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

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.