Vandals win first game at regional

Four players scored in double figures on Monday to push the Vandalia into the second round of the IHSA Regional Tournament in Hillsboro.

Richie Well’s 23 points led the fifth-seeded Vandals in scoring as they advanced to a second-round game with Trenton Wesclin on Wednesday evening with an 81-50 win over Litchfield.
Nathan Casey and Blake Morrison each contributed 12 points, and Marcus Zimmerman and Kelly Jones each had 10 points for the Vandals.
Well scored 12 of his points in the first quarter and Casey all 12 of his points as Vandalia jumped out to a 26-16 lead over ninth-seeded Litchfield.
Well hit three three-pointers in the second quarter as Vandalia outscored the Purple Panthers 17-16 to lead 46-32 at the half.
The Vandals expanded their lead to 67-41 after three quarters, with Morrison connecting on two three-points and a two-point bucket to lead the 21-9 scoring advantage.
In the fourth quarter, Vandalia again held Litchfield to nine points while scoring 14.
On Wednesday evening, the Vandals, 20-10, were to square off against the No.4 seed in the regional, Trenton Wesclin. The winner of that contest will face the winner of Wednesday’s matchup of seventh-seeded Hillsboro and No. 1 seed Carlyle for the regional title on Friday evening.
Hillsboro advanced to the semifinals with a win over Greenville on Monday.
Vandalia vs. Litchfield
Vandalia – Ruckman 0 2-2 – 2; Zimmerman 4 0-4 – 10; Casey 5 0-0 – 12; Dunn 0 0-0 – 0; Well 7 3-3 – 23; Morrrison 4 1-2 – 12; Jones 5 0-0 – 10; McNary 1 0-0 – 3; Graham 1 0-0 – 2; Smalls 2 0-0 – 4. Totals 30 7-13 – 81.
Three-point goals – Zimmerman 2, Casey 2, Well 6, Morrison 3, McNary 1.

Vandalia 77, Carlinville 74 (OT)
Nathan Casey scored 34 points and six of the Vandalia’s 14 points in overtime to lead the Vandals past Carlinville in their final regular-season game on Friday night.
Blake Morrison provided the winning points in overtime, converting a steal into a layup basket with 23 seconds remaining in the extra period.
In regulation, Richie Well hit a three-pointer with 1:06 left to put the Vandals up by three, 61-58.
A layup by Joe Fraser put the Cavaliers within one point with 39.9 seconds left, and a three-pointer by Brady Jamieson with 20.9 seconds on the clock put Carlinville up by two.
After Vandals coach Brian Buscher called a timeout with 14.9 seconds left, Kelly Jones was fouled with 5.3 seconds on the clock, and he converted both free throws to knot the score at 63-63.
A basket by Morrison got the Vandals within one at 69-68. Casey hit two free throws to give Vandalia a 70-69 lead and then scored to put the Vandals up again at 72-71.
Carlinville was up 74-72 when Casey followed on an offensive rebound to knot the score.
It was on the Cavaliers’ following possession that Morrison knocked away a dribble and took it in for a layup.
Vandalia – Zimmerman 1 1-2 – 3; Casey 13 6-7 – 34; Well 5 1-4 – 14; Morrison 3 2-3 – 10; Jones 5 5-8 – 15; McNary 0 1-2 – 1. Totals 27 16-26 – 77.
Three-point goals – Casey 2, Well 3, Morrison 2.

Vandalia’s Blake Morrison guards a Carlinville player during last Friday’s overtime win at Carlinville. Morrison’s steal and layup provided the winning points in the overtime victory.

Marcus Zimmerman and Kelly Jones (24)

Richie Well

Nathan Casey

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