Bulldogs, squander first-half lead, lose to Troy on road
The goal was simple for the McLouth High boys basketball squad.
Advance past the play-in game of the Delaware Valley League tournament and actually compete in the tournament for the first time in their prep careers.
McLouth was rolling toward that goal Monday at Troy, as the Bulldogs led 15-8 after the first quarter and held a nine-point lead at halftime with a 24-15 advantage.
Then came the second half, and with it went the MHS seniors' hopes for a tournament run.
In the third quarter, Troy battled back and cut the lead to four heading into the fourth quarter, in which the Trojans erupted for 20 points. Troy won, 49-40, spoiling Jason Schroeder's debut as the McLouth head coach.
"I think we were prepared," Schroeder said. "I think I would have liked more time to tweak the offense more because it's new.
"But it don't think offensively is where we let down. I think defensively we let up in the fourth quarter."
McLouth held Troy's Kevin Luedke scoreless for three quarters, but Luedke went on a tear in the final stanza, scoring 12 points, including three three-point shots.
"His three-pointers were huge," Schroeder said.
Junior Ryan Smith led the Bulldogs in scoring with a game-high 16, while senior Trevor Keling had 11.
"I felt Trevor Keling had a really good game," Schroeder said. "He was big inside, but they made a good adjustment in the second half and took that away form us a little bit."
Troy improved to 2-0.
MHS played Wathena on Tuesday at Benedictine College in Atchison and had better results. The Bulldogs won, 50-39 and improved to 1-1.
For more game reports, log on to The Mirror's Web site, www.tonganoxiemirror.com. And for complete game wrap-ups, see the Dec. 13 edition of the Mirror for more on the game.
McLouth also will play at 2:30 p.m. Friday at Benedictine against Valley Falls.
Schroeder hopes his team will respond well in upcoming games after squandering its halftime lead against the Trojans.
"They were pretty upset," Schroeder said of his players. "They wanted to win as much as anybody else. They wanted to win that game because they wanted to get into the tournament."
TROY 49, MCLOUTH 40
Score by quarters
McLouth 15 9 9 7 -- 40
Troy 8 7 14 20 -- 49
McLouth (0-1) -- Trieu 1 0-0 2, Booth 0 1-2 1, L. Lamborn 2 (1) 1-2 6, Stewart 2 0-0 4, Keling 4 3-6 11, Smith 6 (2) 2-2 16. Totals 15 (3) 7-12 40.
Troy (2-0) -- Greaser 3 (1) 0-0 7, Luther 2 0-0 4, Koehler 2 (1) 4-9 9, Leudke 4 (3) 1-1 12, Marriott 3 2-4 8, Robinson 2 2-4 6, Whetstine 1 (1) 0-0 3. Totals 17 (6) 9-18 49.