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12/19/2013 11:15:00 AM Email this articlePrint this article 
From left, Lawrenceville's Austin Wanke, Red Hill's Ryan Kolb and Lawrenceville's Brady Benson battle for a loose ball.
Indians pull away to win county battle
BRIDGEPORT - This time, Lawrenceville High School's basketball team built on its lead, rather than watch it vanish.

After a sluggish start, the Indians pulled away for a 67-47 victory over rival Red Hill Tuesday, in the RHHS gym.

The win was just the second in six games for the Indians, who had earlier in the season lost leads in games against Pinckneyville, Mount Carmel and Paris. Red Hill fell to 0-7 with the loss.

"This was an important win," said Lawrenceville coach Randy Bishop, whose school now holds a 57-42 lead in the all-time series with the Salukis. "The kids had their dobbers down a little bit. They'd had some games against some better teams that they probably should have won, but didn't. You don't want to continue to lose like that or you'll lose your confidence. Tonight, we put them away and that's important."

The Tribe made just 3 of 12 shots in the opening period, but managed a 9-7 lead at the stop. Lawrenceville hit 8 of 15 shots while causing five Red Hill turnovers in the second period, and extended the lead to 29-16 at halftime. LHS led by as many as 24 points in the second half, and the Salukis got no closer than 18.

"We're still figuring things out," said Red Hill coach Bryan Havill, whose team was outrebounded, 37-27 and committed 16 turnovers. "We still have a lot of things to work out. It may sound crazy, but I saw some positive things tonight,"

Dylan Volkman and Brandt Cochran, a pair of sophomores, shared scoring honors for the Indians with 15 points each. Harry Loeb, another sophomore, added 12.

Volkman was good on 4 of 9 shots from the floor, but was perfect in seven trips to the foul stripe. Cochran made two 3-pointers and scored nine of his points while the Indians were pulling away in the second period.

Senior John Thompson, playing for the first time all season after suffering a finger injury during football, gave the Tribe a lift off the bench with seven rebounds. Volkman also had seven boards in the win.

Sophomore Dalton Murray, despite making just 3 of 14 shots, topped Red Hill scorers with 14 points. Murray was able to get to the foul stripe often and made 8 of 10.

Ryan Kolb, the Salukis' 6-5 junior center, came to life in the second half when he scored 11 of his 13 points. Kolb made all six shots he attempted and led all players with 12 rebounds.

Lawrenceville's Cody Steffey scored the game's first basket before Red Hill took a 6-2 lead on a hoop by Steven Ramsaran and two free throws each from Murray and Jake Allen.

The Tribe pulled to within 6-5 on two free throws by Volkman and one by Loeb. Loeb's lay-up at the 1:41 mark at the opening period gave the Indians their first lead, 7-6. Allen's free throw in the final minute of the first quarter tied the game again, before LHS took a 9-7 lead at the stop on Thompson's only basket of the game.

Cochran's 3-pointer at the outset of the second period started the Indians on a run from which Red Hill could never recover.

Bishop noted that the game was the first for the Indians since Dec. 3. Three Lawrenceville games were postponed due to foul weather.

"We didn't get off to a good start and we kind of expected that," Bishop said. "We'd had eight straight days of practice, and those practices were brutal. We've been hard on them. I think they were a little hopped up when they first went out there tonight and it showed. But after that, once we got settled, things went pretty well."

The Indians claimed an easy win in the junior varsity game, 51-22. Bryce Winningham topped LHS with 15, while Tanner Gray netted nine for Red Hill.

The Indians will host Robinson in Little Illini Conference play Friday, before taking part in the Toyota Teamwork Classic in Gibson County, Ind., next week. LHS will play four games over a six day span in four different gyms.

Red Hill will travel to Casey for LIC competition Friday evening, then host Robinson on Saturday. The Salukis will take part in the Dieterich Holiday Tournament, Dec. 26-28.

Lawrenceville 67,

Red Hill 47


Volkman 4-9 7-7 15, Cochran (g) 5-13 3-4 15, Loeb (g) 4-9 3-6 12, Shick (f) 2-3 4-6 8, Winningham 2-3 1-2 7, Steffey (f) 3-4 0-0 6, Benson 1-4 0-0 2, Thompson 1-2 0-2 2, Wanke (c) 0-1 0-0 0, Mahrenholz 0-1 0-0 0, Barnes 0-1 0-2 0, Sholders 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 22-51 18-29 67.


Murray (g) 3-14 8-10 14, Kolb (c) 6-6 1-2 13, Allen (f) 2-9 5-9 9, Ramsaran (g) 2-3 1-2 5, Gray 2-3 0-0 5, Stoltz (f) 0-1 1-2 1, Holtz 0-0 0-0 0, Vinsel 0-4 0-0 0, Tewell 0-0 0-0 0, Breault 0-0 0-0 0, Pentell 0-0 0-0 0, Tabler 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 15-40 16-25 47.

3-point shooting: Lawrenceville 5-12 (Volkman 0-1, Loeb 1-2, Cochran 2-6, Winningham 2-3), Red Hill 1-6 (Allen 0-3, Murray 0-1, Gray 1-1, Vinsel 0-1). Rebounds: Lawrenceville 37 (Volkman 7, Thompson 7), Red Hill 27 (Kolb 12). Turnovers: Lawrenceville 10, Red Hill 16. Fouls: Lawrenceville 18, Red Hill 22. Fouled out: Stoltz (7:12, 4th qtr), Holtz (4:02, 4th qtr.).

Lawrenceville 9 20 23 15 - 67

Red Hill 7 9 17 14 - 47

Officials: Dave Jones, Bill McClane, Bryan Danks. Junior varsity: Lawrenceville 51 (Bryce Winningham 15), Red Hill 22 (Tanner Gray 9).


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