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The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • Boys Basketball: Playing The Part

  • Harrisburg puts No.1 ranking on line in marquee matchup
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  • In a matinee matchup, two marquee teams took center stage Saturday.
    Except it was Harrisburg that stole the spotlight.
    The Bulldogs’ kept the No. 1 state ranking in tact with a 68-50 victory over Casey-Westfield at the Rich Herrin Shootout in Benton Saturday afternoon and picked up their 12th straight victory over Massac County in a 63-44 Southern Illinois River-to-River Conference Ohio Division win Friday night at Davenport Gymnasium.
    It was a tale of two halves in Franklin County Saturday, where Harrisburg played every bit the part of a No. 1 team, holding Casey-Westfield to four first quarter points on 1-of-14 shooting from the field to take a 36-19 first half lead.
    The Bulldogs busted the game open forcing the Warriors into 11 first half turnovers, while Harrisburg went on to shoot 13-of-29 from the field.
    Harrisburg faltered a bit down the stretch, relinquishing some of it’s 17-point first half lead, but head coach Randy Smithpeters makes no bones about the fact that his rationale for playing in these shootouts is to make his team better.
    He feels Casey-Westfield played that part Saturday.
    “I was impressed with how they went to the boards and how they pressed us,” he said. “They made us really work to get good shots and worked to make us keep them off the boards. I think it pointed out something that we need to work on, because they did go to the boards and were so physical. That’s something that I’m sure teams in the future will look at and we have to get better at.”
    The Bulldogs outrebouded Casey-Westfield 39-25 with Capel Henshaw pulling down 12 rebounds, while Eli Taborn-Scott had another 10 for Harrisburg.
    The Bulldogs put three players in double figures with Henshaw and Scott being two of them.
    Tyler Smithpeters led all scorers with 20 points on 6-of-10 shooting before fouling out in the fourth quarter.
    Henshaw capped off his double-double with nine points in the second half, while Scott had 12 points, nine of which came in the first half, when the Bulldogs put the enough distance between themselves and Casey-Westfield.
    Smithpeters said the “big number” on the board in the locker room was four, coincidentally the number Harrisburg held the Warriors to in the first quarter and said the good start was something he was proud to see.
    “We always like to get off to a good start and I thought we did. I think the freshness of the start is what helped us. We have all been sick and trying to get over things. I think we wore down rather quickly, which we kind of did the same thing Friday night.”
    RyneRoper had seven points for Harrisburg, while Dakota Upchurch finished with five points.
    Page 2 of 5 - Despite winning for the 12th straight time against Massac County and the third this season, Friday’s night win was a little extra special for the senior group as they won their 100th game of their career, improving to 100-22.
    The Bulldogs put three players in double figures with Henshaw leading all scorers with 22 points and capped off the weekend double-double with another 10 boards. Smithpeters had 16 points on 8-of-10 shooting from the free throw line, while Bahari Amaya had 10 points.
    It was another fast and furious start for Harrisburg as they jumped out to a 18-9 first quarter advantage and took a 33-21 halftime lead.
    The Bulldogs had something of a slumber start to begin the third quarter as Massac County rallied thanks to a 7-0 run and cut the Bulldogs’ advantage to 33-28, but Harrisburg quickly went on the offensive and built the lead back to double digits with a Smithpeters jumper at the 4:21 mark to give Harrisburg a 38-28 lead.
    It was an efficient effort from Harrisburg, taking the season sweep from the Patriots and for all intents and purposes racked up the championship of the Ohio Division.
    “We defended well, which was the biggest thing on our board,” Randy Smithpeters said. “We know that if we defend well, we will generate enough points to win ballgames. I thought that’s pretty much how it went (Friday night).
    “Our offense was fine. We missed some shots tonight, but that’s one of the things we have to learn from and work though. That’s going to happen on some nights and that’s why you want to be able to defend.”
     
    Harrisburg 68
    Casey-Westfield 50
    Harrisburg
    Name         FG     FT     R     F     Pts
    Smithpeters         6-10     8-12     5     1     20
    Henshaw         6-10     5-5     12     3     18
    Roper         3-7     1-2     4     2     7
    Taborn-Scott         5-8     2-5     10     2     12
    Upchurch         2-5     0-0     2     4     5
    Amaya         1-3     2-2     2     2     5
    Bjornsson         0-3     1-2     4     3     1
    Page 3 of 5 - Younger         0-1     0-0     0     0     0
    Totals         23-47 19-28 32 22 68
    Casey-Westfield
    Name         FG     FT     R     F     Pts
    Murphy         2-6     6-11     2     5     10
    McNeil         0-1     0-0     1     1     0
    Scales         5-19     0-0     2     2     10
    Wolfe         5-18     6-11     3     4     18
    McCown         3-4     2-4     12     3     8
    Huisinga         0-1     0-2     2     1     0
    Bradenburg         1-2     0-0     3     3     2
    Thompson         0-0     0-0     0     0     0
    Totals         16-51     14-28     25     20 50
    3-point FG: Harrisburg 2-7 (Henshaw, Amaya), Casey-Westfield 2-18 (Wolfe). Turnovers: Harrisburg 17, Casey-Westfield 18.
    Harrisburg         15  21  13  19 - 68
    Casey-Westfield         04  15  16  13 - 50
    Harrisburg 63
    Massac County 44
    Massac County
    Name         FG     FT     R     F     Pts
    Nickerson         0-4     1-2     5     4     1
    Blye         4-8     3-6     2     1     11
    Mitchell         2-10     0-0     0     3     5
    Kendall         1-2     0-0     6     0     2
    Schulte         5-8     1-2     3     3     12
    Welch         1-2     1-2     1     0     4
    Page 4 of 5 - Reinwald         0-1     0-0     3     2     0
    Travis         0-1     0-0     0     0     0
    Myers         1-1     1-2     1     0     2
    Walquist         1-1     0-0     0     0     2
    Rose         0-0     0-0     0     0     0
    Fort         0-1     0-0     0     0     0
    Totals         17-47 7-14     23     13     44
    Harrisburg
    Name         FG     FT     R     F     Pts
    Smithpeters         4-9     8-10     4     4     16
    Henshaw         8-12     2-2     10     0     21
    Roper         0-5     0-0     5     0     0
    Scott         4-7     0-0     9     1     8
    Upchurch         1-4     0-4     0     1     2
    Amaya         4-7     0-0     5     1     10
    Younger         0-2     1-2     2     0     1
    Bjornsson         0-0     0-0     0     0     0
    Bartok         0-2     0-0     1     1     0
    Houston         1-2     0-0     1     0     3
    Oglesby         1-2     0-0     1     0     2
    Simerly         0-0     0-0     0     0     0
    Hartley         0-1     0-0     0     0     0
    Page 5 of 5 - Goldman         0-0     0-0     0     0     0
    Totals         26-57     11-18     38 8     63
    3-point FG: Harrisburg 6-16 (Henshaw 3, Amaya 2, Houston), Massac County 2-12 (Mitchell, Schulte). Turnovers: Harrisburg 9, Massac County 16.
    Massac County         09  12  11  12 - 44
    Harrisburg         18  15  17  13 - 63

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