Warriors, Trojans in challenge; Owls race past Indians
Winfield Warriors traveled to Monroe City Dec. 14, coming back home with a 61-38. Joe Krato led Winfield scorers with 15 points followed by Aaron Aubuchon with 14 points each. They accounted for 43 of the team’s total points.
“We were sluggish in the first half,” said Coach Chuck Arnold. “We were ahead by eight at halftime and the second half, we made a 10-0 run to put them away.”
On the next day, the Warriors played in the GAC/Suburban West Challenge at the Family Arena in St. Charles. They had a great effort but fell short in a 59-57 loss to Parkway North. Krato led Winfield scorers with 19 points followed by Bauer (17 pts.) and Aubuchon (11 pts.) Travis Sommerlad had 6 rebounds.
Winfield had the edge in play in the first half, building a 33-23 lead at intermission. They increased it to 45-31 at the end of the third period. However, the Vikings staged a rally, outscoring the Warriors 28-12 in the final period to escape with the win.
“We beat Monroe City Friday night and got home at around 11:30 and played the next day at St. Charles arena,” said Arnold. “Fatigue was a factor in the fourth quarter, but we still had chances to put them away. We lead 46-31 at one point and allowed 28 fourth quarter points, many of them were second chance points or points we gave away from turnovers.”
The Warriors have an overall 7-3 record.
“In our two losses we have missed 19 free throws so we are in control of our own destiny, so to speak,” said Arnold.
Troy Buchanan High Trojans also participated in the GAC Challenge on Dec. 14, emerging with a 51-48 win over Kirkwood. Ben Chaney led Troy with 24 points, 10 rebounds and four assists. Landon Mills followed with 14 points and four assists. JD Powell scored nine points.
“The Kirkwood game was a good win for us against a quality opponent,” said Coach Ryan Meyer. “The key to winning the game was our ability to guard them on the defensive end of the floor and limit their easy buckets. We were also able to make some timely shots including a couple of three point shots in the final quarter by Landon and Ben. Overall I was really pleased with the way we played as a team both offensively and defensively.”
Troy led by one point (21-20) at the half and led a 30-28 edge on the scoreboard in the second half.
The Trojans are seeded 11th in this week’s Mermec Holiday Tournament. They will play sixth-seeded Eureka at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 27. If they win, they will play the DeSmet-St. Charles West winner Dec. 28 at 7 p.m. If they lose their opener, they will play that game’s loser Dec. 11 a 12:30 p.m.
The Silex Owls notched a very significant win recently with a 51-46 win over Elsberry. Matt Huber led the Owls with 22 points. Austin Fleming scored 10 points and was the team leader on the boards with 9 rebounds. Kenny Lesley led Elsberry with 14 points.
“Matt was particularly on fire late in the game and was primary reason we were able to beat a very good team,” said Coach Chad Twellman.
A 17-5 edge in scoring in the second period was a key in the outcome for the Owls. Leading 31-25 after three periods, Silex dominated the final period, holding a 20-9 margin.
In other recent games, Silex lost 79-46 on Dec. 14 at Principia keyed by a 50-18 first half surge by the Panthers. Fleming led Silex with 12 points, the only Owl to finish in double figures. He had six rebounds and four assists.
Silex lost 73-48 Dec. 13 to Lutheran in the Cougar Classic in St. Charles. Huber scored 16 points and Fleming finished with 12 points to lead Silex. Lutheran built a 63-31 lead after three period enroute to the win.
Elsberry Indians had high hopes prior to entering the Cougar Classic Lutheran Tournament, as they were first seed and seemed to be the favorite to win. However with three losses, one at the buzzer, one in overtime and one for seventh place, they may have finally realized where they need work.
“You can’t just focus on the negatives,” said Indians Head Coach Ryan Parker. “We learned a lot from those games and we did some good things, but I do think we played tired.”
According to Parker, the week’s schedule was not something that worked in their favor, having played or practiced everyday prior to the start of the tourney.
“I think we found out a lot about ourselves and I found out a lot about kids off the bench,” said Parker. “We learned how our kids handle adversity. We learned late game situation stuff, as far as what to do and what not to do.”
Parker has said before and mentioned again they are a roller coaster team, which there are going to be high and low days but that is just part of having a young team.
The final scores throughout the Cougar Classic were: Thursday, Dec. 13, Lift for Life Academy 44 – Indians 43. Friday, Dec. 14 Priory Academy 48 – Indians 45. Saturday, Dec. 15, Silex 50 – 34.
Following a much needed day off the boys would play Wellsville on Monday, Dec. 17 and win 69-41.
“We needed a day off and I think it paid off well for us,” said Parker. “We shot better and worked better as a team and pulled off the win.”
According to Parker, they only averaged 31 percent of their shots throughout the Lutheran Tourney, which is not going to win any team many games.
Although the Indians are being called a young team, Parker said they have a lot of potential and the season is still any one’s game as they are currently 4-0 for the conference season.
season in years
Elsberry Lady Indians are having one of their greatest seasons in years, according to Lady Indians Head Coach Hector Bencomo.
“We have started doing the little things we need to do and playing as a team,” said Bencomo. “We have a great deal of talent on the floor and it seems as though they are getting better each game.”
Even though the girls lost to the Clopton Lady Hawks on Dec. 13, Bencomo said you could have went either way as they only lost by one point.
“Krista Dye played extremely well during that game and the winning moment came down to her,” said Bencomo. “She had the chance and took the shot at the buzzer. Unfortunately, it didn’t go her way.”
Although that loss was the girls’ first conference loss and second overall loss of the season, Bencomo said he couldn’t be prouder of his girls.
“We have accomplished so much already as a team and expect us to only continue growing more and more with each game,” said Bencomo.
When playing Wellsville, Bencomo said they took the opportunity to work on their zone plays, rather than playing hard and running up the score.
“Running the score up is something we never want to do,” said Bencomo. “We want to play good ball but have fun, not embarrass or hurt any team. We still have those wounds of when it was done to us and it didn’t feel good.”
Information courtesy of The Elsberry Democrat.