The St. Elmo/Brownstown boys basketball team opened up its season last Tuesday night with a 38-29 win over conference foe North Clay.
SEB came out to a slow start offensively, as they managed only one basket in the first quarter, allowing North Clay to take a 11-2 lead going into the second.
The Eagles bounced back to cut the lead to 14-13 heading into the second half. In the second half, SEB took over, outscoring the Cardinals 25-15 en route to the 38-29 victory.
SEB dominated the boards, out-rebounding North Clay, 35-21. Kyle Hardimon finished with a team-high 15 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks in the winning effort.
Other contributors were Landon Feezel, with 12 points, 13 rebounds, three assits, three steals and three blocks; Trey Pasley, with five points, four rebounds and one block; and Dylan Brooks, with two points, two rebounds, two assists and two steals.
SEB could not continue its winning ways on Tuesday night, falling to South Central, 62-57.
Leading the way in the loss was Landon Feezel, with 23 points, 11 rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks. Other contributors were Kyle Hardimon, with 15 points, five rebounds and one steal; Klayton Kroll, with eight points six rebounds, two assists and one steal; and Dylan Brooks, with six points and one assist.
Leading the way for South Central was Brett Harmeier, with 24 points, four rebounds and two steals. Other key contributors were Dre Hill, with 20 points, seven rebounds and one asssist, Trevor Markley, with eight points, one rebound, seven assists and three steals; and Logan Lotz, with six points, one rebound and one assist.
Ramsey Girls Basketball
The Lady Rams struggled at the Cowden-Herrick/Beecher City Thanksgiving Tournament, finshing 1-4.
Ramsey opened up the tournament on a positive note, defeating CHBC 49-40. Skye Kimberlin dominated in the win, finishing with a team-high 33 points, 10 rebounds, eight steals, two assistsand one blocked shot. Other contributors were Delainey Enloe, with seven points, two rebounds and two steals; Taylen Wesselman, with four points, 11 rebounds, two assits, and five steals; and Connie Schackmann, with three points, one rebound and one blocked shot.
The Lady Rams dropped the remaining four games in the tournament, losing to BSE, 47-24; North Clay, 46-34; Neoga, 73-33; and Dieterich, 44-35.
However, Kimberlin continued her solid play throughout, earning herself a place on the all-tournament team. Kimberlin finished the tournament with 95 points, averaging 19 points per game.
South Central Girls Basketball
The Lady Cougars picked up their first loss of the season Monday evening, falling to conference foe Brownstown/St. Elmo, 59-50.
The Lady Bombers came out to a hot start on offense, with Kyrstyn Fitch scoring seven first-quarter points to help her team take a 19-7 lead going into the second quarter. The Lady Cougars cut the lead to 28-19 going into the second half.
BSE would not falter, though, as they were able to maintain a comfortable 43-29 lead going into the fourth quarter.
South Central's Abby Hahn tried to lead a comeback effort in the fourth, scoring 10 points, but ultimately came up short as the Lady Bombers held on for the 59-50 victory.
South Central head coach Gary Kapper felt his team failed to put together a complete game effort.
"We played well in spurts tonight. We just have to learn how to handle the pressure of game situations better," Kapper said. "That will come with playing. Their press made us panic when we did not have to. We are capable of playing one, but we just have to recognize who is open, make some pass fakes and get rid of the ball quicker.
"Our half-court offense was not bad, but we wanted to force some things tonight. We will continue to work on improving."
BSE's Morgan Brown led the way with a team-high 21 points. Other scorers for BSE were Gabi Moore, with 12; Fitch, with nine; Emily Bone, with 8; and Dana Shelton, with eight.
On the losing side, South Central's Hahn led the way with a team-high 17 points. Other South Central scorers were Keely Smith, with 13; Sidney Wilkins, with six; Alannah Sigrist, with six; Xada Slater, with four; Autumn McCoy, with two; and Sernie Lee, with two.
Seventh-Grade Girls Basketball
The seventh-grade Lady Vandals picked up a 21-14 win over Pana in the Teutopolis Regional last Tuesday night.
Morgan Lidy and Bailey Stewart were the leading scorers with eight and six, respectively.
With the win, the Lady Vanals advanced to the regional championship against Teutopolis.
Teutopolis proved to be too much, as Vandalia's season came to an end with a 36-24 loss last Wednesday night.
Bailey Stewart led the way, finishing with a team-high 18 points in the losing effort.
The Lady Vandals finished their season 12-9.
Eighth-Grade Girls Basketball
The eighth-grade Lady Vandals advanced to the regional championship with a 32-13 win over Shelbyville.
Megan Kern led the way with a team-high 12 points. Other scorers were Lanee McNary, with six; Alisha Swain, with eight; Samantha Miller, with four; and Amelia Smith, with two.
The 12-8 Lady Vandals will play in the regional championship Thursday at 6 p.m.
Seventh-Grade Boys Basketball
The VJHS seventh-grade boys basketball team improved to 7-2 Tuesday night, defeating Pana, 43-20.
Leading the way was Markus Isaiah, with 16 points. Other scorers were Drew Thompson, with 14 points; Mitchell Casey, with four; Case Goldsmith, four points; Riley Rickman, with two; and Noah Sasse, with two.
The VCHS varisty wrestling squad opened up the season with a matchup against Belleville West Tuesday evening, losing a close fought match, 43-31.
Freshman Tanner Swain recorded a 3-1 decision win over Belleville West's Logan Johnson at 106 pounds.
Other winners for Vandalia were Chaston Womack, with a 13-0 decision win over Mason Darnell at 120 pounds; Trevor Philpot, fall at the 5:42 mark over Daveon Long at 145 pounds; Riley Smock, fall at the 4:23 mark over Demarlo Nesbitt at 220 pounds; and Kendrick Woolsey, fall just 1:30 in over Israel Griffin at 285 pounds. Zack Stephenson also won via forfeit, at 106 pounds.
Winning for Belleville West were Justin Koderhandt, 7-2 decision over Jarrett Paslay at 132 pounds; Marvin Wallace, 17-6 decision over Logan Sullens at 138 pounds; Nick Foster, fall at the 1:15 mark over Cody Phillips at 152 pounds; Tristan Caswell, fall at the 5:20 mark over Wyatt Goade at 160 pounds; and Ryan Johnson, fall at the 2:15 mark over Matt Ledbetter at 182 pounds.
The Vandals will resume action this Saturday morning at the Civic Memorial Tournament in Bethalto.