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The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • Prep Hoops: Gallatin County gets off on right foot

  • Galatia gets win over Cisne on buzzer beater
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  • Coming off a record-setting campaign a season ago, the Gallatin County Hawks had a few question marks entering this year.
    Sporting a smaller and quicker lineup, head coach Robert “Radar” Patton and company turned turnovers into points in an 88-66 win at Galatia Tuesday night.
    The Hawks (1-0) put four in double figures on their way to the Greater Egyptian Conference win.
    “We played hard,” said Patton. “We made some mistakes, but with the type of tempo that we’re going to have to play, we’re going to make some mistakes. Overall, I was totally pleased.”
    Senior Marcus Wargel paced Gallatin County with 20 points, while classmate Jared Jackson added 19.
    Guard Mitchell Ramsey dropped in 14 points and junior Chandler Scates scored 12. Ramsey’s younger brother, freshman Seth Ramsey, scored eight points in his first varsity action.
    After trading baskets over the first few minutes, Gallatin County took control with a 19-4 run midway through the first quarter.
    Galatia’s Bodie Beckman had 30 points in a season-opening win on Monday over Cisne at the Grayville Thanksgiving Invitational, but the senior picked up three personal fouls a little over two minutes into the first quarter Tuesday night.
    “Our team still lacks a little discipline,” said Galatia coach Kendall Hankins. “We’re growing and coming together. We’ve just got to learn to play a little smarter. Bodie (Beckman) is the engine that makes us go, and when we have to sit him, we struggle.”
    Beckman and teammate Eric Emery both scored 11 points for the Bearcats (1-1), while senior Michael Mondino had a game-high 22.
    Gallatin County led 47-29 at halftime.
    The Hawks open the home portion of their schedule by hosting Eldorado Friday night.
     “They’re big and well coached and better, I’m sure,” Patton said of the Eagles. “But my guys will show up.”
    Galatia (1-1) will resume play in a busy week at 7 p.m. Wednesday by taking on Edwards County at Grayville.
    They’ll close the week by playing the hosts at 5:30 p.m. Friday and Norris City-Omaha-Enfield at 2:30 Saturday afternoon.
    Gallatin County took the JV contest, 77-41.
     
    Gallatin Co. 25  22  24  17 – 88
    Galatia        13  16  17  20 — 66
     
    Gallatin Co. (88): McGuire 3 1-2 8, Jackson 8 3-9 19, M. Ramsey 5 3-3 14, Scates 4 4-6 12, Wargel 10 0-0 20, Russell 3 0-0 7, S. Ramsey 2 3-6 8. Totals 35 14-26 88.
    Galatia (66): Beckman 5 1-1 11, M. Mondino 8 6-9 22, Brothers 2 0-0 4, Stanley 2 2-2 6, Stricklin 1 0-0 2, Emery 3 5-5 11, Grubbs 2 1-3 5, Lawrence 0 3-4 3, Mathews 1 0-0 2. Totals 24  18-24 66.
    Page 2 of 2 - 3-pointers: Gallatin Co. (4): McGuire 1, M. Ramsey 1, Russell 1, S. Ramsey 1. Team Fouls: Gallatin County 20. Galatia 27. Fouled Out: Gallatin Co.: Scates. Galatia: Emery. Records: Gallatin Co. is 1-0. Galatia is 1-1.
     
    Galatia 57, Cisne 54
    GRAYVILLE — In a contest from Monday night, Galatia earned a 57-54 win over Cisne thanks in large part to a buzzer-beating 3-pointer from Austin Stricklin to give the Bearcats the season-opening victory.
    “We trailed by 10 points with four minutes to play in the game,” Hankins said. “We put the full court pressure on them and forced eight turnovers.”
    The Bearcats were able to tie the game at 54-all with 18 seconds to play, when Cisne committed another miscue with only four seconds left on the game clock.
    Zane Stanley took the inbound pass and found an open Stricklin who sunk the game winner.
    “The defensive pressure was the key to the comeback,” Hankins added. “We played within our team roles.”
    In all, Galatia forced 17 turnovers, while Beckman led all scorers with 30 points.
    Stricklin netted nine points for Galatia, while Stanley chipped in with six points.
    Adam Brothers finished with five points, while Michael Mondino tacked on three points and Kody Matthews had two points.
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