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The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • Boys Basketball: Home Sweet Homes

  • Bulldogs wrap up week with title of own Invite; have won last 14 at Davenport Gym
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  • Say what you want about the time the Harrisburg High School boys' basketball team had to prepare for the start of the season a total of 10 days in all.
    But this week really put the Bulldogs to the test, starting with a marquee matchup of classes Monday when Harrisburg pulled out a win late against Class 1A power Gallatin County in the opener of the Harrisburg Invitational.
    Two days later, the Bulldogs laced up the high tops to earn a win over Hamilton County and then had to endure a grueling trip to west Kentucky Saturday, where they played at 1 p.m. in the decorated Marshall County Hoop Fest against Calloway County, Ky.
    The 78-55 victory over the Lakers would have been reason enough to celebrate, but the Bulldogs' day was just heating up as they boarded the bus and made the hour and a half trek back to Saline County, where they knocked off Carmi-White County 78-30 to take the title from their own Invite.
    Overall, the state's No. 2 team in Class 2A improved to 4-0 on the season and is now 22-1 in six years of hosting their own tournament.
    Following Harrisburg's 12 hour day of barnstorming and hoops, head coach Randy Smithpeters believes he has learned a lot about his club since he was able to field a full squad following the school's football semifinal loss a little over two weeks ago.
    "It was a long day, a long week, but a good week," Smithpeters said. "We played with a lot of energy and really very happy with the Calloway County game that we did play with a lot of energy, which we should be able to do every night, but I thought we played very well. I thought we kind of came together as a team, especially on the defensive end; our offense was fine, but it could be a little better."
    Capel Henshaw's 15 points on 7-of-15 shooting in the Calloway County game earned the senior MVP honors of the Hoop Fest said that all-in-all, it was a day where the Bulldogs got better.
    "We had to play tired and I think we play better when we have to play like that. It forces us to work that much harder."
    Tyler Smithpeters scored 16 points against the Lakers (0-3), while Bahari Amaya came off the bench to record 10 points.
    Defensively, Harrisburg forced Calloway County into 16 turnovers and held them to 44.7 percent shooting from the field.
    "I'm really happy with the way guys are understanding what we want to do, again on that defensive end and I thought our defense, our pressure and our press created a lot of problems for Calloway," Smithpeters said.
    Henshaw continued his hot shooting, finishing with 16 points in the win over Carmi-White County as he went 6-of-6 from the field in the third quarter as Harrisburg took a 39-15 halftime lead and turned it into a 66-28 advantage heading into the fourth.
    Page 2 of 3 - The Bulldogs put four players in double figures in the win. After Henshaw, Eli Taborn-Scott scored 15 points, while Smithpeters scored 13 and Dakota Upchurch put up 10.
    It was a slow start out of the gate as the 'Dogs took a 13-8 first quarter lead and Smithpeters attributes much of that from the wear and tear earlier in the day.
    "We came in a little leg-dead, as you might expect," he said. "I think we tried to play with energy to start with, but it just wasn't there. It was a slow start and then after we got rolling things were OK. I think again, our defense dictated our offense."
    Harrisburg forced Carmi-White County into a total of 27 turnovers, including 11 in the second quarter that allowed them to take a 39-15 halftime lead.
    For the most part, Roper echoed many of his coaches sentiments in regards to the Saturday that saw Harrisburg play a grueling schedule.
    "It was pretty tough playing two games, especially with the long bus drive," Roper said. "I think it helped how we played this morning, giving us the confidence we needed to pull this game out (Saturday). We were able to relax a little and play with what energy we had left."
    Smithpeters added that it was a week he saw definite improvement in his ball club and can see certain aspects starting to take shape.
    "I think any fan could see the difference in a Dakota Upchurch from Monday to Saturday. That's the football rust wearing off and him spending a little time in the gym. The more time he spends, the better that's going to come around. I think you can see that in practically everybody and I think you can see that in us as a team. Again, I'm really happy with the way you have approached certain concepts and I really saw that come together at the Calloway County game."
    Michael Dann can be reached at hbgsports@dailyregister.com. Follow him on Twitter @spydieshooter.

