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EHT Recaps: Carterville wins thriller over Fairfield

  • Carterville's Nolan Hartford looks to dribble away from Fairfield's Dylan Best in the fourth quarter Tuesday at the EHT.

    Carterville's Nolan Hartford looks to dribble away from Fairfield's Dylan Best in the fourth quarter Tuesday at the EHT.
    SPYDER DANN | mdann@dailyregister.com

 
By Spyder Dann
mdann@daailyregister.com
updated: 12/28/2021 5:29 PM

West Frankfort staved off elimination and held off Anna-Jonesboro in picking up a 60-55 victory over the Wildcats in the consolation bracket Tuesday morning at the Eldorado Holiday Tournament.
The Redbirds (3-7) put two players in double figures as Lucas Whittington scored a game-high 23 points, while Preston King netted 11 in the win.
Rounding out the scoring for West Frankfort was: Keagan Bowers (8), Cole Buckingham (6), Jack Hogg (5), Cayden Davis (3), DT Thomas (2), and Drew Smith (2).
Anna-Jonesboro (1-12), who led 17-9 after the first quarter and went into the locker room tied with WF at 18, got 16 points from Dylan Harvel. Landon Trammel finished with 15 points and Dawson Trammel tacked on 10 points. Bryce Henry added eight and Ethan Carver finished with four points.
West Frankfort returns to play Hardin County at 4:45 p.m. in the semifinals of the consolation bracket. The winner will play in Wednesday's championship at 3 p.m.
NCOE 41, Carmi-White County 37
NCOE had three players finish with nine points in a 41-37 win over No. 6 Carmi-White County at Tuesday's Eldorado Holiday Tournament.
The Bulldogs were the first seeded team to be eliminated after losing to Eldorado Monday night.
Cole Roberson, Cord Tucker and Joel Hortin all had nine points for the Cardinals.
Preston Long added eight for NCOE, while Aryon Jolley finished with four and Jake Rush tacked on two points.
Carmi-White County was led by 11 points from Gavin Holloman, while Mitchell Edwards netted nine points. Ty Stubblefield scored seven points, while Tyler Goemaat finished with four points. Landon Driscoll, Trey Dixon and Brody Attebury all had two points for the Bulldogs.
Edwards County 61, Carrier Mills-Stonefort 33
Edwards County got a game-high 16 points from Alex Calverley and had two other players (Ryder Bell and Dylan Rhodes) score 15 points in a 61-33 win over Carrier Mills-Stonefort in an elimination game Tuesday at the EHT.
Kaden Cowling added eight points for the Lions, while Mitchell McFall finished with five points and Max Gerlach tacked on two points.
Carrier Mills-Stonefort was led in scoring by Zavier Rollins' 13 points, while Kaden Sanders netted nine points. Colton Mitchell added eight, Jalon Ellis had two and Darnel Ellis threw in a free throw.
Herrin 51, Vienna 49
Haydon Mayer knocked down a pair of free throws with under 30 seconds to play for Herrin in a thrilling 51-49 win over No. 8 seed Vienna Tuesday.
The Tigers, the tournament's No. 1 seed, got a team-high 17 points from Kyrese Lukens, who had 10 of Herrin's 17 points at halftime. Mayer tacked on 13 points to finish in double figures as well.
Exavier Williams netted nine for the Tigers, while Riley Chrotoski scored seven points, Jonathon Harrison finished with four points and Reese Billingsley had a first quarter free throw.
Vienna got a game-high 19 points from Skylar Blankenship, 13 of which came in the second half.
Sean Acree and Charlie King each netted nine for the Eagles, while Owen Treat scored seven points. Tommy Hulhubner and Dawson Hill each tossed in two points and Kaden Vaughn provided a free throw.
Carterville 40, Fairfield 38
Kade Lustenberger runner in the lane with 3.4 seconds to play that proved to be the game winner as No. 5 seed Carterville knocked off No. 4 seed Fairfield Tuesday afternoon at the EHT.
Lustenbeger netted 13 points for the Lions, while John Stroud led the team in scoring with 16 points.
Carterville got another five points from both Aiden Hinton and Peyton Bittle, while Nolan Hartford tossed in a free throw.
Dylan Best led Fairfield in scoring with 16 points, while Camden Robbins rounded out the double figure scoring with 10 points.
Eric Rodgers added eight points for the Mules, while Landon Harrelson tacked on three points and McGwire Taylor tossed in a free throw.
Herrin (5-4) moves into Wednesday's championship semifinal against Carterville at noon, while Vienna will play Fairfield at 8:30 a.m. in the fifth place bracket.

Spyder Dann covers prep and college sports for the Southern Illinois LOCAL Media Group. Follow him on Twitter: @spydieshooter.