Beasley, 10; Davis, 3; Malachi Maxey, 1.
Record: 17-12

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At the Woodlawn Regional, South Central fell to the hosts, the eventual champions, 54-25.

The Cougars (11-18) led the state-ranked Cardinals, 11-9, after the first period, but were outscored 30-14 in the middle two quarters.

Freshman Brett Harmeier paced the Cougars with 10 points, and senior Fischer Tharp had seven in his final game with South Central.

The 1,000-point scorer is one of the best players in school history.

Senior Rudy Hablewitz added four points, while seniors Joel Rose and Austin Schwarm each added two.

Box score
Wednesday, Feb. 20
Woodlawn 54
South Central 25
S: 11-6-8-0—25
W: 9-13-17-15—54
Points: Harmeier, 10; Tharp, 7; Hablewitz, 4; Rose, 2; Schwarm, 2.
Record: 11-18

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In the other semifinal at Woodlawn, Christ Our Rock fended off a late charge from Patoka in a 51-49 victory.

The win was the fourth against the Warriors (18-11) this season for CORL (20-8), which lost to Woodlawn in the regional finals.

The Silver Stallions led 35-28 entering the fourth quarter, and the Warriors made the game interesting by scoring 21 points in the final eight minutes.

Junior Johnnie Clift had 17 points to lead Patoka, and senior Quinn Wadkins added 10 in his final game.

Box score
Wednesday, Feb. 20
CORL 51
Patoka 49
P: 11-9-8-21—49
C: 13-9-13-16—51
Points: Clift, 17; Wadkins, 10; Drew Back, 9; Jake Orrell, 8; Seth Allen, 3; Clinton Donaldson, 2.
Record: 18-11

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