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12/17/2012 9:50:00 AM Email this articlePrint this article 
Weekend split givs LHS coach 600th victory
An up-and-down weekend for Lawrenceville High School's basketball team concluded with first-year coach Randy Bishop being sprayed with silly string.

After suffering an 81-64 Little Illini Conference loss Friday night at Robinson, the Indians returned home Saturday to swamp Washington Catholic, Ind., 63-48. It was a landmark win for Bishop - the 600th in a 37-year career coaching in Missouri and Illinois.

"That was a lot of fun," Bishop said after a short, sweet, celebration that featured an announcement by LHS principal Paul Higginbotham and Bishop's being sprayed by the LHS cheerleaders with silly string. "I hadn't thought about (600 wins) a lot, but on the bus ride home from Robinson it got to me. I started thinking about all the bus rides over the years, and all the players who'd helped me get to this milestone."


Lawrenceville 63, Washington Catholic 48

The four-year series with the Cardinals came to an end, with the Indians having claimed three wins.

"I'm glad for the kids. They played tough tonight," Bishop said. "(Friday) against Robinson we didn't put four quarters together. We did a lot better in that regard tonight."

LHS took the lead for good early in the game and led 19-14 at the first stop and 29-25 at halftime. The Indians pulled away after the break, outscoring the Cardinals (1-5) 21-10 in the third period.

Senior Austin Dorney was the difference for the Tribe, as he tallied eight points in both the third and fourth quarters, on his way to a season-high 24 points. Dorney also dominated the glass, grabbing 14 rebounds to lead LHS to a 35-23 edge on the boards.

"In the third quarter, I thought he did a nice job of working to get the ball," Bishop said. "And I thought they did a good job of getting it to him and letting him score."

Dorney had help from classmate Braxton Blagrave, who finished with 12 points. Jacob Potts, another senior, added nine points and seven rebounds. Freshmen Brandt Cochran and Harry Loeb added nine and seven points, respectively, while freshman Brady Benson added a basket.

Colton Reed topped the Cardinals with 16 points, including 10 in the first half. Brendan Purdue hit five of seven shots to score 10.

The Indians had just six turnovers in the win, a season-low,

"(Washington Catholic) didn't get up in our face," Bishop said. "But having just six turnovers has to be a confidence-builder for the kids. Any time you hold it to 10 or under you have a chance. I think they can see that turning the ball over less helps."


Robinson 81, Lawrenceville 54

The Indians put a scare into the highly-regarded Maroons to open the weekend, but ran out of gas after halftime.

"We played well in the first half against a quality team," Bishop said. "I thought their big kids kind of took advantage of us in the second half. They pounded it inside on us."

The Indians hit half of their 12 shots in the opening period, and trailed 19-13 at the stop. LHS was even better in the second quarter, as it hit all six shots it attempted, including a trio from 3-point range.

Turnovers - five in the opening period and eight in the second - kept the Tribe from being even closer. The Indians finished with 24 turnovers.

In the second half, Robinson was able to pound the ball inside with frequency, enabling the Maroons to pull away. Robinson led 59-44 after three periods, then outscored LHS 22-10 in the final eight minutes.

Dorney, who hit seven of 10 shots, was the only LHS player to reach double figures as he finished with 16 points. Potts added nine for Lawrenceville, as did Cochran and Blagrave, both of whom sank three 3-point baskets.

Aaron Siler scored eight points in the opening period on his way to a game-high 21 for Robinson, who improved to 8-0 overall and 4-0 in the Little Illini Conference. His running mate at guard, Cory Blount, added 20 points while powerful Derrick Nicholas contributed 17 points and a game-high eight rebounds.

"We're getting better, but we're not good enough. Not against a quality team like Robinson," Bishop said.

Robinson won the junior varsity game, 39-21. Jordan Shick led LHS with eight points.

The Indians (3-8, 1-3 LIC) have until Dec. 28 to prepare for the Duster Thomas Hoops Classic at Pinckneyville. LHS will face Lombard Montini and Du Quoin in games on the tournament's first day. They'll play twice more the following day, against opponents that are yet to be determined.


Robinson 81, Lawrenceville 54


Dorney (c) 7-10 2-2 16, Potts (g) 4-5 0-0 9, Blagrave (f) 3-7 0-0 9, Cochran (g) 3-6 0-0 9, Loeb (g) 3-5 1-4 4, Wanke 1-1 1-2 3, Lockhart 1-4 0-2 2, Lockhart 1-1 1-2 3, Shick 0-0 1-2 1, Thompson 0-1 0-0 0, Barnes 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 21-41 5-12 54.


Siler (g) 9-17 2-3 21, Blount (g) 7-14 4-4 20, Nicholas (c) 7-11 3-5 17, Scott (f) 3-6 2-2 8, Akande (f) 4-7 0-0 8, Richart 2-2 0-0 5, Chipman 0-1 2-2 2, Hoagland 0-1 0-0 0, Weck 0-0 0-0 0, Harrison 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 32-61 13-16 81.

3-point shooting: Lawrenceville 7-14 (Ladson 0-2, Loeb 0-2, Potts 1-1, Blagrave 3-6, Cochran 3-3), Lawrenceville 4-8 (Siler 1-2, Blount 2-5, Richart 1-1). Rebounds: Lawrenceville 15 (Potts 5, Loeb 4), Robinson 25 (Nicholas 8). Turnovers: Lawrenceville 25, Robinson 11. Fouls: Lawrenceville 12, Robinson 14. Fouled out: Scott (2:17, 4th qtr.)

Lawrenceville 13 18 13 10 - 54

Robinson 19 17 23 22 - 81

Officials: Mark Brooks, Kevin Sprau, Corky Bericker. Junior varsity: Robinson 39, Lawrenceville 21 (Jordan Shick 8).


Lawrenceville 63,

Washington Catholic 48


Reed (f) 7-15 0-0 16, Purdue (c) 5-7 0-0 10, Hill (f) 4-12 1-2 9, Mitchell (f) 4-6 0-0 8, Neace (g) 1-1 1-5 3, Brown 0-0 2-2 2, Boyd 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 21-42 4-9 48.


Dorney (c) 8-18 8-10 24, Blagrave (f) 5-14 0-0 12, Potts (f) 4-10 1-2 9, Cochran (g) 4-10 0-0 9, Loeb (g) 3-8 0-0 7, Benson 1-1 0-0 2, Ladson 0-1 0-0 0, Shick 0-0 0-0 0, Barnes 0-0 0-0 0, Lockhart 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 25-52 9-14 63. Totals 25-52 9-14 63.

3-point field goals: Washington Catholic 2-4 (Reed 2-4), Lawrenceville 9-14 (Loeb 1-1, Potts 0-2, Blagrave 2-4, Cochran 1-4). Rebounds: Washington Catholic 23 (Reed 8), Lawrenceville 35 (Dorney 14, Potts 7). Turnovers: Washington Catholic 16, Lawrenceville 6. Fouls: Washington Catholic 11, Lawrenceville 12.

Washington Catholic 14 11 10 13 - 48

Lawrenceville 19 10 21 13 - 63

Officials: Don Lidy, Joe Lidy, Johnny Meinhart. Junior varsity: Lawrenceville 63 (Jordan Shick 12, Dylan Volkman 11), Washington Catholic 40.

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