Larry's Game Blogs - recaps of all WVIL local ballgames

2/21/20 Triopia and Routt Catholic basketball came to an end at White Hall North Greene regional and at the Centralia sectional and neither team played the last game the way they wanted. I carried many games for both teams and want to take a moment to re-live a few highlights. Triopia finished 20-12 and wo the WHNG tournament. Gregory holds the school record for assists while Evans is the school leader for steals and for making 9 3-point shots in one game. She also scored 1,000 points in her career. Burris is the leader in rebounds (1,500 +) and made 1st team all-state last season will likely finish high this year. Anna also scored more than 1,000 points in her career. Routt Catholic set a school record with 29 wins. In the later part of the season, Coach Eilering picked up his 250th win. The seiors on this team (in the last 3 season) had records of 26-6, 27-4 and 29-3. Bella MCCarthy scored over 1,000 points in her high school career. This season the Rockets won the Lady Hornet Tournament, the Lady Hawk Tournament and finished 5th in the Lady Tiger Tournament. So, while neither team had a great final game, you don't want to overlook what they did in their over-all book of accomplishments. Now it is on to softball for many of these athletes and hopefully they understand how much they are appreciated by family, friends and fans.   

The end of the basketball season for Routt Catholic girls came a little to soon for me. They weren't quite ready for Father Mc

Givney and got beat 44-40 to end a very good year with 29 wins and 3 losses. They matched up well but, in my opinion, got out thought and out hustled and made too many mental errors and turnovers in critical times. For the Griffins, they improved to 27-7 and have a date with Lewistown, who survived Illii Bluffs 56-49, at Illinois College in the super-sectional round, to see who goes to Redbird Arena. Webb played a good game, for the Griffins, and scored 23 while helping out with ball handling and defense. Luehmann had 10 points in the second half and McKee added 6. They were 0-5 in free throws and made 3 in a row, late in the game, when it was 41-40 and proved once again that free throw shooting and turnovers will win or lose you games. They shot 51 per cent from the field and 3 for 9 from the line. Routt shot 39 per cent in the game and only went to the line 4 times in the contest which is a result of not pushing the action.  McCartney had 2 points in the first half and 13 in the second half. Walker hit the first 6 Rocket points and only shot 1 late trey entire 2nd half. Huffman did not score and Schierl scored 4 points. Dobson came in, off of the bench to hit 10 points in the 4th quarter and 12 overall.Too many turnovers and careless ball handling played right into the hands of the Griffins, so Routt will move on to softball, and they should be very competitive again this year. 

2/18/20 Shooting 45 percent from the field, 61.5 percent from the line and turning your opponent over 22 times was good enough for Routt Catholic as the Lady Rockets defeated Christ our Rock Lutheran of Centralia. The Rockets won 52 to 24 and earned the right to play Father McGivney at 7 pm, on Thursday, for the championship of the Centralia Sectional. The Silver Stallions had a tough time tonight as they hit 11 of 28 from the field and 1 for 5 from the line and their top two scorers had 6 points each. They will end their season with 14 wins and 20 losses. Routt got 16 from McCartney, 14 from Schierl and 13 from Dobson, to lead the way while Walker had 6 and Horney 3. Routt played a good game and the only down side was 1 turnover in the first half and 9 in the second half. Father McGivney is similar to Christ our Rock Lutheran and will need to get better scoring if they hope to knock off the Rockets. Obviously, you have to play the game, on the court, but Routt has a lot of weapons and hopefully uses them. They will take a 29-2 record into the sectional title game as they try to get to the super-sectional, at Illinois College, on Monday. If they can make it, they will play either Illini Bluffs or Lewistown;  whoever wins the Havana sectional.
2/14/20 Routt Catholic boy's basketball hosted the Brown County Hornets and defeated the Hornets 67-40. It was a close first quarter and Routt led by 8 at half. The Hornets cut the lead to 1 point in the third, just before the Rockets opened up a 15 point lead  at the end of the third. For Brown County: Hendricker led the way with 11 and Fuqua scored 10. Miller posted 9 while Fullerton and #22 had 5 each. BC hit 11 of 46 from the field and 6 of 10 free throws with 9 turnovers. They fell to 10-15. The Rockets were led by Abell with 21, Lindsey 13 and Ronan 11. Killian was impressive with 7 for 8 free throws, off of the bench. Routt shot 43 percent from the field and 74 percent from the line with just 4 turnovers. They got scoring from 8 players and improved to 18-7 on the year. They are ranked 3rd in the quadrant, for post season play and will be a team that will not go down easily. They are not over-powering offensively, but they are scrappy and have a nice mixture of size and athleticism to bring to the dance. 
