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Area teams struggle in third shootout

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By Andrew Harner

Three local teams struggled in the third Vandal Shootout, with Vandalia, St. Elmo and Patoka each falling in the first round of Tuesday’s tournament.

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None of the three teams were able to pick up victories on the second day of pool play on Tuesday, with each losing twice, though the Vandals did have a couple of close contests.

In its first game of the morning, Vandalia held the lead in parts of each quarter and never trailed by more than four points in the final period, but ultimately came up a point short in a 36-35 loss to Altamont.

After rising junior Colton Woolsey tied the game at nine in the first quarter, the lead would change eight times before the game was over.

Two layups each from rising seniors Leyton Godoyo and Michael Wells pushed Vandalia’s lead to seven – the biggest of the game – at the start of the third quarter, but Altamont used a 9-0 run over the rest of the period to take back the lead.

Rising senior Chase Woolsey would hit back-to-back shots late in the fourth quarter to give Vandalia a 35-34 lead, but a layup from the Indians with 28 seconds left in regulation sealed the victory.

Against Putnam County in the second game of pool play, Vandalia was buried by a flurry of 3-pointers in the third quarter, falling, 52-43.

Putnam County made five 3-pointers in the third quarter to break away in what was a tied game at halftime.

Rising juniors Wade Harre and Aaron Harter each made 3-pointers in the third for the Vandals.

In tournament play, Vandalia battled Trico, but was never able to get the lead in a 35-29 loss.

The game would be tied at 19 and 21 in the second half, but Trico regained its lead each time, making four free throws in the final 48 seconds to finish off the win.

For Patoka, games against PBL, Goreville and Fairfield all ended in lopsided decisions on Tuesday.

In a 30-minute game, a slow start for both teams gave the Warriors hope against PBL, but in the final 15 minutes, Patoka was outscored 20-4 and PBL came away with a 27-10 win.

Patoka then lost to Goreville by better than 30 points before falling in the tournament, 33-15, to Fairfield.

St. Elmo picked up a win on day one against Columbia, but were taken down by Trico by about 10 points on day two and lost to Riverton later on.

In the tournament, the Eagles lost to Princeton, Ind.

The final summer shootout will take place on Thursday and Friday, with Vandalia and St. Elmo representing the county.

Their schedules are as follows:

Vandalia
Thursday, June 28
at VJHS
•9 a.m. vs. Cowden-Herrick
•11:30 a.m. vs. Flora
•2 p.m. vs. Beecher City
•5:20 p.m. vs. St. Joe Ogden
Friday, June 29
•8 a.m. vs. Harrisburg (at VJHS)
•9:40 a.m. vs. West Frankfort (at VJHS)
•11:30 a.m. vs. TBA in tournament play

St. Elmo
Thursday, June 28
•9 a.m. vs. Greenville (at VES)
•10:40 a.m. vs. Robinson (at VJHS)
•12:20 p.m. vs. PBL (at VCHS)
•2 p.m. vs. Paris (at VES)
Friday, June 29
•8:50 a.m. vs. Mt. Carmel (at VES)
•10:30 a.m. vs. Central A&M (at VCHS)
•11:30 a.m. vs. TBA in tournament play