“Waste not, want not” could have been the theme of Hillsboro’s pregame huddle before they hosted the Carlinville Cavaliers in South Central action Monday evening, Feb. 22, as evidenced by an explosive but also prolonged offensive and defensive attack. No time nor shot attempts were wasted; few fouls or turnovers occurred as the Toppers raced to a 28-4 first quarter lead that became a 76-27 victory.
Blaze Helton began the scoring and Will Christian stroked a trey 99 seconds into the game, forcing a Carlinville time out. When play resumed, Jace Tuetken flashed to steal a lazy pass and converted his theft into a lay-up; by quarter’s end, seven Toppers had scored while only Ryenn Hart had a field goal for the visitors.
The onslaught continued throughout the middle quarters; only Topper freshmen scored in the last quarter when the clock ran continuously. Four freshmen saw their first varsity action in this game. Adrian Harston (5) Deklan Riggs (4), and Mitch Lowe (4), and Dillon Devlin played with enthusiasm; their role was important given the seven who see most game action have two more battles this week.
In the starters’ three quarters of play, they made 23 of 32 field goal attempts, which computes to an amazing 72%. They committed five turnovers and four personal fouls --those figures were among four players.
Of the 23 field goals made, 17 were generated by assists; at least three of the others came off stolen passes leading to lay-ups. Statistically speaking, that’s a definition of team basketball.
Individually, Gavin Matoush had 14 points, 8 rebounds and a blocked shot; Tuetken collected 13 points, three rebounds, four assists, two steals, and a blocked shot; Vogel had 12 points, five assists, three steals, and three blocked shots; Helton had nine points, five rebounds, six assists and a steal; and Christian totalled eight points, two assists, and two steals. Off the bench Ian Malloy had four points and a very significant eight rebounds while Bryce Connor made one of his two trey attempts.
Senior Jarid Winsel scored 10 for the visitors, with seven coming in the last quarter; Hart had three in the first quarter and three more in the final period for a total of six. Eight Cavies scored.
The junior varsity game, while not artistic was entertaining. Malloy had 22 and Riggs 15, but Malloy fouled out late in the fourth quarter. Carlinville trailed 47-46 until Hart stole the ball off a dribble and laid it in with less than two seconds remaining.
The Topper freshmen won the 4:30 game 54-36 by outscoring Carlinville 45-26 over the last three quarters.
Wednesday (Feb. 24), the Hillsboro teams played in Greenville; tomorrow (Feb. 26), the Toppers host Litchfield. Saturday’s game at Lincolnwood has been postponed because Lancer players have been quarantined.
February 22 at Hillsboro
Carlinville 4 6 4 13 27
Hillsboro 28 18 14 11 76
Carlinville (27) - Jarid Winsel 10, Ryenn Hart 6, EThan Trimm 2, Aaron Wills 2, Mason Duckels 2, Adian Tosh 2, Colin Harris 1, Trent Clevenger 1.
Hillsboro (76) - Gavin Matoush 14, Jace Tuetken 13, Drake Vogel 12, Blaze Helton 9, Will Christian 8, Ian Malloy 4, Adrian Harston 5, Mitchell Lowe 4, Deklan Riggs 4, Bryce Connor 3.
Three-point field goals: Carlinville 1 (Winsel 1); Hillsboro 7 (Vogel 2, Tuetken 2, Christian 2, Connor 1).
Records: Carlinville (1-6, 0-2); Hillsboro (7-0, 2-0).
JV: Carlinville 49, Hillsboro 48.
FR: Hillsboro 54, Carlinville 36.