2/13/20 It was a WIVC battle, at Athens, for the regional championship as Routt took on Greenfield/Northwestern. Routt had beaten Greenfield 59-28 on December 9th and was heavily favored in tonight's game. The Rockets played well and won 49-26 as the Tigers had a few good minutes but not enough to save the day. They will end their season with 19 wins and 12 losses and only lose 1 senior off next years team. Pohlman led 5 scorers with 10 points as G/NW hit 27 per cent from the field and 55 percent from the line with 13 turnovers. Routt shot 43 percent from the field and 53 percent in free throws with just 9 turnovers. Walker led the way with 16 points as Routt had 7 players in the scoring column once again. They have a lot of weapons and can go 9 deep if necessary. They will play either Christ our Rock or Calhoun on Tuesday at Centralia. Those two teams will play Saturday night at 7 pm in Nokomis. The Rockets are 28-2 on the year. Other winners tonight were:  Carrollton 39 Triopia 32,  Christ Our Rock 51 Sandoval 32,  Lewistown 52 Liberty 32,  Illini Bluffs 54 Havana 39.In 2A games of interest:  QND 60 Monmouth-Roseville 43,  Pittsfield 38 Porta 34 and Beardstown was trailing Auburn in their semi-final game.     
2/11/20 In a very physical girl's basketball game, that (in my opinion) was poorly officiated which caused a lot of fan participation, Routt Catholic hung on to knock off the host Athens Warriors 46-29. Athens was led by Cronister with 13 and Morgan with 6. The Lady Warriors ended their season 11-21. Athens hit 25 percent from the field and 31 percent from the line with 13 turnovers. Routt got 19 from McCartney and 9 from Walker as they had a battle in the paint and their tenacity was a major part of the win. 6 Rockets scored in the game as they hit 17 of 42 from the field and 9 of 13 in free throws with just 7 turnovers. Since the IHSA assigns the officials, we may get the same crew on Thursday for the title game with Greenfield/Northwestern which would be a shame. Routt and Greenfield are familiar with each other and play in the same conference, so that is good news for the WIVC, no matter who wins. The Rockets beat the Tigers, on December 9th 59-28 and will be favored, but the game will be decided on the court. Greenfield is playing good ball at this time and did a nice job in the Lady Hawk Tournament, a couple of weeks ago. It is a one and done format, in state play, so you have to play hard in every game to advance. Take nothing for granted. Triopia will play Carrollton for the WHNG regional championship. They played a very exciting game on Saturday with the Trojans squeezing out a win, so it should be a great game you can hear on WKXQ 92.5 FM. 
2/4/20 The Brown County Lady Hornets played well, for 3 quarters tonight and fell 56-49 to Routt Catholic. There is very little difference between these two teams and the numbers showed it. The main difference, in my opnion, is the Rockets showed depth at all 5 positions and have a physical and mental toughness about them. Early in the game, the Hornets were getting the loose balls and playing with a strong desire to win. whether they got tired or didn't quite have enough scorers to stay close, the game got away from them and they fell to 18-9 on the year. if they play 4 quarters of hard-nosed basketball, during the regionals, etc. they are going to be hard to beat. Also, they are young and will be hard to deal with for the next few years. Koch and Katie Flynn scored 18 each while McKeon and McGath  scored 5 as the Hornets shot 45 percent from the field and 75 percent from the line with 13 turnovers. Routt improved to 26-2 on the year and did not play well in the 2nd quarter, when they lost their lead. At half time, they re-grouped and played Rocket ball in the 2nd half and got the hard-fought win. McCartney scored 24 and was the strongest inside player in the game. Schierl added 15 in spite of not shooting well and Huffman hit a couple of treys to get back into the scoring mix. Seven Rockets scored in the game, as they hit 17 of 45 from the field and 17 of 26 from the free throw line with 13 turnovers.  Routt will play in the Athens regional and Brown County will be at the Liberty regioinal.      
