By Colleen Lehmann
There were certainly no nail-biting moments in a Dec. 19, 2013 home game pitting the East Prairie boys basketball teams against visiting Cerro Gordo, and two days later playing Marshall. In both contests, the Hornets established a lead in the first frame and never looked back.
•EP 7th 58, Cerro Gordo 11
With a 37-7 lead by halftime, the game was never in question for the younger Hornet boys, who limited the visitors to one, six, four and zero points in each of the four quarters while putting up 24, 12, 10, and 12 themselves.
Haden Cothron led the hit parade with 10 points, as well as three rebounds, two steals, and an assist. Brayden VonLanken nipped at his heels with nine points, three rebounds, two assists and a steal. Eight points came courtesy of Cameron Ochs, along with five rebounds and three steals. Cade Kresin chipped in with seven points, two rebounds and an assist; and Turner Hastings contributed six points, five rebounds and one swipe.
Noah Woods was the leading rebounder with six, and had four points and two steals in the books. Also scoring four points were Luke Sluder (three rebounds, two assists, two steals) and Blake Schultz (two steals, one rebound, one assist). Payton Hastings sank a shot and grabbed three steals from the visitors; Will Little made a basket, grabbed a rebound and an assist, and had two steals; and Cade Morgan had one basket and one rebound to his credit. C.J. Picazo nabbed three boards, two steals, and dished out one assist; while Dalton Grover also was good for an assist.
•EP 8th 61, Cerro Gordo 26
The elder Hornets followed the lead of their younger counterparts, having a 30-7 advantage after the first quarter. They slowed down slightly in the second and fourth frames with just six and two points; but countered with a 23-point third quarter.
Tyler Meinhold had a monster game with 22 points, making good on eight of 11 from the field, including six of eight three-point attempts. He also had an assist and a steal on the evening. Dalton Hoel had a double-digit scoring performance with 12 points, along with five steals, three assists, and two boards. Noah Pierce converted on four field goals and swiped four balls from the visitors.
Jacob Craddock hit all three shot he took and one of two free throws for seven points, along with one rebound. Six points, five steals and one board came courtesy of Dalton Conner. Cale Sementi had two steals and two points; Kevin Miller had a bucket, a board and a steal; and Dakota Denny sank a field goal to round out scoring. Colter Lewis and Bradley Kramer each swiped a ball.
•EP 7th 45, Marshall, 28
This Tuscola victory saw three players hit the double-digit scoring plateau. Luke Sluder led the party with an even dozen points, and added five rebounds, five steals, and three assists to his stat sheet. Right behind him was Cade Kresin with 11 points, a team-leading nine rebounds, and three steals. Haden Cothron tossed in 10 points, and pestered the opponents by swiping a team-high seven balls and grabbing five boards.
Brayden VonLanken had a bucket and made four of his six shots at the charity stripe for six points, and also kept busy snagging five rebounds and five steals. Will Little contributed four points, four steals and an assist to the victory; Turner Hastings had two points, a rebound and a steal to his credit; and C.J. Picazo also grabbed a rebound in the victory.
•EP 8th 39, Marshall 19
Tyler Meinhold accounted for 21 of Tuscola’s 39 points in a 39-19 win over Marshall Dec. 21. He hit five shots from beyond the arc for 15, and another three inside it; while also snagging two rebounds and three steals. Dalton Hoel hit a three and two inside the arc to earn his seven points, and took away four balls from Marshall along with dishing out one assist. Dalton Conner hit two buckets and two free throws, stole two balls, and grabbed one rebound. Kevin Miller chipped in with five points, three steals, and two rebounds to round out scoring for the Hornets. Cale Sementi got into the act with three steals and two rebounds, Dakota Denny had one rebound, and Chris Otto had one steal in the victory.