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McLouth hoops teams fall to Chargers

Nick McAferty had 13 points Friday against Jefferson County North, but McLouth fell to the Chargers, 67-53.

Nick McAferty had 13 points Friday against Jefferson County North, but McLouth fell to the Chargers, 67-53.

February 21, 2014, 11:34 p.m.

Updated: February 25, 2014, 2:43 p.m.

Meghan Jackson had a team-high 11 points against JCN.

Meghan Jackson had a team-high 11 points against JCN.

— The McLouth High boys couldn't rebound from an 11-0 Jefferson County North run just before halftime in a 67-53 loss to the Chargers on Friday.

The Bulldogs (10-8) fell behind by a 23-11 margin midway through the second quarter, but scored the next eight points to get within two with 1:12 left until halftime. JCN answered with 11 straight, including a 3-pointer by Shawn Lane at the halftime buzzer, to take a 32-21 lead into the locker room.

"Obviously, it's killer any time you whittle it down, then let it go back to double digits," coach Jason Graf said. "With the way we play, we know there's going to be runs. That was just an ill-advised run."

MHS cut the deficit to seven with 5:38 left in the third, but the Chargers responded with a 15-3 run and led by double digits the rest of the way.

Drew Cerny led the Bulldogs with 18 points, while Nick McAferty and Wyatt Hermann added 13 and 10, respectively. All of McAferty's points came in the second half. JCN's Luke Pyle scored 27 and Bryce Noll 22 to lead the Chargers.

McLouth will close out the regular season with two home games next week. It will welcome Maur Hill-Mount Academy to town on Tuesday, then host Valley Falls on Friday. Both games will have sub-state implications as the Bulldogs continue to jockey for position in their field.

"We've got to come out and get a couple," Graf said. "Tuesday is the most important game of the year because we're still fighting for a (sub-state) home game. That's the most important thing."

Score by quarters

JC North 13 19 19 16 — 67

McLouth 8 13 14 18 — 53

Individual scoring

JC NORTH — Luke Pyle 8-13 11-13 27, Bryce Noll 5-12 10-17 22, Shawn Lane 3-7 2-3 9, Elijah Meyer 2-4 1-1 5, Cole Bryant 1-1 0-0 2, Austin Wolfe 0-0 2-2 2.

MCLOUTH — Drew Cerny 6-16 6-9 18, Nick McAferty 4-17 2-4 13, Wyatt Hermann 5-5 0-2 10, Dylan Dover 3-7 0-0 6, Nic Bair 2-13 0-0 4, Jack Courtney 0-5 2-2 2.

JCN GIRLS 97, MCLOUTH 19

The MHS girls trailed by 27 after one quarter and failed to break 20 points against the state's top-ranked Class 2A team.

McLouth (5-13) entered the second half down 65-10. The Chargers continued to pour it on after the break, and they pitched a 13-0 shutout in the final period.

Despite scoring just nine second-half points, MHS outrebounded JCN after the break, 17-15.

Meghan Jackson led MHS with 11 points. Jacee Kramer and Jamie Navinskey led JCN with 28 and 15 points, respectively. Kramer became the school's all-time leading scorer with 1,877 points, while Navinskey surpassed the 1,000-point mark in the game.

Like the boys, the MHS girls will try to end their regular season with some momentum when they host Maur Hill and Valley Falls.

"We've just got to move past this because we're still in a position where we could get a good first-round matchup in sub-state," coach Lindsey Graf said. "(JCN) is a good team and we knew that coming in, so we're not going to dwell on it."

Score by quarters

JC North 33 32 19 13 — 97

McLouth 6 4 9 0 — 19

Individual scoring

JC NORTH — Jacee Kramer 9-19 9-13 28, Jamie Navinskey 6-13 3-5 15, Heather Polson 4-5 3-6 11, Mallory Kramer 4-7 2-2 11, Jenna Kramer 3-7 2-5 9, Lindsey Vittitow 3-3 1-2 8, Randi Noll 2-5 1-2 5, Rylie Farrar 2-5 0-0 4, Jacinta Priest 1-1 0-0 3, Jentry Seichepine 1-2 0-0 2, Autumn Houk 0-3 1-2 1.

MCLOUTH — Meghan Jackson 5-19 0-1 11, Angela Dailey 2-5 2-2 6, Dominique Tullis 1-7 0-0 2.

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