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12/17/2012 9:51:00 AM Email this articlePrint this article 
Warriors pull away from Salukis
BRIDGEPORT - After hanging with undefeated Casey for a half, a four-minute drought to start the third period allowed the visiting Warriors to pull away and post an easy 68-37 win over the Red Hill Salukis Friday night.

The win boosted Casey to 5-0 overall and 3-0 in the Little Illini Conference while the Salukis dropped their sixth straight game, falling to 1-9 overall and 0-4 in league.

Down by seven with time running out on the first half, Casey's Sam Huisinga hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Warriors a 32-22 halftime lead.

After the two teams traded points to open the third quarter, the Warriors went on a 14-2 run to take a 48-26 lead. Casey extended that lead to 56-33 after three periods and coasted to the win.

"We didn't know how to stop it. They hit that three right at the (halftime) buzzer ... we were hoping to be down seven, but unfortunately we were down 10," Red Hill coach Bryan Havill said about the flow of the contest. "We talked about the first three or four minutes (of the third quarter), that as high octane as they are, that they could easily push it to 20 within a blink of an eye, or we could trim into it four or five points and make it interesting. Unfortunately it went the other way."

Neither team could gain control early. A 3-pointer by freshman Dalton Murray pulled the Salukis to within one, 6-5. After a Casey basket, Jake Allen hit two free throws to pull Red Hill to within one again, 8-7.

Two free throws by Noah Puntney gave Havill's club its only lead, 9-8, with 4:32 to play in the first quarter. The Warriors then scored the next nine points and led 17-9 at the first break, but the Salukis fought back and kept the game to within six or seven throughout most of the second period.

Allen, on the strength of a 6-for-6 night at the free throw line, led the Salukis with 12 points. Murray hit his team's first five points of the game and finished with nine while Matthew Young nailed added eight points, with single basket in the second, third and fourth quarters.

Brandon Wolfe paced a balanced Casey attack with 19 points. Trivette Scale chipped in with 17 while Matt McCown added 14 and Huisinga 10.

The Warriors hit on 53 percent of their shots while the Salukis hit a dismal 30 percent. Red Hill managed only four field goals in the second half.

Havill said his club controlled the momentum, got back on defense and battled well on the boards in the first half, but turnovers in the second half proved costly.

"We had too many bad turnovers where we couldn't get back and even get our defense set," Havill said. "I thought the first half we did some things we wanted to do but in the second half they just seized control and really pressured us more. I thought our inexperience showed." The Salukis committed 18 turnovers, including 11 in the second half.

In the junior varsity game, Casey came out on top 42-35. Elijah Carroll paced the JV Salukis, now 0-6, with 14 points. Tanner Stoltz added nine.

Prior to the contest, players, cheerleaders and fans joined in a moment of silence to deference to the tragedy at the Newtown, Conn. elementary school.

Next up for the Red Hill is the Dieterich Holiday Tournament. Red Hill takes on tournament favorite Newton at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 26. The Eagles, 10-0 on the season after a Friday win, downed the Salukis 69-34 on Nov. 30.

Casey 68, Red Hill 37

CASEY (68)

Wolfe (f) 8-18 1-2 19, Murphy (g) 2-3 2-2 6, Huisinga (g) 4-6 0-2 10, Scales (f) 7-12 2-2 17, M. McCown (c) 5-5 4-5 14, McNeil 1-5 0-0 2, S. McCown 0-1 0-2 0, Fischer 0-1 0-0 0, Thompson 0-0 0-0 0, Lawrence 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 27-51 9-15 68.

RED HILL (37)

Murray (g) 4-9 0-2 9, Ramsaran (f) 1-5 0-0 2, Allen (f) 3-8 6-6 12, Puntney (c) 0-2 2-2 2, Young (g) 3-10 0-0 8, Kolb 2-6 0-1 4, Holtz 0-1 0-0 0, Carroll 0-0 0-0 0, Tewell 0-1 0-0 0, Gosnell 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 13-44 8-11 37.

3-point shooting: Casey 5-15 (Wolfe 2-8, Huisinga 2-3, Scales 1-3, McNeil 0-1), Red Hill 3-15 (Murray 1-3, Young 2-5, Ramsaran 0-3, Allen 0-1, Holtz 0-1, Tewell 0-1, Gosnell 0-1). Rebounds: Casey 30 (M McCown 8, Scales 7), Red Hill 18 (Puntney 4). Fouls: Casey 12, Red Hill 10. Turnovers; Casey 10, Red Hill 18.

Casey 17 15 24 12 - 68

Red Hill 9 13 11 4 - 37

Officials: Jim Wagner, Jason Wagner, Greg Mullinax. Junior Varsity: Casey 42, Red Hill 35 (Carroll 14).



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