Andrew Drone dropped 30 points Tuesday night against Greater Egyptian Conference rival Carrier Mills-Stonefort to help the Hawks maintain only a single loss this far into the season.
After they narrowly lost their season opener to class 2A powerhouse Harrisburg, the Hawks have done nothing but win. But after Saturday night's one point win over Goreville at the Saluki Shootout in Carbondale, they had perhaps taken out their most formidable class 1A foe in southern Illinois; something the coaching staff hopes won't get to their head as they roll into conference play.
"We just didn't play well at all," head Coach Robert "Radar" Patton said," I'll attribute that to Carrier Mills, they played hard and are quick, but coming off Saturday night's win against Goreville we looked about as bad and lethargic as I have seen in four years."
Although the Hawks put the Wildcats away easily, Patton hopes Tuesday night's game will help his team learn not to underestimate anyone, especially when it comes to conference games. But if it continues to happen, Patton said he will take full responsibility for it.
"I'm supposed to be the guy to get them ready to go every night and they sure weren't ready tonight, so maybe that's my fault," he said. "I'm definitely looking to improve on my locker room speeches."
Like a game of hot potato, both teams fumbled to gain control of the ball throughout. However, Drone, the Hawk's 6-foot-11 center, seemed to be the only player on the court who could maintain a firm grip as he threw down a game changing dunk at the end of the first quarter to squash any hope the upset-minded Wildcats had of besting them at home.
The Wildcats got their confidence up early after a turnover by the Hawk's 6-6 forward Patrick Lowe, who attempted to throw an inside lob to Drone after they gained initial possession of the ball.
Though the Wildcat's 5-8 sophomore guard Slayden Figg opened up the game with a 3-pointer, Drone had 16 points in the first quarter, setting the pace for his team throughout the game.
"Gallatin County may have the three best post players in the conference with Drone, Lowe and (Wes) McGuire," Carrier Mills-Stonefort head coach mark Motsinger said. "I thought we played well for our size."
Both teams will continue conference play this week, with Gallatin County taking on Hardin County (tonight) Wednesday in Elizabethtown and Carrier Mills-Stonefort playing their homecoming game Friday night against Hardin County.
Gallatin County (7-1)
Hish 10, Lowe 14, McGuire 4, Drone 30, Ramsey 2, Jackson 2.
2FG 28, 3FG 2, FT 2-2 Fouls 16
Carrier Mills-Stonefort 2-6)
Taborn 8, Bailey 4, Summers 8, Figg 5, Betz 4, Kalodner 1, Binkley 2.
2FG 8, 3FG 4, FT 14-8, Fouls 8.
Gallatin County 20 26 42 64
Carrier Mills 12 14 24 36