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Area teams ‘fine tuning’ as districts draw near

Posted on Monday, February 11, 2013 at 8:51 am

After posting two upset wins in the St. Francis Borgia Tournament, a quest for a tournament title fell short as the Troy

Troy Buchanan’s Ryan Frantz (back) defends Fort Zumwalt’s Austin Kemp.

Buchanan High Lady Trojans dropped a 44-35 game to Parkway South.

Madeline Thoroughman was the only Troy player in double figures as she finished with 15 points. Mimi Henderson and Alyssa Schrader followed with six points each.

For the Lady Patriots, Becca Steins and Brittany Thomas led the way with 17 and 11 points apiece.  Steins also had 14 rebounds  including six offensive boards.

Troy fell behind 11-2 in the opening quarter and it was a uphill struggle throughout three periods. Parkway South led 35-20 going into the final period. As a team, Troy made seven of nine attempts  but were zero of four from beyond the arc.

“We played hard the entire game,” said Coach Bryce Gregory. “We just ran up against a better team. We didn’t take smart shots like we have been. We only shot around 30 percent from the floor and it is hard to win games shooting that poorly. I am proud of the effort the entire game. We were down by 20 at one point in the third quarter and came all the way back  within five in the fourth. We didn’t get enough offense from the players we have been getting it from.

Early foul trouble caused some match up problems early on and we couldn’t really dig out of the hole.  It was a good, big game experience for the girls which will hopefully prepare us for games down the road.”

Silex Lady Owls continue, putting their game back in order after suffering their first loss of the season. Lindsey Barnhart scored 17 points leading them to a 59-50 win over Elsberry on the last day in January. Other Silex players in double figures were Ashley Brown (11 pts.), Leah Miller (12 pts.) and Natalie Fleming  (10 pts.)  Fleming was the team leader on the boards with 12 rebounds and had seven assists.  The Lady Owls jumped out to a 18-6 lead in the first quarter  but Elsberry played more on even terms the rest of the way. They held a 44-41 edge in scoring during that period.

“This was a good win on the road against a very dangerous Elsberry team,” said Coach Robert James. “We had good contributions from the entire team and our quick start was the difference in the outcome.  With some time off, we will be concentrating on rebounding and transition defense so that we can be ready for the post season.”

The win improved Silex’s record to 21-1.

In boys’ action, Troy picked up two important wins in GAC competition. They defeated Francis Howell North 63-37 on Feb. 1 and then posted a 51-45 win over Fort Zumwalt West.

The win over Howell North avenged an earlier loss to the Knights. Landon Mills led Troy with 26 points including a 10 for19 effort from the field.  Ben Chaney followed with 21 points and along with Mills, had six rebounds.

Leading by six (22-16) at the half, the Trojans went on a 41-21 spurt in the second half, sealing the win. Kyle Lemons led the Knights with 16 (8 rebounds) and Callen Hall followed with 10 points.

In the win over Zumwalt West, Mills led with 15 points and Powell followed with 12 points before fouling out. “Overall it was good to get another conference win taking our conference record to 6-1 with a big conference game coming up this Friday at Francis Howell Cental.” said Coach Ryan Meyers.  “We were down by four at half time but we were able to really turn up the defense pressure in the third quarter which lead to some easy transition buckets.  We held West to only  four third -quarter points.  The same was the case last Friday when we were able to avenge our only conference lost to North.  Our team defense and rebounding was very good in that game.” and that was the key to the victory.

The Elsberry Indians participated in the Super Fan Shootout on Feb. 2 and lost to West Hancock Titans. The score was 55-36.

“I knew they were a good team going in and they didn’t disappoint as they were possibly the hardest team we have played all season,” said Coach Ryan Parker.

West Hancock featured seven seniors and outmatched the young Indian squad. “People maybe don’t realize  that kind of continuity and what that does for you,” said Parker. “They have a really good player in Paxton Harmon.”

The Indians held Harmon to only five points in the first half.  However, Harmon distributed the ball around from the middle and they made six three-point field goals in the first half.

Despite the loss, the Indians still are undefeated in the conference (East Missouri) . They were invited back to the Shootout next year.

The Winfield Warriors have  hit a ‘snag’ in the road in recent games. They lost 71-50 to St. Charles. The Pirates outscored the Warriors 28-9 in the second quarter for a 34-20 lead enroute to the win. Aaron Aubuchon had 19 points to lead Winfield with David Bauer following with 12 points. Ben Boyer led the Warriors in rebounds (5).

Winfield lost 64-50 to Orchard Farm. Bauer and Aubuchon led with 11 points each. The Warriors trailed by ten at the half and by 41-23 after three periods.