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  • Prep Hoops: Lions Roar past Harrisburg

  • Burtis scores team-high 12 points for Bulldogs
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  • Jake Stewart's basketball team is a lunch pail and hard hat kind of team.
    On Thursday night, the Harrisburg girls' basketball team also needed to bring a shovel.
    The Bulldogs dug themselves an early first-half hole and dropped their second game of the season, falling 64-43 to Carterville at Davenport Gymnasium.
    Stewart said the first half flatness could be the near week long break the Bulldogs have had since Mother Nature's winter snow storm has taken over.
    "The first half is what I was worried about," Stewart said. "We haven't touched a basketball since last Tuesday. Carterville did a good job, they jumped on us and that first half pretty much buried us."
    Stewart knew going in the game was going to be played like an indoor track meet.
    The fast pace is what Stewart likes, but on Thursday, the tempo caused Harrisburg to cough up the ball 12 times in the first half, while they shot 7-for-23, which included a 5-for-15 clip in the second quarter as the Lions built a 31-18 halftime lead.
    "I knew that Carterville was going to come out and speed us up, which is fine, that's what we want, but we just got too far down."
    In the third quarter, Harrisburg went to work with Malayna Douglas drilling a pull up jumper to make it 31-20, which followed a pair of free throws from Alexa Burtis to make it a 31-22 ballgame with just 4:17 to play.
    That was the first time Harrisburg (6-2) had cut the lead to single digits since it was 18-9 in the first quarter.
    Burtis had the hot hand Thursday night, knocking down another pair of free throws to make it 35-24 and finished with a team-high 12 points.
    Carterville's (8-1) saving grace was first year head coach Matt Crain inserting Chandler Collins into the lineup, replacing Jordan Gaston, who picked up her third foul.
    Collins answered on the other end for a bucket down low and had six of Carterville's eight points in the third quarter.
    "Huge," Crain said of the 5-foot-9 freshman forward. "I just got done telling her how important those buckets were and what it meant to this ballclub."
    For Harrisburg, despite getting the lead to single digits, they never could sustain the run they needed to get back in the ballgame.
    "We played a good third quarter, but missed layups and missed shots, prevented us from getting over the hump."
    Burtis was the only player to finish in double figures for the Bulldogs, while Ashley Ferrell finished with nine points. Hanna Jones tossed in seven points, while Devan Jones, Lindsey Murray and Douglas all had four points.
    Sidney Smith scored a game-high 22 points for the Lions, while Maddie Meyer finished with 14. Kelli Hicks, Savana Jones and Avery English all had five points for Carterville.
    Page 2 of 2 - Harrisburg is back in action Saturday in a matinee game when they host Murphysboro at 1 p.m.
    Michael Dann can be reached at mdann@dailyregister.
    Twitter: @spydieshooter
    Carterville 17 14 08 23 — 64
    Harrisburg 05 13 11 14 — 43
    Carterville (8-1): Hicks 2-4 0-0 5, Jones 2-12 1-2 5, English 2-6 0-0 5, Dunning 0-2 1-2 1, Meyer 5-11 3-6 14, Hankins 0-1 0-0 0, Gaston 2-2 0-2 4, Callahan 0-0 0-0 0, Smith 5-14 10-12 22, Collins 3-3 2-2 8. Totals: 21-55 17-26 64.
    Harrisburg (6-2): Ferrell 3-13 2-2 9, Burtis 3-11 4-4 12, Douglas 1-3 2-2 4, H. Jones 2-3 3-5 7, Younger 0-0 1-2 1, Murray 1-4 2-4 4, Hobbs 1-4 0-0 2, Walker 0-0 0-0 0, D. Jones 2-6 0-2 4, Thompson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 13-44 14-21 43.
    3-pointers: Carterville 5-20 (HIcks 1-1, Jones 0-5, English 1-3, Dunning 0-1, Meyer 1-1, Hankins 0-1, Smith 2-8), Harrisburg 3-17 (Ferrell 1-7, Burtis 2-7, Douglas 0-1, Murray 0-1, Hobbs 0-1). Rebounds: Carterville 29, Harrisburg 32. Fouls: Carterville 18, Harrisburg 22.
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