For Harrisburg’s Ryne Roper it was a return trip to the IHSA King of the Hill 3-point contest at this year’s state tournament.
For Eldorado’s Tyler Deaton it was his first trip.
In the end, both were short lived.
Neither competitor advanced in the Country Financial Three-Point Showdown at Carver Arena in Peoria.
Roper did make nine 3-pointers in his initial try and was then forced to sit and watch as 31 others tried their turn at drilling the 3-pointer.
When the dust cleared, Roper was forced into a shoot off with seven other contestants for one final spot in Saturday night’s finale. Roper was first up and made four, the next contestant made seven, eliminating the Harrisburg senior guard.
“I’m disappointed, but ready to move on and get ready for the games. Its just something extra to do, it’s a good experience, but it’s not one of our top priorities. We’re just more concerned with getting ready for this weekend’s games.”
Roper added that the experience is something he will treasure, being able to compete against some of the best shooters in the state.
Deaton made four 3-pointers in his attempt and while he echoed many of the same sentiments as Roper in regards to the experience, the junior guard for the Eagles was disappointed in his outcome.
Deaton said that he shot every morning around 7:15 in preparation for the state tournament.
“It’s pretty nice,” Deaton said of the experience. “It was neat to be in such a big gym. It’s all been pretty fun. I would have liked to win, but they just weren’t falling in.”
Other southern Illinois representatives to shoot in the 3-point contest included, Seth Ferguson from Sparta and Levi Laws from Mt. Carmel in Class 2A. In Class 1A, Connor Schaal from Meridian, Dayton Tripp from Goreville, Ross Owens from Woodlawn, Logan Spalt from Cobden, Bodie Beckman from Galatia and Jayson Hapeman from Woodlawn.
Awards Keep Coming: Harrisburg’s Tyler Smithpeters and Capel Henshaw were both named to the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Class 2A First Team All State, while Gallatin County’s Andrew Drone was named First Team in Class 1A.
Smithpeters leads the Bulldogs in scoring this year with 17.7 points per game, while Henshaw averages 14.9 points per game.
Smithpeters led the Bulldogs in scoring 18 times this season. His best performance was a 30-point effort against West Frankfort on December 31st in the Eldorado Holiday Tournament.
Henshaw led Harrisburg in scoring 13 times and had a season-best 32 points in the championship game of the Carmi-White County Invitational against Mt. Vernon, Ind.
Page 2 of 2 - Go To Bed: Harrisburg head coach Randy Smithpeters says no amount of X’s and O’s will help his team as much as a good night’s sleep.
“Ideal rest is one of the most important things,” Smithpeters said. “Tuesday night there was hardly any sleep. You don’t get a lot of sleep Wednesday cause you’re trying to get ready for this trip and then we got up very early (Thursday) morning. So rest to me is one of the most important things.”
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