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2/19/2014 9:46:00 AM Email this articlePrint this article 
Carmi 58, Lawrenceville 45
Bulldogs pull away from cold-shooting Indians
LAWRENCEVILLE - Lawrenceville High School's basketball team has less than a week to get a lot better or its season will come to an early end.

Visiting Carmi outscored the ice-cold Indians in all four quarters Tuesday and waltzed to a 58-45 win. The teams will play again in Illinois High School Association Class 2A regional action at 6 p.m. Monday in Mt. Carmel. Carmi (16-9) is the tournament's fourth-seeded team while the Indians (11-14) are seeded fifth.

The Indians shot poorly from both the field and the foul stripe while the Bulldogs were making 24 of 46 shots for 52 percent. LHS missed countless lay-ups and second chances while making just 18 of 64 shots (28 percent). The effort at the foul line was just as bad, as LHS was 7 of 19 for 37 percent.

"Offensively I thought we just played poorly," second-year LHS coach Randy Bishop said. "Sometimes you're just not going to shoot the ball from the perimeter, but a lot of our shots were right under the basket and missing those really hurt us."

Bishop credited Carmi for its defensive effort, however. The Bulldogs were bigger and taller, and made themselves hard to shoot over.

"They're a pretty good defensive team," he said. "They laid a body on us and got their hands up in front of us. If the shots had been wide open, we'd have made them. It wasn't like they weren't there. But I still think those are shots that high school kids should make."

Sophomore Dylan Volkman came off the bench to score 12 points and grab eight rebounds, leading LHS in both categories. He was good on half of the 10 shots he attempted, while the seven other Indians who played were a combined 13 of 54.

"He played a nice game for us. He hustled. He penetrated," Bishop said. "He was a bright spot."

Brandt Cochran added 11 points for the Indians and Harry Loeb scored nine. Between them, though, they made just seven of 30 shots and were five of 13 from the foul line.

Carmi's Jordan Large, a 6-6 junior, hit seven of 10 shots and finished with a game-high 15 points. Andy Vaughn added a dozen for the Bulldogs.

The Indians never led, after watching Carmi score the game's first seven points. The Bulldogs held leads of 11-6, 27-21 and 43-34 at the quarter stops.

Bishop is confident the Tribe, who was missing sophomore Jordan Shick due to a sprained ankle, can turn the tables on Monday.

"I still feel pretty good about it," he said. "I'd rather have the game next week than the one tonight. I thought we out-hustled them and got to more 50-50 balls than they did. But they made their lay-ups and free throws and we didn't."

Volkman led the way with 14 points as the Indians claimed the junior varsity game, 50-43.

LHS will host Edwards County in Little Illini Conference play this evening. John Thompson, the Indians' only remaining senior, will be honored prior to the game.

Lawrenceville will travel to Olney for LIC play Friday to conclude the regular season. A tentatively scheduled game at Cumberland on Saturday will not take place, and Bishop says the Indians plan to claim a forfeit.

Carmi 58,

Lawrenceville 45

CARMI (58)

Large (c) 7-10 1-1 15, Vaughn (f) 5-11 1-2 12, Sailer (g) 3-7 2-2 8, Matz 4-4 0-2 8, Vaught (g) 2-8 3-4 7, Brown 3-5 0-1 6, Gray 0-1 2-3 2, Steed (f) 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 24-46 9-15 58.


Volkman 5-10 2-4 12, Cochran (g) 3-15 4-10 11, Loeb (f) 4-15 1-3 9, Winningham (g) 2-8 0-0 5, Benson (c) 2-6 0-0 4, Barnes (f) 0-3 0-0 0, Mahrenholz 0-1 0-2 0. Totals 18-64 7-19 45.

3-point shooting: Carmi 1-6 (Vaught 0-1, Vaughn 10-4, Gray 0-1), Lawrenceville 2-10 (Cochran 1-5, Winningham 1-3, Barnes 0-1, Benson 0-1). Rebounds: Carmi 36 (Sailer 9), Lawrenceville 29 (Volkman 8). Turnovers: Carmi 17, Lawrenceville 6. Fouls: Carmi 16, Lawrenceville 15. Fouled out: Vaughn (1:22, 4th qtr.)

Carmi 11 16 16 15 - 58

Lawrenceville 6 15 13 11- 45

Officials: Bill McClane, Matt St. Ledger, Lee Appleby. Junior varsity: Lawrenceville 50 (Volkman 14), Carmi 43.


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