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North Mac defeats Carlinville
Basketball thru net

By Daniel Winningham
Macoupin County Enquirer~Democrat

Carlinville High School’s boys varsity basketball team played a decent first half at North Mac High School, but long scoring droughts cost them the contest on Dec. 10.

The host Panthers posted a 57-36 home win against the Cavaliers. CHS trailed by three points at halftime but was done in by a third quarter in which it was outscored 16-4 as the Panthers lead went from 25-22 to an insurmountable 41-26 edge.

The Cavaliers scored the first six points of the fourth quarter to close the deficit to 41-32 but the shots just wouldn’t fall while North Mac put the game away.

“For whatever reason, the second half, we quit attacking the basket and settled for jump shots, didn’t shoot the ball well, which led to not scoring points,” CHS coach Alan Cooper said after the contest.

The contest featured 10 lead changes in the first two quarters and Carlinville led by as much as five points after scoring on the opening possession of the second quarter. CHS connected on just 14 of 50 shots during the contest.

“That won’t win very many games and most of that was because we quit attacking the basket,” he said.

Barry Stewart led CHS with 13 points. T.J. Gray and Joeb Easterday each added six points.

Following a timeout in the opening quarter, CHS responded from a 10-7 deficit to tally six straight points and make it 13-10. A layup by Joeb Easterday in the second quarter made it 15-10.

The Panthers bounced back with an 8-0 run to go in front 18-15. CHS collected two consecutive baskets to go on top again 19-18. With 1:13 left in the second quarter, Stewart found Gray beneath the basket who hit the shot and was fouled. Gray converted the three-point play to give CHS a 22-20 edge. It would be the team’s last lead of the evening.

North Mac made a three-point play of its own moments later to make it 23-22 and a basket from Taten Musso gave the Panthers a 25-22 halftime advantage.

Carlinville hit seven of 14 free throws in the contest. Musso finished with 27 points to lead all scorers while teammate John Grayson contributed 11 points.