2/3/20 Even though they were distracted, with it being Senior Night, and they were fresh off of a hard-earned Lady Hawks Tournament Championship, the Lady Rockets, of Routt, played well enough to survive a late charge by Hardin-Calhoun to take the 56-45 win. They improved to 25-2 with the win and will host Brown Coounty, in a make-up game on Tuesday. They will still have 1 conference game left, if it is necessary. They are 6-0 in the WIVC and may not need to play the game. Routt will open, at the Athens Regional on Tuesday, the 11th, against either Athens or South Fork. It will likely be the Athens Lady Warriors. Hardin fell to 7-18 as they shot 42 percent from the field and 7 for 10 from the line. Part of their problem tonight was 15 turnovers while forcing 7 on the Rockets. They were led in scoring by Schuman with 15 as 7 Warriors scored in the loss. Rout got 23 from Bella McCartney, 10 from Lacey, 8 from Walker and 7 each from Horney and Dobson. Huffman scored 1 free throw. Routt hit 47 er cent of their shots from the field and 11 for 20 from the line. Unless they schedule a make-up game, the Tuesday night game will end their regular season.   
2/1/20 Routt Catholic has been playing in the Lady Hawk Tournament for many years, but tonight they finally came away with the championship. They defeated the #1 seed, Jersey Panthers 55-46 in a good girl's game. Jersey got scoring from 5 players as Breden led the way with 15. The Panthers hit 17 of 48 shots and 6 of 10 from the line with 5 turnovers, as they fell to 19-6 on the year. The #2 seed Rockets had 4 players in double digits and 6 score overall. McCartney had 15, Huffman 12, Dobson 11 and Schierl 10 to lead the way. They made 18 of 38 shots and 13 of 15 free throws with 8 turnovers total and improved to 23-2 on the year. They will play Hardin-Calhoun on Monday and Brown Couonty on Tuesday, at home. They are trying to get a game with West Hancock, at home, for Thursday in the final week of regular season play.
1/30/20 Alton Marquette made the comeback everyone expected and cut the Routt Lady Rocket from 12 to 2 points with just 3 minutes left in the game, but couldn't close the deal and Routt won 48-40. It was the 2nd semi-final game of the 46th annual Lady Hawk, so Routt (#2) will play Jersey (#1) for the title at 6:30 on Saturday night. Routt got off to a slow start and trailed 7-2 before taking a 14-7 lead at the end of the first quarter. Walker, Huffman and McCartney made 2 free throws each, within the final 2 minutes, to secure the win. It was a nail-biter, but the Rockets kept their composure as it looked like the game was slipping away. Snipes (15) and Nelson (13) led the Explorers in the loss, as they fell to 21-6 on the year. They will play Father McGiveny for 3rd place at 4 pm on Saturday. Marquette had 9 turnovers in the first half and had no answer for McCartney who had 16 points by half time. For Routt:  McCartney led the way with 20 points in spite of having 4 fouls about halfway in the 3rd quarter. The Rockets hit 19- 40 from the field as 7 players scored, in the win. They were 10 for 19 from the free throw lie and nearly put themselves in a hole, but the seniors stepped up to save the day. Eight 2nd half turnovers (15 in the game) did not help the cause. Routt will take a 23-2 record into the title game against the 19-5 Jersey Panthers. It should be a good match-up.  
1/28/20 At the Lady Hawk Tournament, Routt Catholic defeated West Central 55-33 and will move to the semi-final game at 8 pm on Thursday as they play either Marquette or Greenfield/Northwestern. For the Cougars, they drop to 8-12 on the season. Zaylei Evans scored 10 while Slagle and DeJaynes scored 6 each. They hit 7 of 27 shots and 15 of 22 free throws wiith an unacceptable 24 turnovers. Routt iimproved to 22-2 as Bella McCartney scored 25 and Dobson 11 to lead the way. Huffman made 7 of 10 free throws and Schierl had an off night with 4. Seven Rockets scored in the win as they shot 36 percent from the field and 13 of 17 free throws with just 10 turnovers. It was win number 250 for Coach Joe Eilering.
