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The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • Prep Hoops: Spreading Seasons Cheer

  • Harrisburg wins own Invite for 7th straight season
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  • Mother Nature threw a monkey wrench into the seventh annual Harrisburg Invitational by postponing it by a week, but not even that was going to keep the Bulldogs from winning their seventh straight title.
    Action resumed Saturday at Davenport where Harrisburg dismantled Carmi-White County 69-45 for their 17th straight win in the tournament, dating back to a 2009-10 season loss to CWC.
    The Bulldogs are now 25-1 all time through seven years of the tournament and Harrisburg now has nine straight wins over Carmi-White County.
    In addition, it was Harrisburg's (4-0) 24th straight win at Davenport and have won 21 straight games dating back to last season's loss to Dyer County at the Penny Hardaway Shoot Out.
    It was a fairly easy road to the title for the Bulldogs Saturday as they jumped out to an early 13-0 lead against Carmi-White County (2-2) before leading 35-15 at halftime.
    Because of the winter storm that reaked havoc on the region, Saturday was Carmi-White County's first game in over week.
    Harrisburg played its first set of back-to-back games this season and Randy Smithpeters was pleased with the progression he saw.
    "I'm really happy with the effort and the quality we played with (tonight)," Smithpeters said. "We want to work and get better every game and there were some games earlier, where I'm not quite sure if we got better. I thought (tonight), we ran the offense better and we can still do better yet, but made some improvements. "I thought we got the ball down the floor better than we had in the past and I thought we defended well. Carmi is a very good team and we hold them to 15 points."
    Smithpeters added that Saturday night proved to him that his team is getting better. It showed on the stat sheet as Eli Taborn Scott rebounded from a dismal performance Friday night to score a game-high 21 points. Elven of which came in the first quarter.
    "Those are always things we're interested in seeing," Smithpeters said of Taborn-Scott's bounce back ability. "I've talked a lot about adversity. He faced some adversity (Friday night) with foul trouble.
    Bahari Amaya and Jake Simerly also finished in double figures with 14 and 11 respectively.
    Carmi-White County 05 10 10 20 - 45
    Harrisburg 24 11 16 18 - 69
    Carmi-White County (2-2): Brown 2-7 0-0 5, Sailer 3-8 2-4 8, Vaughn 1-7 1-2 3, Steed 0-1 0-0 0, Large 4-7 0-0 8, Gray 1-5 0-0 2, Matz 2-6 1-3 6, C. Vaught 3-4 0-0 6, Barbre 1-2 0-0 2, Z. Vaught 1-3 0-0 3, Lucas 0-3 0-0 0, Weller 0-3 0-1 0, Williams 0-0 0-0 0, Potter 1-2 0-0 2. Totals: 18-59 5-10 45.
    Harrisburg (4-0): Houston 1-6 0-0 2, Goldman 0-2 0-0 0, Simerly 4-6 3-4 11, Amaya 5-8 1-2 14, Scott 9-12 3-3 21, Crim 4-9 1-6 9, Street 2-5 0-0 5, Batts 1-3 0-0 3, Lane 0-0 0-0 0, Barger 0-0 1-2 1, Gregg 0-0 0-0 0, Fowler 0-3 1-2 1, Owen 0-1 0-0 0, Carrigan 0-0 0-1 0, Bittle 1-1 0-0 2. Totals: 27-56 10-18 69.
    Page 2 of 2 - 3-pointers: Carmi-White County 2-10 (Brown, Z. Vaught). Harrisburg 4-15 (Houston 0-3, Amaya 3-5, Crim 0-1, Street 1-2, Batts 1-2, Fowler 0-2). Rebounds: Carmi-White County 23, Harrisburg 28. Turnovers: Carmi-White County 14, Harrisburg 4. Fouls: Carmi-White County 16, Harrisburg 9.
    Harrisburg 63, West Frankfort 56
    HARRISBURG – It would only be fitting that on Friday the 13th, Harrisburg get a little scare.
    It came in the form of West Frankfort, who after the Bulldogs built an 18-point lead against in the first half, stormed back to cut the deficit to three midway through the third quarter.
    But in keeping with the theme, Harrisburg got its 13th straight win against West Frankfort, pulling out a 63-56 River-To-River contest at Davenport Gymnasium.
    Harrisburg is now 3-0 on the season and goes to 1-0 in Ohio Division play.
    The Bulldogs put just two players in double figures as Bahari Amaya led all scorers with 22 points. The junior was 9-of-17 from the field, while making 3-of-5 free shots.
    Anfernee Houston put in 12 points to pace Harrisburg.
    West Frankfort was led in scoring by Christian Dunning's 18 points, while Hunter Johnson had 15 points and Braxton Koehl added 10 for the Redbirds.
    Harrisburg head coach Randy Smithpeters' was happy for the fight that West Frankfort put up, adding it was a early test his bunch needed.
    "We came out and played strong in the first half, building that 18-point lead and we kind of got out of control there with some turnovers and missed defensive assignments. I thought when we did the things we were supposed to do, we did them well and it showed. When we didn't, and this is a great lesson for the guys in the locker room, when the competition is there to test us, it gives us something to go back on and actually be able to look at."
    West Frankfort 10 15 16 15 — 56
    Harrisburg 18 16 16 13 — 63
    West Frankfort (2-2, 1-1): Karowski 2-4 2-2 7, Koehl 4-11 0-0 10, Dunning 7-15 2-3 18, Johnson 7-12 1-4 15, Twist 0-4 0-0 0, Hartley 2-5 0-0 4, Easley 1-4 0-0 2. Totals: 22-54 5-8 56.
    Harrisburg (3-0, 1-0): Goldman 3-9 2-6 8, Houston 3-9 4-6 12, Simerly 4-4 1-3 9, Amaya 9-17 3-5 22, Scott 2-8 0-0 4, Crim 2-5 0-0 4, Street 1-1 0-0 3, Batts 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 24-47 10-16 63.
    3-pointers: West Frankfort 5-17 (Karowski 1-3, Koehl 2-5, Dunning 2-5, Johnson 0-1, Hartley 0-1), Harrisburg 4-12 (Houston 1-2, Amaya 1-8, Street 1-1). Rebounds: West Frankfort 26, Harrisburg 34. Turnovers: West Frankfort 22, Harrisburg 17. Fouls: West Frankfort 16, Harrisburg 12.
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