McLouth rally comes up short
The McLouth High boys basketball team put together a huge rally, but ultimately fell short at Oskaloosa on Wednesday.
The Bulldogs, down 16 points at the half, cut the deficit to four late before Oskaloosa held on for a 56-51 victory.
MHS (1-3) outscored the Bears (3-1) by five in the third quarter and six in the fourth.
McLouth coach Jason Schroeder said the late surge was much better than the team’s first-half efforts.
“In the first half, we let them do whatever they wanted — open shots, offensive rebounds and we let them have loose balls without any effort,” Schroeder said.
The Bulldogs didn’t let that trend continue after halftime.
“They actually started playing and being aggressive on both ends of the court,” Schroeder said of his players, noting Cole Batman and Alen Kramer led the charge.
Batman, a senior guard, led the team with 19 points and three assists.
Kramer, a sophomore center, scored 12 points and tied the team-high on the night with seven rebounds.
Sophomore forward Gavin Swearngin also grabbed seven boards and scored six points.
After watching his team come so close against Oskaloosa, Schroeder said McLouth has the talent to compete with every team on the schedule.
“Talent-wise, we're right up there with every team we've played,” the coach said. “However, for whatever reason, we haven't put together four quarters of smart, energetic basketball.”
Score by quarters
McLouth 9 7 15 20 — 51
Oskaloosa 16 16 10 14 — 56
Cole Batman 6-15 6-7 19, Alen Kramer 6-13 0-1 12, Shawn Dailey 2-6 0-0 4, Gavin Swearngin 3-6 0-2 6, Trevor Roberts 2-4 2-5 6, Tyler Drinnon 1-3 0-1 2, Marc Walbridge 1-2 0-0 2.