1/25/20 Routt Catholic girl's basketball hadn't played in 9 days and it was a wait and see situation as they took on Nokomis, at the Carrollton Lady Hawk. They ended up with 8 different players scoring and 3 in double-digits. Huffman led the way with 16 points, including 3 treys. Schierl 12 and Bella McCartney 11 were next as the Rockets hit 25 of 54 shots and just 4 of 13 free throws with 11 turnovers. They will face West Cental at 6:30 on Tuesday, in round 2. Eisenbarth led the Lady Redskins with 9 points as they shot 26 percent from the field and 4 for 6 from the line with 19 turnovers. They will play Brussels at 6 pm on Wednesday. Kiersten Huffman is the type of player who is a game-changer, so it will be interesting to see her nex game results. 
1/21/20 Routt Catholic boys basketball improved to 15-5 with a 60-28 win over the Griggsville-Perry Tornadoes. G.P. was led byTucker Kunzeman (8), Kirk (7) and Sheurman (7). Te Tornadoes only hit 9 of 44 shots and 7 of 11 from the line. Rockets:  25 of 57 for 44 per cent and 8 of 14 free throws with just 4 firsthalf turnovers. The had 4 players Walker (14), Cors (13), Ronana (12) and Cook (11). Lindsey only had 4 points but only shot 3 times and made 2 of them.Merwin added 5 and Colby 1 in the win.
1/20/20 It was a different kind of game for the Lady Trojans tonight, but they defeated the Liberty Lady Eagles 45-29. Evans, who is a consistent scorer for the Trojans was not shooting well toight, as she ended up with just 5 points on a 2 for 10 night. She passed the ball, on numerous occasions, that lead to points for her teammates and played solid defense, so she proved to be much more than a scorer, on a night Triopia needed it. Burris, who was the recipient of many passes hit 26 points on an 11 for 14 night and 3 for 5 from the line. Six Trojans scored in the game as they shot 44 per cent from the field and 60 per cent from the line with 11 turnovers. The Eagles did not shoot well tonight as they hit 12 for 49 and 2 for 7 in free throw shots. Coonrod led the way with 9 points as they fell to 13-7 on the year. They were 3 for 22 in the second half and could not keep up with the Trojans. 
1/15/20 Tonight's high school girl's basketball game was evenly match and was very close statistically and deep into the 4th quarter. The Tropia Lady Trojans and the West Central Cougars were in the semi-finals at the Lady Spartan in White Hall. The Cougars got 15 points from Z. Evans and 14 from Slagle while Elliott scored 5 and Little 3 in the loss. They shot 15 for 41 from the field ad 4 for 8 from the line with 10 turnovers. Burris had 18 and Evans 11, for Triopia as they improved to 12-9 on the season. They had 6 players score, in the win, and shot 16 for 42 from the field and 6 for 9 in free throws with 9 turnovers. They will play either Pittsfield or Greenfield for the championship on Saturday.
1/13/20 Sara Evans, of Triopia High School, set a new personal record for herself with 9 treys tonight as theTrojans dominated Western 67-27. She also set a new record for the LadySpartan as the old record was 7. She also set a record for Triopia I think. It was a great night for her as she is normally tightly guardedbut tonight she had free rein to shoot and took advantage of it. She hit 9 of 16 and added two inside the arc for 31 on the night. Triopia improved to 10-9 on the year and will play West Central on Wednesday in the semi-final round. Burris scored 19 as the Trojans hit 47 percent from the field and 4 for 8 from the line. Flores had a good game, for Western, with 5 treys and 19 points. Routt's girls improved to 20-2 on the year as they knocked off North Mac 61-27 and will be at Beardstown on Thursday night, then home verses Auburn on Friday.   
1/11/20 The Routt Dome wasn't available for basketball today as there was a volleyball clinic scheduled, so the Lady Rockets hosted Sp[ringfield Lutheran at MacMurray College. Routt was back at full strength, after missing McCartney due to illness in the Lewistown game, in which the Rockets got dominated. Two golas for Routt were to stop Stoeckel and to hold the freshman, Cox in check and they accomplished both missions as they cruised to a 48-29 win and shot poorly (31 percent) in the win. They are 19-2 and will face North Mac  on Monday, Beardstown on Thursday and Auburn on Friday night. McCartney scored 18 as she and Walker took care of business, in the paint. 8 different players scored in the win and they hit just 50 percent of their free throw shots and off set that with only 8 turnovers. Scheidenhelm as 12 points, all in the 2nd half, to lead the Crusaders as Stoeckel scored 7 and Cox only had 3 free throws. Horney did a solid defensive job on Stoeckel and held her to just 3 points while the other 4 came when Horney was on the bench. Triopia defeated WHNG 48-31 and Greenfield/Northwestern stopped South County 41-28 at the Lady Spartan. We will carry the Triopia vs Western game on Monday at 8 pm, from White Hall.  
