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2/11/2014 9:44:00 AM Email this articlePrint this article 
Lawrenceville 78, Red Hill 37
Indians roll in 100th meeting with Salukis
LAWRENCEVILLE - It took six tries, but Lawrenceville High School's basketball team finally wrested the traveling trophy that goes with winning the Lawrenceville Rotary Club's Mid-Winter Showdown game away from rival Red Hill Friday night.

In the 100th edition of the rivalry between the Indians and Salukis, LHS led from start to finish in claiming a 78-37 Little Illini Conference win. The Indians (10-12, 4-3 LIC) now lead the all-time series with the Salukis (5-17, 2-6 LIC), 58-42. The teams have been playing since Red Hill was formed from a consolidation of Bridgeport and Sumner high schools in the fall of 1973.

LHS coach Randy Bishop said the seed was planted a year ago, when Red Hill won the rivalry game in Bridgeport, 65-45.

"Last year they humiliated us at Red Hill," said Bishop, whose team led by scores of 16-7, 35-22 and 58-28 at the quarter stops. "These kids didn't forget that. They wanted to send a message. They weren't going to let that happen again."

Veteran Red Hill coach Bryan Havill agreed.

"They showed they wanted it more, I don't think there's any question about that," he said. "I don't think it took very long for the seed of doubt to be creeping into our heads."

The Indians shot 62 percent for the game, hitting 34 of 55 shots. By contrast, Red Hill made just 14 of 48 attempts for 29 percent. The Salukis made just four of 21 shots after halftime,

"It was terrible. We were just terrible," Havill said of his team's offense in the second half. "It wasn't one kid. We were sharing the wealth. We maybe passed the ball once, and we didn't reverse it at all. It boggled my mind, and that's my big concern for the moment."

Eleven of the 13 Indians who played scored at least a basket. Of the 78 LHS points, 31 came from players who came off the bench.

"The kids who came in tonight sustained the intensity," Bishop said. "We work hard with our pressure and I think it started to get to Red Hill a little bit."

Sophomore Brandt Cochran hit six of nine shots and scored 13 points to lead four LHS players in double figures. Harry Loeb added a dozen in the win, and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead all players. Jordan Shick added 10 points, while Cody Steffey matched that total off the bench.

Freshman Kameron Vinsel came off the bench to lead the Salukis with a career-high 16 points, while Jake Allen scored 12.

Loeb and Vinsel were chosen as the game MVPs and were presented with plaques by the Rotary Club.

The first six minutes featured four lead changes, but the Indians finished the opening quarter on a 13-0 spree and were never threatened.

LHS claimed Friday's junior varsity tilt, 49-39. Dalton Sholders topped the Indians with 12 points, while Cody Steffey added 11 and Dylan Volkman 10. Vinsel and Tristan Holtz led the Salukis with 12 points apiece.

LHS, which scored an 81-65 win Saturday afternoon at Hutsonville, will travel to Cumberland Friday for LIC competition. The Salukis will entertain Oblong, also in LIC play.

Lawrenceville 78,

Red Hill 37


Vinsel 6-11 1-2 16, Allen (f) 4-11 3-3 12, Kolb (c) 3-9 0-0 6, Murray (g) 1-7 0-0 3, Stoltz (f) 0-5 0-0 0, Ramsaran (g) 0-0 0-0 0, Holtz 0-3 0-0 0, Gray 0-1 0-0 0, Tewell 0-1 0-0 0, Breault 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 14-48 4-5 37.


Cochran (g) 6-9 0-0 13, Loeb (f) 5-9 2-2 12, Shick (c) 5-9 0-1 10, Steffey 5-8 0-0 10, Barnes 3-3 3-3 9, Mahrenholz 4-8 0-0 8, Volkman 2-3 1-4 5, Winningham (g) 1-4 0-0 3, Dorney 1-1 0-0 3, Fox 1-1 1-2 3, Sholders 1-2 0-0 2, Benson 0-0 0-0 0, Thompson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 34-55 7-12 78.

3-point shooting: Red Hill 5-16 (Stoltz 0-1, Allen 1-3, Murray 1-2, Vinsel 3-6, Holtz 0-3, Gray 0-1), Lawrenceville 3-6 (Winningham 1-3, Shick 0-1, Cochran 1-1, Dorney 1-1). Rebounds: Red Hill 17 (Allen 5, Kolb 5), Lawrenceville 36 (Loeb 10). Turnovers: Red Hill 11, Lawrenceville 7. Fouls: Red Hill 11, Lawrenceville 7.

Red Hill 7 15 6 9 - 37

Lawrenceville 16 19 23 20 - 78

Officials: Troy Krumreich, Gary Westjohn, Joe Lidy. Junior varsity: Lawrenceville 49 (Dalton Sholders 12, Cody Steffey 11, Dylan Volkman 11), Red Hill 39 (Kameron Vinsel 12, Tristan Holtz 12).


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