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High school basketball
Salukis split weekend games
Red Hill High School basketball coach Bryan Havill would prefer to accentuate the positive.

And in a pair of games over the weekend, the positive was definitely the Salukis 48-39 Little Illini Conference win Friday at Cumberland. On Saturday the Salukis traveled in the opposite direction and fell to Fairfield, 55-28.

Splitting the weekend games left the Salukis with an overall record of 3-12, and a 1-4 mark in the LIC.

Friday

Red Hill 48,

Cumberland 39

The Salukis scored the first eight points of the second half to erase Cumberland's 25-21 lead and pulled away for their second straight win. For the Pirates, who fell to 2-16, it was the 15th consecutive setback.

"We'll take it," said Havill, whose team won despite making just six of 16 free throws. "We said before our last game (against Arcola at the Dieterich Holiday Tournament) that we had a couple of games coming up that we had a chance to win. You could call them toss-up games. But we've actually held suit and gotten two in a row, which is something we haven't done all year."

Freshman Dalton Murray rose to the forefront for the Salukis with 13 points and 10 rebounds to lead the team in both categories.

"He played very well," Havill said. "We've been on him lately about being more assertive. I felt like for a decent chunk of the year he was just a freshman out there, who was happy to be starting varsity. He wasn't giving us as much offense as we needed. But the last two or three weeks he's been a lot more assertive, and is doing a good job."

Matthew Young hit a pair of 3-point baskets on his way to adding 11 points to the Red Hill cause, while Jake Allen netted 10. Noah Puntney added six points for Red Hill, while Tristan Holtz and Eliah Carroll both scored three off the bench and Steven Ramsaran accounted for a basket.

Cumberland's Colton Ingram led all players with 15 points and 14 rebounds, as the Pirates dominated the glass, 38-29. Monte Wolke added 10 points for Cumberland, while Houston Napier added a dozen boards.

The lead changed hands three times in the opening period, with the Salukis on top at the stop, 10-9. There were six more lead changes in a back-and-forth second period, but the Pirates scored the final four points of the half to take a 25-21 lead to the dressing room.

The Salukis used an 8-0 run in the first 2:10 of the second half to regain the lead, and were in front the rest of the way. Allen clicked to start the second half, and back to-back baskets by Puntney put the Salukis on top for good, 27-25, at the 5:50 mark of the third period.

Murray and Napier traded baskets at that point, before Young's 3-pointer boosted the Salukis into a 32-27 lead with 3:35 to play in the third quarter.

The Pirates used consecutive baskets to pull to within 32-31, but hoops by Young and Ramsaran gave Red Hill a 36-33 edge heading to the final period.

The final turning point came with 5:50 to play when Wolke was whistled for a technical foul for back-talking a referee. Instead of the Pirates retaining possession, Puntney made one of two from the foul stripe for the Salukis for a 41-35 lead. Moments later, Holtz dropped in a 3-pointer, which stretched the margin to 44-35 midway through the final period.

The Pirates got no closer than seven points the rest of the way.

Cumberland won the junior varsity game., 38-35. Tanner Stoltz led Red Hill with 15 points.

Saturday

Fairfield 55, Red Hill 28

The Mules scored the games first 14 points - and although the Salukis were able to get within six midway through the second quarter - had the Salukis doubled up for most of the game.

Fairfield led by scores of 17-5, 26-13 and 41-22 at the quarter stops.

"We needed to get off to a good start (to be competitive), and we didn't," said Havill. "You can't dig a hole like that against a team like this and expect to battle back."

Red Hill trailed 14-0 before finally getting on the scoreboard on Young's 3-pointer at the 2:58 mark of the opening period. He hit two-more 3-ponters midway through the second period, bringing the Salukis to within 19-13.

Fairfield scored the final six points of the first half, though, starting an 11-0 run that bridged the second and third quarters.

The Salukis (3-12) got no closer than 14 points the rest of the way.