1/9/20 The Lady Crusaders, of Springfield Lutheran, beat Triopia 47-45 back on November 25th at the Waverly Tournament.  Tonight the Trojans couldn't control Stoeckel early and she scored 13 points in the first quarter. It helped give the Crusaders a lead they never gave back as they rolled on to a 56-41 win and improved to 10-8 on the year. They will face a strong Routt Catholic team on Saturday. Stoeckel scored 24, Cox 20 and Scheidenhelm 8 to the Lutheran who made 20 of 23 from the line. Triopia got 13 from Burris, 8 from Gregory and 7 from Reynolds and only had 7 turnovers in the game but just couldn't keep up. They have WHNG up next, at the Lady Spartan on Saturday.
1/7/20 Routt girl's basketball and the Lewistown Indians have been looking forward to playing each other and they finally did it tonight. The Rockets were without McCartney and that did not work out well for them, as they lost 67-35. It was over pretty early and Lewistown improved to 19-0 on the year. They had well-rounded scoring: C. Heffren 15, A. Heffren 15, Shaeffer 16 and Mikulich 9 as they hit 56 percent from the field and 9 of 16 free throws. Routt: Dobson 9, Waker 8 and 4 other players with the highest scorer recording 5 points. They hit 27 percent of their shots and 7 of 11 free throws. They fell to 18-2 and will face Springfield Lutheran on Saturday at MacMurray College.  The Rockets need a few days off and to get some practice time in.
1/6/20 In my opinion, this was one of the worst officiated basketball games I have ever seen. It was from the beginning to the end and caused a lot of confusion for the players, and coaches, including 1 technical. After 1 bad call, fans from Routt left the game and later on after a couple of bad calls, 4 fans from the Havana side left and yelled at the officials, and I don't thik it was Happy New Year. The players prevailed and the Lady Rockets, of Routt Catholic, beat Havana 38-35. These are two very good teams trying to win an important game in a bad environment. The Ducks fell to 12-6 ad Routt improved to 18-1 and will host Lewistown on Tuesday in a huge game for both teams. The Indians are 18-0, so 36-1 between them deserves a well officiated game with no second-guessing. Havana had 9 players in the scoring columnwith Smith and Robison leading the way with 7 each. They shot 37 percent from the field and made 4 of 4 free throw attempts. Turnovers were their downfall. They led 21-12 at half and committed 13 second half turnovers, with only 5 shots in the 4th quarter. Schierl (15) and McCartney (13) led the Rockets, who shot 17 percent in the first half and 30 percent for the game with 7 for 12 from the line and 13 turnovers for the game. In spite of the game conditions, this was a very good come-back for Routt as tenacity won the day.
12/13/19 On paper, tonight's boy's basketball game heavily favored Liberty High who was 6-1 and much taller than Triopia (3-4), but the Trojans defeated the Eagles 50-44 in overtime. Landon Obert led Liberty with 13, Nolton Klingele 11, Hedrick 10, Niesen 6 and Breiton Klingele 4. They hit 30 percent of their shots and 66 percent of their free throws with 10 turnovers. Triopia hit 16 of 37 from the field and turned the ball over 7 times. Their big number was free throws, as they hit just 2 of 8 in regulation and could have won this game in 4 quarters if they would made a few. They came alive in overtime as they hit 10 of 12 and won the game by 6. Garrett Bell scored 16, Walker 11, Broc Moore 10, Caden Moore 6 while Gregory added 3, Musch 2 and Owen Bell 2 in the team win. The Eagles either led or was tied at ever quarter and lost 50-44 after hitting 6of 6 free throws in the first half and just 2 of 6 in the second half and OT. Triopia will play Payson at Meredosia on Tuesday.
