McLouth boys sneak past St. Marys in overtime
Thanks to Lance Lamborn's late-game heroics, the McLouth High boys basketball team should have a happy holiday break.
With McLouth trailing St. Marys by two in the final seconds of Monday's game at McLouth, MHS coach Jason Schroeder wanted his players to look to foul and stop the clock.
Lamborn, going for a foul, instead stepped in front of a St. Marys pass, stole the ball and sprinted toward the MHS basket. Lamborn scored with five seconds left in regulation, tying the game at 42 and forcing overtime.
In the OT, Mark Stewart grabbed two quick steals that led to two more layups.
McLouth held on for a 58-50 victory.
"We played good defense and made free throws when it counted," Schroeder said about the extra period.
St. Marys, which lost to heavyweights Frankfort and Rock Creek earlier this season, played in a dogfight with McLouth.
MHS held a two-point lead at halftime and led by as many as six in the second half, but St. Marys rallied and took the lead late before McLouth assembled a rally of its own.
"They're pretty good," Schroeder said. "They've played some tough teams."
As for the Bulldogs, they rebounded from a 15-point loss, 50-35, to Maranatha the previous week in Shawnee.
"It definitely was our best all-around effort," Schroeder said. "Everyone just played very well. Limited mistakes. They were patient with the offense, which was the exact opposite of how we played at Maranatha."
The win moved McLouth to 3-2 on the season heading into winter break. In Schroeder's mind, that's significantly better than 2-3.
"I really wanted them to win this because of that long break,"
Schroeder said. "It's much better to have three weeks off knowing you won your last game."
The game against St. Mary's also was the team's home opener. The Bulldogs will resume play in 2007 on Jan. 5 against Jefferson County North.
"That's our first home game and we responded well," Schroeder said Monday. "They were clicking last night."
Andrew Booth scored 16, while Trevor Keling scored 13 and Mike Rome 12 against St. Marys.
St. Marys girls 58, MHS 34
McLouth held with the visiting Bears for a half, but a 19-4 third quarter doomed the Bulldogs in their final game before the break.
St. Marys led, 31-19, at halftime and extended its lead in the third. McLouth outscored SMHS in the final quarter, 11-8, but it was too late for a comeback. St. Marys won, 58-34.
MHS actually led, 6-2, early, but the Bears overcame the slow start.
"In the first half, we didn't play that bad," MHS coach Keith Miller said. "We made some bad passes and made some bad decisions. We're not used to playing a team as athletic as St.Marys, so they were in the passing lanes pretty well."
McLouth just couldn't hold off St. Marys in the second half.
"I told the girls, I said we competed in spurts," Miller said. "St. Marys is a good team. We had spurts when we played with them. Basketball is such a game of runs, that if you don't answer a run when they make it, a game can get out of hand."
Missy Rome and Haley Holwick led the team in scoring with eight each, while Rachael Thompson scored seven.
MHS is 2-3 on the season and will resume play Jan. 5 at home against Jeff. Co. North.
Rome scores 33 against MA
In last week's game against Maranatha, Rome nearly defeated Maranatha by herself -- the MHS freshman scored 33, while Maranatha scored 36.
McLouth won the game, 58-36, as Rome clearly was the leading scorer.
"Missy's a good basketball player," Miller said. "I'm really encouraged. Missy's a good kid and a great athlete and we're glad to have her."
McLouth boys 58, St. Marys 50 (OT)
Score by quarters
St. Marys 12 13 4 13 8 -- 50
McLouth 14 13 4 11 16 -- 58
MHS -- Booth 16, Keling 13, Rome 12, Stewart 8, Smith 5, Lamborn 4.
St. Marys scoring unavailable
St. Marys girls 58, McLouth 34
Score by quarters
St. Marys 17 14 19 8 -- 58
McLouth 8 11 4 11 -- 34
St. Marys -- Quintanila 10, Lueger 2, Teske 7, Kinderknecht 18, Cintillion 2, Perry 5, Channel 8, Holz 6.
McLouth -- Rome 8, Holwick 8, Thompson 7, Farris 5, Annis 4, Howerton 2.