Young scored 14 points and was the only Red Hill player in double figures. Ramsaran added two 3-pointers and finished with eight points, while Murray scored four points and Allen two to round out the scoring.

Tristan Fry and Nathaniel Lackey - a 6-6 sophomore who hit seven of 11 shots - both scored 14 points to pace the Mules (10-5), who have won four straight games.

Fairfield won the junior varsity game, 55-33. Stoltz led RHHS with 13 points.

The Salukis return to competition Tuesday, when they'll host Edwards County in Little Illini Conference play.

Friday

Red Hill 48, Cumberland 39

RED HILL (48)

Murray (f) 6-9 0-0 13, Young (c) 4-10 1-4 11, Allen (g) 4-10 2-3 10, Puntney (f) 2-5 2-5 6, Holtz 1-1 0-2 3, Carroll 1-1 1-2 3, Ramsaran (g) 1-5 0-0 2. Totals 19-41 6-16 48.

CUMBERLAND (39)

Ingram (g) 4-10 7-7 15, Wolke (f) 5-11 0-0 10, T. Brumleve (g) 3-12 0-2 7, Napier (c) 3-15 1-2 7, C. Brumleve (f) 0-6 0-0 0, Cutts 0-0 0-0 0, Kuhn 0-2 0-0 0, Bauguss 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 15-57 8-11 39.

3-point shooting: Red Hill 4-11 (Ramsaran 0-3, Allen 0-1, Murray 1-1, Young 2-5, Holtz 1-1), Cumberland 1-17 (T. Brumleve 1-8, C. Brumleve 0-1, Wolke 0-3, Napier 0-2, Kuhn 0-2, Bsuguss 0-1). Rebounds: Red Hill 29 (Murray 10), Cumberland 38 (Ingram 14, Napier 12). Turnovers: Red Hill 10, Cumberland 9. Fouls: Red Hill 16, Cumberland 17. Technical foul: Wolke.

Red Hill 9 12 15 12 - 48

Cumberland 10 15 8 6 - 39

Officials: Kevin Grigg, Mike Bell, Darron Moses. Junior varsity: Cumberland 38, Red Hill 35 (Tanner Stoltz 15).

Saturday

Fairfield 55, Red Hill 28

RED HILL (28)

Young (g) 5-13 1-2 14, Ramsaran (g) 3-4 0-0 8, Murray (f) 1-6 2-2 4, Allen (f) 0-9 2-2 2, Puntney (f) 0-3 0-0 0, Holtz 0-1 0-0 0, Kolb 0-2 0-0 0, Stoltz 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 9-38 5-6 28.

FAIRFIELD (55)

Try (g) 5-7 2-3 14, Lackey (c) 7-11 0-0 14, Gifford 3-7 0-0 9, Cod. Simpson (f) 3-3 0-0 6, Griffith 2-6 0-0 4, Owen 1-1 1-2 3, Rodgers (f) 1-3 0-0 2, Kollack 0-0 2-2 2, Wells 0-0 1-2 1, Greifzu 0-0 0-0 0, Col. Simpson 0-1 0-0 0, Coomer 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 22-40 6-9 55.

3-point shooting: Red Hill 5-13 (Ramsaran 2-2, Murray 0-2, Young 3-8, Holtz 0-1), Fairfield 5-11 (Griffith 0-1, Fry 2-3, Rodgers 0-1, Gifford 3-5, Col. Simpson 0-1). Rebounds: Red Hill 15 (Puntney 5), Fairfield 23 (Griffith 5, Fry 5). Turnovers: Red Hill 18, Fairfield 12. Fouls: Red Hill 10, Fairfield 10.

Red Hill 5 8 9 6 - 28

Fairfield 17 9 15 14 - 55

Officials: Guy Along, Roger Brumley, Scott Riggs. Junior varsity: Fairfield 55, Red Hill 33 (Tanner Stoltz 13).





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