12/10/19 Triopia High School played hard tonight, but Routt Catholic was a little too tall and too deep and the Rockets won 61-42. The Trojans fell to 3-4 and Routt moved to 4 and 2. Routt will play Liberty, at home, on Friday night. They lost to the Eagles 51-43 at the Pittsfield tourney. For Triopia tonight:  Broc Moore 17, Garrett Bell 16 Cade Moore 6 and Walker 3. They hit 14 of 36 and 11 of 17 from the free throw line with 8 turnovers. Routt: 21 for 46 and 15 for 19 in free throws with 7 turnovers. Lindsey 17, Ronan 14, Merwin 11 and Cook 10 to lead the way. They also had 3 other players in the scoring column as they spread the ball around well. They won the JV game with a running clock for the third time in a row. This is a talented ixture of young players and veterans who are meshing well.
12/9/19 Routt Catholic girl's basketball has the luxury of having an 8-9 deep roster of players with talent and playing time. They used it tonight, as they did not have one of their better games and still defeated Greenfield/Northwestern 59-28 to improve to 10-0 on the year. They seem to get good performances from a variety of players who compliment each other. Tonight Huffman played one of her better games of the year and scored 9 points, including a trey. Schierl and Dobson hit double digits each with 12 and 11 respectively. Walker added 8, McCartney 7, Fellhauer 6 and Horney 4, with Grace McCartney adding 2. They turned it over 14 times and shot 31 percent from the field. They shot 79 percent from the line. It wasn't smooth but it was good enough for the win and shows their versatility. Pohlman looked solid as she led the Tigers with 15 points, but as a team they shot only 17 percent from the field with 21 turnovers. The good news is they hit 11 of 14 free throws in the loss. Triplett got hurt early while Theivagt and Foiles had 3 fouls each, in the first half. They aren't that deep and once they fell behind, they couldn't recover. They are a hustling squad and stayed in it longer than they probably should have. 
12/7/19 Today's high school girl's game between South Fulton and Triopia was a back and forth affair that the Rebels won 41-31. Neither team shot well as the Trojans shot 28 percent and the Rebels 37. South Fulton hit 49 per cent of their foul shots and Triopia 33 percent. Parker had 12, Porter 11 and Koster 9 to lead the Rebels to a 4 and 3 season. Evans had 19 and was the only Trojan in double digits as Triopia fell to 4-4. They will play West Central, Porta and WHNG this week. They turned the ball over 18 times today and need to find some offense as the season moves on. 
12/6/19 I got my first look at Routt Catholic Boy's Basketball as they knocked off Springfield Lutheran 73-18 in JV ball and 61-23 in varsity ball. They improved to 3-2 on the year and will host Triopia on Tuesday.Lutheran only had 1 double-digit scorer as Boston scored 12. They shot 20 percent from the field and 60 percent from the line with 15 turnovers. Routt had 9 players score in the win as Ronan and Abell scored 15 each and Lindsey had 9. The Rockets hit 24 of 39 shots and 8 of 13 free throws with just 10 turnovers. The young players on this roster are going to play a big part in the success of Routt.

Routt Catholic moved to 9-0 on the year with a 52-36 win over the Lady Trojans of Triopia and will be home to face Greenfield on Monday. The Rockets are little more physical than the Trojans and a little deeper, which allows them to be a little stronger in the 4th quarter. For the Trojans:  Burris had 10, Gregory 9 and Dawson 8 to lead the way. They shot 14 for 33 from the field and 7 for 15 from the line with 13 turnovers, as they fell to 4-3 on the year and will host South Fulton on Saturday at 1 pm. Routt got 12 points from Schierl and Fellhauer and 11 from Bella McCartney as 8 players scored in the win. They hit 20 of 52 and 9 of 10 from the free throw line with only 5 turnovers. This is a pretty good looking team, on both ends of the floor.

12/2/19 When Routt and West Central face off, on the basketball court, it is usually very close. Tonight, Bella McCartney was tough to handle, in the paint and finished with 22 points to lead the Rockets to a 49-35 victory as they stayed perfect (8-0) on the early season. Sophore, Addie Dobson (13 points) and sophomore Grace McCartney (8 points) stepped tonight as Lacey Schierl was ill and not able to play. Routt hit 55% from the field and made it difficult for the Lady Cougars to get inside. Aayle Evans led West Cental with 14 points and Sydney Elliott scored 10 as the Cougars fell to 2 and 2 on the year. They hit 11 of 31 from the field and 8 of 14 from the line. Routt will play the Lady Trojans on Thursday night in a road game. Sara Evans hit a 3 point shot, with 7 seconds to play, for the game winner tonight vs Greenfield. Routt will play Greenfield on Monday.

