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Lawrenceville 84, Edwards County 65
Indians take out Lions to get into win column
ALBION - After watching his team notch its first win, one week and six games into the season, new Lawrenceville High School basketball coach Randy Bishop could finally breathe a sigh of relief.

"Don't give up on us yet," said Bishop, following Friday's 84-65 conquest of host Edwards County that gave his team a 1-5 record overall and 1-0 in the Little Illini Conference. "It's too early to kick dirt on us."

The Indians overcame an early four-point deficit to lead by as many as 23 points. Lawrenceville then watched the Lions (3-2, 0-1 LIC) close to within nine points midway through the final period before pulling away again in Linda Oxby Gymnasium.

"It feels good to get off of the goose egg," Bishop said. "I'm just happy for my kids. They finally got a 'W.' Winning sometimes gives you a little confidence and I think this might help us a little bit."

LHS shot nearly 60 percent from the field, sinking 33 of 56 shots. The hot-shooting led to the Tribe placing four players in double figures.

Senior Braxton Blagrave, held scoreless in the opening period, finished with a team-high 24 points, including 11 in the final period. Senior Austin Dorney hit 10 of 14 shots on his way to scoring 21 points, while grabbing 14 rebounds to pace all players. Freshman Harry Loeb, after shooting poorly in Tuesday's loss at Paris, was good on six of seven attempts from the floor and finished with 17 points. Senior Jacob Potts, recovering from a sprained ankle suffered during the Capital Classic, provided a big lift off the bench with 10 points.

"He makes a big difference," Bishop said of Potts. "He's got good vision. He rebounds and hits big shots for us. That's what your seniors are supposed to do. Having him back in the lineup is a difference of night and day."

The Lions' Jonah Laws gunned his way to a game-high 26 points on 10 of 27 shooting, including a 1-of-8 showing from 3-point range. Jake Toutloff, who hit five of 14 shots, added 13 points for Edwards County.

Potts sank two free throws with 5:13 to play in the opening period, bringing LHS to within 8-6, then hit a 3-pointer from the baseline on the Indians' next trip, giving Lawrenceville the lead for good.

Potts ignited a 24-5 run spanning the opening two quarters that saw the Tribe take control of the game. After leading 21-13 at the end of the first period, Lawrenceville stretched the margin to 48-26 at halftime.

Largely thanks to five LHS turnovers in the third period, the Lions were within 62-45 entering the final stanza.

Seven more LHS turnovers in the fourth quarter helped the Lions continue to close the gap. A 12-2 run by the hosts saw them pull to within 66-57 when Laws drove for a hoop with 4:35 remaining.

Blagrave countered with a baseline 3-pointer, starting a 12-4 Lawrenceville spree to erase all doubt as to the final outcome.

"When you haven't been winning, there's a tendency to just let the other team come back and get you," said Bishop. "Tonight we fought them off pretty good. We held them off, then finished them. I was proud of the kids for that."

Lawrenceville improved to 2-0 with a 57-25 in the junior varsity game. Brandt Cochran, who totaled 10 points, was the only Indian in double figures.

The Indians will host Hutsonville Tuesday in another LIC encounter.

Lawrenceville 84,

Edwards County 65

LAWRENCEVILLE (84)

Blagrave (g) 8-17 6-6 24, Dorney (f) 10-14 1-2 21, Loeb (f) 6-7 4-4 17, Potts 3-6 3-4 10, Ladson (g) 2-4 0-0 4, Lockhart (c) 2-3 0-1 4, Shick 2-4 0-0 4, Barnes 0-0 0-0 0, Volkman 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 33-56 14-17 84.

EDWARDS COUNTY (65)

Laws (g) 10-27 5-7 26, Toutloff (g) 5-14 0-0 13, Borowiak (f) 4-6 1-2 9, Schuh (f) 2-6 2-2 6, Lear (c) 1-10 2-2 4, Compton 2-5 0-0 3, Potter 1-3 0-0 3. Totals 25-71 10-13 65.

3-point shooting: Lawrenceville 4-12 (Ladson 0-2, Loeb 1-1, Blagrave 2-7, Potts 1-2), Edwards County 5-25 (Laws 1-8, Toutloff 3-9, Lear 0-4, Schuh 0-2, Potter 1-2). Rebounds: Lawrenceville 46 (Dorney 14), Edwards County 24 (Toutloff 5, Lear 5, Borowiak 5). Turnovers: Lawrenceville 17, Edwards County 4. Fouls: Lawrenceville 14, Edwards County 16. Fouled out: Borowiak (:33, 4th qtr.).

Lawrenceville 21 27 14 22 - 84

Edwards County 16 12 20 20 - 68

Officials: Jim Wagner, Jason Wagner, Greg Mullinax. Junior varsity: Lawrenceville 57 (Brandt Cochran 10), Edwards County 25.



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