Natalie Fleming is surrounded on the floor with a trio of Van Far defenders as the ball rolls away during the Lady Owls’ win.
Homecoming was successful on the court for Silex teams as both teams posted wins over Van-Far. However, the Owls lost the services of one player for perhaps the season, dampening their victory.
The Silex Lady Owls, ranked first in the state rankings in their class, had little trouble enroute to a 59-23 win. Three players finished in double figures led by Ashley Brown (16 pts.), Natalie Fleming (14 pts.) and Aly Miller (10 pts.). Fleming had nine rebounds and Lindsey Barnhart had seven steals on defense with Fleming and Kimmy Duggan swiping five and four respectively.
Silex raced to a 22-6 lead in the opening period and stretched it to 55-21 after three periods.
“We were able to pressure them and get up early which allowed us to play a lot of kids,” said Coach Robert James. “That made it nice for each kid to be able to contribute in front of a large Homecoming crowd.”
Breanna Strange led Van Far with six points.
In the boys’ game, three Owls led by Austin Fleming’s 20 points brought them to a 60-40 win. Ryan Eisenbath followed with 13 points and Matt Huber had 12 points. Levi Miller led on the boards with 11 rebounds. Fleming led in assists (6), Huber in steals (4).
After a more sluggish first half, the Owls stretched a 23-21 halftime lead with a 22-8 edge in the third period to lead 45-29 after three periods. They sealed it with a 15-11 edge in the final period.
“We played well especially in that second half,” said Coach Chad Twellman. “However, we took a big hit late in the game as we lost Ryan (Eisenbath) for the season with a broken wrist.”
Ethan Gooch led Van Far with 15 points.
James Lasater (left) sticks like glue as the Owls press the Indians in the win.
In an earlier game, the Owls lost 71-54 to Winfield. Matt Huber led the Owls with 17 points. Winfield featured a balanced attack with four players in double figures: Jeremiah Duckett (14 pts.), Joel Krato (12 pts.), David Bauer (12 pts.) and Travis Sommerlad (10 pts.). Sommerlad also had eight rebounds and Bauer had eight assists.
Winfield jumped out to a 25-12 lead and increased it to 43-21 at the half.
“Winfield was too much for us,” said Coach Twellman. “They did it all…defended, shot the ball very well, and took away our key guys. They have a great team.”
The Warriors followed up that win Jan. 11 with a 53-36 win over Warrenton. Krato led another balanced attack with 15 points followed by Bauer (12 pts.), Duckett (12 pts.) and Aaron Aubuchon (10 pts.). Aubuchon had seven steals and six deflections. Bauer had nine rebounds and led in assists (5).
Neither team could find a consistent offense in the first half. Winfield led 16-14 at the break and keyed their win with a 23-5 edge in scoring in the third period.