Augusta Southeastern led Tiopia boys by 6 after the first, second and third quarters and hung on to defeat the Trojans 36-34 on a buzzer beater by Jerik Heaton, who had 6 points on the night. Stephens led the way with 13, Brayden Winters 10Brock Winters 5 and Bostic 2. They shot 38 percent from the field and 64 percent for free throws with 8 turnovers. Triopia's

Garrett Bell led all scorers with 14 points but the Trojans have to continue working on some other scoring threats. Walker and Broc Moore had 7 points each, Caden Moore and Musch 3. They put up less than 7 shots per quarter and hit 8 of 14 free throws with 7 of those coming in the 4th quarter. They turned the ball over 11 times and fell to 2-1 with the loss. They will play a very physical Beardstown Tiger team at 12:30 on Saturday for 3rd place. The Trojans will be an interesting team to watch this season, as someone is going to come out of the pack and add to their offense, or they will be relatively easy to defend against. You can't argue with their defensive hustle but the Suns outshot them 40 to 27 and was in charge most of the game. It is very early in the season and how they are playing in post season is what really matters.

11/25/19 Triopia Lady Trojans lost their first game of the year 47-45 to Springfield Lutheran at the Waverly Tournament, in the semi-finals. Triopia got off to an 8-0 start, but when the Crusaders caught up in the 2nd, it was a fun game to watch and could have gone either way. cox led springfield with 16 and Stoeckel added 13. They shot 39 percent and 60 percent from the line with 20 turnovers. Stoeckel made the winning shot of 1.5 seconds left in the game. They will play Carrollton for the championship, on Wednesday at 6:30. The Trojans:  Burrus scored 22 and Gregory was the 2nd leading scorer with 8. They shot 35 percent from the field and 47 percent from the line with 14 turnovers. They had their chances to win and made some late choices that did not turn out well. They will play Auburn for 3rd place at 5 pm on Wednesday. If and when they play again, you can expect a close game again as they are evenly matched.
11/22/19 Triopia and South Fork did not play well in the first half of the girl's basketball tonight as theTrojans shot 22 percent and the Ponies shot 17 percent. The half time score was 17-14 Triopia and Burrus had 3 fouls and 1 point. Evans took over in the third quarter and hit 4 of 5 treys and added 2 of 6 in the 4th quarter and 22 points in the 2nd half and 27 points in the win. Burrus finished with 9 points and stayed out of foul trouble i the 2nd half. Howe led the Ponies with 9 points. Triopia sot 18 for 60 in the game and 8 for 20 from the line with 8 turovers. SouthFork hit 6 of 41 shots and 8 of 11 free throws with no attempts in the entire 2nd half. Triopia will play North Mac at Noon on Saturday and will play Springfield Lutheran at 6 on Monday. Tey are 2-0 on the season after beating Beardstown on Thursday night 55-23.
11/21/19 Routt improved to 2-0 on the early season with a 45-29 win over South County @ Waverly. Once again their defense made a huge difference in the win. They forced 29 turnovers and committed 16 on the night. Malenna Bixby led the Lady Vipers with 12 points as 7 players scored. They shot 9 for 26 from the field and 10 of 24 from the line as they fell to 0-3 on the year. They will play Auburn at 7:30 on Friday night in the Waverly Tournament. Routt was led in scoring by Bella McCartney who had 14 for the second game in a row. Schierl ended up with 12 points while Gracie McCartney added 8, Fellhauer 6 and Dobson 5. Huffman was ill and missed the game. The Rockets hit 18 for 45 from the field and 6 for 13 from the line and will play Western at 10:30 on Saturday at Brown County. They will face Unity at 6 pm as well. You can hear the second game on 101.3 WVIL with Ryon McNeff on the call.
11/19/19 Routt opened their girl's basketball campaign with a 47-30 win over the Pittsfield Saukees. Defense was the name of the game as they forced forced 20 and only committed 13. Cox was the leading scorer for Coach Shireman's team and Lemons added 7. They shot 30 percent from the field and 38 percent from the line. Routt was led by Bella McCartney with 14 and Walker with 11. They hit 19 of 48 from the field and 7 of 13 from the line and will play South County on Thursday.