Lack of consistency continues to haunt Troy teams on court
Troy Buchanan High basketball teams continue the ‘up and down’ year on the court as they each earned splits in their recent games.
In boys’ action, the Trojans lost 74-65 to Francis Howell and posted a 61-56 win over Francis Howell Central. In the loss, sophomore Adam Mennemeyer led them with 24 points followed by JD Powell (15 pts.) and Ryan Cockrell (11 pts.). Four Vikings finished in double figures led by Sam Hefner with 20 and Nick Persons 18 pts.
In the win over Howell Central, the Trojans rallied from a 33-27 halftime deficit fueled by a 34-23 edge in scoring in the second half. Mennemeyer led Troy with 20 points followed by Connor Wiemann with 12 and Hunter Martin chipped in 10 points.
“Both conference games were exciting to be a part of as the games were decided in the final minutes against Howell Central and then in overtime against Francis Howell,” said Coach Ryan Meyers. “I was proud of the way our kids competed in both games, especially against Howell Central where we were down 13 points in the second half, but battled all way back to take the lead in the final minute. Against Francis Howell we were in control most of the game but we were unable to make some key plays down the stretch and in overtime. I think overall our kids are getting better with each game and competing and hopefully we still have our best basketball to play as we enter districts in the beginning of March.”
In girls’ action, Troy also rallied from a halftime deficit to post a 53-49 win over Francis Howell. McKala Lawler led Troy with 19 points and Brenley Deters followed with seven points. Carly Harper and Danielle Berry led the Lady Vikings with 16 and 14 points respectively. Howell outscored Troy 24-7 in the second period, giving them a 31-17 lead. A 21-11 edge in scoring in the final period paced Troy to the win.
Troy posted a 58-30 win over Howell Central. The Trojans came out on fire in the first half, building a 32-11 lead enroute to the win. Troy featured their best balanced attack this year led by Haley Meyer (16), Lawler (15) and Hilary Braungardt (11).
On Feb. 11, Troy lost 50-28 to Fort Zumwalt West, the leader in the GAC South. Meyer scored 10 points to lead Troy. West jumped out to a 16-0 lead and led 30-8 at the half.
“The past three games have been somewhat of a roller coaster ride,” said Troy Coach Bryce Gregory. “We won a great game vs Helias for consolation in the Borgia tournament. Great contributions from the whole team. Then we played a little timid and nervous vs Fort Zumwalt West which put us in a 21-0 hole to start the game. We played them even the rest of the game, but the halftime deficit was too much to handle. We recovered nicely on Friday in our homecoming game vs FHC. Against Howell we played a good first quarter trailing by three heading into the second but were outscored 21-10 to go down 14 at the half. We came all the way back and cut the lead to two with one minute left in the game and never got any closer. With district play starting in a couple of weeks, hopefully we can continue to gain confidence and show more signs of consistent play together as a team.”