    Harrisburg 78
    Calloway County, Ky. 55
    Calloway County (0-3)
    FG FT R PF TP
    Adams 7-16 4-4 2 3 18
    Smotherman 1-1 0-1 3 0 2
    Carter 2-5 1-2 2 3 6
    Wetherington 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
    Hunter 1-7 3-4 4 2 6
    Wagner 5-8 0-2 4 1 12
    Crady 1-1 0-0 2 0 2
    Arnett 4-9 1-4 6 2 9
    Smith 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
    Paschall 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
    Rhinehart 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
    Hill 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
    Totals: 21-47 4-8 31 11 55
    Harrisburg (3-0)
    FG FT R PF TP
    Smithpeters 7-12 1-1 3 3 16
    Henshaw 7-15 1-2 5 1 15
    Roper 3-3 0-0 0 1 9
    Scott 3-5 3-4 7 1 9
    Upchurch 3-6 0-3 6 1 6
    Page 3 of 3 - Amaya 4-8 0-0 3 3 10
    Lewis 2-3 0-0 4 3 4
    Younger 1-2 0-0 0 1 2
    Bjornsson 1-2 2-2 1 1 5
    Hartley 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
    Bartok 0-2 0-0 0 0 0
    Oglesby 0-0 0-0 1 1 0
    Batts 1-2 0-0 2 1 2
    Goldman 0-0 0-0 1 0 0
    Simerly 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
    Totals: 32-60 7-12 33 17 78
    3-Point FG: Harrisburg 7-17 (Roper 3, Amaya 2, Bjornsson, Smithpeters), Calloway County 4-8 (Wagner 2, Smotherman, Hunter). Turnovers: Harrisburg 20, Calloway County 16.
    SCORE BY QUARTER:
    1 2 3 4
    Harrisburg 25 41 63 78
    Calloway County 06 29 46 55


    Harrisburg 78
    Carmi-White County 30
    Carmi-White County (0-3)
    FG FT R PF TP
    Brown 3-7 0-0 2 3 6
    Vaughn 1-5 3-4 1 2 6
    Rankin 0-3 0-2 2 1 0
    Steed 2-4 0-0 4 1 4
    Large 3-6 1-2 4 1 7
    Matz 0-1 0-1 0 2 0
    Vaught 0-1 0-0 0 2 0
    Gross 1-2 2-2 0 0 5
    Hunsinger 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
    Short 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
    Weller 1-2 0-0 0 0 2
    Murphy 0-0 0-0 1 0 0
    Totals: 11-31 6-11 14 12 30
    Harrisburg (4-0)
    FG FT R PF TP
    Smithpeters 5-10 2-4 1 0 13
    Henshaw 8-10 0-0 4 0 16
    Roper 1-2 1-2 1 0 4
    Scott 7-10 1-1 0 0 15
    Upchurch 3-4 4-6 4 3 10
    Amaya 3-5 0-0 4 2 6
    Lewis 1-2 0-0 2 2 3
    Younger 0-1 0-0 1 0 0
    Snowy 1-1 0-1 1 0 2
    Hartley 0-1 0-0 0 0 0
    Bartok 2-2 1-1 0 0 5
    Oglesby 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
    Batts 2-2 0-0 0 0 4
    Goldman 0-0 0-0 1 0 0
    Simerly 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
    Totals: 33-50 8-14 19 7 75
    3-Point FG: Harrisburg 3-10 (Smithpeters, Roper, Lewis), Carmi-White County 2-12 (Vaughn, Gross). Turnovers: Harrisburg 8, Carmi-White County 27.
    SCORE BY QUARTER:
    1 2 3 4
    Carmi-White County 08 15 28 28
    Harrisburg 13 39 66 78

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