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2/25/2014 10:01:00 AM Email this articlePrint this article 
IHSA Class 1A regional
Sluggish Salukis sent south by Cardinals
ALBION - The 2013-14 basketball season ended on a sour note for the Red Hill boys basketball in the first round of the Class A regional.

The Salukis scored just four points during the first 12 minutes of the 32-minute contest and fell to the Louisville-North Clay Cardinals 34-29.

In what could best be described just a bad night all-around, the Salukis were just 7-for-32 from the field for 22 percent, committed 18 turnovers, were whistled for two technical fouls and an intentional foul, and played without their 6-5 center who suffered an ankle injury in practice.

Red Hill finished the season at 6-21 overall and 3-8 in the Little Illini Conference. After dropping their first 10 games of the season, the Salukis then won three-out-of-four before going just 3-10 the rest of the way.

While the Salukis were struggling, North Clay was also having a difficult game against Red Hill's zone defense. The Cardinals hit just 10-of-39 shots for 26 percent and turned the ball over 21 times.

"It was just an extremely sloppy game on both ends for both teams as far as taking care of the ball. It's an extremely disappointing way to end the year," veteran Red Hill coach Bryan Havill said.

The Cardinals put up the first points of the game almost four minutes into the contest on a 3-point basket. With 2:08 left in the first period the Salukis finally answered when freshman Kameron Vinsel hit the second of two free throws. Jake Allen hit Red Hill's first field goal with 1:29 left in the quarter.

Tied 3-3 after eight minutes, Dalton Murray hit a free throw at the 7:24 mark of the second quarter for a 4-3 Red Hill lead.

Louisville then scored the next nine points and led 12-4 halfway through the period. The final two points coming when Murray was whistled for a technical foul after being assessed a personal foul. The Salukis answered with seven straight points on a 3-point basket from Tristan Holtz, and two free throws and a basket by Vinsel.

The Cardinals led 16-13 at halftime and scored the first basket of the third quarter before the Salkukis went on a 9-2 run and led 22-20 after three quarters.

The Cardinals hit a 3-pointer and a free throw to take a 24-22 lead and then on a personal foul and technical foul on Tanner Stoltz. North Clay hit 3-of-4 free throws to take a 27-22 lead with 6:27 left.

Red Hill would tie the game one more time at 27-27 with 3:49 to play, but an intentional foul on Holtz, followed by another foul on the next play resulted in three more Cardinal free throws and a 30-27 lead.

The Cardinals were able to score down the stretch to hold off the Salukis and advance in the tournament.

"We couldn't keep our composure and we didn't do things well on the offensive end, but defensively, we played well. We missed some easy shots, but at the end of the day I think it boils down to composure," Havill said. "Had we kept our composure we're walking out of here and we're playing Wednesday night."

Instead, number one seeded Oblong will take on North Clay Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the semifinals.

Havill noted that Kolb was out with an ankle sprain and did not make the trip.

"I'm not sure he would have gone at all this week," Havill said. "It's just an unfortunate thing."

Murray paced the Salukis with 10 points and ended the season at Red Hill's leading scorer. The 5-8 sophomore finished the season with 276 points, good for a 10.2 ppg. average. An ankle injury midway through the season slowed Murray for several games.

Guard Lawson Britton led the Cardinals with 10 points.

It was the second win for North Clay over Red Hill in the past five days. On Thursday, the Cardinals defeated the Salukis 52-32 at Louisville.

In games tonight second-seeded Cisne takes on Grayville at 6 p.m. while the host Edwards County Lions battle Clay City at 8 p.m. The two winners play Wednesday.

Louisville-N. Clay 34,

Red Hill 29

NORTH CLAY (34)

Britton (g) 2-10 5-6 10, Rubsam (f) 2-12 1-3 5, Van Dyke (g) 0-1 3-4 3, Rhinehart (f) 2-2 0-2 4, Cox (f) 3-5 0-0 8, Walker 1-6 2-2 4, Halterman 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 10-39 11-17 34.

RED HILL (29)

Murray (g) 2-11 6-8 10, Allen (f) 1-5 1-2 3, Ramsaran (g) 1-5 2-4 4, Stoltz (f) 1-5 0-0 3, Vinsel (f) 1-4 4-6 6, Holtz 1-2 0-0 3. Totals 7-32 13-20 29.

3-point shooting: North Clay 3-10 (Britton 1-3, Van Dyke 0-1, Cox 2-3, Walker 0-2, Halterman 0-1), Red Hill 2-9 (Murray 0-3, Allen 0-1, Ramsaran 0-1, Stoltz 1-1, Vinsel 0-1, Holtz 1-2). Rebounds: North Clay 29 (Walker 7, Britton 6), Red Hill 23 (Allen 7, Ramsaran 6). Fouls: North Clay 17, Red Hill 16. Fouled out: Stoltz, (:01.6 in 4th). Technical Fouls: Murray, Stoltz. Turnovers: North Clay 21, Red Hill 20.

North Clay 3 13 4 14 - 34

Red Hill 3 10 8 7 - 29

Officials: Justin Akers, Lee Appleby, Rocky Hull.



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