McLouth basketball teams fall to 0-2
After two games, both McLouth High basketball teams are still in search of their first win of 2013-14.
The Bulldogs opened the season Friday at home against Olathe-Heritage Christian Academy. The girls dropped a 57-46 decision, while the boys fell in overtime, 79-75.
After trailing by seven points at halftime, the girls battled back to force a 35-35 tie entering the fourth quarter. The comeback attempt fell short, though, as the Chargers outscored MHS in the final period, 22-11.
Seniors Konner Patterson and Kayla Steffey led the Bulldogs with 14 points each, and junior Angela Dailey added nine.
The McLouth boys took a two-point lead into the fourth quarter, but needed a late 3-pointer from Nick McAferty to force overtime. HCA held on for the win, outscoring the Bulldogs in the extra period, 13-9.
MHS committed 20 turnovers and went just 20-of-39 from the free throw line in coach Jason Graf’s first game. Five players reached double figures in the loss. Drew Cerny led the way with 15 points, Nic Bair had 13, Jack Courtney had 11 and Kevin Gann added 10. Wyatt Hermann just missed a double-double with nine points and nine rebounds.
Both teams were back in action Tuesday at Northeast Kansas League rival Jefferson County North. The girls dropped an 81-23 decision, while the boys fell, 78-55. McAferty had a double-double with 28 points and 12 rebounds — both team-highs.
The Bulldogs will be back at home Friday for a non-league visit from Maranatha Academy. They'll wrap up the 2013 portion of their schedule Dec. 20 at home against rival Oskaloosa.