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Casey 77, Lawrenceville 70
Warriors put an end to Indians' winning streak
LAWRENCEVILLE - Lawrenceville High School's basketball team was poised to come from behind yet again Thursday evening, but visiting Casey spoiled the plans.

The Indians saw their season-long three-game winning streak snapped as the visiting Warriors left the LHS gym with a 77-70 Little Illini Conference win. The game was originally scheduled for Dec. 20, but was postponed by foul weather.

Lawrenceville (6-11, 3-3 LIC) led by as many as six points in the opening half before trailing at the break, 39-33.

Twice in the second half LHS fought back to tie the game, but was never able to get over the hump.

"We played well at times and we ended up with 70 points," LHS coach Randy Bishop said. "What hurt us tonight were the 50-50 balls and second chances on rebounds. I don't think we rebounded as well as we had been. We didn't match up well with their quickness and I thought we looked a little leg-weary."

Brandon Wolfe, a 6-3 senior, finished with 27 points to lead the Warriors (11-4, 4-3 LIC). He scored 16 of those points in the opening period, helping his team stay to within 21-19 at the stop.

"Wolfe's tough for us to guard," said Bishop. "Our philosophy going in was that he was going to get what he got, and we were going to try to shut the other kids down."

The problem for the Indians is that three others reached double figures. Senior Zach Murphy totaled 18 points, while guards Trey Thompson and Sam Huisinga netted a dozen each. Huisinga delivered a dagger at the halftime buzzer with a basket from just inside mid-court that gave the Warriors a 39-33 lead at the break.

Junior Harry Loeb, who hit 10 of 16 shots, topped the Indians with 21 points. Brandt Cochran added 20 for the Tribe, while Jordan Shick reached double figures with 11 points and led the squad with nine rebounds.

The Indians tied the game at 49 at the 2:35 mark of the third period when Dylan Volkman scored with an offensive rebound, was fouled, and hit the subsequent free throw. Thanks to three-point plays by Huisinga and Wolfe, the Warriors scored the next eight points and carried a 57-51 lead to the final period.

The Indians used a pair of baskets by Cochran in a fourth-quarter run that tied the game at 60. Casey responded by scoring the next seven points and LHS got no closer than five points the rest of the way.

The seventh-seeded Indians begin LIC Tournament play at Olney this evening, with an 8:30 p.m. game against 10th-seeded Edwards County. If LHS wins, it would play second-seeded Marshall - a team it has defeated twice already this season - at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in a quarterfinal game.

"I feel real good about our chances," Bishop said. "As a coach I like the way we're playing right now and it's not unforeseen that we could be in the championship game. I'm encouraging them. I think we have a great shot of getting there."

In today's other opening round games, ninth-seeded Red Hill faces eighth-seeded Oblong at 4 p.m., fifth-seeded Flora plays 12th-seeded Cumberland at 5:30 and sixth-seeded Robinson takes on 11th-seeded Hutsonville at 7.

Casey 77, Lawrenceville 70

CASEY (77)

Wolfe (f) 9-19 7-9 27, Murphy (f) 7-16 2-3 18, Thompson (g) 4-5 4-6 12, Huisinga (g) 4-12 3-4 12, McNeil (c) 1-3 1-2 3, Chism 1-3 0-0 3, Lawrence 0-0 2-2 2, Elkins 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 26-58 19-26 77.


Loeb (f) 10-16 0-2 21, Cochran (f) 8-17 0-0 20, Shick (c) 5-9 1-2 11, Winningham (g) 3-5 1-1 9, Volkman 2-4 1-1 5, Barnes (f) 1-3 2-2 4, Steffey 0-3 0-0 0, Wanke 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 29-58 5-8 70.

3-point shooting: Casey 6-14 (Huisinga 1-3, Murphy 2-3, Wolfe 2-6, Chism 1-2), Lawrenceville 7-12 (Winningham 2-2, Cochran 4-7, Loeb 1-2, Shick 0-1). Rebounds: Casey 29 (McNeil 7), Lawrenceville 27 (Loeb 7). Turnovers: Casey 8, Lawrenceville 9. Fouls: Casey 9, Lawrenceville 20.

Casey 19 20 18 20 - 77

Lawrenceville 21 12 18 19 - 70

Officials: Bill McClane, Matt St. Ledger, Davey Jones.


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