Sturgeon boys pull away from Glasgow in second half for 53-43 victory
The Sturgeon boys and girls basketball teams had every incentive last night in CAC action against the Glasgow Yellowjackets.
For the Lady Bulldogs, the 32-30 win over Glasgow pretty much locked up the title in the conference. As for the Sturgeon boys, they would will need a little help as the Cairo Bearcats currently stand at 8-0 overall. Nonetheless, the Bulldogs still managed to beat Glasgow 53-43.
While the loss dropped the Glasgow boys to 17-4 overall and 6-2 in the CAC, head coach Mick Cropp said his team didn’t shoot the ball terribly well and Sturgeon did, especially in the third quarter. “We still had a chance to tie the game late in the fourth quarter and that’s all you can ask for on the road against a good team,” stated Cropp.
After playing to a 11-11 tie in the first quarter, Sturgeon and Glasgow went cold from the field in the second period while combining for nine points. The only difference is that Sturgeon led 17-14 at the break over the Yellowjackets. Meanwhile, in the third quarter, the lead swelled to 12 points as Sturgeon held a 23-14 advantage to go up 40-28. But even then the Yellowjackets still managed to make a game of it by rallying back with a 15-13 scoring edge in the final period.
Spencer Kelly led all scorers in the game for Sturgeon with 18 points while Tanner Sandker and Lorenzo Chisholm added 12 points each and Brayden Kelly with 11.
For Glasgow, Reid Littrell finished the game with a double-double with 20 points and 11 rebounds.
Blake Hackman had nine points and two steals while Ethan Thompson added seven points and a team-high four assists, Jimmie Wilson with five points, five rebounds and two steals and Austin Stockhorst with two points and five rebounds.
The Yellowjackets also finished the game hitting 17 of 53 shots from the field for 32 percent and 6 of 9 from the foul line for 67 percent.
As for the Glasgow girls, they actually led Sturgeon 8-7 after first period’s end but would go cold from the field in the second quarter while putting up only four points to trail at the break by a score of 17-12. Sturgeon also won the third period by outscoring Glasgow 10-7 to extend the lead to eight at 27-19. Meanwhile, in the final period, the Lady Yellowjackets rallied back with a 11-5 advantage only to lose the game by two.
Molly Gregory had the team-high for Sturgeon, 19-2 overall and 8-0 in the CAC, with 11 points.
For Glasgow, who dropped to 15-5 overall and 5-3 in the conference, Trisha McMillan tossed in 13 points. Nikki Fuemmeler finished the game with eight points and 12 rebounds while Peyton Davis and Abby Thompson added three points each, Erin Reynolds with two and Lindsey Kopp with one.