Finally, I have a night where I correctly picked all four games. Most of the games weren’t as close as I would have hoped, but fans still saw competitive games all night.
Slater (G) 41, Keytesville 31: Slater led 21-9 at half, but Keytesville cut the lead to 22-19 halfway through the third quarter. I was really pulling for Keytesville just because I’ve never seen this team win since I’ve been in Fayette and this program needs one badly. But Slater’s size was just too much, led by Mary Rose Gonzalez with 16 points. Slater will face a Lewis & Clark opponent with either Fayette or Westran in the consolation game, while Keytesville now has the rest of the week off.
Glasgow (B) 56, Fayette 38: Dillon Yung made me a genius tonight. Not even head coach Mick Cropp could have predicted his lone senior was going to score a career-high 31 points against Fayette on his 18th birthday. Fayette gave him space to shoot the 3-pointer early on and that proved to be a big mistake. Yung knocked down four from long range, had 15 points by half and even pulled down 13 rebounds by my count. He scored in a variety of ways, whether it was from long distance, driving the baseline for a reverse layup or, even at times, scoring over 6-foot-10 Bruce Marshall. This was a close game after one quarter, but Glasgow pulled away in the second and always led by double digits after the 7:41 mark of the third quarter. Marshall did score 17 points for Fayette, but he was constantly flustered by the double team of Yung and Reid Littrell all night. Also, the Glasgow guards played much better tonight than Fayette’s, so Glasgow won this battle all the way around. After the game, Mick said this was his 200th win as Glasgow head coach. It’s a night that at least his senior will remember for quite some time.
Harrisburg (G) 62, Cairo 23: You know your team is good when you shoot horribly all night and still win by 39 points. Harrisburg’s defense is very comparable to its 2009-10 season and the Lady Bulldogs dominated the glass all night. Chelsey Kroese, after having a quiet night Monday, had a double-double before halftime, posting team-highs of 15 points and 13 rebounds. Head coach Dan Bachmeier also said she was under the weather tonight, but nobody could tell. Paige Heibel had 13 points and Sonja Eaves may not have scored, but she did grab 11 rebounds. Harrisburg always gets challenged in the championship game of this tournament, but that won’t be the case this year. I still think, whether they see Glasgow or New Franklin, it will come to a running clock in the fourth quarter.
New Franklin (B) 59, Slater 28: Tyler White had a much better game tonight. I think he could have scored 30-plus points if he wanted to, but 23 was good enough tonight. His younger brother, Tanner White, was back in the lineup after having chicken pox earlier this week, and scored 12 points in his high school debut. The most surprising statistic of the night for me was that Tyler Hull hauled in 15 rebounds. Most of the time, he was the third-tallest New Franklin player on the court, but he was all over the glass and played like a senior tonight. You won’t see New Franklin win many games with a running clock this season (at least twice against Brunswick), but head coach Jim Schlotzhauer has to be proud of this win. It gets his team back to the consolation final, where it will face either Keytesville or Westran. Slater can stay home for the rest of the week.
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On a side note, I want to take a moment to thank all of my readers this week. Today, before 3 p.m., you set the single-day record of hits on this blog, which was previously 137 set on Jan. 17 earlier this year. At 11:30 tonight, with still a half hour to go, there have been 235 visitors to On the Sidelines, shattering the previous record. In just over 15 months, there have been almost 12,000 hits on this blog and I’ve had nearly 200 posts. Thank you all for taking the time to read them and it means a lot to me to see how much interest there is in the sporting scene of the Howard County area. Check back tomorrow afternoon for Thursday’s predictions of the Glasgow Tournament.